Sunday, 19 March 2017

Makeover: Ikea Table Hack

When we first moved into the house, we did as most young couples do and took a day out one weekend and made our way up to our local Ikea store in order to pick up a few things that would tide us over in the house while we were still trying to figure out our style.
One of the things that we picked up was the Lack Table, which comes in at an absolute bargainous 6 euro. We picked up a few of them to substitute as bedside tables, but obviously as time went on, and our style became more obvious to us, I knew we wouldn't need them any more and so I passed them on to our local charity shop so that someone else would be able to get some use out of them.
I did keep one however at the time, and although I wasn't sure what exactly I was keeping it for, we soon found a need for it in our new sitting room.

I decided to use the table as a stand for our television, but as the original colour was an light wood colour, I made up my mind to paint it to try and tie it into the room more.

I had already upcycled our sitting room mirror and as the two items would be in close proximity to each other, I thought it would work if I painted the two in the same colour.

Just like with the mirror, I started the process by cleaning down and priming the table.

The colour which I used was Hicks' Blue from the Little Greene Paint Company. This is a lovely light navy colour, which definitely dries a bit darker than it looks in the tester pots. I ended up needing just over one tester pot of the colour to complete this project, as I used the remains of the original pot from the mirror upcycle, and used one more new one.

First coat went on smoothly...

...followed by the second coat.

I'm really happy with how this turned out. The room itself is so bright since we renovated it that I didn't want to put too many colours into it afterwards and overwhelm the look of it as a whole. I think these little flashes of colour are just what it needs in it.

Next project will be to use a dark wood stain on the crate underneath the table to tie that more into the room. That means that by the end of next week, we should have one corner of the room (at least!) fully completed!


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