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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.

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38 comments on “Ikea Lack Coffee Table Transformed!”

  1. Adorable! I love it! You did a wonderful job :)

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

    xo, Jess

  3. Thank you, Jess! It was a lot of work but I really like it! I can't wait to do more. :)

  4. I am impressed. Your new piece is lovely and you did it.

  5. Thank you! It was my first furniture redo project.

  6. Super cool, Julie! :)

  7. 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!)

  8. Thank you, Barb! I can't wait to see it after you finish it. :) Thanks for the follow and have a great day!

  9. It looks great. Since it's now a bench, is it strong enough to hold the weight of a person sitting on it?

  10. 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!

  11. This is super cute! Great job :)

  12. Thank you, Morgan! :)

  13. This is so awesome!! Making me look at some of my boring furniture in a new light :)

  14. Thank you, Kaitlyn!

  15. This is awesome! I shared it on my FB page, thanks for sharing at Pin It and Win It Wednesday!

  16. Thank you so much for sharing this project and for stopping by my blog! Happy Wednesday to you! :)

  17. OMG, This is so great. I saw this on 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!

  18. 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. :)

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

  20. Hi Mona,
    Thank you very much! I will be posting one or two projects this weekend so please stop by again. :)


  21. 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! :)

  22. 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.

  23. You are the winner of Pin It and Win It– featuring your post on my blog today!

  24. Oh my gosh! Thank you so much! :)

  25. 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!!

  26. You're welcome! Thank you for stopping by my blog! :)

  27. 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!

  28. 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. :)

  29. 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!

  30. Thank you! I live your hummus recipe on your site. I've followed you back. :)

  31. So very cute! I love the way it turned out. Thanks so much for sharing at the All Star Block Party.


  32. 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!!!


  33. That's art to make old thinks awesome not to through out the house..!
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