I’m back! It’s been a long, tiring summer. And now that we are back in the city, it’s time to get back to crafting! What a better way to begin with? An IKEA hack. A Lack table hack, to be exact.
You might remember the previous IKEA Lack hack. I got 2 small tables and joined them for making a bigger one,so that it would be safer for our little guy.
The little guy is almost 2 now and he loves cars and play figures. So i turned these 2 tables to one gaming table. He has a piece of felt fabric with a construction site printed on it, which he loves. But as he puts its on the floor he always slips and falls. The solution? Secure it on the tables.
This was a great way to experiment on painting furiniture with water based paint. I have only spray painted a couple of pieces at the past. This table goes through a lot, so i thought it would be best to avoid spray paint and try getting a longer lasting result. At least that’s what i am hoping for!
I did all the steps! Sanded, primed, sanded again, painted and sanded again and again! Have a look!
First, i cleaned and sanded the Lack table. The store employee said the primer would be OK even without sanding, but i went on with it anyway!
I applied 2 coats of water based primer. I let each one dry for several hours before sanding and applying the next layer. I used a brush for this, but i got too many paint lines. I might use a roller for the next project!
Yes, before painting the table i sanded again! I used a 180grit paper for the primer, but as i applied more paint i used finer papers.
I applied 4 thin coats of paint, using a foam roller. There were LOTS of tiny bubbles every time, but they disappeared as the paint dried.
Again, i left the paint dry very well, before sanding and painting the next layer. As i applied more layers, it took less and less sanding. So i used finer papers. I used a 600grit paper for the last paint layer.
I read all about sanding and how important it is between each layer, but i only believed it when i saw it! Such a smooth finish! I will use a plam sander on the next project though. It should do a better job than me!
After finishing with the painting, Mr. Practical took action. He used a staple gun for securing the felt onto the table! So we can take it out without ruining (a lot) the table top!
I did not use sealant on the table. I want to see how much can the paint last form all the traffic the table has! And it’s a lot!
Needless to say that the boss of the house is loving his new table! He runs around it, with his cars on hand, like crazy! And i love the paint job! My brother has a pedestal coffee table they are not using! That’s going to be my next makeover attempt! I’ll make sure i use a sealer to that one!
What do you think of our play table? Have you made any furniture transformation using water based paint?