Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Her First Table

I had been drooling over adorable kid sized tables for months just waiting until Molly was old enough to warrant getting her one. This past month it finally happened! And let me report: she LOVES it!

After considering some on Pottery Barn Kids, Land of Nod and other stores we ending up settling on the Ikea Latt table and chairs. The price of $19.99 can't be beat and we have heard several first hand reviews from friends. Fortunately we have an Ikea really close to us so we headed out one Saturday afternoon to pick one up.

Knowing the Ikea table is a simple table with clean lines and unfinished wood we had plans to spruce it up a bit. Pinterest aided me in my search for exactly what I wanted to do. Our style is mid century inspired so I knew I didn't want to do too much. Just something fun and simple.

So we set out to paint a few things.

We decided to paint the border of the table and the border of the chairs a mod green color (Martha Stewart Cornichon) so we first taped off the areas that we were going to paint.


We rolled the paint on. 3 coats with about an hour in between each coat.


We followed up the paint with 3 spray coats of clear high-gloss Polycrylic to help seal and protect the table. It didn't give it the shine or the smoothness we thought it would. We might go back with a can of Polycrylic that we roll on to get a better texture.


We also wanted the table to be fun for Molly so we decided to paint the top with chalkboard paint. We used a can of Rustoleum and brushed it on. We did 3 coats of this as well. We got a little anxious and didn't give it enough time to set up completely so Molly already took a couple gouges out of it. 

The finished product...


As soon as Molly saw the table she fell in love. Instantly wanting to sit in the chair, carry things over and set it on the table top and get in and out, in and out, in and out.




She looks so grown up sitting at that table. : )

Budget Breakdown:
  • Ikea Latt Table - $19.99
  • Pint of Glidden Martha Stewart Cornichon Interior Paint - $9.97
  • Rust-Oleum Specialty 30-oz. Specialty Flat Chalkboard Paint - $9.97
  • Minwax 11.5 oz. Gloss Polycrylic Protective Finish - $11.97
Grand total= $51.90 + tax (and we have leftover materials)

Smile on Molly's face = priceless

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