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Published on June 20th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


a touch of faux

The first hack I’ve received so far using faux animal print. And this Svansbo table set (can’t find it on Ikea’s site) by Georgion turned out pretty amazing.

Georgion says, “This one is the Svansbo table set, like the one you have on your site with floral painting on it, only I have the set of nesting tables.

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I took the upper wood veneer table and resurfaced it with a faux crocodile hide and then primed, painted and varnished it. The lower white veneer table is resurfaced in a faux python print.

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I love some of Ikea’s designs but cannot stand people coming into my home and pointing and saying Ikea, lol.”

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Jules Yap

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12 Responses to a touch of faux

  1. Georgion says:

    I cut out squares on each corner, the depth of the table. I then just adhered the sides as on the top and pressed. once dry, I just trimmed off any excess material.

  2. Anonymous says:

    How did you finish the corners?

  3. I too hate it when people say “LOL”. It’s just weird!

  4. Georgion says:

    I just cleaned surface well, brushed contact cement onto surface, as well as back of material, in well ventilated area. waited 20 min, then carefully placed table top onto back of material, making sure it lines up with direction of croc back, then let surfaces contact. turned over. folded up sides and pressed bubbles out. waited for it to dry completely, then i used scissors to cut off excess material. if you cut clockwise, you can cut right along edge of table cleanly without harming table.

  5. Marti says:

    Anon, I’m wondering the same thing myself. How do you “resurface” it? I have this same exact table and would love to do something similar.

  6. Anonymous says:

    How exactly did you get the fabric to adhere to the table itself?

  7. L says:

    Thanks for the tip. It looks really good BTW.

  8. Georgion says:

    Thanks for the praises, appreciated. I live in LongBeach/L.A. area and we have a garment district in downtown. I got this faux croc at Michael Levine’s Home Fabrics. It was $15 a yard, so didn’t need much. It came in brown, natural, tan, forest grn. I wanted more for realistic texture and primed, painted gunmetal and dry brushed silver and varnished to protect paint.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Gorgeous! And I have the same Question as L.

  10. L says:

    where the heck the heck do you find faux crocodile hide?

  11. Anonymous says:

    i love it!

  12. Matt says:

    I agree, I hate it when people can identify a piece as Ikea. Even worse is when you spend $3000 for a lovely mid century modern couch from DWR and it gets labeled as Ikea! WTF? I’ve found most people mistakenly associate anything modern as being from Ikea.

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