I bought this table from Ikea quite a while ago, like years. It is the table they call Lack. It is a very simple, straightforward design. This simple table is not lacking style anymore.
So it was buried under chair parts, go figure and a few headboards that I will make into benches. I dragged it out the other day determined to spruce it up.
Through the years when I thought about this simple table, I had various ideas but none of them gelled. Then I finally decided I was going to take it up a notch and give it style. I think this could be called Modern Rustic?
The first thing I did was pull out boards from pallets along with some leftover boards a friend dropped off after he worked on his sister’s house. I decided I would alternate between the pallet boards and the wider boards to give the top a design. I got out the miter saw and started measuring and cutting.
Once the boards were cut to size I glued the bottom and clamped the board so it wouldn’t move as I nailed the board down. When I got to the last board it overlapped a little bit. I marked the overlap and used the jigsaw to trim it up. Then I glued and nailed it down. I also used the nail set to hammer in the nail heads. Using the wood filler, the holes got filled.
Next step was to start sanding with a 60 grit sandpaper and then the 220. I started off using the belt sander and sanded the top and sides. Then I switched to the orbital. Once I felt it was smooth and as level, as it would be I did a final sanding using the 220 grit sandpaper on the orbital.
Let the fun begin, I decided to use up the Rust Stain I made when I created the trays. I really like how it is translucent. For the first coat I used a sponge brush but on the subsequent coats, I used a paper towel to rub it on. It ended up with about 4 coats of stain.
Once the table top was dry I brushed on Polycrylic. I put on 4 coats. I like how the rust stain is translucent. Between the rust stain and poly, it really brings out the grain and knots. The tabletop has such character now. I put the legs on the table and this simple table is not lacking style anymore.
Ikea Lack Table
3-2.5 boards from pallet
2- 1 x 4 boards
Compressor with nail gun
#0000 steel wool
I Could Not Figure Out What This Was For
I could not figure out what this was for. I found this at the Habitat Restore and stood there staring at it.
It looked like a table but I could tell the top was different than a normal table. It looked like the top could pop out. So that is what I did.I Could Not Figure Out What This Was For
When I flipped the top over I discovered it had a cushion snapped to the wood. Now I didn’t need to buy anything else. I probably have a year’s worth of projects in my garage. But how could I pass this up. I was totally fascinated by this piece of furniture because I could not figure out what is was for.
I Couldn’t Figure Out What This Was ForYes I bought it. So I really wanted to paint this in red and go back over it in black. I decided not to. One reason is I didn’t know where I could find snaps that would fit the ones on the wood.
And if I did paint it in black and red the upholstery would definitely need to be redone. Yes the thought did occur to me that I could paint the existing fabric but I didn’t want to do that either. Instead I scrubbed the cushion with Tuff Stuff upholstery cleaner.
I Could Not Figure Out What This Was ForSo to start off with this makeover I primed the wood base with Zinsser a couple of times. I didn’t want to take the chance of bleed through. I did a little sample board of paint colors I thought would work with the upholstery since it is a neutral cream/beige fabric.
I Could Not Figure Out What This Was ForI decided to use Sherwin-Williams Impressive Ivory for the first coat of my DIY chalk paint. Next up is Steamed Milk. My sample board showed it as more of a contrast then it looks on the frame of the table or even in the picture.
I Could Not Figure Out What This Was ForAnd even though the table looked pretty I just didn’t see it as being white. For the third coat of paint I used a Sherwin-Williams color called Jetstream. It is a nice beachy blue, not the aqua but more of a reflection of the sky on the water.
I Could Not Figure Out What This Was ForThe final coat of the DIY chalk paint is called Ebbtide. The Ebbtide is a little lighter than the Jetstream. Once the Ebbtide set up a little I did a wet distress on it. How I did that was I took a damp papertowel and make sure it is not a soft paper towel because it will leave lint on the project. You don’t want that kind of texture. I rubbed off the paint in strategic areas. The Jetstream blue showed through in larger areas than if I sanded the paint.
I Could Not Figure Out What This Was ForI did use the 220 grit sandpaper in areas and the two different whites peaked through.
I Could Not Figure Out What This Was ForIn the meantime I sanded the dark stain that was on the table top that inserts into the table itself. I took it down to the bare wood on both sides. I used the Minwax Whitewash Pickling stain on both sides. I really like this stain.
Then I started putting on the Polycrylic in the satin. I ended up putting on three coats for each side.
I Could Not Figure Out What This Was ForAs the Polycrylic was drying I started waxing the table frame and buffing it. I put on two coats of clear wax.
I have to admit I wasn’t sure if I would like this since I had a different plan in mind but I went with my instinct and I am glad I did. So even though I could not figure out what this was for, I like it after all. I would really like to know if it was meant for a mobile home or a houseboat. It certainly has a dual purpose. What do you think?