Lack Ikea+Table

Published on July 27th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Embellished Lack Side Table

Materials: Lack Side Table, corbels, nailhead trim, sand paper, wood filler and glue, spray paint, metallic paint

Description: With less than $45 and a little elbow grease, I transformed my $10 table that was destined for the dumpster into one of my new favorite pieces of furniture.

I started out by sanding down the “wood”. The surface is actually a very thin veneer so it doesn’t take much but does need to be thoroughly sanded. After whipping off all the excess dust, I flipped the table over and glued the corbels to the inside of each leg. Be sure to let them dry COMPLETELY before the next step.

After the corbels have dried, use wood filler to fill the tiny cracks between the table legs and corbels to make the surface flush. When the filler dries, lightly sand it until it’s smooth. After removing the dust, apply a thick coat of primer and follow it up with several coats of high gloss white spray paint. Spray painting furniture is tricky but there are lots of videos out there with helpful tips. The best tip I can give is to be patient – don’t try to get it all done in one coat. Spraying too close or too heavy will leave ugly drips or pools of paint on the surface.

To draw attention to the edge detail, I painted the inside surface of the corbel with a pretty bronze metallic paint. The edges of the corbels are a little rough and could have used a light sanding, but I hardly notice it on the finished product.

When I first started out, this was all I had intended on doing to the table but when I put in my living room, it seemed, well…lackluster. After tossing around a few ideas, I decided to try out a nailhead design. I purchased some nailhead trim from Joanna’s and hammered it in place to create a border around the table top. Adding the trim really helped finish the piece and brought out the bronze paint on the corbels. There you have it- a beautifully repurposed table for $45!

See more of the embellished Lack side table.

~ Lacquer and Linen

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Jules Yap

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16 Responses to Embellished Lack Side Table

  1. Shawn says:

    I simply love the nail heads. They truly bring out the bronze on the corbels more and make them stand out from all the whites. This new and improved lack is suitable and complements other furniture pieces easily because of its color which is easy to match. Thanks for the step by step guideline and I’ll experiment with other color for the sides of the corbels and maybe replace the nail heads with crystals for my daughter’s room.

    • Shawn says:

      I absolutely love this! Who would have thought simple corbels can transform a simple piece of furniture into an elegant one! Yes spray painting a table can be extremely tricky. I am extremely impressed by how good your finishing is! Could you recommend the brand of the spray paint you use? Are you particular about brands or do you just use any generic type from the hardware shop? And kudos on the nailhead trim. That to me is gold, pun intended.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Love it! Could you use interior paint instead of spray paint? TIA.

    • Sarah {Lacquer and Linen} says:

      Sure! I just used spray paint because it is faster and I don’t have to worry about avoiding brush strokes.

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  4. Hi Tommy! The corbels are from Home Depot.

  5. Tommy McAfee says:

    Very nice! Where did you buy the corbels?

  6. What a great update. Love the gold details and nailhead!!

    ~ Jillian

  7. Anonymous says:

    Not usually my style but I love it! Very nicely done! I love the combination of all the items on top and the colours used- ooo and that wallpaper is to die for! Nice job!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Nice work.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Gorgeous – you would never know this is a Lack table at all. Very nicely done!

  10. Anonymous says:

    $45 for a meh version of a Lack table? No thanks. I’d rather spend the $45 and buy a new table or refurbish an antique one.

    • Anonymous says:

      Meh? I don’t think so. It’s totally not my style, but it looks really good in Lacquer and Linen’s setting.
      This is, not, and nobody that’s visiting this site is interested what YOU’d rather spend your money on…

    • Anonymous says:

      And to the person who said they ‘d rather buy an antique one; if you don’t like something someone has done, shut up and keep it moving…if you have nothing nice to say than shut it.

    • Anonymous says:

      Wow – this looks fantastic! I’ve been dying to try nailhead trim on something, and this looks perfect. Thanks for posting!

  11. Gaia says:

    AWESOME!!!! Great work!

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