I have a DIY post for y’all today and it’s a pretty exciting one IMO! I have conquered another Ikea hack and I just couldn’t wait to show you 🙂 Before we jump right in, let me give you a bit of background. For those of you who don’t know what the hell an Ikea hack it, it’s basically taking a piece of standard Ikea furniture and transforming it into something more. It can be anything from just painting a dresser a different colour, to a full scale transformation of a bookshelf into a 3-piece suite (it could happen). The possibilities are endless and the great thing is that you can have that amazing custom look with the Ikea price tag. Can I get an AMEN? I had a whole weekend to myself so I decided to attempt the Ikea Lack coffee table hack and I’m stunned with how well it turned out!
I’m IN LOVE! The ground floor of our house is all open plan and I was finding it difficult to separate the dinning area and living room. Apparently all I needed was a coffee table and a rug! Speaking of rugs, I couldn’t be more in love with our newest addition. I’m all about the Ikea rugs so I just couldn’t resist the SNEKKERSTEN baby when I spotted it online. That pattern, I die! It’s actually an amazing price for the size and I even layered it with the old rug we had in the space. Call Better Homes and Gardens right now, I’m ready for my cover feature!!
Back to the main feature! I started with the Ikea Lack coffee table in white and for a whole £14 I wasn’t too worried about ruining it if my hack failed to work. I then gathered the rest of my supplies from B&Q. For this project I needed a piece of plywood 90cm x 55cm. Here’s a tip: If you don’t have access to power tools/are deathly afraid of power tools then B&Q offers a timber cutting service in some of their bigger stores. Just pick out your piece and they will cut it to size for you. I’ve used this service for shelving too and it works like a charm! Just remember to triple check your measurements. I also needed some wood stain and heavy duty glue wood glue.
I have a nest of side tables in my living room already so I wanted to try and match up the wood colours as much as possible. After much deliberation I went with B&Q’s own brand wood varnish in the colour rich walnut.
Thankfully it was a lovely day so I was able to paint everything and leave it to dry outside. This is the first time I’ve ever stained a piece of wood and it took me a bit of time to get the hang of it. I found that the trick is to do long sweeping strokes with the grain of the wood. Here it is after 1 coat…
I also placed some books on the shelf underneath. I would love to be the person that has some beautiful artsy coffee table books in her possession, but this is a creative house so we have an encyclopaedia of crafts, Sewlicious by Kate Haxell and Leon cookbook for naturally fast food. Keeping it real, guys! The little storage box also holds extra candles and matches 🙂
I’m so pleased with how this turned out! It’s really pulled my whole livingroom together and now I just sit there and marvel at the gloriousness. Have you been inspired by the Ikea Lack coffee table hack? Peace out.