Hello! Today I'm sharing a project re-do. If you've been around awhile you've probably noticed that this is a common thing for me to do. I'll finish a project and find things that I'm not 100% happy with, then end up doing a take two down the road.
When I finished my IKEA Lack coffee table hack, I wasn't totally sold on the gray stain. Don't get me wrong, it was very pretty but it just didn't "fit" in our living room. But it was more than just aesthetics. I used liquid nails to attach my boards, and with a rambunctious toddler that climbs on top, it didn't hold up very well.
After reattaching the sides for the second (or third?) time I decided to rip them all off and start over.
Previously I cut my boards by hand, but since I'm pregnant this go-around and it was close to 100 degrees outside, I enlisted the hubby to use the power saw to make my cuts. Sooooo much quicker!
Once my boards were cut I applied them with liquid nails, but this time I went back over each with a nail once they were dry.
Little man had fun playing with chalk while I did this, and found the nail step extremely interesting.
I tapped each nail in by using a screwdriver so that I could cover them up with wood filler.
The green is my glove, I wear latex gloves to touch any products since I'm preggos. :)
Once all the boards were set, I nailed in the sides. This time I chose to avoid mitered corners. It was much easier and still looks great! Tip: the first board I attached by myself and one of the nails went in crooked. It was much easier to have the hubby hold while I nailed them in.
I put some wood filler where the sides meet as well.
After the wood filler dried I sanded, sanded and sanded some more. I wanted my edges and corners super smooth to avoid kiddo boo-boos.
To weather the wood, I used the same technique that I used on my IKEA dresser hack. I topped it with two coats of polycrylic.
Oh a couple of other tips! I wore a face mask with a rag wrapped on top of it while I was staining, and I also worked outside. These are good ideas even if you aren't pregnant to avoid exposure to the fumes. Also, some splattered onto the legs of the table and I was able to use a soapy scrubby sponge to remove it before it dried too much.
And now, my favorite part--the pictures!
Doesn't it just fit better now? I think the warm rustic look goes with everything else in the room so much better than the cool gray.
Over the last year I've been struggling to find out what my style really is. I've started to notice that a lot of my favorite pins are rustic. And a lot of things in our home I've designed with a rustic flare. This table is just further proof that I'm more of a rustic kind of girl. ;)
If you're interested in making one of these yourself, you can find the full tutorial from my first post here. The table is $20 at IKEA and the wood cost about $15.
The wood filler didn't get totally sanded away, but I actually like that it adds to the rustic charm.
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