Coffee & Side Tables

Published on January 29th, 2013 | by Jules IKEAHacker

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Faux Gator Coffee Table





Materials: LACK table, faux gator upholstery fabric, staple gun, sewing machine

Description: My poor IKEA LACK coffee table has been through a lot. Originally black, I attempted to paint it silver (big mistake), then painted it white, then covered it with a white and gold patterned contact paper. For year€™s I’€™ve wanted to cover it with some sort of reptile skin. I never imagined it would turn out THIS fantastic.

Here’€™s what I did:

I ordered about 3 1/2 yards of this awesome Faux Leather Gator fabric in Pearl White from FABRIC.com. It’€™s upholstery fabric with felt backing, but it’€™s not too heavy.

After I disassembled the table, I laid the large pieces on top of the fabric and cut around, leaving about 2 inches around each side.

One of the problems I face was figuring out how to make the finished product look as smooth and seamless as possible. I ended up cutting a diagonal line at each corner and then hand-sewed together from the inside.

Enter the staple gun. I pulled the fabric as tight as I could so that it would lie flat on its top and stapled along all sides on the bottom of the table. For the bottom shelf of the table, I didn’€™t sew the edges. It’€™s much thinner than the table top, so it was far easier to simply fold and staple underneath to get the effect I needed.

The legs were the most difficult part! I wanted to make sure the legs looked clean, so I decided to sew the fabric here as well. The leg is 8 inches all around, so I measured and cut the fabric accordingly, then sewed together with a sewing machine. There’€™s a screw on the inside of each leg that the bottom shelf sits on. I had one hell of a time getting the fabric tight enough not to sag once on the leg, but not too tight that it wouldn’€™t slip over that screw. Only a few cuts on the hands and several broken nails!

To make the legs look more finished, I stapled the fabric to the top and bottom of each leg.

VOILA!

See more of the faux gator Lack coffee table.

~ Catharine, New York, NY

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12 Responses to Faux Gator Coffee Table

  1. Wow! This is one serious LACK upgrade! The end effect is impeccable. I don’t usually like things made with animal skin, but this looks subtle and quite elegant. Can’t imagine how much effort all that sewing took, especially with the table legs. It’s definitely not recognisable as an Ikea piece any more ;)

  2. Anonymous says:

    Beautifully done!

  3. Sue Marrazzo says:

    nice Idea…black would look cool…TOO!!!!!

  4. Love the look of the gator skin on furniture. It really gives a room a strong chic look.

  5. I never knew there was such a thing as faux gator upholstery fabric! It looks fantastic!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Wow, that is fantastic! Well done!

  7. Anonymous says:

    fantastic doesn’t even come close! it is fabulous! smart and sassy! nice choice in material and color …….

  8. Anonymous says:

    YHL ;) Love them and I love this too! Great job!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Just love this! Now that’s thinking out of the box.

  10. Lamis says:

    Can you show a picture of how the under sides of the table looks like?

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