When we moved into our house a year and a half ago we upgraded all of our existing furniture. What we had didn’t really fit our new space and our style had evolved since it was purchased. One thing that was left off the list was a coffee table. At that time the plan was for Ev to build us one so we grabbed an inexpensive table from IKEA (this one) to hold us over and called it a day, little did we know we would end up turning it into an IKEA hack.
Well over the last year and a half other projects (and babies) have taken precident over the table project and it’s slowly been bumped down the list a times. Not only that but what I thought I wanted has changed a few times since then. I think I changed the way the furniture sat in our living room three times while I was pregnant just trying to figure out what I wanted and theres a good chance I will never really know!
Also I have a hard time spending a lot of money on furniture at the moment. I think our bed frame has been our biggest and best furniture purchase yet, I love that frame. But with three kids and two pets I have a fear of spending lots just for them to wreck it (unintentionally of course). Also with us being a once income family it means our budget is limited and I would much rather spend our extra money on a memory than an object.
Well this past weekend our $40 IKEA coffee table got to us and we decided we had had enough of it. Instead of spending $500 plus on a new table, I still wasn’t sure want I wanted, we opted to just give our table a facelift. We opted to try out an IKEA hack on our table.
Ev headed down to Home Depot first thing Saturday morning and picked up the necessary supplies for the project. He came home with a couple of 6ft 6 x 1” pieces of pine and a can of walnut stain he got on clearance. We already had some brass screws leftover from Ryersons DIY shelves (see them here). So the total of our coffee table facelift came to under $70! Even if you had to purchase the coffee table and the screws the whole project would be under $150, which is very affordable and is a great alternative for a limited budget.
Budget Friendly IKEA Hack Coffee Table
Once he was home he set out on the project, cutting the pine to fit the table. He was able to lay 6 boards across the table and have a 1” over hang all around. He then sanded all of the edges down and applied the stain to the boards. Once the stain was done he screwed the boards straight into the table creating a uniform line of screws on each end.
The total time for the project, including Home Depot trip and drying of the boards was maybe five hours. So not only was this project extremely affordable but also easy to fit into a tight time frame. The end results were amazing and unless we told you, you would never guess that our “new” table was just our old one made over. I’m extremely happy with the results of our IKEA hack and I think once I find a new rug, our living room will be done, for now….