For the past four weeks, I have been busy moving into my house, which is why my DIY has taken a back seat as of late.
I thought I had more time to pack up my apartment but my lease finally comes to an end in just two weeks and I’m stuck struggling with what to keep and what to throw away. I’m definitely one of those people that says, I can reuse that….and then never does so this time I plan to stick to my word and reuse and re-purpose as much as possible so you guys don’t end up watching me on Hoarders.
One thing I’ve struggled with getting rid of was my Lack Coffee Table from Ikea. I bought it 2 years ago for £26 and it’s still in great condition, which is why I couldn’t justify throwing it away so I put my DIY hat on and came up with a super quick and easy End of Bed Bench Tutorial.
What you’ll need:
- Ikea Lack Coffee Table
- Stich Ripper/Thread Cutter
- All-purpose super glue (optional)
- Staple Gun
- Box Cutter
- Foam Pad
I began by dismantling my table and making sure it was clean and dry. Once completed I focused my attention on my foam pad, which I bought from Dunelm Mill for £18. As you can see the foam is considerably longer than necessary and slightly too narrow but as I was working with straight edges, this was very easy to remedy.
I eyeballed a straight edge and cut two pieces of foam using my box cutter from the excess foam to fill the gap on the side of the table.
I chose to glue the foam to the table using a generic brand of all purpose glue to ensure the foam didn’t move when I began to staple the fabric and let this set for about 20 minutes.
Once the glue dried and the foam was firmly in place I set the table foam face down onto the batting. I didn’t have batting but after some reading, I found that an old cotton sheet acts as a good substitute. Because I used an old velvet curtain to upholster my chair I decided to take the lining and use that for my batting.
I did have to spend 30 minutes removing the seams from my curtain and lining before I could apply it to the table. The quickest and easiest way to remove stitches is to use a stitch ripper or seam cutter. This also helps to protect the fabric.
To apply the batting, I simply pulled tight and stapled the edges (you don’t have to use too many staples at this stage because you will go over this with the next layer of fabric). Once the batting was secure, I grabbed my scissors and cut off the excess.
It is important to use some form of batting because it makes sure that your fabric doesn’t slip and it works to give a smooth final finish.
When I was ready to apply my finishing fabric, I simply repeated the steps used to apply my batting (make sure your fabric is clean and wrinkle free before stapling for a professional finish).
This beautiful DIY will eventually make its way to the foot of my bed but until then I’ll have a funky bench overlooking my balcony (P.S don’t be cheap like me and hire a moving van, Mini Coopers are terrible to move house in!)