Published on April 13th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Kids Art Table, Ikea Style

Materials: Lack coffee table, Mala roll art paper, painter’s tape, sandpaper, spray on primer, gray or black chalkboard spray paint, length of scrap wood for paper tearing edge, 6 washers, 2 wood screws, 7/8 in dowel rod, roll of art paper (picked up a few at Ikea), Levolor universal drapery mount (cheapest I found was at Amazon)

Description: I was inspired by this project on Martha Stewart’s website to make a kids art table. On my recent trip to Ikea to get materials for the Lego table I made, I began eyeing the Lack coffee table. Using that as my base table, I wanted to refinish the top with chalkboard paint to make the art table even more useful.

Directions: Before assembling the coffee table, I took the top outside and taped the sides with blue painter’s tape to protect it from the spray paint.

I got out the power sander and sanded the top of the table with 150 grit sandpaper.

After removing all the dust from sanding, I spray painted 3 coats of gray primer to the top of the table. The primer dried pretty fast. I waited about 15 minutes between coats.

Now for the chalkboard paint! The brand I bought didn’t spray on as well as the primer, and I had a couple mishaps with some drips, but I was able to clean them up without too much trouble. I applied 3 coats of the chalkboard paint, waiting about an hour between coats.

While waiting for the paint to dry, I took my scrap of wood from home depot for the tearing edge and the dowel and cut them to the depth of the table, then sanded the edges.

After the paint was dry, I took off the painter’s tape and screwed the 4 legs on the coffee table.

I then attached the paper tearing guide to the table with a wood screw at each end. I mounted it so the edge was flush with the edge of the table. In order to ensure I could thread the paper between the table and the guide, I placed 3 washers on each screw in between the guide and the table.

Next, I started working on how to get the roll of paper attached to the table. Martha’s idea using eyelet screws wouldn’t work because the screws were too short, and my roll of paper was wider than the opening between the two legs of the table. Luckily, I found some drapery mounts that ended up working great. I screwed them onto the end of the table opposite the paper tearing guide using the hardware that came with the mounts.

Almost done! Just thread the roll of paper through the dowel and drapery mounts, then thread the paper through the paper tearing guide.

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~ Jengifur

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5 Responses to Kids Art Table, Ikea Style

  1. Rachel stewart says:

    What toddler chair are you using for the table?

  2. Lauren B says:

    Do you mind sharing what the mat on the floor is made from and where you found it?


  3. jo says:

    i planned to have my boyfriend build two of them with two small two-step-ladders (maybe bekvam?) they had on sale at ikea some two months ago. it was late for christmas, then he didn’t have time to do this for the little kids. now i’ll tell him that someone else did it before us…..

  4. Anonymous says:

    Nice Idea!

  5. Love it, cannot wait till we have Ikea… Opening this fall, yay!!!

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