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IKEA is wonderful for inexpensive and classic furniture pieces. However, they don’t always have cottage or vintage styles that are believe-able. That shouldn’t stop you from using and loving their pieces. You will just need to invest a bit of time into taking one of their simple pieces and transforming it into your style. This simple IKEA table update is exactly that. We have had this table for about 5 years. It has moved into 3 homes with us, has been a conference table, craft table, dining room table, and is currently a kitchen island. Good, simple pieces are incredibly useful. So grab a simple piece of furniture and add your stamp to it!
The first step in working with furniture from IKEA or any furniture that might have a bit of a gloss to it is sanding. Just a quick sand over the piece will help any paint you use to adhere. You can use a sander, like I did. Or simply grab a couple pieces of sandpaper and put some elbow grease into it. Either way will work just fine.
I used homemade chalk paint for this project. I love the stuff. I find it to be a one-coat coverage without the need for primer and fuss. Perfect for busy lives!
Finding chalk paint to buy is so easy. It is easily found at your home improvement stores, paint stores, and even Amazon. One of my favorite, inexpensive chalk paint brands is Americana. I find their colors to be soft, the formula to be good, and the price to be inexpensive. I’ve included a link (affiliate) to their product..
Give the edges a bit of gentle sanding to round them out a bit and allow the wood to peek through. This will be addicting, I warn you. Do it ever so gentle and keep it to the places on the table that would naturally see wear.
It will give it a nice weathered, beat-up look…
To darken the wood on the tabletop and hopefully fake some sort of wood grain apply the stain over about 1/4 of the table then pushed it back off. Always apply and push off in the direction you want it to appear to have a wood grain. You will literally push the stain off…hard! This will make it come off in streaks, looking very much like wood grain. You’ll want to repeat this process several times until you get the look you are after.
Tip: to get the appearance of knots in the wood use a q-tip or your finger to drop bits of stain onto the table. Leave it for several minutes and then push it off.
The edge of the table is quite simple, aluminum enamel.
You get this very cool metal edge with quick work of a sponge brush.
Tip: Try to apply the paint in one smooth stroke from one side of the table to another to give the appearance of one large strip of metal
The finishing touch that makes this all believable is simple upholstery nails. These can be found in a variety of looks and finishes. I use the silver ones and kept the design quite simple.
Start in the center of each side of the table and measure your way out. If you would like, measure the width and do all the math to determine the proper width between each nail. Or, like we did, just eyeball it.
You will end up with a beautiful faux metal trimmed edge.
Time was about 3 hours for this IKEA table update, depending on your familiarity with the materials. Surprising, the nails will take the longest.