Living Room

Published on November 2nd, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Golden Gate Coffee Table

Materials: Lack coffee table

Description: Decided to hack my Lack coffee table after seeing a cool jukebox table in an art gallery that was _way_ out of my price range.

I used: Lack coffee table, contact paper from a local shop, and a wall decal of the Golden Gate bridge.

1. Distress the coffee table. This was a happy accident– I first tried modding my table by covering it with contact paper for a couple weeks. When I decided I didn’t like the contact paper and peeled it off, bits were left behind on the table leaving a cool distressed-wood effect.

2. Add the decal. In this case, I used a Golden Gate bridge art decal from Target– you could also use a Blik sticker or any other sticker designed to go on walls.

3. Show off to your friends.

Simple hack, discovered half-by-accident, that converted my rather bland Lack table into a one-of-a-kind art object.

~ Nabil A, San Francisco

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

4 Responses to Golden Gate Coffee Table

  1. Emily says:

    I thought of the laser printer transfer as well! I think if the table were wood, not wood lamenent, you’d be able to do the transfer with the acetate. I’ve see lack coffee tables have water spilled on them and they warped and bubbled.

  2. Anonymous says:


    What was the contact paper mentioned in your materials used for?? – Mino

  3. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, actually I do have some suggestions for blank walls. :)

    There are a number of companies that make wall stickers– the Golden Gate sticker I used (from Target) was actually designed to stick on a wall, not a coffee table. The company Blik specializes in wall stickers. If you google wall sticker, you’ll find a number of other ones.

    Good luck!


  4. 陳一豪 says:

    Say that is nice. I have a few blank walls (way OT I know) in my room that I would like to dress up.

    The first thing I thought of when I saw that was “laser printer toner transfer”.

    Would anyone by chance have an idea how could it be done, particularly for imperfect surfaces (walls)?

    The only searches I got was for PCB printing.

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