I purchased the LÄTT children's table + chairs from IKEA for the boys with full intentions to paint it a sage color. I'm so glad it took me awhile to get around to changing the color because before I could get to it, I saw Bre Bertolini cover her daughter's with wallpaper, and I heart eyes-ed at it big time. So, the search for the perfect wallpaper for my boys' table began. It took five whole months, but I'm so glad I didn't settle because when I saw this simple black and white bug wallpaper, I knew I didn't need to look any further.
What you'll need:
- Paper cutter or scissors
- Foam brush
I decided to only cover the chairs and keep the table white because I didn't want it to be too busy. Here's how I did it...
1. With a paper cutter, I cut two pieces of wallpaper a little under 9.5 inches squared. I made sure they would show the parts of the wallpaper design I liked best.
2. Then I cut out right angles in each of the corners because of the pine wood that indents on the chair's seat. I just eyeballed this to go in about .125 inches.
3. I laid the piece of cut wallpaper on the seat to make sure it fit. (You don't want it to be snug, you want the tiniest bit of room so the paper lays flat.) From here, I lifted up the top 1/3 of the wallpaper and applied Mod Podge to the seat with the foam brush and laid the paper on the glue. Then I lifted up the remaining section of the wallpaper and applied Mod Podge to the center 1/3 of the seat. I worked out air bubbles at this point. Once I got all the air bubbles out, I applied Mod Podge to the last 1/3 of the seat and worked out any other air bubbles. I let this dry for two hours.
4. After two hours, I applied a thin coat of Mod Podge on the surface of the wallpaper with the foam brush and let it dry for 20 minutes. I repeated this five times total. FYI- Mod Podge goes on white but dries clear.
5. That's it!
Brooks loves the new addition to his chairs, and I'm sure once 7-month-old Elliott is old enough to know what's going on, he'll love them too.
If this inspires you to wallpaper your IKEA table or something else, post a photo + tag @prettypaperandco on Insta! I love to see!
With love from South Dakota,