Ikea Coffee Table Hack

Several weeks ago, Josh and I were in Tampa for the day, and we spent a little time at Ikea.  Generally, Ikea overwhelms me.  This time, however, I came prepared and with a plan... 

my plan of attack

In my quest to decorate the living room, I knew we would need a long and narrow coffee table.  I'd spent some time online researching a few options, but I didn't find any that I loved that were within our budget.  After a few frustrating days I began googling Ikea coffee table hacks.  I knew I wanted something easy (I'm not the best DIYer) and something that would look nice in a slightly more formal living room.  

my inspiration
After a few quick searches, I came upon a tutorial on the Pink Avenue Blog for a hack of Ikea's Vittsjo Nesting Tables.  It looked easy enough - just some spray paint, glue, and hardware.  Imagine my surprise when it was just as easy as it looked!  I won't recap the full tutorial (you can see it here on the Pink Avenue blog), but I will say this is definitely one to bookmark and try.  The only step I changed was gluing the hardware before painting it.  (Josh says the glue sticks better metal on metal without the paint barrier.)  I'm thrilled with how it turned out, and I think it has the same feel as the inspiration table for a fraction of the price.  I also love that it's a nesting table - the smaller table top in the foreground can be completely removed.

The finished product...just needs some styling!

I have a few other Ikea hacks to share with you all in the coming weeks, but in the meantime I'm wondering about any of your favorite makeovers/hacks?  I'm slowly getting the hang of DIY projects, but it's always helpful to have inspiration from others.  If you've done a makeover/hack post in the past, please leave me a link in the comments so I can check it out.  

Happy Thursday!