Ikea Lack Coffee Table Transformed!

So we had this Lack Coffee Table from Ikea that didn’t match the decor in our front room (it was espresso, the other furniture in the room is white) so I decided to do something else with it. I was going to just paint it white but I didn’t think it looked right in the room as white – there was already too much white in the room. So after searching some blogs for ideas (see Ikea Hackers and Pinterest) I decided to make the table into a bench.

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For this project, I painted the legs and the bottom shelf with one coat of ASCP Paris Grey, one coat of Old White and one coat of Aubusson Blue (I probably didn’t need that many coats but this was my first project with the ACSP so I wasn’t used to it yet.) I then mildly distressed the table and waxed with clear wax and a little dark wax.
For the table top (make sure to remove the legs), I used two 2″x22″x22″ foam pads. I had to cut one of the pads to fit. I hot glued them to the table. I then covered the table top with batting material (I got the cheapest pack, making sure it would be bigger than the tables dimensions) and stapled it to the bottom of the table top, making sure to pull to ensure a secure, snug fit. After applying the batting material, I covered the table top in burlap (I purchased 2 yards but 1.5 probably would have been enough as I had some leftover), stapling it to the bottom of the table top. I made sure that the burlap had a snug fit as well. I then ironed the burlap as there was a crease down the middle. After that, I added upholstery tacks for looks. Believe me, the upholstery tacks made the look of the bench.


  1. says

    Julie, that's so beautiful. I think you have found a true talent for upcycling furniture! I'm so impressed and inspired. :)

    xo, Jess

  2. says

    I really like that! I'm working on turning an old table into a hallway bench too (by working on I mean, I walk by it all the time and remind myself I've got to start!)

  3. says

    Thank you, Andrea! My boyfriend and I both sat on it and it feels pretty sturdy. The owner of the blog that I got the inspiration from (see Pinterest link at beginning of post) said that her and her husband both sit on the bench that they made and it holds up just fine.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  4. says

    OMG, This is so great. I saw this on cheapcraftymama.com. I have one of these and its stuck in the garage, not because I don't like it or we don't have room, I just not sure what to do with it, because we got a vintage coffee table from my grandmother that I like better. Looks like I have a project. Thanks so much!

  5. says

    You're welcome! I found the inspiration via Pinterest which brought me to Ikea Hackers. Great site with many Ikea product redos. Thank you for stopping by my blog. :)

  6. says

    I surely do like what you have done with this coffee table. I have pinned it to my boards for future reference…looks great..

  7. says

    I loved this! We just bought super cheap side tables from Ikea and are brainstorming painting ideas. I loved what you did with your table! Great work! :) Thanks for sharing this great post on Saturday Show & Tell @ Cheerios and Lattes last week! :) Hope to see you again this weekend! :)

  8. says

    Thank you so much! I'll be sure to visit your blog this weekend as I have a couple of other projects I plan on working on this weekend. :) Have a good weekend.

  9. says

    I am TOTALLY impressed with that bench! I have a bench from an old dining table and now I know what I want to do with it! Thanks for sharing this at the {what's shakin' link party} this week!!

  10. says

    Love this idea Julie Ann! I was going to do this to our Lack table a few months back, but never got around to it. I sold it instead.

    Love how yours turned out.

    Thanks for sharing on The All Star Block party!

  11. says

    Thank you, Meg! This was my first major furniture redo. I have some other projects that I am currently working on that will be posted once complete.

    Thanks for stopping by and following my blog. :)

  12. says

    Great project! I love how you transformed it into a bench. I'm following you on GFC and I'd love for you to come visit my blog sometime. Have a great day!

  13. says

    I REALLY REALLY Love this rehab…. what a great job you did… this looks fantastic…

    Thank you for linking up to the ALL STARS BLOCK PARTY!!!


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