Today I’ve got a super simple little Ikea Latt Makeover to share with you. I feel like I’m in an endless battle, especially during the cold months, to create spaces where 5 yr old daughter actually wants to play for more than five minutes at a time. We’re entering that time of year where it’s been three whole months since she was able to really play outside and my sanity is hanging by a thread–fellow moms, I know you totally feel me (and if you don’t, PLEASE teach me your ways)!! And let’s be honest, considering the limits of my attention span, I should probably just give up all hope of keeping her entertained for long periods of time, genetics may have just doomed her anyway. In any case, I thought maybe giving her play table a little face lift would entice her to spend just a bit more time there.
So, this is where this table started. And this picture doesn’t do the gross-factor on this thing justice. It’s been sitting in the basement like this for about a year and a half and it’s main purpose has basically been to catch spills and crumbs, and then of course, kids see a spill as an opportunity to play–amIright? I couldn’t even venture a guess as to what the substances stuck to this table actually were. I know I saw Oreos and crayon, beyond that…it’s anyone’s guess.
I gave the table a really good scrub down (magic erasers work great for getting crayon off of even the raw wood). Then I taped it off and gave everything a coat of stain (Minwax Jacobean). If you’ve never stained before, you can find everything you need to know here. Next I taped off all of the legs and painted them to give them a little extra splash of color and a dipped effect.
And that’s all there is to it. I love the difference that just a little bit of paint and stain can make. It’s like a completely different table–one that I can actually enjoy looking at when it’s sitting out in the room As for “Operation Entertain the Child…” the jury’s still out on that one. Ok, honesty, it probably gets played with as much as it did before. But we’ve had no spills and messes to report and we’ve been using it for a couple of months, so I’ll just go ahead and put that one in the “win” column for me ;).