If you’ve been following along you’ve probably noticed that for while now we’ve been slowly working our way from a cluster f of accumulated furniture to rooms we’re happy to enter and proud to see photos of. One of the things I was adamant about was that we would have a play area worthy of the internet. Pinterest worthy, if you catch my drift. 😛
We have two white cube shelves, one is a 9 cube 3×3 (shown in this post), and a 4 cube 1×4 which we currently have in use elsewhere in the house. Since we rotate Elizabeth’s toys we are able to keep the play area tidy and clean without a lot of storage since her toys are in containers tucked away to prevent temptations. We knew we needed a place where our little girl could do more toddler activities so we purchased the IKEA latt table and chairs set ($25). I had to do something about the blonde colored wood and simple white mdf on the table top and chair seats so I decided to use some left over gel stain from a recent project and did two coats. Initially we stained the mdf for the chair seats but it disagreed with me.
After that we decided we wanted to add a cushion and some fabric so I knew in an instant we would do black and white stripes. We used 1″ thick cushion foam and cut it to a 9″ square and secured it to the chair seat using the fabric and hot glue. With the hot glue and the way the seat is held into the frame of the chair I’m confident the cushion won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
For the table top we decided to use a piece of chalkboard contact paper that we had on hand from another recent project and it turned out visually better than I expected, plus we didn’t have any issues with bubbling, yay! How did you hack your IKEA latt table and chairs?