Ikea Latt Hack

Ah, the classic, cheap and standard Ikea Latt table.  We got this set for Greta for her first birthday nearly a year ago (I’ll have a two year old next month.  Pinch me.). 

Of course to a toddler a table and chairs just their size is delightful no matter what it looks like–but after staring at it for a year, I knew that we could do better.  For the most part, this just hung out in her room and held her basket of books.  Occasionally, she would pull out a chair and actually sit and pretend to read.

Last night, after she went to bed, I snuck it out of her room to give it a little personality, a new life that didn’t scream, “Ikea Latt!” and most importantly, I was hoping a lot more use.  After about 4 hours, the tabletop was now a chalkboard (I can’t have all the fun), and I color blocked portions of the chairs and table for a contemporary, clean, mod look.  Ta Da!:
I had all of the paint on hand, so this project was a freebie.  For the chalkboard paint, I used Rustoleum, the same quart-sized can I had left over from my making my big chalkboard for our laundry room.  The white border around the chalkboard is right off the shelf semi-gloss white that we use for all of the trim in our house.  The green is Martha Stewart’s Cornichon.  We have used it previously here and here.

The white and green color-blocking also got 3 coats of clear high-gloss Polycrylic to seal, protect and shine!  And boy does it shine:

I love the juxtaposition of the raw pine, the glossy color and the matte black chalkboard.  Once I showed Greta her “new” table and chairs–I realized I should have saved it for her birthday even if we would be regifting her own gift.  She went bananas.

And just when I was sure we had a left on our hands, she switched:

Of all the DIY projects we do around here, there is hands down nothing more rewarding than doing something special for Greta.  She gets so excited and is so grateful.  Now, I am just hoping the excitement of drawing on the chalkboard lasts the afternoon…at least.  

24 Comments

  • Reply November 25, 2012

    Jaime

    Wow! That is awesome. We have the same table!

    Did you have to put a primer down before the chalkboard paint? Or did it adhere to the slick surface as is?

  • Reply November 25, 2012

    Chris loves Julia

    Thanks, Jaimie! No priming and it has held up wonderfully. Woot!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Chris loves Julia

    Just the painted parts. Have fun!!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Hayley Clapham

    Love it. Working on one now. Did u gloss the whole thing or just the colored parts?

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Jane

    love what you did with the chairs! so mod.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Patty.Published

    Jealous. Kole’s looks so drab now. You’ve got serious creative ideas flowing over there.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    meaganbriggs3

    What a genius idea!!!!! Brinley loves to play with chalk outside, this old be perfect for her inside!!!

    Swoooooon-Greta’s hair…… Oh my she is a doll!!!

  • That looks so pretty now! I want a full-size version, for me :)

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Chris loves Julia

    Thanks Patsy!… we had ours for a year before touching it. No worries.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Lexy @ The Proper Pinwheel

    Great is going to be 2?!? Wow.

    Question about the paint: Was yours a spray or one you need a brush for? I’ve got some chalkboard projects in the works and I’ve been researching Rustoleum. Your feedback would be much appreciated. :)

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Chris loves Julia

    I just use the quart-sized can. For my large chalkboard, I rolled in on, but for this little table 2 coats of even brushstrokes worked great. The brushstrokes leveled out by themselves and the table is real smooth. Hope it helps. Can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Weiya @ enjoyer of grace

    Hi Julia! I love the makeover! Actually, I just did the same hack last week! :D It was actually featured today at the DIYShowOff.

    check it out at: http://enjoyerofgrace.blogspot.com/2012/01/ikea-hack-latt-childrens-table-2-chairs.html?m=1

    Hope you like it! :)

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Chris loves Julia

    Looks awesome, Weiya! What a versatile little table we own. Enjoy it and congrats on the feature.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    michelle

    we have that same set and it could really use a make-over! i pinned this and will discuss with the hubs tonight! thanks for the great idea! ~m

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Chris loves Julia

    Awesome Michelle!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Chris loves Julia

    Awesome Michelle!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Heidi P.

    I love it!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Andrea Hernandez

    What made you switch it downstairs instead of keeping it in her room? Just wanting to pick your brain a lil : )

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Chris loves Julia

    I definitely don’t think the living room will be a permanent residence for the Latt, but after I finished it last night, it just stayed downstairs to dry. So when she saw it for the first time it was like Christmas morning. Although I will say, she has been drawing on it all day long–so it has been nice to have it down here so I can keep an eye on her. Once we are done babysitting the baby grand piano, I think that space will turn into a little desk/play/homework area.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Busybudgetingmama

    Love this! We have this table..and it has been colored on..might need this facelift to make it cute again! great idea thanks for sharing (found you via apartment therapy :)

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Jennifer

    Oh I LOVE it! Did you take apart the chairs and tables to paint? Or just paint them assembled? Thanks!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Chris loves Julia

    I just painted it assembled. I taped off the close edges!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Lexy @ The Proper Pinwheel

    Thanks for the tips! I think I’ll use a roller. I’m not very good at even brushstrokes. :)

  • Reply February 18, 2014

    Kary Glawe

    I searched online for ideas for a Latt table makeover and yours was at the top of my list. I love the two toned look on the chairs. I got around to painting ours and blogging it this week. Thank you so much for the inspiration! http://alwayspaintedusuallychipped.blogspot.com/2014/02/ikea-latt-makeover.html

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