All kids need a little table for their colouring, playdough and crafts. Make it a rainbow IKEA kids table hack! This table has been in my client’s family passed down to the their third child. It was in good shape, but has colouring and stickers all over it.
I’m doing a rainbow room for my client. I was so inspired by this kids table hack. They used decals, but I didn’t have any. With a little bit of time and elbow grease, I made my own version of this adorable set from IKEA.
Step 1: Sand
Sand your table and chair. This table happened to be pine wood and I wanted to expose that. So I sanded it down using p60 grit. I actually used 2 sanders to speed up the process. It still took about 3 hours. After the stain was off, I finished off with p200 grit to even out any roughness
Step 2: Clean and Tape
There will be a lot of sawdust debris. A LOT! Clean well with a paper towel and then a tact cloth
tape any areas that you want to paint so the wood remains free of paint. I taped off where the dipped legs would end, as well as under the base of the table and chair
Step 3: Primer
Prime the areas where you will be painting. For this I used wood and wall primer by Sherwin Williams.
Step 4: Time for paint!
I painted the table too and legs. I had to use 2-4 coats depending on the pigment of the colour
I used paint samples from Behr Marquee line that cost only $5. Colours are:
– Diva Glam
– Crown Jewel
– Squash Blossom
Step 5: How to paint the scallop detail:
- Find a circle that would be size of the scallops you want. Trace and cut out the circle. Mine was 3”.
- Fold the circle in half. You have your scallop
- Find the middle point of the area you are painting. Fold your scallop once more so it’s folded into quarters. Now line up the quarter with the middle point and draw a Half scallop.
- Unfold so it’s back to a semi-circle. Now trace all the rest of your scallops.
- Paint it carefully using a craft brush with soft bristles.
Step 6: Protect your hard work!
It’s pretty normal that your kids are going to scribble on furniture. This is why sealing your new table and chairs is SO important. Use polyurethane. Follow the instructions and be sure to wear gloves!
See how I set up the scallop table and chairs in this craft corner and gallery wall.
Looking for more inspiration for a girls rainbow room? Check out my rainbow room girls inspiration post. I’ll be 7 unique zones in this space that a toddler can grow into. Be sure to follow me on Instagram as I compete this rainbow room!