Published on February 6th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Lack coffeetable drawing

Materials: Lack, black marker, Glitsa

Description: We have a Lack coffee table that has been used for six years, and unfortunately there were some small damages on the tabletop. I first found it a too big and too white surface to put in our new living room, but I did want to use the table because it’s a very practical one. So I decided to make a drawing on it, so that it would cover the damages and make it a less white & more unique table.

I used a black marker for this drawing. They always say black markers are permanent, but it’s easy to wash the ink off with a rough sponge. There will always get scratches on the table, so in time the drawing would just damage and disappear… So I had to roughen the tabletop a little bit first, after that I made the drawing (took a couple of days…) and then I finished it with 3 layers of Glitsa lacquer. The result is quite nice, I think :)

~ Sofie, Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Natalie’s version (updated 1 Sept, 2012)

Lack Coffee Table Becomes a piece of Art

Materials: Ikea Lack Coffee Table, Sharpie pens (x2), Plastikote super clear acrylic satin spray.

Description: 1. I very lightly sanded the surface of the table to provide something for the marker to adhere to.
2. I used a sharpie permanent marker to draw patterns on the table. (any permanent marker will do, I got through two sharpies!)
3. I left it to dry thoroughly
4. I sprayed the whole surface with Plastikote spray super clear satin varnish (gloss would work also depending on preference)
5. I left the spray to dry overnight and repeated this 4 times.
6. Voila a useful piece of art in my living room!

~ Natalie, Manchester

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24 Responses to Lack coffeetable drawing

  1. Colchones Baratos says:

    Coolest idea, thanks for share i love your work!!!

  2. Miguel says:

    coolest table. Put her in my living room happy!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Another idea to protect the drawing would be to put a sheet of clear Plexiglass on top.

  4. Manshway says:

    That is really, really nice. You took something that is sold on a mass level and made it 100% unique. Very cool…very manshway.

  5. Anonymous says:

    very intricate, great job! I would almost describe it as Klimt-inspired anime

  6. Naadz says:


  7. Anonymous says:

    Wow! What a great table! Defintely something you could sell online as custom art.

  8. The table design is spectacular, ashamed to put anything above is a mosaic atraeb look.

  9. Lucia says:


  10. Anonymous says:

    Beautifull! I wish I could draw that well.

  11. WOW! With my non-excisting artistic talents, I would not be able to do this! Respect :)

  12. Liila says:

    Wow! This is gorgeous. I love it!

    Look at this post at my blog. A few days before I did something quite similar:

  13. Helene says:

    It looks a little like Zendala drawing :-)
    Very nice!

  14. Lorraine says:

    How wonderfully beautiful.

  15. Laurel says:

    Beautiful, Sofie! Amazingly creative and what a fantastic idea! Inspiring!

  16. AngelCakes says:

    Quite nice? This thing is AMAZING!!!!!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Sensational! Thank-you for sharing your creation and your talent!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Really wonderful! Truly a work of art~

  19. Sing says:

    Gorgeous drawing.

  20. Anonymous says:

    That’s really nice – it makes me want to get my crayons and just colour away! :)

  21. G.V.M. says:

    Mooi hoor, het lijkt wel fijn mozaiek.

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