Unicorn Spit Ikea Table Hack

I love kitchen tables and all of the LIFE that happens around them. This is the spot where you feed your baby mashed-up carrots for the first time. Then you blink and you're making her breakfast for the first day of school.
With three little kids and one big dog, my sister's Ikea table has A LOT of life happening around it---and it was starting to show. This table was a perfect candidate for a . We camouflaged the damage and created a one-of-a-kind look using Unicorn Spit non-toxic rainbow gel stain. Here's our tutorial:
This Ikea table is perfect for my sister's home---small enough to tuck into the space between her kitchen and living room, but big enough to comfortably hold her family of five.
However, it was showing wear and tear. We're not sure if those stab marks are from the baby's fork or from the dog hopping up to swipe leftovers when he thinks nobody is looking.
This table came from Ikea and is made of pressed wood with a slick laminate top. This type of furniture can be tricky to paint and usually involves a lot of prep work like sanding the slick surface and applying a primer to help the paint stick. These steps---while important---can be time-consuming.
Instead, we used Dixie Belle Paint, a zero VOC mineral paint that does not require sanding or priming on most projects. We decided to put it to the test on this table!
Here's the awesome news! Dixie Belle stuck to Ikea---no sanding or priming required. This is the coverage after one swipe of paint. I have tried painting Ikea furniture with several brands of paint and this is by far the best coverage I've seen with just one coat.
I could have applied a second coat of paint, sealed it and had a really nice kitchen table right there.
But I wasn't finished yet!
I came back the next day with my Traveling Spit Kit! That's Unicorn Spit, a new non-toxic rainbow gel stain and glaze in one. It has a variety of applications, including using as a straight-up stain or creating colorful designs. We went with a starburst design called an Aura Blast.
I started by loading the first color into one of those little syringes you use to give medicine to babies. I squirted it onto the table in a circular pattern like a snail shell. I came back and filled in with three other colors of Unicorn Spit.
Then I placed my hand on the center of the table and dragged it down to the edge in a straight line like a spoke on a bicycle wheel. This blended all of the colors of Unicorn Spit along the way. I repeated this step all the way around the table until it looked like this.
Unicorn Spit must be sealed with an oil-based sealer. We used Minwax Polyurethane. It does a really cool trick of making the Unicorn Spit design look three-dimensional in person. (Not so much in the photographs.) We applied four coats of poly, letting each coat dry really well.
What was once an ordinary Ikea table is now a functional one-of-a-kind work of art!
Check out our All Things New Again Blog for more photos of this project and other DIY paint tutorials. And if you are ever in Leesburg, Virginia, please stop by our shop All Things New Again. Our coffee pot is always on!

Courtney @ All Things New Again
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  • Mark Mark on Jan 26, 2019

    Did you sand in between coats of poly?

  • Gypsee Gypsee on Dec 14, 2019

    I've been in love with the idea of unicorn spit for a while now. But like a lot of crafters have a limited budget. So, I have not tried it yet. But want to try it. I love your project. One question: we recently rescued a desk that had been exposed to the elements. I believe it is mostly pressed board. The front edge of the desk it slightly raised from moisture but is dry now. However it gives a sharp edge along the desk when you lean on it. What can we do to smooth that edge down? Should we sand it or is there something that can be done to get rid of the sharp edge? Please advise?


    My email is gypseerambler@gmail.com.


    Thanks,

    Gypsee


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