So you have a new or beaten up Ikea Lack coffee table laying around your house…you want to give it a makeover but don’t want to spend the time and money on it because you would rather go on with better things in life. But you do need something different in your living room. Well you can thank me later because an Ikea Lack hack doesn’t get any easier! Seriously, it is so easy and simple I wasn’t even sure I should write a post about it… but I love simple projects and thought you might too! Here is the new Ikea Lack in all its wood look glory!
First, here is the story of the Ikea Lack coffee table that’s been in my life for almost 7 years. It has held various positions in our house starting with what it was meant to be – a coffee table – followed by a little display table. Then it spent about 2 years as an upholstered ottoman! I apologize for the bad quality pre-blog photo below.
When my own DIY storage ottoman came into the world, I striped down this poor ottoman and reused all the foam, stuffing and batting :). We were left with a sorry looking sticky table top with holes in it. (The holes were for tufting which I never got around to)
I didn’t want to throw it away because structurally it was great. It just needed a new top. I debated building one with wood but couldn’t justify the effort and money to make it. That’s when I remembered the faux wood contact paper I had seen while researching the “marble” for the bathroom countertops.
Easy Ikea Lack hack –
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Materials needed for the Ikea Lack coffee table hack –
- Faux wood contact paper. I used Beach wood but there are so many options out there!
- Rubbing alcohol
- Flexible smoothing tool or a credit card
- X-acto knife
How to hack the Ikea Lack –
Step 1 – Start by cleaning up the surface. Use your favorite cleaners but the last step should be a complete wipe down with rubbing alcohol to remove all the residues and oils. I had use a lot of goo gone to get all the sticky residue out first.
Step 2 – Starting on one end, slowly peel back and start fixing the contact paper to the table top.
Step 3 – Use an X-acto knife to cut off the excess contact paper.
Didn’t I tell you this was going to be the easiest Ikea Lack hack ever! Sometimes the easiest projects are a lot of fun too! I love the “wood” look of the top and the texture and dimensionality. Needless to say, it will be making a lot of appearances in my pictures. You may have already seen it with my DIY “marble” tray. 🙂
Wondering what else you can do with contact paper? Check out my post on how to decorate with contact paper which is loaded with details and ideas!
Do you love Ikea hacks? I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to them! Come follow it and find lots of inspiration!
I also love this fabric paneled Tarva dresser –
Looking for more ideas on for an Ikea Lack hack?