DIY Hack: IKEA Latt Table
Here is my DIY Hack for the IKEA Latt Table!
I am hacking the Latt table to make it easier to clean, to add additional storage, and to match our interior decor style.
The IKEA Latt table had endured a couple of years of dirt, dents, stuck food crumbs, etc. It is hard to remove anything off the wood. So, I thought about taking all of the parts apart to stain/paint and seal them so it would be easier to clean any kind of messes.
Once I’ve started taking the parts apart and stain most of the wood parts with Minwax Wood Stain in Special Walnut (One of my favorite wood stain colors! I have a lot of wood items in the house such as this wood ceiling in the bathroom with this wood stain color.) in the garage, I realized that it wasn’t going to be done in a day.
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The stain odor was really strong, so I took them outside. I decided to paint some parts light blue… The top part of the chairs and the bottom back side of the chairs also just to give them a pop of color.
*Make sure you wear gloves and clothes you don’t mind ruining! If you are going to be kneeling to stain, cover your legs. I still have the wood stain on my legs and it has been a few days now.*
It was really cool to see the wood grains come out after staining. Staining the table and chairs gave them character.
Once they’re completely dry, I sealed them with Minwax Satin Polycrylic Finish in a thin coat using a clean paintbrush just once. I have thought about sanding and doing a second coat, but just one coat is definitely better than what it used to be.
I added an IKEA spice rack (painted light blue and sealed) to one side of the table for storing crafts when we do activities. It is mind-boggling how many hacks there are for IKEA spice racks on Pinterest! I used the IKEA spice rack as a bookshelf for when Coral was an infant. It didn’t work out as she would use the bookshelf to pull herself up and the bookshelf fell off.
Sorry, I forgot to take pictures of the process because I decided to do this at the last minute.
In this picture, you can see some dents that are more noticeable after staining, but I love it! It adds more character. If you don’t like this, you can use the wood putty to smooth the dents.
Coral and her bed hair!
The spice rack is a great use for additional storage such as storing empty playdoh canisters during the playtime. I plan to buy skinny jars to store crayons, paintbrushes, toddler scissors, etc. So, we can use the spice rack to store items while we do activities.
I love how the light blue adds a pop of color to the table and the chairs.
Coral is in a phase of being obsessed with wearing costumes. Here, she is wearing her Halloween costume, Tinkerbell from last year.
The entire project took me maybe two and half days to complete, since leaving the parts out to dry took a long time. However, it is worth it! 😉
Now, I want to buy a lot of IKEA spice racks and put them everywhere for the small items! Would you feel the urge to run out of the house if you walk in a house with spice racks all over the walls?
Now, onto to the next project!