Thursday, May 1, 2014

DIY Metallic End Table ~ Ikea Lack Hack

Hi lovelies!  This DIY may just be an all time fave of mine.  It was so simple, and makes such a huge impact.  Who doesn't love Ikea's simple, inexpensive pieces?  I picked up two Lack side tables a while back for only $8 a piece.  I love the simplicity of them, but I wanted to take it up just a slight notch to better fit with the silver metallic legs of my furniture.

Here's the before!  Now there's absolutely nothing wrong with them, and they do look great.  But the end result is so good.  You won't believe how simple this is!  {Click for the how-to!}

You'll need:
  • Aluminum duct tape {find it at Home Depot, in the aisle with all the HVAC and duct work.  It cost about $8 for the whole roll!}
  • Bone folder {I picked mine up at Michael's a while back.  If you don't have one, use a spatula!}

Start unrolling the tape.  You'll notice that this is a thick aluminum foil (so it's actually metal!) with adhesive on the back.  Peel back a few inches of the backing and take extra care to line it up perfectly.  The width of the tape is the perfect size for the edge of the table.  Press it gently into place.  Use your bone folder or spatula to push any air/creases out by sliding it at a 45 degree angle from where it was first applied to where it's still attached to the backing.

Continue working in roughly 2"-3" sections at a time and work your way around the perimeter of the table.  Some creases are inevitable, just try to minimize them as much as you can.  When you reach your beginning point, overlap the tape about an inch or so over and use your bone folder to really press it in good so you can't notice the seams.

I decided to add a metallic strip to the bottom of each leg as well.

Et voila!  I love how simple this was to do; it honestly took about 5 minutes per table.  These now look so fantastic and really tie the metallic elements together for a more cohesive look.  It's funny how such a simple little tweak to a piece can really change the entire vibe of it and this is the perfect example.

What do you think of this Ikea hack?  I'm so in love with it and am already thinking about adding more trim to other pieces!


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