Wednesday, March 9, 2011

IKEA Children's table re-do

Sorry for the long little man turned the big "2" this week and we took a very last minute trip to CA to visit my family for his birthday. A 2 month old + 2 year old= super exciting 12 hour drive...complete with exploding diapers and burp up eruptions. But it was so worth it! I"m sure missing the 70 degree weather...

Well, with his birthday, we decided he would love a table of his own size...and man, were we right...he loves this thing! He loves to drive his cars all over it (cars are his latest obsession). And I love that he no longer drives his cars on my poor scratched coffee table.

But, it didn't start out this looked like this
It is seriously putting me to sleep just looking at it...bor-ing. And honestly with a 2 year old, how long is the top of that table gonna stay white? Who thought of that? Maybe Swedish kids are way neater....I doubt it....But, only 19.99 for the table and 2 chairs! Yeah, 20 bucks, I LOVE IKEA! And they don't even pay me to say that!

My little man saw me taking pictures of his table so he grabbed his camera and joined fun!

So we made the amazing transformation for right around 25 bucks! I'm thinking in about a year I'll be flipping the top over and decorating the other side for my little lady with a tea party!

Here's how I did it if you'd like to make one for the little one in your life...

You'll need-

Modge podge
Foam Brush
Black acrylic paint
6 8 1/2x 11 pieces of scrapbook paper (or you could just go to AAA and get a free map of your state, I just didn't love the look of UT)
Fun car stickers
Spray paint (if you don't like the look of natural wood, I chose black because it matches my living room furniture)

1. Apply a generous coat of modge podge on to the table top, working in sections the size of the paper pieces. Roll out any bubbles/wrinkles. Do the same on the seat tops. I found this paper at Joann''s just of some random favorite city has to be this one-

yeah, that's knockemstiff right in the middle...we think it's in Wisconsin...

2. Trace pieces of track or draw your road onto the map.

3. With the black acyclic paint, fill in the roadways you drew.

4. Attach the stickers

5. Once the paint has dried, apply several layers of modge podge, allowing to dry between each layer. I did about 8 layers (since my 2 year old is super destructive and I didn't want it to end up looking like the top of my poor coffee table...)

6. If your gonna spray paint it, do it now...then assemble and enjoy!


  1. awesome love it I am thinking garage sale finds here

  2. wow, that looks amazing but I am sure it kept you up for hours on end working on it. Great job!

  3. That is awesome! Love how it came out and I am a new follower! Would love if you would come link this up to my first linky party tomorrow!!! I would really appreciate it!
    Have a great day!

  4. Wow!! That is one of the most creative things I've seen in a while. Awesome! Great job!

  5. This is such a creative idea! I love it and featured it here:
    I was so inspired I made one and will be posting it tomorrow morning with a link to your tutorial :)

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  7. I like your tables. I use granite in Edmonton to make mine look expensive.


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