If you’re looking for the perfect activity table for your toddler, the Latt table from Ikea is the way to go. It’s affordable (under $30) and it’s not character themed…. a win for me!
I was holding on to this table for my sons second birthday, I’m surprised I kept it a surprise for that long considering I had it for almost a year! This is how I hacked the table for Landon and it came in under $50 for the supplies and took about an hour and a half from start to finish!
- 1” foam cushions. Micheal’s has a pack of two & it worked perfect!
- Fabric: I chose an outdoor fabric from Joanne’s Fabric. It’s stain/water resistant because, let’s face it, toddlers are a mess.
- Staple Gun 1/4” staples
- Plexiglass: I went to Lowe’s and had it cut to size for free
- Painters tape (if you wish to “dip” the legs)
- Paint (I used Valspar antique white because it’s what I had on hand)
- Krylon chalkboard paint
MONEY SAVING TIP!!!! When shopping for the supplies, make sure to use the Retail Me Not app. Joanne’s and Micheal’s had great coupons I was able to use and saved almost 40% at each place.
Before assembling the table, I painted the legs. It was such a quick process! I taped them off and painted on my lunch break. The chairs, I painted 3” from the bottom and the table legs were approximately 6” from the bottom. I didn’t sand the area or anything, the table comes ready to paint or leave as is if you choose.
The cushions were kind of tricky. I cut the foam pieces to 9 3/8 by 9 3/8. The seat boards measure approximately 10 x 10 so cutting the cushions smaller made it easier to assemble the chairs. Outdoor fabric is thick and it made it a little difficult, at first, to slide it in the slats of the chairs. I used two squares of fabric, each measuring 14 x 14. You’ll have some overhang, and once the chairs are assembled, pull the overhang tight and secure with a staple gun.
The table top was so simple and I loved the idea of having two surfaces with the chalkboard/plexiglass top. I did two coats of the chalkboard paint and let it dry outside over night. When it came to the plexiglass, I chose the cheapest option at Lowe’s and requested that it be cut too 17 3/8” by 23 1/4”. From what I’ve been told, they aren’t supposed to cut a thin piece that small (something to do with their cutting machine 🤷🏼♀️) but the man helping us was so sweet, he didn’t even question the size he just cut it for me! Since we have the chalkboard underneath, I wanted the plexiglass to be easily removed. If you don’t plan to do a double surface top, your plexiglass piece may have different measurements.
One of my favorite ideas I came across when looking for table hacks, was the art paper roll underneath. I had a really hard time finding a paper roll that fit under the table but Micheal’s had one for less than $5.00 too!! I used a tension rod from Target and it has worked great so far.
For the craft storage on the side, I used small screw in hooks (also from Target) and the buckets were from Hobby Lobby for $1 each! We keep Landon’s stocked with mini PlayDoh’s, stickers and cookie cutters for all the PlayDoh creations.
I really love how it came out & Landon really seems to enjoy it! From painting dinosaurs, to coloring and playing with PlayDoh, we’ve gotten a lot of use out of it so far. This project was so easy and affordable! I hope this was helpful in some way, let me know if you have questions.