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Friday, January 20

IKEA LATT MAKEOVER

A few months ago, I was searching for a small table set for E to use.  I was weighing my options of either buying a complete set or buying the pieces separately.  I didn't mind having to paint the items myself if it meant the pieces would be cheaper.  IKEA has always been my go-to place for modern yet affordable items.  Here were the cheapest options:


The LATT set was the winner.  (Did I mention that the table top was completely wipeable too?  Love that.)  So later that week, I headed over to IKEA and made my usual stop at the clearance section first...and what did I see??!  Yep, that same set for just $15!  Since it was originally used as the floor display, it wasn't in the best condition.  The wood was chipped in many areas and the table top had a few scratches.  However, it was still sturdy and had no major defects.  I was an extremely happy mommy pushing it to the checkout lane :D.  Here's what it looked like when I brought it home:


Sadly, it took me a whole month before I finally got to working on it.  Finding time to work on projects is super hard when you have a very needy toddler o.O  After a month of looking at it in its horrible state I was determined to start; I took the opportunity during one of his naps!  Here's how it went...

For my project, the materials I used were (most were found at Lowe's):
  • 3M sanding sponge (medium)
  • Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 primer/sealer (I used this because I already had it, however, next time I would choose regular primer paint instead of spray paint to avoid the splotches.)
  • Olympic 8 oz. sample interior ultra white
  • Miniwax 64444 semi gloss polycrylic protective finishes, 1/2 pint  
  • 2 paintbrushes + 2 plastic trays
  • drop cloth
  • dust protection mask
  • about a yard of fabric (preferably outdoor fabric for easy cleaning)
  • 10 round craft mirrors (can be found at Michaels or Hobby Lobby)
  • Elmer's spray adhesive
  • small flat blade 
  • painter's tape
  • 2-3 sheets of newspaper
First, I started out by sanding down the table and chairs over the drop cloth.  (Make sure you wear a protection mask unless you want to be breathing in all that dust!)  This will ensure that your paint goes on smoothly when applied.  I used a piece of dry cloth to thoroughly remove any leftover sand dust. 

Next, I taped down newspapers over the table top and seat tops with painter's tape since I wasn't going to be painting on them.  


After the pieces were ready to go, I carefully primed each piece and let it dry for an hour.  Ok to be honest, I was a little impatient and waited only half an hour.  The pieces were already dried! Really! ;) 

I then started applying the "ultra" white paint. I painted 3 coats for the desired look and then waited an hour for it to dry.  Professionals probably would've waited half an hour to an hour between each coat, but I did not have that luxury.  I had a napping baby who could wake up at any minute!  So, please forgive me as I'm sure you all have much more experience in painting then I do!  

Finally, I applied 2 coats of the polycrylic to seal and protect the paint.  I finished this part just in time before E woke up.  Thank goodness!  

Later that night, after E went to sleep, I picked up from where I left off.  I brought in the pieces and took apart the chairs with the screwdriver provided by IKEA.  It probably was better if I had painted the parts separately, because the paint started tearing a little as I pulled apart the parts.  But oh well... this was the best I could do with the time I had.  

So I slid off the seat cover and sprayed it with the spray adhesive.  I then laid it facing down on the fabric I had picked for the seat tops and cut around it.  I found this cute fabric at Joann's awhile back when I was trying to make shoes for E.  I loved it so much, but wasn't able to find any other uses for it later on since it was kind of "kiddie-ish." 

 
Unfortunately, this last part of sliding the fabric covered seat back on was the most frustrating part of the whole process.  It took a lot of huffing and puffing and the help of my small blade for it to finally slide through the little slits o.O.  Here was the result:


Then I remembered I had some left over craft mirrors from a previous project and decided to use it for a little extra character :)


What do y'all think?? I personally love it :D It's one of my favorite DIY results yet!  The whole process took me about a total of 6 looOonng hours, but when E woke up the next morning and saw it, his "WooOoaahh" made it all worth it :) 

29 comments:

  1. Love those chairs! That fabric is beyond words adorable!!

    xoxo!
    Jen

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    1. Thanks so much for the sweet comment, Jen! That means a lot coming from you :) I was so happy when I found your blog... I "star" almost every post I read! Your love for organizing and DIY is contagious!

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  2. Super cute! I love that fabric! It came together great. :)

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  3. That is fantastic Grace, it looks beautiful. I am about to start my own kids table and chairs revamp this weekend. I hope it turns out as great as your did!

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    1. Thanks so much, Lisa! I'm sure yours will turn out great! I'd love to see it when you're done! :)

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  4. What a thorough tutorial. The outcome is so fresh and great. I love that my hack and your hack are so different--but I think they both achieve the same desired outcome: some character and individuality. You go girl!

    http://chrislovesjulia.blogspot.com/2012/01/ikea-latt-hack.html

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  5. That is darling!!! Where did you get that fabric? I must have it!! :) What a great project, so inspiring.

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    1. Thanks, Amber! I got it at Joann's Fabric last year in the fall. It's part of Dwell Studio's Robert Allen 2010 collection. Hope that helps! :)

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    2. Thanks so much! I wonder if I could still get it, it's worth a try!

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  6. I found your blog from Censational Girl. I love this project! I've been looking for a small table & chairs set for my boys, but never thought to check IKEA. Now I know!

    Following :)

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    1. Thanks, Taylor! I'm so glad you liked it :) I'd love to see how yours turn out when you're done!

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  7. This is project is fabulous! I wasn't able to "pinit" though. Maybe you can add a "Pinit" button?

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    1. Thanks for the great suggestion! I've added it to the blog...the "Pin it" button should start showing up from now on :)

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  8. I saw your project highlighted on Centsational Girl, and I had to come check it out. We are actually missionaries living overseas in Hungary, and finding affordable things can often be a challenge. :) I do like IKEA and get many things there, but my favorite table and chairs set is no longer there. :( I'm not a fan of the other ones that are now available (their style, etc.). The fabric covered chairs are genius, and painting it makes it look like a cute little piece instead of the former. Anyway, thank you for the inspiration as I have been trying to figure out what I should do for a children's table!

    (And sidenote, when I saw the title of your blog, I wondered if you were a believer! I enjoyed looking around your blog and seeing your light for the Lord. God bless!)

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    1. Wow, thanks so much, Kristen! I am so happy that you were able to get some ideas for your kids :)

      I'm very encouraged that your family is out in Hungary spreading the gospel. What a blessing it is to speak for the Lord! May He be your family's all-sufficient grace and bountiful supply in your time there!

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  9. AWESOME! Congrats on your feature on Centsational Girl!!
    This Hack is FABULOUS!! :)

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  10. Weiya! I am sooooo doing this for J!! Great DIY!

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    1. Thanks, Joyce! Hope you have fun with it! :)

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  11. WOW! I am in love with it! I have been searching for inspiration to transform the Latt table, and this is by far my favorite one! Amazing job!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jennifer! Hope you have fun transforming yours! :)

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  12. So much better after you worked your magic on it!!!

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  13. nice idea.. thanks for sharing.

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