Published on June 23rd, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Sisal Rope Side Table

Materials: Ikea Lack Side Table, Sisal Rope, Hot glue gun, E600

Description: I have an Ikea Lack side table that the Mr. and I bought years ago when we were just starting out and had no furniture. It was headed for the dumpster, when I thought it would be perfect if it was covered in sisal rope. This project took a good amount of time, and my fingers are sore and burnt, but it in the end it was absolutely worth it.

Supplies: table, sandpaper, 2 packages 1/4″ x 100 feet sisal rope, 3 packages 3/8″ x 50 feet sisal rope, E600 adhesive and a hot glue gun with a ton of hot glue sticks (mine is a mini one and I used over 100 sticks!)

Start out by lightly sanding the entire table and then wipe it off with a damp cloth (in a well ventilated area) I started with the legs (sorry, I forgot to take pictures of this step) and used the hot glue gun to stick the rope on the bottom of the leg with a side that will be facing inside to the table. On two opposite sides of the leg, I put a line of the E600, and the other two side of the leg I hot glued the rope to the table as I wrapped it around the leg, working my way to the top. Repeat on the other three legs.

For the table top, start at a corner that will be at the back.Glue down the end to the table very well, and put some glue at the end of the rope to help keep it from unraveling. I put a thin line of E600 on the side and then a line of hot glue next to it. Then I just started wrapping the sides. Once I got to the top, I made a kind of lip so that the rope is higher than the tabletop.

Then I glued the rope on to the tabletop, starting at the outside edge, still with both the hot glue gun and the E600. When I got to the end of my rope (ha ha) I just glued the end down and started with a new one next to it. I just kept wrapping in the square shape until I got to the middle.

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~ Jessa, Scottsdale, AZ

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6 Responses to Sisal Rope Side Table

  1. Anonymous says:

    And meanwhile, a table like this would cost $500 in Southern California. I know because I watch the new decorators show on Bravo, and they pay ridiculous prices for some painfully ordinary stuff, which this is not at all – very nice!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’d rather have my cats scratching on this side table than my nice sofa.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I think you could avoid the burned fingers by using double-sided tape (the strong one like you use for carpets). The look is very nice.

  4. Ulrike says:

    Cats were my first thought, too. ;-)

  5. Jessa says:

    Thanks! Nope, no cats. I’m sure this table wouldn’t last a week if I had one though!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Looks great, but I figure you don’t have cats. I would be a great huge scratharea for mine.

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