Ikea table hack, 2017

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1 ikea table lili giacobino
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4 ikea table lili giacobino

What you need: Ikea coffe table ( £45), chalk paint, clear varnish, candles, small stones, screws, jigsaw, ruler, extra length of timber ( I have used a leftover skirting board)

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3 ikea table lili giacobino

Table before

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5 ikea table lili giacobino

Draw the opening on your coffee table. Calculate the space to be bigger than your candles.

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6 ikea table lili giacobino

Cut the opening with a jigsaw. Finish the edges with sanding paper.

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7 ikea table lili giacobino

Use your off cut as a template to create a bigger piece to go underneath the table. I have used an old skirting board to create my piece. 2cm extra on each side should be fine.

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8 ikea table lili giacobino

Turn your table upside down and draw the outline of your support piece on it, to make sure that you will screw it in the right position

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9 ikea table lili giacobino

Pre drill each hole to avoid the wood splitting

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10 ikea table lili giacobino

Screw the support board to the table

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11 ikea table lili giacobino

Turn the table back up and give it a quick sand

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12 ikea table lili giacobino

2 coats of chalk paint ( it dries in no time and doesn't have toxic smell)

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13 ikea table lili giacobino

2 coats of clear varnish on the top surface and you are ready to decorate your new table

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14 ikea table lili giacobino
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2 ikea table lili giacobino