How to Decoupage an Ikea Lack Table

Denise Hardy
by Denise Hardy
5 Materials
2 Days
Have you an Ikea Lack Table that is a little 'worse for wear'? Then try your hand at Decoupage - you will be amazed how different your table will look. Decoupage is a change from just painting and makes it look a little more 'quirky'.
I live in Spain and was using this table outside and the rain got to it. Unfortunately, I didn't take a photo of the 'Before' once the rain had a made a mess of it.  Too eager to start on it!! 

The table I purchased was in green and I needed a 'Before' photo of what the Lack Table looked like, so I went onto Ikea website and the only Lack Tables that were on it were in black, hence the Black Table instead of green.   

The veneer had started to come off around the edges of the table so I used some E6000 glue to stick it back on.

I wanted a 'theme' of flowers (but you could choose anything you want) - mine was destined to be outside again - as an extra seating area with two other chairs I have outside.  Although the chairs needed a revamp too as they were all rusty. You can see these in the pictures re-vamped. But, perhaps I may put these in another post explaining how I re-vamped those.

I looked on google to find some images of flowers and then printed them off on A4 paper. I then cut them out and stuck them on the table with Mod Podge. Arrange your images how you would like them to look. Once you have stuck all your images on the table letting them dry perhaps for an hour or so, then coat the whole table with a coat of mod podge - I used a small artists brush when coating the images with the glue. But once all the images are stuck on then use a larger brush for coating the whole of the table.

Cover the whole of the table top and sides with the images and don't forget the legs! Try to keep air bubbles out as you are placing the images on your table. If you get some odd ones - you can just prick it with a pin and flatten them out.

I left the table overnight and then the next day I gave the table 4 coats of Polyvine varnish using a larger brush - I put that amount of coats of varnish on as the table was going outside again. But if the table was staying inside, I would perhaps only put 2 coats on - and hey presto - a new looking table for not much cost.
After - Close Up
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Suggested materials:
  • A4 Paper   (You will find this at any Stationers)
  • E6000 Glue   (
  • Mod Podge   (
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  • Elizabeth Caroll Elizabeth Caroll on Dec 10, 2021

    I think this is a convenient table for writing any papers or works, but a design is not modern. I think it needs to be made monotonous because it looks stylish. Now, depending on the design of the room, it can be made brown, white or black. Then the table will be pleased to write any papers or to work behind a laptop.

    Do you like this idea?

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  • Otis Otis on Jan 25, 2021

    Nice table. I was looking one for custom writing. It's so colorful, but I want it completely brown or gray. I will use this idea. Thanks.

  • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jan 25, 2021

    HI Otis - that sounds a great idea - personally I think gray would be great - it's a colour that will look good with most other colours. Good luck and enjoy