Ikea Table Hack

Ikea is a great store with cheaper finds than other furniture stores which is why Ikea hacks are so great! My friend bought her first table from Ikea years ago so it was special to her, but didn't have the character she was looking for. I transformed it with just a few easy changes.
Here is the table before.. Start by painting it white with a white chalk paint.
Use 1x6's stained in dark walnut stain to plank across the top of the table.
Screw them onto the top of the table to create a new tabletop! Seal the wood with a polyurethane to protect it.
Now it's a rustic farmhouse table with minimal cost in supplies. Visit my blog for the full tutorial at Mommy's Tool Belt!

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  • Jean Smooth Jean Smooth on May 06, 2016
    Awesome but why did you want to use chalk paint?

  • Sherri Sherri on May 08, 2016
    Did you screw to planks from underneath so the screws don't show? Or did you screw into the table from the top? If the latter, are the screws hidden somehow?

  • JOHN JOHN on Jun 22, 2016
    I need a bit of insight....I am about to do this very thing to a BIG (3' X 9') table..... and I have a friend giving me some Cherry and Walnut to do it with. Pretty pumped.... The easy way I thought of is your way, but then I was a bit concerned that it may be a bit too high..... I know all tables are 29", so although this only adds 3/4" (or 1" for my boards), does it feel odd as you're eating?


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