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IKEA Hack: IKEA's IVAR and IKEA's INGO Get a Facelift

When I moved into my new apartment, I was starting from scratch in my dining room. Being on a budget, I decided to go with an inexpensive pine table (INGO - $69) and pine chairs(IVAR - $25 each) from IKEA and give them an upgrade. All it took was a little bit of paint, some fabric and 1" foam with batting, and voila, they hardly look like the same table and chairs. I love how they add lots of personality to my dining room, and they were the starting point for the rest of my dining room transformation. Next on the list is a bench for a banquette, but that's whole other story!
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  • ikea hack ikea s ivar and ikea s ingo get a facelift, painted furniture
I painted the chairs the same blue as in my kitchen (Behr, sailboat), and upholstered the seats with 1" foam, batting and a fun striped fabric.
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For the table, I stained the legs with a semi-transparent stain from Behr in a color called pinto white

To see more: http://www.engineeryourspace.com/how-to-build-a-bench-for-a-banquette/

  • Kathleen Walsh
    Kathleen Walsh Lake Havasu City, AZ
    on Nov 26, 2014

    Kathleenwalsh205@gmail.com are the seats removable? I was wondering if they were or not

    • Engineer Your Space
      Engineer Your Space Los Angeles, CA
      on Nov 27, 2014

      @Kathleen Walsh the chairs come in pieces and you have to assemble them, so yes, the seats are removable.

  • Paula Edmonds
    Paula Edmonds Colbert, WA
    on Jan 5, 2015

    Gosh, what a difference! This blue and the fabric really make your set really stand out! I showed this to my husband and he thought it was great and he is a person who dislikes it when someone paints over the original wood...so thanks for sharing!

  • Joann Jarvis
    Joann Jarvis Chula Vista, CA
    on May 30, 2015

    There's something about blue that makes me happy, pretty.

  • Mark Pearson
    Mark Pearson United Kingdom
    on Sep 13, 2015

    We've just got one of these tables - how did you do the top?

  • LibraryKAT
    LibraryKAT Howell, MI
    on Jun 12, 2017

    Nice job! It looks great. You do good work. :-)

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