Home DIY

Ikea Hack: DIY Farmhouse table from Ingo + Ivar set

[originally published on an old blog in 2013]

After moving into our new home, there were so many items of furniture to buy. One of these items we needed was a dining table. After seeing some tutorials to make one from scratch on Pinterest using reclaimed wood.  I really wanted to do so myself but really did not have the time or resources to do so.

We looked at other tables but our budget was quite limited, we wanted to sit at least 6 and I really did not want something cheap looking that I’d want to replace in a couple of years.

So after a lot of internet browsing, I found this INGO table at Ikea: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/14630009/ aswell as the IVAR chairs: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/68156009/.


They are a pretty simple style which meant I could easily put two tables together, and coupled with 8 chairs it came to less than £200.

We have oak furniture and blue and grey colours in the room so I decided to stain the top of the pine table with an oak stain and to paint the legs a light grey. Choosing the grey was a complete ball ache, who would have known there were so many different shades of grey? Anyway I ended up settling on a colour called ‘Fog’ from B&Q’s own range. It is a one coat any surface emulsion which made the job quite easy.

Varnishing the top 

IKEA IVAR before & after

Let me know what you think. Isn’t it amazing what a lick of paint can do?

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