IKEA Kids Table Makeover

I love looking at something that is plain and boring and seeing what it could be with a little work. For my munchkins 2nd birthday, I wanted to get her a little kid table but I didn’t want to spend a couple hundred dollars on something she will only use for a few years. That is when I saw this table on Ikea’s website for $20!

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The closest ikea store is in Atlanta… Let’s be honest… I am like a cat in water when it comes to Atlanta. I am SO thankful for friends who go to Atlanta and ikea all the time!

After I got the table, I went to Pinterest. I saw so many ideas like this and this. There are so many ideas and they are all very helpful in getting me started.

Here is my completed table:

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My husband is going to take the table and chairs this week to get Lowes to cut plexiglass for it but when I received E’s tin tea set in the mail today, I couldn’t wait a second longer to share these pictures! I will be sure to post pictures from her birthday!

You can make a table just like this! Here is what you need to make your own :

ikea table
BEHR ballet white paint
BEHR ballerina pink
3/8 of a yard of fabric
(had left overs that I can use on something else too)
plexiglass from Lowes

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How To Fix A Loose Chair

I never thought that I would be fixing a loose chair! Then again… I never thought I would be painting our kitchen table and chairs. Since I had NO idea how to fix the chairs, I went to Google and watched this video. Seems easy enough…

So, today I talked to our maintenance man, got him to walk me through fixing them and I borrowed his rubber mallet. Here goes nothing…

First, I labeled chairs from left to right.

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E wanted to be labeled…

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Once E was in bed I took my frustrations (I didn’t have any when I first started but after a minute I did because it is harder than I thought it would be) out on the chair.

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Then I sanded the old glue off and put glue in all the holes, put each piece back in its rightful spot, and let out the rest of my frustrations. I wrapped some bungee cords around it and am letting it sit over night.

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Sanding kitchen chairs

Now that the kitchen table is finished, I have started sanding the chairs. It isn’t difficult, they are just a bit more time consuming but I am determined to finish them.

Here are before pictures of the kitchen chairs that came with our table:

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And here are pictures of the chairs I bought from a friend:

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They are very different chairs but they look really cute together. I just know that they will look awesome once they are painted and distressed. I can’t wait to see it!!

This is not much of an update but hopefully they will all be finished soon and I will be able to share a picture of my updated kitchen table.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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Something blue…

I have an addiction to antique shops and thrift stores. I love the hunt of searching for something that needs a new home and sometimes a new look.

On Tuesday, my little munchkin was extremely fussy and I was very tired. In hopes to make the day a little brighter, we took a little trip to my favorite thrift store in town. Normally, I look for milk glass first but I had to skip that section because of little hands grabbing at anything she could reach. That is when this $10 beauty grabbed ahold of my heart…

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I have been working on changing up a few things in our dining room / living room. Recently, I found this fabric and decided I will make throw pillows with it. I haven’t yet because I started sanding and painting our kitchen table. The fabric gave me the idea to paint our table a creamy white and the chairs blue. The table is finally finished and now I am sanding the chairs. Take a look at the fabric and paint colors:

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As soon as I saw this mirror I knew I would be giving it a new look and it would match the table some how. I could hardly wait! I put off working on the chairs and got to work on the mirror.

First, I spent the night sanding it. My sweet husband even joined me and helped me get it done faster. I heard talk of getting me an electric sander… I will have to hold him to it.

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On Wednesday, I started priming it. Thankfully, I saw a tip on Pinterest about putting card stock in the mirror instead of taking the time to tape it. You can read about it here. I didn’t have card stock so I folded some paper and taped it to the mirror. It worked!

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I wanted to paint it white. I LOVE color but for some reason I am in a creamy white rut in my living room. New picture frame? Creamy white, please. Kitchen table? Creamy white… Ballerina white to be exact. After much debate and finally coming to the realization that there is WAY to much white in my dining room/living room, I decided to paint the mirror sailboat blue. After painting and distressing, I gave it a coat of polyurethane. When it was completely dry, I searched out the perfect spot to hang it in my living room.

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Don’t you love it?! I can hardly wait to finish the kitchen chairs and pillows and be able to see it all together!

Stay tuned for an update on our kitchen table…

I spent:

Mirror – $10
Behr Paint sample – $3

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