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Ikea Hack / DIY Grasscloth Coffee Table

We’ve been searching for an ottoman / coffee table for our TV room forever after I got rid of our last coffee table in a fit of anger because I hated it so. (It was way too big for the space, and was driving me nuts) Aubrey, in a similar fit of frustration (because he missed having somewhere to rest his feet while watching TV) bought an Ikea Lack coffee table for $35. He assured me it was temporary. Although size wise it was perfect – I’ll give it that,  design wise it was killing me. It was like a black hole sucking any joy out of the room. I know, I’m being dramatic. But really. It wasn’t the look I was going for, but I understood the need for compromise.

Design-wise I had pictured an ottoman in here but couldn’t find one that was on budget or the right size. Then I started thinking – I’ve been coveting anything bohemian and California ever since our trip to California  – and grasscloth tables have been on my radar. The trouble is – grasscloth tables are expensive. The price point is starting at $900 USD. Grasscloth by nature is just expensive to begin with, add in it being on furniture, and it makes the price jump even more.

So I decided to do a little Ikea hack. With the Ikea table already in our possession I decided to make my own trendy table.

Here’s how to make your own Grasscloth Coffee Table
Difficulty: Super easy. If you can wrap a present, you can do this project. 

1. Grasscloth (I purchased an in-stock style from Primetime Paints in Toronto)
2. Ikea Lack table (We didn’t put the extra shelf on)
3.  Spray Adhesive.

Ideally you can find an end of roll of grasscloth from somewhere. I was terribly impatient and ended up purchasing an in stock roll from Primetime Paints here in Toronto. Online sources include here and here. In the end, even buying a roll like I did- you’re coming out ahead by a lot, comparably to the store purchased tables.

Step 1. Let’s start with the legs.  The lack coffee table were inches taller than I wanted. So Aubrey took off 2.5 inches off the bottom of the legs using his chop /mitre saw. Or you could do it with a hand saw. Dropping the height made a huge difference for me, but it may not be necessary for everyone.

Step 2. Apply Spray Adhesive to the wallpaper back or, directly onto the furniture itself. I found for the legs it was easier to spray the wallpaper and then roll the legs (so I didn’t get glue all over my hands handling legs) but alternatively, when doing the tabletop – it was easier to spray the furniture itself.

For the legs, I started wrapping 1/2 way on one side of a leg

And then you can just overlap at the end. Since you’ve sprayed the adhesive on the paper, it makes it easy to fold the edges over, and it will stick.

I started out the project being super precise with my cuts. But by the end of the project I realized it was better to have some excess on the ends, to fold over, which minimizes fraying.

The tabletop itself requires some more accurate measuring. Cutting one full piece for the top + edges which are each 2 inches in width. So you measure the top + an additional 4 inches for length and then the same for depth. In hindsight, you could have added an extra inch overall to just make sure you could wrap it underneath. 

Once you’ve cut your piece, fold it over the edges prior to adding the adhesive – this makes it super easy to know where to place the grasscloth once adhesive is on.

On the edges, simply fold and glue like so.

And that’s it. Super simple.

So that’s how you go from this….

to this….

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