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Ikea kids table makeover : Int’l Bloggers Club Challenge

Yay, it’s time for another Int’l Bloggers Club Challenge! This months theme is a furniture makeover and today I’m showing you my Ikea kids table makeover : Int’l Bloggers Club Challenge! For those of you new to the Int’l Bloggers Club, find out more about it here. We’ve had fun projects and themes so far, check out last months theme [shopping] here

int'l bloggers logoThis month we all decided to grab a piece of furniture and give it a make over or an upcycle and share it with you guys! You know, how each one of us has their own style and favourite products to use, that’s what makes this club so unique and fun! We are all in a different part of the world [well, Pili and I both live in Spain, you know that, but even from Mallorca, that’s where she lives, down to the South of Spain, Andalucia, where I live, things change quite a bit]! So make sure to check out the other three ladies and see what they’ve come up with! I promise, you won’t be disappointed or bored! 

Ikea kids table makeover : Int’l Bloggers Club Challenge

Ikea kids table makeover  Int'l Bloggers Club Challenge kreativk.netWe have had this cute Ikea table and chair set for a few years now. The chairs broke at some point and my younger daughter Amelie then used the table with these stools. Last fall, when she started grade 1, we bought her a proper desk for her room and this little table was neglected big time and put away into our storage room, as in Amelie’s room there just wasn’t enough space for it all. Our storage room isn’t waterproof and it took quite a beating with the rain and humidity and I actually almost forgot about this little table. Until the other day, when I had the lightbulb moment! 

I wanted to make a little art table for my three year old nephew who would come with his family all the way from Canada to spend two weeks with us! So I thought, that this little table, where Amelie used to draw and be creative on, would be a great little “present” for him, even though he won’t be able to take it home, but he could still enjoy using it here! He is here now and having fun with it! 

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You can see all the bubbles from the water. He wasn’t going to be able to use it this way.

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Amelie wanted to help me with it and so, we started, by taking it all apart and painting the legs and sides with home made chalkpaint in a grey tone. I used Pili’s home made chalkpaint recipe.

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While the paint was drying, I grabbed a plastic cover from an old frame I no longer use and cut it to the size of the table top. 

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We then cut a piece of cute wrapping paper also to the size of the table top. 

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Next, we used the other side of the tabletop to glue the paper on, since this side wasn’t damaged and didn’t have any bubbles. And then we started the assembly of the table! 

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Because the plastic had sharp edges, I taped lots and lots of washi tape in the same blue tone of the wrapping paper on all sides. And it went on top of the with wrapping paper covered table top. It fit right in and sits tight. Like this, the paper won’t break and the table is easy to clean. 

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The table looked great now, but I wanted to add another little detail to it! To have more space on the actual table for colouring and crafting I attached two little buckets to the one side of it. Here the crayons and paper could be stored and easily grabbed by little chubby three year old hands 😉

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I got these two tin buckets at Ikea and then needed hooks and wire. The Best thing was, that I could just easily screw the hooks into the wood, no drilling or hammering or anything fancy. I used four for one side and then twisted the wire tightly around the buckets and just hung it on the hooks.

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And voila, the little table is back in the spotlight and looks so cute, don’t you think?? 

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Well, I can tell you this table is seeing some serious colouring and all sorts of activities! That’s it for today from my part of the Int’l Bloggers Club Challenge, but make sure to check out my ladies in the links below! Have a great Monday!!

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  • Beverly
    11/06/2016 at 22:35

    What a fun makeover! You’ve included so many great features for your little ones. Pinned and Tweeted. Thanks for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday.

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      12/06/2016 at 08:52

      Thanks so much Beverly!

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      08/06/2016 at 19:51

      Thank you Lisa, I’m so happy about that feature, whoot! Have a great day! 🙂

  • Nikki
    07/06/2016 at 22:30

    What a great redo on the table! I love how you attached the cups to the side to keep the crayons and art supplies right on hand without having to take up room on the tabletop! I bet your nephew loved it! Have a great time while family is visiting, I know how you love it! xx

    • Katrin
      08/06/2016 at 09:37

      Thanks Nikki, yes, I thought it was a fun turn over, Amelie loves it too, turns out the nephew didn’t love it that much, lol, but it’s ok!

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    The table looks fantastic. I love the fox paper. It really makes this a fun piece. I’m sure he’s going to love it.

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      Yes, I really liked the paper for a boy! Thanks Sally 🙂

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    05/06/2016 at 16:25

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    • Katrin
      05/06/2016 at 17:52

      Thanks so so much Megan, I’m happy you liked it!!!

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    Katrin, how smart to put a piece of glass on top ~ easy clean~up. Love the little pails on the side for storing kid stuff. Thanks for sharing this cute project at Your Inspired Design Link Party.

    • Katrin
      05/06/2016 at 17:51

      Thanks Carol! It’s a piece of plastic that I cut easily, I didn’t have glass 😉 But it works as well for easy clean up!

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    What a super clever save there Katrin! I’m sure your nephew will come around once he sees your gorgeous gals playing on it! Such an ingenious idea with covering it with plastic so that you can clean up any oopsies!

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      Thanks so much Sam! Yes, I’m happy the table was saved and my daughter will be able to use it too 😉 So that’s ok!

