For Jackson’s birthday last month, Mr. Garland and I decided to get him a play table. We seem to have turned it into a tradition to create a semi-DIY gift for Jackson’s birthday each year, so it only made sense for us to hack the Ikea LATT table for his second birthday!
Jackson spends the vast majority of his time playing in our living room – it’s where we gather most of the time as a family, so it’s his favorite place to be. Because of that, we try to be conscious of making sure that the toys we bring in there are not only things that he’ll get a lot of use out of, but that they’re also things that we don’t mind staring at all the time. Because, while I don’t want to hide the fact that a toddler lives in our home, I also have to be happy living here, right?!
So, we kept the makeover very simple and did black paint on the table and a gold-dipped look for the feet. Typically, I prefer to use regular latex paint for furniture, but I was on a time crunch when we did this so I went with spray paint instead. I taped off about four inches at the bottom of the table and chairs and spray-painted it gold. Once it dried, I moved the tape down and covered up all of the gold paint, then I painted the rest of the table and chairs black. Remove the tape and….voila!
We left the top of the table and chairs white – I’ve seen lots of hacks that add cushions to the chairs, but I’m all about keeping things as simple as possible to clean, which means no fabric! I thought about adding something fun to the top, like a roll of paper that we could pull over for him to color on, but we have plans to create a Lego insert for the table, so I left it plain until we get that figured out. I’ll be sure to come back and share details once we tackle that project!
Jackson is very fond of the table and has had a blast playing it in over the last month. He colors here almost daily, and is constantly asking us to sit at the table with him. I’m all about gifts that can be used for a variety of purposes and that can grow with him, so this was an absolutely perfect second birthday gift!
Do you have a play table at your house? What’s your philosophy on big toys and “kid furniture” in your main living space?