Ikea Lack Coffee Table

2 Materials
5 Hours

Hi, all!
You know I am kind of obsessed with “Before and Afters”; I think they are great when repurposing something you don’t like but it is still useful. This happened to our previous coffee table which was too small for our new sofa. It was about time to get a new (second hand) table big enough, so I searched the internet and found this Ikea Lack coffee table for 20€. It had a perfect size, yay!
ikea lack coffee table
The top was a bit damaged but I didn’t mind because I had plans for it.
ikea lack coffee table
As you can see the previous owner wasn’t too handy with screws…
ikea lack coffee table
My first task was go shopping, and I came back home with this piece of pine wood. I love pinewood because it is cheap and it dyes wonderful.
ikea lack coffee table
I measured it and had it cut into four equal pieces to fit the top. Then it was time to dye the wood, you may want to check the  full tutorial on how to dye wood the green way .
ikea lack coffee table
Look at the contrast of colors between dyed and raw wood.
ikea lack coffee table
While they were drying, I painted the table white with my DIY chalk paint. You will find the recipe on the blog.

As I wanted the table top to have a weathered look, I prepared some paint for the job. I have a full tutorial on how to weather wood here
ikea lack coffee table
I glued the wood to the table and let it dry. You will find more info about this part of the process in the blog, link below at the bottom.

Here's the table finally done.
ikea lack coffee table
Don't you think it's perfect?

Suggested materials:

  • Table  (Second hand)
  • Wood  (Wood store)

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 6 questions
  • Sue Sanders
    on May 1, 2019

    Did you remove the previous table top to put on your new wood. The table top doesnt look extra thick with the new wood so thought you must have removed the original wood.

    • Christy
      on May 9, 2019

      If you remove the old top you'd just end up with four table legs. She glued the 4 pieces of wood on top of the original table top.

  • Janet B
    on May 2, 2019

    Wow!!! Brilliant!!

    • Lisa
      on May 8, 2019

      Love it ! And I enjoy all these hometalk that appear on my messenger 😀 Thanks

  • Marris R
    on May 8, 2019

    How do you finish the raw sides so it looks like the rest of the table? I have a black table that needs a new too but I don’t like the raw looking ends and sides.

    • Sarah
      on May 9, 2019

      Use a sander, it will come out smooth as silk!

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  • Diane
    on May 9, 2019

    It really looks awesome....nice job

  • Maureen
    on May 18, 2019

    I got the same table for free from my daughter. I love this idea 👍. I think I will do the exact same thing!!

    The table looks awesome!!

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