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This is a fun IKEA Kids table hack with city map of your choice using MapBox.

Fun IKEA Kids table hack with City Map of your choice

IKEA item:

  • IKEA Kritter table (but you can use any IKEA table like an IKEA Lack table)

I had an old IKEA kids table kicking around the home that my kids had grown out of. I decided it was time for a makeover with a map.

IKEA KRITTER kids table

I’m a bit obsessed with maps and recently discovered a fantastic free website Mapbox.com where you can zoom into any city in the world and print a map of that city in any style you like.

My favourite city is my home city, Hong Kong. So using MapBox I got a map of Hong Kong in blue and printed it out. I was going to use the Mod Podge image transfer method to get the map onto my table so I printed a mirror image of the map with a laser printer.

After painting the legs of my IKEA table blue and the top white, I stuck the printed Hong Kong map face down onto the table top using Mod Podge.

Removing transfer paper from Kids table

After the Mod Podge had dried, using a wet sponge I rubbed away the paper to reveal the map image transferred to the table top. To finish off the table I then sealed the Hong Kong map image with another layer of Mod Podge. The image transfer of the map gives a much smoother and better finish than decoupage.

I love how the IKEA Kritter table turned out and like to look at the Hong Kong map whilst sipping my coffee, remembering all my favourite places in the city. You can use the same image transfer method with any other IKEA side table such as the IKEA lack.

See full tutorial here.

~ by Claire Armstrong, PillarBoxBlue


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