Ikea Table Hack




I’ve always loved going into Ikea and exploring the modern and simplified furniture they offer for a reasonable price. Back in the old days, my house was filled with Ikea furniture because the price is right and sometimes that takes precedence over design and style.

What if you can have the best of both worlds? My friend, Nikki, has a family to take care of first and nice furniture isn’t always a priority. Nikki’s first table is from Ikea and has served its purpose for years and is actually in good condition! Unfortunately, it lacks personality and really needs a face lift. Who doesn’t love an Ikea hack?!

So let’s revamp this simple Ikea table and make it fabulous! A farmhouse table would be a great transition and fits what Nikki’s looking for in her evolving home. If you love farmhouse tables, you will love how easy this is to do and want your own!!

Here is the infamous Ikea table bought years ago..


Time to head to the hardware store and pick up the supplies. You will need:

5  1 x 6’s

Walnut Wood Stain

Black Wood or All Purpose 1 1/2″ Screws


Paint Brushes

Tape Measure



Folk Art Sheepskin Chalk Paint

Folk Art Clear Wax

I thought it would be great for there to be more table space for the family to use so I measured the length of the table and added about 4 1/2″ on the short sides of the table. The width was also extended by about 2 1/2″ on each long edges of the table.

Measure the 1 x 6’s to the total length of the table wanted to create a new length for the tabletop. (About a foot has been added to the new farmhouse table.) Cut the 1 x 6’s to length with a miter or circular saw.


Once all of the boards are cut, sand them down on the edges and tops before staining. You can pick any color wood stain and I highly recommend Minwax stain because of the rich colors and great quality. I love the dark walnut color on a farmhouse table mixed with the light color base, but do what you love! There are many stains to choose from.

Apply the stain with a clean cloth. Wipe the stain on thoroughly across each board and side to give an even appearance to the tabletop. If you want a deeper stain, apply a second coat once the first coat is dry.


While the stain is drying, you can start painting the table and chairs! Get out the chalk paint you have chosen with your favorite paint brush and get started! Chalk paint sticks to anything so it’s great for furniture that already has a poly coat on it. We chose a off-white chalk paint called Sheepskin. It’s perfect with the walnut stain. Paint the table and chairs with 2 coats of paint. If you want a smooth finish, sand them with sandpaper and finish with a coat of wax. The finish will be as smooth as silk! Otherwise, leave it as a chalky matte or even sand it on the edges for a distressed look. The possibilities are endless depending on the style you are trying to achieve.






Back to the tabletop..

Now that the wood is dry, we are ready to create the new table! The wood will be attached by screws in 3 rows. 2 of the rows will be at the end of the original table and the 3rd row will be in the middle of the table. Place the screws evenly apart, 2 screws per board per row. I used an 1 1/2 inch screw to ensure the screw would go through the planks and the original table. Also, measure out from the original table to the edge of the boards to extend the table. The screws will be about 5 1/2″ in from the end of the planks. Make sure they are all in a straight line!


Extend 2 1/2″ on each long side of the table.

Extend the table 4 1/2" on each short side of the table by pulling the boards out further than the original.

Extend the table 4 1/2″ on each short side of the table by pulling the boards out further than the original.












Sand over the screw holes to rid of splinters and do a light sanding of the edges of each board before coating it with the polyurethane. Take a new paint brush and apply the poly in even strokes from one side to another to seal in the walnut stain and make the table top washable. Apply 2 coats for a solid coating. Do not place anything on the table for 24-48 hours as it cures!!

Walnut Stain Wood


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The table is finished and more beautiful than ever! I’m in love with the transformation and want one for myself 🙂 And of course thanks to Ikea for supplying the table! The family loves their new table and the extra space it provides!

Ikea Table Hack




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    Melany Lingam says:

    This is so cute! I finished my table and chairs but after I put on the clear wax it is kind of sticky… will this sticky go away? Did I use too much of the wax? Have you have this experience before with the Folk Art Clear Wax? Any suggestions? Thanks so much!

    • Chrissy says:

      Hi Melany! That’s awesome you got to create your own farm table! The clear wax will be sticky for a bit as it cures so don’t put anything on it until it’s completely dry.. does it seem better today?

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    Danni says:

    Thanks for the great post! I am going to try this out for myself soon. I was wondering in the picture it looks like there is 6 boards on the table but this calls for 5? Also what are the exact measurements here for the boards if I want it to come out exactly like yours?

    • Chrissy says:

      I’m glad it has inspired you! It’s funny because I’m looking back at the pictures and I remember staining 5 boards, but the table does show 6! I would base how many 1×6’s you need by how wide your table is. Line them up on your table and extend them out further on each side to see how many you can fit. I hope that makes sense! Let me know if you need anymore help.

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