My grandson Cameron is an animal FANATIC! He loves everything about wild animals and dinosaurs. Not only does he love them, but he can pretty much tell you everything about them; species, origin, you name it. It’s pretty impressive for a 6-year-old, but that’s when you know somebody has a God-given passion for something.
Cameron does not go anywhere without his backpack full of animals in tow. When he comes over, he usually clears off the coffee table and sets up every single animal from his bag. A few times, I took a large sheet of craft paper and set it up on the table top and drew mountains and lakes and such. Cameron loved it. The elephants sat in the lake, the cheetah’s hid behind bushes, Cameron had his own little paradise right there. Well this got me thinking, “wouldn’t it be cool to have a scene like this on the table all the time?”
This inspired my Ikea Lack Hack. I purchased this Lack coffee table from Ikea about a year ago as a temporary table until I made the one I am planning right now. The table cost me a whopping $19.99 so if I messed it up, I wouldn’t feel too bad. I started by sanding the top which was very easy to do.
The black paint came off with extremely little effort. All of the paint did not need to be removed, just very roughed up. I taped the edges, then I primed it so it would have a nice grip.
After that, I just let my imagination run wild. I added all the components I thought Cameron would like, a jungle, a desert, the ocean etc.
I sat each night for an hour and just painted out little details until I got it the way I wanted. When I was done, I topped it off with 3 coats of a matte finish polyurethane. I then bought plastic baskets to go on the shelf to hold his animals when he’s not playing with them or towing them off somewhere.
I was so excited to give it to Cameron. When I showed him what I made, he seemed a little stunned at first, then ran off to get his animals. They all found their proper home on the table and he loved it!
Now I need to get my butt moving making a table to fill that empty spot in my den!