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    Your desk is awesome Katrin!! With only a few drops Ikea furniture makes a lot of bubbles, but you solved it so well! What a great idea to use the plastic to cover it, it will be really easy to clean it. I bet your nephew is having a great time at your place, and now you can spoil him much more!

    • Katrin
      03/06/2016 at 20:53

      Oh he is a spoiled one I tell ya Pili! He actually didn’t like it that much, because it has a cat on the paper I added, that he didn’t like. Can you believe it! But Amelie loves it, so I’m happy! Thanks for stopping by Pili 🙂

  • Liz
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    Oh I love this!!! Did you just lay the plastic on top? I almost want to see if I can inline the plastic sheet with the table top (like get a new table top that’s thinner). Our table is doing the same thing with the bubbling.

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    • Katrin
      03/06/2016 at 20:51

      Hi Liz! Yes, the plastic stayed nicely put on top, but I even more so because I added the washi tape to the edges I think! It was fun to make! Thank you for the visit!

  • Damjana
    03/06/2016 at 10:50

    Love it! I’m an Ikea addict myself 🙂 You’ve done a really good job!

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      Thanks so much Damjana! I can’t resist Ikea ever 😉

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    Katrin! This table is super sweet! I wishI had seen this idea when my kids were small, I would have totally copied it for them! Super smart and cute! If you are at all interested in sharing this (or other projects) inspiration at another party I would be honoured to host your talents! The party has just begun and I’d be so happy if you shared this! I host Making Broken Beautiful every Thursday thru Sunday and I would love to see your inspiring projects! I hope you have an amazing day!
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      Thank you so much Terry that is so sweet of you! I will head over and link up for sure! Thanks for the invite!

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    That turned out AMAZING! great work 🙂 I want to try!

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      Thank you Vanessa, I’m so happy you like the little table!

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    That turned out really cute! I love the wallpaper you chose. Thanks for joining the Family Joy link party this week.

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      01/06/2016 at 20:26

      Thanks for stopping by Samantha!!

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    Katrin, I love how you reused the plastic top by cleverly putting the coolest wrapping paper underneath. That paper, I would imagine, just draws kids to the table to create their masterpieces. Great idea hanging pots to hold their art supplies too.

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      Hi Marie! Thanks for that, you’re so nice to say that! Yes, it does look really nice, although my nephew told me he didn’t like the cat on it,lol, but I think he just got used to it, hahaha.

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    Pinned; this is the best ikea kid’s table hack I have seen.
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    • Katrin
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      You are so kind 🙂 Thank you! That plastic is very thin and I was actually able to cut it with a normal cutter, it was tricky to stay straigth though, but since I covered the edges with tape, you can’t even see it 😉

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    What a cute update! I love the print on the paper, so fun, and so is the idea to attach the buckets for the crayons!

    • Katrin
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      Thank you Chloe! It did get some new life, this table, we’ll see for how long 😉

  • Lori
    31/05/2016 at 20:49

    So adorable, Katrin! Like everything you do! Thanks so much for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It!

    • Katrin
      31/05/2016 at 21:01

      You’re so sweet Lori, Thank you so much!

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    Kreativity runs in the family! I think it’s wonderful that you are teaching the next generation to see possibilities where others see trash. How great to show our children not to be a contributor in this disposable age we live in. This is so clever and practical as well. Amelie and you have done a beautiful job and so glad it is already in use. Thank-you for a lovely post. This challenge has been met and surpassed.

    • Katrin
      31/05/2016 at 08:47

      Hahaha, yes, it does! My girls love to be creative Ellen! And especially with mom 😉 I agree, it’s great to be able to make something useful again instead of throwing it out! Thanks so much for stopping by always 🙂

  • Kim
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    How cute is this?? I love this idea and my toddler would love it in her toyroom.

    • Katrin
      30/05/2016 at 15:58

      Thanks so much Kim!

  • Michelle
    30/05/2016 at 12:31

    Oh that’s adorable. Love what you did with the plastic and the wrapping paper, very creative. I’m sure your nephew loves it.

    • Katrin
      30/05/2016 at 14:10

      Thanks so so much Michelle! This was a fun make over!

  • Keri
    30/05/2016 at 12:19

    Katrin, this table is so stinkin cute!!! I bet your nephew just loves it!! The wrapping paper, washi tape and plastic make for an awesome new look. Love the little buckets on the side. How nice that your daughter helped with the table transformation. You all did such a great job on this!! I hope you’re having a wonderful time with your family!!

    • Katrin
      30/05/2016 at 14:09

      Thanks Keri! It is cute, hey? Amelie really enjoyed helping with this and also sits at it and draws 😉 My nephew doesn’t like the cats, lol and covers the top with toys, so funny 🙂

  • Mary-the boondocks blog
    30/05/2016 at 11:09

    Katrin this really is too cute for words. I can just see your little nephew enjoying it. You took a wreck and made it into something beautiful. I know all about water spots and how they can damage a table, because I used to have the same one 20 years ago. I threw mine out. But you gave it new life and the paper is perfect! A great makeover my friend!

    • Katrin
      30/05/2016 at 14:08

      Hahaha, Thanks Mary! He actually said that he doesn’t like cats, lol, what can you do, hey?? But he does sit at it and plays with playmobil on it, covering the cat paper!