Before & After: VITTSJO Coffee Table is Mint to Be

published May 9, 2015
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(Image credit: IKEA)

IKEA’s VITTSJÖ line is a sleek and modern staple as is, but Lidia took hers and gave it a minty fresh look.

(Image credit: Lidia)

From Lidia:

Being a a big fan of interior design, I find myself in constant decorating mode. I really enjoy bringing to life an idea or creative project and recently found myself doing it with our small living room.

After painting the walls and rearranging the furniture, I noticed my small living space could fit a coffee table and would be more inviting. So I went on the internet hunt for the perfect table that wouldn’t over crowd the space or break the bank.

Ikea, of course! I really like the VITTSJÖ Coffee table’s design and price, $49.99.
I love Ikea and their products. However I hate being just another mass consumer with the same lamp shade as 3 million other people out there. I mean, I’m totally unique! Right? Okay not really, but here’s how I tricked myself into feeling like I am.

Before assembling the table, I sanded it down with a rough grit sandpaper sponge ($8.00). After it was sanded I painted it with Glidden’s “Early Frost” (light mint green) matte finish, $21.00. I used a regular painters brush and applied 2 coats.

I thought about using spray paint. It definitely would have saved a lot of time but I wanted it to be a thick layer of paint so that any scuff or scratch wouldn’t reveal the underlying surface. The painting was about a half a day’s work.

I’m very happy with how it turned out and learned an important lesson on how paint can be my best friend when spicing things up and making it my own.

Thank you Lidia!