How not to guide to upcycling IKEA Latt Table

How not to guide to upcycling hack IKEA Latt Table

The IKEA Latt table is a familiar sight in homes featuring young children. An inexpensive small table for children, scaled to their size, perfect play height for toddlers. Great for feeding littlies and their guests. Actually, very durable, we’ve had ours a good few years, it has survived a toddler and two moves. It was sitting in our living room, a good place to put down a cup of tea, less aesthetically pleasing. I could have taken it to the charity shop, but it is a functional item, there was no real reason to get rid of it. Then I stumbled across this hack on Pinterest, from Felt and Honey. I thought I’d ‘upcycle/hack’ our table. How hard can it be?


What follows is more of ‘how not to guide’ to hacking an IKEA Latt table. Because, I thought it looked easy, and it is, I’m just a bit useless at this type of stuff. I thought it would be useful to share my mistakes.

Read the hack

My first lesson, before embarking on a ‘hack’ is to properly read the hack. I simply plunged into the idea and purchased everything I’d need without reading the whole post.

For this hack you will need: A sheet of paper big enough for the top to the table, mine came from Stanfords the map people and is wrapping paper. Wrapping paper is just a right size,  only a bit needs to be hacked off later. Choose a thick, quality paper (I got this bit right).

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I used old violet. A sample size pot (I wanted to do it on the cheap).

Annie Sloan wax, again, a sample size.

Mod Podge glue and sealant (available from craft shops).

What if it’s built?

On gathering all my items together to start my project, I read the whole post and discovered that the author painted the table in pieces, whereas mine was assembled. I wasn’t entirely sure it would come apart or that I wanted the faff of putting it back together. No matter, I thought this will be ok…..



As I said, I used a sample pot which (at the time of writing) is around £6.00 for 100 ml, compared to the next size up which is a litre and retails at around £19.00.

Chalk paint is thicker than standard paint. I’ve since used it on completely untreated wood shelves and it was difficult to work with, I found it very hard to spread the paint well. It did go on the Latt table fairly well, the wood is slightly treated and a smooth surface seems to suit chalk paint. The pot just stretched to two coats. Which I have read is enough for Annie Sloan paint. A really tidy coverage would have been 3, there are patchy areas (and I keep that side to the wall), but that might be my lack of experience with the paint.


Read the instructions

You are supposed to gently sand the paint with fine sand paper before waxing. This post is all about learning from my mistakes, I only read that later. I simply waxed over the paint using a duster and a pot of mini (120 ml around £5.00) clear wax and the coverage is OK. The wax darkens the colour.

Annie Sloan chalk paint and wax

Dark half is waxed and you can see the paint coverage is a touch lumpy (from a distance it looks OK!)

The topping

The thing that appealed to me about the original hack was covering the plain white top with patterned paper. However, as I discovered this was done before the table was assembled. Now, as you can probably appreciate from my fairly lack-lustre attempt up to this point that measuring and accuracy aren’t my thing. How would I make the paper neatly fit into the corner of the table that aren’t square? they have a slight ‘inverted’ detail.

All the hail the craft knife

I left the paper on top of the table weighted by heavy books for a couple of days, once I knew it was flat, I carefully used the shape of a table as a stencil and with a craft knife cut out the little ‘inverts’ in the corner. It isn’t perfect, by this point that was the theme.

IKEA Latt Table upcycle

Mod Podge

For the ‘un-crafty’ (like me) let me introduce Mod Podge. A glue come sealant. Used under the paper to glue it down and on top to seal it. Retails at around £6.00. Very easy to use, although there are lessons to learn.

Mod Podge
Once again learn from my mistakes

Luckily, I used a patterned paper, the lumps and bumps are harder to see, but they are there. Once you have pasted your surface with mod podge and placed your paper on top, you need to use a cloth and carefully smooth out every wrinkle and bump.  You will be surprised to read that I didn’t. Well, I did a bit, thinking that would be OK. In my defence, I was a ‘first-timer’.  More effort is required. I have a fairly bumpy table, but the pattern makes it less obvious. *Sigh*.


A couple of coats with provide a nice seal and surface for the paper and protect it. If unlike me, nearer perfect matters, 3 coats maybe 4.

There you have it, a hap-hazzard guide to up-cycling badly, I hope other people can benefit from my catalogue of errors and produce an improved version. I love the end result, imperfections and all.
IKEA Latt Table Hack



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