Ikea Lack Coffee Table Hack

Hi, all!

You know I am kind of obsessed with “Before and Afters”; I think they are great when repurposing something you don’t like but it is still useful. This happened to our previous coffee table which was too small for our new sofa. It was about time to get a new (second hand) table big enough, so I searched over the internet and found this Ikea Lack coffee table for 20€. It had the perfect size, yay!

Ikea Lack coffee table hack with some wood and dye

The top was a bit damaged but I didn’t mind because I had plans for it.

Ikea Lack coffee table hack with some wood and dye

As you can see the previous owner wasn’t too handy with screws…

Ikea Lack coffee table hack with some wood and dye

My first task was go shopping, and I came back home with this piece of pine wood. I love pine wood because it is cheap and it dyes wonderful.

Ikea Lack coffee table hack with some wood and dye

I measured it and had it cut into four equal pieces to fit the top. Then it was time to dye the wood, you may want to check the full tutorial.Ikea Lack coffee table hack with some wood and dye     Ikea Lack coffee table hack with some wood and dye

Look at the contrast of colors between dyed and raw wood.

Ikea Lack coffee table hack with some wood and dye

While they were drying, I painted the table white with my DIY chalk paint.

As I wanted the table top to have a weathered look, I prepared some paint for the job. If you want to check the tutorial you can find it hereIkea Lack coffee table hack with some wood and dye

Once they were dry, I glued all the pieces to the table and add some weight for 24 hours. The last thing was to varnish all the surface to waterproof it… you know, with kids any caution is welcome.

Ikea Lack coffee table hack with some wood and dye

Ikea Lack coffee table hack with some wood and dye

I have to tell I love it!! It doesn’t go unnoticed, it’s the first thing friends see when they come home and they love it too!

Ikea Lack coffee table hack with some wood and dye

Thanks for stopping by, have a great week! If you want to see some other projects you will find them at the Gallery.



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  1. Keri says:

    Pili, I love this coffee table!! I can see why people comment on it when visiting you, it looks awesome!! You rocked this makeover!!!

    • Pili says:

      Hi, Vineta! Yes, great minds think alike! If you do it you won’t regret it, it looks way better and I would love to see it!

    • Pili says:

      Yes, Leanne, no special or fancy tools required to make an Ikea table look better. That’s the best part of this makeover!
      Thanks for visiting!

  2. Katrin says:

    Great Lack Hack Pili! I have a smaller Lack table sitting here and I think I might head to Leroy Merlin to get some wood as well! I love the idea! Did you paint the legs or left them as they were?

    • Pili says:

      Hi, Katrin! The whole table had a light brown color so I painted it white, that’s why it looks so different now.
      Leroy Merlin can cut the wood for you, much easier!

  3. Ashley says:

    I love your redo! That would fit perfectly in my house, it actually looks similar to a coffee table I was looking to have Hubby make me. 🙂 Have a great week!

    • Pili says:

      That’s great, Ashley!! Now you can give hubby some work! I hope he’s not reading my comment… Well, in fact it is not too much work, it is longer to explain it than to do it.

      Have a great week you too!

  4. Ilka says:

    Pili – I used to own this table from Ikea when we lived in NYC. I wished I had seen your tutorial back then – I would probably still own it. Looks great!

    • Pili says:

      Hi, Ilka! I think it’s one of the most common tables around the world! But with this hack it turns into something special and not every body has the same at home.

      Thanks for visiting!!

  5. Betsy says:

    Wow, what a transformation. I love the idea of cutting the pine board into separate pieces for a more rustic look. Great job. Thanks for sharing at Talk of the Town.

    • Pili says:

      Yes, Betsy, I think cutting the pine board into separate pieces gives the table a more rustic look.

      Thanks so much for visiting, have a wonderful week!

    • Pili says:

      Susie, thank you so much! Love that **standing ovation**, I never had one on the blog!

      Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

  6. AJ @ Aspen Jay says:

    Hi Pili!
    Your table looks SO much better! It looks like a completely new piece and it was such an easy hack! Thanks so much for sharing this!
    Hope you are having a great week!

  7. Life Loving says:

    That table now looks gorgeous. I’m too obsessed with seeing the before and afters. Especially if it’s on your blog!

    Sally @ Life Loving

    • Pili says:

      I am obsessed with before and afters too, Sally. I can’t help taking some stuff and changing it into a new life!

      Enjoy the week!

  8. Melanie says:

    A fantastic hack! Looks 5 million times better, and I love the look of the pine, so warm and weathered. Great job! Thanks for linking up this week to FFF 🙂

  9. Nikki Frank-Hamilton says:

    Pili, I love this! It looks so great, I never would have thought of this, and wouldn’t have purchased the table! Who would have pictured it like the “after” picture??? Only you! Your stain is perfect, it really brings out the great wood tone. Great job!

    • Pili says:

      Nikki, you are always so kind with your comments! I didn’t mind how the table looked because I had plans, and it turned out great. The stain tip is one of my favorite things to do when working with wood.

    • Pili says:

      I agree Tuula, easy and fast fixes are my favorite!

      Thanks for visiting, I hope you are enjoying the week!

    • Pili says:

      Hi, Malissa! The table is not an Ikea one any more, it is now our unique table 🙂

      Thanks for visiting!

    • Pili says:

      Hi, Taylor!! I used varnish all over the pine boards.

      Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful week!

  10. Rebecca says:

    Wow! Looks great!! 🙂 Wondering if you sanded down the lack table first or if the chalk paint simply adhered to the table as is? Thx!
    Rebecca 🙂

    • Pili says:

      Hi Rebecca! I know, wow, it doesn’t look like an ordinary Ikea table, glad you liked it too.

      I didn’t sand at all, the chalk paint just adheres to almost everything. If you haven’t tried it yet, you’ll get hooked once you do.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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