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Before & After: A Cute and Colorful Lack Hack

published May 16, 2014
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Noelle had been curious about chalk paint for a while so she decided to tackle her own project using her old white IKEA Lack coffee table. She says, “I figured the worst that could happen is that I’d have to head out to IKEA and buy another table if it was a total bust.” But it wasn’t a bust at all.

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(Image credit: Noelle Smith)

She chose Cece Caldwell’s chalk and clay paint in Destin Gulf Green.

Noelle says:

I was a bit cautious as most of the projects I’ve seen using the CC paint are more on vintage pieces made of real wood – but buoyed on by claims on the web saying you can cover virtually ANYTHING with Cece’s paint, I forged ahead. I can now vouch that yes, even furniture made of hollow wood and paper can be transformed using CC paint.

The entire process took me a Saturday afternoon into early evening – the paint was quick to apply and to dry – I used two coats, although I suppose one would have sufficed for a more shabby chic look. The wax that must be applied after painting to seal and protect the paint (as well as to bring out the vibrant colour) was the most worrisome part – it went on unevenly and was very splotchy – but I eventually realized that it evens out after drying. The most time consuming and labor intensive part was hand-buffing the wax to a glossy shine (next time I will use a buffer attached to my cordless drill). I added some trunk hardware to the corners and legs for a campaign-ish look, and voila!

Total cost was definitely more than the original table – approx. $60 for the paint and wax and about $15 for the hardware, but the end result was worth it to me. I LOVE how it turned out. My cat Boo appears to like it too….

Thank you Noelle!