Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Ikea Hack: Kid's Activity Table

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Hello again, friends!

In an effort to come to grips with the fact that my little tiny baby is gone
and now I have crazy active toddler,

and also to make our living space more toddler-friendly

I've been searching for the perfect little activity table for Ben.

Not too big, not too small.
DEFINITELY not too expensive.
Not too primary-color-kid-decor, not too blasé.

And here's what I came up with:

A lot of people have this kids' table from Ikea, yes?
I think it's called 'Latt' or somethingorother?

Anyway, it's inexpensive, especially considering it comes with two chairs.

But it's a little boring (white and blah).

Simple fix.

I 'upholstered' the seat with a home decor fabric
and then covered that with vinyl so it will wipe clean easily.

Before assembling the table,
I also painted the table top with some chalkboard paint I had left over for a few other projects.
Easy enough.

Here are more details for the chairs:

Take the seat portion of the chair and cut your pieces of fabric and vinyl.

Note: don't use anything too think.
You want to make sure that it will fit into the slots that hold the seat in place.

Place them right sides down on a work surface.

Cut notches out of the corners as shown.
This helps it all fit together in the end.

I glued the pieces in place,
pulling them tightly.
Repeat with the vinyl

The glue is mostly to hold it in place until you get the chair assembled.
Be sure you don't gunk it up with a ton of glue.
This thing needs to be svelte.

Since this may be a tight fit when you go to put the chair together,
you may consider using a rubber mallet to gently tap the pieces in place.
Just be careful.

The pacifier isn't necessary.

Done. Repeat for the second chair if you wish.

Now let's color!

1 comment:

  1. that is really cute! i love the idea of adding chalkboard paint on top.


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