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A couple of years ago we were in IKEA and saw a coffee table for around fifty dollars. Who could pass up such a deal. Well, after two toddlers and people who like to put their feet on the table, it started to get a little wobbly. We got a few years out of it and knew from the looks of the top and joints that it was time to go, or at least be renovated. In this project I renovate our old IKEA coffee table with decoupage and Kee Klamp fittings.
 
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Step 1: Materials, Tools, & SketchUp File

Materials
Tools
  • Pipe Cutter
  • Allen Wrench
  • Marker
  • Tape Measure

Also included below is a Sketchup File of the Coffee Table. See more of these type of sketchup projects in our SketchUp Library.

Step 2: Dismantle Existing Coffee Table (or Locate Top)

As mentioned above we built this table by deconstructing an IKEA LACK coffee table. But there is really no reason you could not build this table with any other table top. I am sure that just about any old coffee table or salvageable piece of wood worthy of a table top would work fine.

Step 3: Decorate/Finish Table Top

My wife chose to use decoupage for this project. Decoupage is a technique that uses a glue substance to mount paper to a surface. The paper is dipped in the glue so that it is entirely soaked and then placed on the surface. For more about decoupage click here. Other ideas for table top:

  • Glue down a poster
  • Break up old tiles and make a mosaic

To finish the top I applied three coats of Minwax® Polycrylic. If you have money to throw away you might consider using the epoxy coat that they use to coat bar tops. The Polycrylic seals the surface so that the paper is not exposed moisture (e.g. from the bottom of your coffee cup).
mikesty7 years ago
Rock on for recyclables :)
meddler7 years ago
Wow, heck of a job, looks great! I am a firm beliver in reusing things. I hate to see something thrown away if there is still a use for it.
bwalton4 years ago
so you know the link posted saying "click here" does not work it is not a link at all.
antioch bwalton2 years ago
yup, would like to know a nice decoupage link
kirnex7 years ago
Oh man, a great way to cover a tabletop. When done right, it'll last forever. I covered a scratched up veneer coffee table with brown bags about 15 years ago in the exact same fashion, and it's STILL looking good. It's a coffee table finish on steroids.
I'm not an expert on construction or anything of the sort. But if the short crossbars the go the width on each side were staggered so one was low and one was high, the structure would probably be much stronger. The idea is to create a triangle that will shift the load from the 16 screws in the wood onto the thick bars. Of course, you couldn't put things on the bar then.
i should say the design is great, however seem a little familiar to me though, or is it just the same type of project that i saw. but for a furniture, i should say all in all this one good. board and batten
edless747 years ago
Checked out simplified buildings website looks like their a big Keeklamp distributor, the brand sold around our are is called Interclamp so much cheaper than Keeklamp, maybe Simplified building should look at importing that brand
lesliekay7 years ago
HAHA, I bought that exact table from Ikea (now priced around $30) and after only 6 months of three college kids and their friends constantly putting their feet up on it, the legs of the table became loose and stripped from the screws, the shelf that goes underneath wouldn't stay on the tiny little pegs that are supposed to hold it in there (because the legs were broken) and the entire table ended up getting trashed in the dumpster because it was totally unfixable at that point and was scratched, dented and very unstable. However, every other piece of furniture I've gotten from Ikea (my full-size bed, my huge couch, my kitchen table and chairs, TV stand, shelving, and much more) has been perfect and I've never had a single problem with them! I've even taken everything apart and put it all back together when I moved! Anyways, nice job on the project, wish I'd seen this sooner and maybe I could have saved what was once a very nice coffee table (we've resorted to using a footstool from Ikea as a 'table' haha)
jg_hitzert7 years ago
This is my twist on the Ikea Hack. These were coffee tables that I tore the legs off and used to top off my kitchen island. They are covered in glitter infused bar top resin over hot rod flames.
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jg_hitzert7 years ago
I used a couple of these coffee table tops to cover my kitchen island. I painted flames and covered with glitter infused epoxy bar top. It worked very well.
island.jpg
mrgibby7 years ago
those legs gotta be wreaking havoc on that rug.
simplifiedbuilding (author)  mrgibby7 years ago
Hi there, actually there are plastic pipe caps on the ends.. the table "glides" quite nicely across the rug. You're right though.. without the caps, it would be a disaster!
sysadmn7 years ago
Clever - certainly stylish enough to blend in many decors. As nice as the Kee Lites are, I still can't make myself pay those prices. I can understand paying for quality for safety railing, but a $50 coffee table?
L10-7 ~ $7 x 6 = 42;
L61-7 ~ $9 x 4 = 36;
don't know what the 77-7 runs, but the L84-7 ~ $3.50 x 4 = 14
I guess around $100 is not too bad for furniture that should last a lifetime, but there is an element of sticker shock.
theRIAA7 years ago
thats like $100 in tees, flanges, and plugs
Boondoggle7 years ago
Beautiful decoupage work! Kind of inefficient recycling, though. With 85 bucks worth of Kee-Klamps in there, I might've pitched toward more standard hardware. Or skipped the legs and hung the decoupage for art's sake.
ewilhelm7 years ago
Having been traumatized in my youth by IKEA furniture, I've gone in the totally opposite direction. However, it's nice to see the made-to-be-disposable stuff can form the base of something nice.