Friday, November 22nd, 2013
I had a couple questions about Henry’s play table, so I thought I’d post a brief “tutorial” on how we took it from completely ugly to super cute. I use the word “tutorial” very loosely as this was the easiest (and cheapest!) project ever. This would make for a cheap, easy and fun Christmas gift!
- 1 IKEA LATT Children’s Table and Chair Set
- 2 cans spray paint (I used Rust-Oleum, which was $4.99 a can at my local Fred Meyer, but way cheaper at Amazon)
- 1 can chalkboard spray paint (this was also $5ish at my local Fred Meyer, but again Amazon has it for a bargain)
- Eraser (you’ll need this to help “prime” the chalkboard surfaces after you’ve painted them)
And, now for the super detailed and difficult directions.
- Open up the box the table came in. Set aside the assembly directions and the allen wrench.
- Lay out the wood pieces on cardboard and start spraying with the spray paint you’ve selected. Allow them to dry and then flip those pieces over.
- Lay the seats of the chairs and the top of the tables in another area and spray those with the chalkboard paint. You’ll likely need to do a couple coats.
- Assemble table according to IKEA’s directions. Maybe pour yourself an adult beverage at this time, because you know their stuff is impossible to assemble.
- IMPORTANT! Before allowing your kiddle to color on the table, roll a piece of chalk sideways over the entire table, then erase it with a chalkboard eraser. This will help “prime” your table.
Knowing that Henry won’t use this table forever, I didn’t want to spend too time or money on this, but if you do want to get SUPER crafty, there are tons of other really cool tutorials on Pinterest for making these over. If you end up doing one, let me know!
(disclosure: the Amazon links are affiliate links, meaning I’ll receive a percentage if you buy an item.)