I love a good before and after! This week I recycled an old rotten Ikea LÄTT Table and chairs. This table set had been left outside in the rain and had become damaged. However, I saw the potential in the piece and decided to rescue it. I have a new video on my YouTube channel this week where I share the transformation. I will link to it below.
Ikea LÄTT hack
Overall, the frame of this piece was in good condition. There were mould and mildew on the frame but, otherwise, the wood was in good condition. The MDF table top had become warped from the rain. I decided to replace the MDF table and seat tops.
I picked up a sheet of MDF in the same thickness as the original piece. I purchased a 2mm thick MDF sheet from Woodies for €3.69. I dismantled the LÄTT set using an Allen key. I used the old tabletop as a template. I placed it on top of the new MDF tabletop and traced around it with a pencil. I then used my jigsaw to cut out the new tabletop. I repeated the same process for the two seat-pads.
I wanted to add a bit of character to the new table-top and seat pads. So, I used a boho style stencil to create a pattern on top. I sealed it with some cleat polyurethane to protect it from damage. Here is a link to the stencil I used. I love how easy it was to apply the stencil and it brought it to life.
Once I had created the new table-top, I worked on the frame. I gave it a good scrub before painting. I had to remove a lot of mould and mildew, so, I used warm soapy water and a scrubbing sponge to get most of it off. I then used some Krud Kutter to remove any remaining grime. I also gave it a light sanding before painting.
I applied one coat of Colourtrend primer to stop any stains from bleeding. Once this was fully dry, I then applied two coats of Coloutrend “cuckoo call”. This is a lovely light pink shade. Once it was fully dry, I reassembled the table and chair. Make sure the paint is fully dry before reassembling to avoid the paint chipping.
I love how this has turned out. I always say, just because something is cheap, it doesn’t mean it is to be thrown away. I love that this has been given a new lease of life and, I think it looks better than the original. If you want to see more Ikea hacks, check out this playlist here.
If you liked this Ikea kids hack, then you will love my Ikea play kitchen makeover. You can read it here. If you enjoyed this upcycle, please share on your social channels. You can also check out the YouTube video here, thank you for your support on my channel.
Thank for reading,
Love the stencil your table looks fabulous.
Thank you so much Claire! X