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Ikea Hack: Faux Native Table

I’m still working on having a beached-themed living room and the process is taking so slooooowly that’s why you’re not seeing further updates. From the rate I’m going, the big reveal might probably come mid-next year or worse, end of next year. I just hope not. Anyway, here is one accomplished task (out of 500, kidding, kinda…)

I can’t buy any new furniture right now so I just have to make-over my existing ones to match the theme I’m going for. I have an Ikea Lack table that just looks lousy but I can’t part with it because there’s hardly any furniture in the house. For the longest time, I’ve been thinking of what I can do with it like decoupaging it with fabric (can’t find the right fabric), painting it (looks tacky and plain), adding mosaic (not too beach like). Then one day, while window shopping in Landmark, I found this nylon woven placemats that will look great with the table. I want something similar to a wicker chair or basket and like I said, I can’t afford anything right now. I have the rest of the materials like the sisal rope I bought months ago in Quiapo so I grabbed for of the placemats and went home excited to start a new project.

See, it’s ugly now so I need to act quick. The process is pretty self-explanatory so I’m just posting pictures. But feel free to ask me if anything is unclear.

White glue works well for the table top. I tried using it on a leg but failed, unless I want to hold the placemat around the leg and wait for the glue to dry. Contact cement (rugby) works better. Just apply thin, even coats on both surfaces (the leg and the placemat) and allow a few minutes for it to dry. It will stick flat and perfect. I even attempted using white glue for the rope. I didn’t know what I was thinking then…

Four placemats were exactly enough for this table. I wrapped rope on the uncovered part of the leg to remedy the damaged bottom. I don’t think a damp mop can do much harm now.

I just love the texture, so native and local. I wish I could finish the living room so you could all see my table with the rest of the gang.

Oh, while editing the images, I asked my 3-year old son which looks better, the old one or the new one. He likes the old one better. 🙁 I don’t care, I still think it’s beach-y.

22 Comments on Ikea Hack: Faux Native Table

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    November 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm (4 years ago)

    hi there. very nice makeover.. i was wondering if you got my email? i recently emailed you about distressed painting. hope to hear your thoughts about it

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      November 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Monica. 🙂 I haven’t received any email. Can you send it to michelle_rinosa (@) yahoo.com? Looking forward to it.

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    November 9, 2012 at 12:49 am (4 years ago)

    hi again, Michelle!
    I was actually just going to ask if you have done faux painted furniture before because i have this dresser but i don’t know what i’d do with it. Was thinking of painting it white and use pastel colors on the drawers, or something like that. I was wondering if you could show me how if you have done it before, and if you have some great ideas. I like your blog and can relate to some of your posts… you are very creative and patient with furniture makeovers so i wanted to let you know I’m a fan 🙂

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      November 9, 2012 at 11:21 am (4 years ago)

      Aww, thanks a lot Monica. I’m so flattered to have a fan, I feel like a I’m Martha Stewart. Hahaha! Anyway…. I’ve done quite a few furniture repainting but most of them, I had our “family carpenter” (sort of like a family doctor who is a jack of all trade) do the dirty job for me. Repainting something can be a tedious job for someone inexperienced like me because of the preparation, sanding, priming, sanding again. I tried it with a couple of chairs (see before and after category) and it took me 3 weeks to finish sanding and painting because I only do it when I have the extra time. Plus, painting can be a hassle if you have a kid and don’t have a space outside your house. Sooo, for someone lazy like me, I prefer wrapping my furniture like I did with this table. You can try decoupage using glue, fabric or paper to wrap it. By the way, is your dresser originally painted or is it laminated? If it’s laminated, the process of repainting it is much easier (see my Painting a Department Store Furniture Post.) You can also email me the photo of your dresser if you like so we can come up with a good look for it. 🙂

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    March 5, 2014 at 12:18 am (3 years ago)

    So excited to click on this Ikea Lack makeover from a link on some other random blog after googling “lack table repairs” — and to find that you’re in Manila. Love your blog and your projects, Michelle! I wish we could have chatted at the Johnson’s Baby Play Factory event because I was there. Unfortunately not much chance to chat with our blogger guests because we wanted to keep it short so you could play with your kids. Will be following your little space and would love to see mooooore!

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