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Published on February 25th, 2014 | by Jules Yap


A wood makeover for Lack coffee table


Things we need:
1) Ikea lack table (of course!) – I removed the bottom plank
2) Strong hold glue for wood
3) A Saw (to cut the planks exactly the size of the table top)
4) Wooden planks (I got these from Daiso for $2 each)
5) Hammer and some nails
6) Paints (I tried using acrylics, they worked great!)
7) Acrylic fixative (had one lying at home)
8) A medium to sand the wood planks

1) I started off by sanding the wood planks (the top and sides only);

2) Then I stained the wooden planks (they were the lightest shade of natural wood) with some acrylic paints (I had paints at home and mixed a few different colors to give different stains on every plank; no two planks have the exact same tone of color which is what I wanted). The planks dried up within a few minutes but I let them dry for 2-3 hours;

3) I cleaned the Ikea lack table top and sanded it lightly.

4) I laid out the planks on the top to see what works and used the saw to make any changes in sizes.


5) Then I glued the planks to the table top and put heavy books on it. Let it rest for the night (I was too impatient and only let it rest for 2 hours!)

6) I hammered nails randomly on the table top (I liked the whole industrial look so put the nails in haphazardly)

7) I wanted to give it a personal touch so ‘named’ the table “circa 1984″- wrote it by hand, no stencil, with soft pastels. Then I sprayed with an Acrylic fixative. Three months so far and very roughly used and shows no signs of damage/wear&tear to the color or the hand written name :)


8) Voila! A new table for the lounge!

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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".

One Response to A wood makeover for Lack coffee table

  1. Hsk says:

    Yes, Daiso is a Japanese brand with everything at $2 (the saw I got was $2 too!) But these planks should be available in any arts and crafts store or a store similar to Home Depot.

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