When Jessa saw a rope ottoman on the cover of a magazine, she knew she had to have it. The only problem: at $5000, the ottoman in question was beyond her budget. The solution: covering an old IKEA Lack table with sisal rope to create this gorgeous alternative!
Jessa was just about to kick the old IKEA table to the curb when she had a eureka moment – she could recover the table in sisal rope to create a look similar to the coveted ottoman. So she gathered her supplies – 2 packages of 1/4" x 100' sisal rope, 3 packages of 3/8" x 50' sisal rope, E600 adhesive, and a hot glue gun with a jumbo pack of glue sticks.
After lightly sanding the table and then wiping it clean to prep it, Jessa got to work wrapping the table. She started with the legs of the table, placing a line of glue along the leg and then wrapping it with rope, working her way from the bottom to the top. Once the legs were completely wrapped, Jessa worked on the sides of the top of the table. She used the same method as the legs; a little glue and then wrap, wrap, wrap. She actually took the rope a little higher than the top of the table in order to create a little lip and allow for the extra height that will accumulate when the rope is applied to the tabletop.
With the legs and side of the table wrapped, it was time to work on the tabletop. She began on an outer edge and simply wrapped around the table, from the outside in. When she got to the end of a rope, she would simply glue it down and then start the next package of rope right beside it.
It looks like it was a time consuming (and potentially finger burning) project but the end product is gorgeous and much, much cheaper than the magazine cover version that inspired it. To complete the look and protect the rope from spilled drinks and such, Jessa could have a piece of glass cut to the same size as the tabletop.
If you'd like to attempt the project, check out Jessa's informative post on her blog: Sparkle Pants Girl: Sisal Rope Table.
Images: Sparkle Pants Girl