Meet the Sullivans: IKEA Latt Children's Table Hack

June 5, 2013

IKEA Latt Children's Table Hack

There is almost nothing I won't do to keep Owen happy and occupied while I cook dinner or fold some laundry---I'll even paint and build that sweet boy a little table to call his own! 

After I saw this one on a favorite blog of mine I felt compelled to make one myself. There are so many cute designs and paint colors out there for children's tables (you can see some of the other tables we loved on my For Owen Pinterest board), and I really love the look of the semi missed matched chairs and tables.

This was a pretty simple project and didn't require much knowledge of DIY type stuff or any crafting skills. I bought our table brand new from IKEA, but you could probably find one at a garage sale. I've see several since completing my project.


-IKEA Latt children's table + chairs (only $20 for the set)
-blue painters tape
-Rust-Oleum Specialty Chalk Board Spray
-Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch Ultra Cover 2x in Winter Gray (definitely blue-ish)
-Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch Ultra Cover 2x in Gloss White

I started out by sorting all of the parts so I didn't waste any time / paint in pieces that wouldn't really be seen. As you can see, I sprayed the table top with chalkboard paint, the table frame white, the chair seats white and the chair frame winter gray.

I gave each layer of paint (2 coats total) about 6+ hours to dry before putting it all together.

Little side note tip: Make sure you do this in a very well ventilated area, wear gloves and use a drop cloth and not newspaper.

Also,  follow the directions. This wasn't difficult to put together, but I went off on my own a bit (I was a teacher, so I can't believe I'm telling you all I neglected to follow the directions) and trying to fix my mistake really slowed us down.

Once the table was all together I put blue painter's tape on the seats (I just eyeballed the straightness and space between) and then gave each seat a good even spray of winter gray. I then very carefully pulled the painter's tape off, which revealed the lines.

Not only is this little table cute, but its chalkboard table top keeps him busy eating chalk coloring. He even likes to play with his trains or Fisher-Price Farm on there too. I think having his toys closer to eye level and off the ground is a fun change for him!

My hopes for this table are that Owen will have snack at it in the future, that we can color and make art together and that he can have little friends over to sit and play with him.

I'm so HAPPY with the way it all turned out! I love the colors we chose and the way the stripes turned out. I almost did solid chairs and I'm so happy I didn't. The stripes really make it that much more special. 

Now I want to get on to my next crafty project! Any ideas?? Do share!


erin vancura said...

It's so totally perfect! I LOVE the chalkboard top and the striped chairs. You did good... Reeeeaal good.

Ashley Voyles said...

It turned out so cute!! Great job! I wish I had a kid to make one of these for. :)

E Hayes said...

Turned out great! Look how cute he looks sitting at it, such a big boy! So glad I was able to serve as inspiration, I get so many great ideas from the blogging community I feel special giving back LOL!

Natasha said...

i am LOVING this!!! now I just need an Ikea store to do this myself

Vanessa said...

It's perfect!!!! I am most definitely doing this next year :) Great job!!!

Megan said...

You did a great job; what a fun little place for him!

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Emily said...

It turned out great Colleen! I know Owen will love it. I now have another table for inspiration!!

Lyndsey said...

Oh it looks so great! I love the colors you chose too. I'm sure you two will be spending lots of time there together!

Kit said...

I just love it!!! I really want to do something like this for Ellison when we move into our new house.

Jillian said...

Love this!! It looks awesome! Now I'm trying to find a spot for this in our home. Owen will get so much use out of it!

[darci @ the good life] said...

Girl!!! It looks GREAT - you did such a good job! And Owen is the cutest little thing sitting at his big boy table!! :)

moo! said...

Did you sand or prime before painting? (Or would you do those steps if you were to do it again?)

Colleen Sullivan said...

Hi Moo!,

I did not sand or prime the pieces. They seemed really smooth to me, and it didn't result in any bumps, so I don't think I would if I ever did it again.

Also, I tried replying to you via email, but you are a "no-reply" blogger, so I could not respond. You can read more about fixing that here:,d.b2I

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Ileana @ Illy Who said...

This is awesome!! I'm so doing this for my son. I wanted the Kritter table at first but it's kinda boring, this is way more fun.