This Ikea Lack coffee table makeover is the easiest you will ever see! The plain table top can be easily transformed into your favorite farmhouse look with this simple hack that takes about 5-minutes!
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This Ikea Lack coffee table makeover has been in wings for a while… patiently waiting its turn.
It is so easy that I debated if a blog post about it would even be justified!
It had certainly seen better days. In fact, it had gone through one transformation already. I had turned it into an upholstered ottoman a couple of years ago. I apologize for the bad quality pre-blog photo below.
When my own DIY storage ottoman came into the world, I stripped down this poor ottoman and reused all the foam, stuffing and batting :).
Related: DIY Upholstered Storage Ottoman
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.
That’s when I remembered the faux wood contact paper I had seen while researching the “marble” for the bathroom countertops.
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Easy Ikea Lack makeover –
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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 easily-
Step 1 – Start by cleaning up the surface. I had to use a lot of goo gone to get all the sticky residue out first. Use your favorite cleaners but the last step should be a complete wipe down with rubbing alcohol to remove all the residues and oils.
Step 2 – Starting at one end, slowly peel back and start fixing the contact paper on 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!
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I love to hack Ikea furniture! Take a look at all my Ikea hacks. One of my absolute favorites is this Ikea Ivar hack.
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I LOVE this ~ what a change!!! Studying it, it makes me wonder ~ if I wrapped the contact paper over and along the long edges, and then fold down the shorter length ends as well (just continuing the run of the top piece over each end), would it look like thick wood was used to make a top for the four legs? But actually, then the legs could also be separately wrapped with the “boards” on the paper going in the vertical position. The legs may be wider than one of the illustrated boards, but would it still look okay!? (Just thinking of a variation on the black legs … !?)
I still love your DIY!
Hi Kathy, yes absolutely!! That would make it look pretty cool! If you end up doing that, please do share with me! I would love it!!