Published on January 17th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Norden Table becomes Interactive Art Table

Norden table, paint, clear varnish, plastic pipe clip, permanent maker

Description: The plain wooden Norden table in our kitchen started to look boring after a while, so we decided to repaint it and to turn it into an interactive art guestbook.

We first painted the table white, then sprayed stencil portraits of our friends on the surface. Finally, we applied three layers of clear varnish to seal the table for everyday use.

On the side we mounted a plastic pipe clip to hold a permanent maker. The idea is that all our guests may write their name and some personal greetings on the table, just like in a guestbook.

See more of the Lack art table.

~ Kane, Braunschweig, Germany

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

9 Responses to Norden Table becomes Interactive Art Table

  1. Laura says:

    Wow – I’m so impressed! This looks fantastic!

  2. lisa says:

    Beautifully executed table! I am rather poor at making stencils so I will decoupage photos and let friends write on the table before I seal it. Thanks for the Great Idea.

  3. I love this! That reminds me some many years ago, I used some Ikea brown paper as a desk covering and friends signed it, left quotes, random drawings etc on it. I didn’t have my own furniture at the time, but this piece of paper is still with me. I love it. Your hack is seriously so cool. Do you think I could say I hacked IKEA packaging back in the day? ;)

  4. Angela Giaco says:

    Oh my god, this is such an awesome, amazing and cool idea. I love it! :)

  5. Anonymous says:

    Very nice hack!

  6. Doodle Bean says:

    It’s a hack as defined by the site and is a nice hack at that. I bet your friends really enjoyed it!

    Good job!

  7. hem says:

    If decorating wasn’t a hack then there wouldn’t be a category for art on the IKEA Hackers site. That argument aside, are there details on how you created the stencils? I’m a librarian and I would love to make a similar table for the Young Adult area of my library using pictures of famous authors.

    • Kane Kanesianism says:

      @ Anonymous: I’m happy to be featured on this awesome and inspiring website, and if there wasn’t an “arts” category, I wouldn’t have submitted the table. :)

      @ hem: I drew the pictures on a plain notepad with a pencil, then traced it on an overhead projector viewfoil and cut it with a cutter. Alternatively you could use cardbox (ideally with approximately the thickness of a cereal box), though then you either have to cut your drafts (which I did not want) or draw everything twice. Note: If you use viewfoil, the paint may flow below the foil, thus creating blurred edges. Cardbox is easier to handle.
      Have fun making your table! :)

  8. Anonymous says:

    Decorating is not a hack.

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