Happy Friday everyone! Thanks to my first true love, IKEA, I have figured out the easiest table-building DIY known to mankind. See, my last roommate and I bought the table below when we first moved into our apartment. It was really cheap (like $40-50) and features legs that screw into the base of the table. Voila! Simple. The only thing is that I never really liked the table, which I inherited when we moved out a couple weeks ago. I didn’t want to throw it away, but it did need some TLC if it was going to continue its room+board in my house. So I looked around the internet and IKEA’s website and found a simple way to bring it back to life. Here’s what I did.
First, I sanded the table top to get some of the former paint off of it. When we purchased this table, I never intended to do anything else with it, so we got the black version, not thinking it would be painted one day. IKEA also sells other colors, like white, “birch,” and even red. Maybe if you think ahead, you won’t even need to paint it. ;)
Then, I painted it! I stood in Home Depot’s spray paint aisle for too long, trying to decide which color to purchase. I settled on this Rust-Oleum aqua color, which actually turned out really nice! As I was spray painting the table, I feared that it was going to look WAY too bright in my mostly white apartment, but it actually looks lovely! It’s a really simple pop of color — do not fear, friends! If you look in the photo on the right, those are the legs I ended up unscrewing. Of course, if you start this project from scratch, you won’t need to buy those legs at all.
The last step that isn’t pictured here is assembling the new legs, or trestles, as they’re called. That was simple enough (they’re also from IKEA and can be purchased separately). Then, you just lay the table top on top of the trestles. Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to screw them into the table, but it’s really not as flimsy as it sounds (at all). I decided to put my recently purchased, enormous printer on the table, right next to my desk. I didn’t paint the table edges (I used washi tape to keep them clean from the spray paint…worked like a CHARM!), and I kind of like the black border, though I may paint it another color one day.
I am really in love with this table now! Altogether, it probably took about an hour and $50 to complete and is both useful and decorative. Woohoo!
Rust-Oleum Aqua Spray Paint
p.s. If you want to check out other table tops from IKEA, they have TONS (here) and you can easily rest them on the trestles I purchased. Get creative!
Leah June of Princess Possumbean
Princess Possumbean is defined as a “positivity + lifestyle” blog — hey, that’s something I can get behind! :) And Leah June does a wonderful job of accomplishing that goal. Here, she shares some of her happy moments and here she lets us in on the words she’s using to define her 2014 — love her three selections! She also has a super cute style (if you couldn’t tell from that picture on the left). Check out her lookbook here. She’s also a creative gal and has participated in The Creative Collective — yay! Here are the music selections she shared for last month’s prompt. Lastly, I loved this post where she opened up about having ADHD — a topic that doesn’t get enough exposure in the blog world. Her blog is sure to brighten your day — go give her a big virtual hug. :)
Miriam of Farm Girl
Miriam is quickly becoming one of my favorite people in blogland. She’s just so her on her blog, Farm Girl. Instead of normal fashion posts, she shares herself doing silly things (like jumping around her house) wearing stylish clothes. Here’s another of her feeding her rabbits while being fashionable. Don’t you love her already? She also has a corgi, so there’s that. ;) And just in case you don’t blog, here are seven good reasons why you should. But let’s back track for a second…did I mention that Miriam lives on a farm? She shares about farm life (in a funny and personable way) and I love the sneak peak into a life I’ve never lived. Now pop on over to Farm Girl, you truly won’t be disappointed!
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