DIY IKEA Lack Coffee Table Hack: Pop of Neon Cube

A while back, I was invited to the press event when IKEA opened in my hometown. I was so excited. Finally, I was going to be able to get my hands on inexpensive yet modern furniture. Years later I still love going to IKEA (especially weekday mornings, when you basically have the place to yourself and you can wander aimlessly in peace and quiet). When I go now, instead of being so excited that we finally got an IKEA, I wander the maze looking for pieces that I can make my own with a couple of simple DIY enhancements. 

The simple Lack side table ($19.99) is an IKEA staple. Each year new colours are offered, but the basic white, black and brown are always available. While I do love plain white furniture, the Lack table poses a couple problems: For one, it’s super recognizable as a cheap, staple IKEA piece of furniture. And beyond that, it seems like everyone has at least one in their house somewhere. I love adding pops of colour to furniture, but colour trends change WAY too quickly, which is why this IKEA Lack coffee table hack is perfect: You can tailor it to the most on-trend colour of the moment, and as soon as your taste or style changes, you can switch the colour up quickly with a fresh new coat of paint.

However, I am sometimes fickle when it comes to the colours I want to show off. So I thought I’d enhance the Lack table by adding a touch of colour (two colours, actually) that I can switch out whenever I feel the need to change it up a bit.

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painting supplies


  • 2 IKEA Lack tables
  • white paint
  • 2 bottles of your favourite coloured paints
  • mini paint roller
  • Liquid Nails 


white paint mini roller

Step 1: Prime the bottom of both tables white with your mini paint roller. I found that the mini roller is the quickest way to apply the paint over large surfaces like this. Let dry. Apply a second coat.

neon yellow mini paint roller

Step 2: Paint the bottom of one of the tables one of your colours. If you’re feeling feisty, paint a pattern or a design. Let dry.

mint green mini paint roller

Step 3: Paint the bottom of your second table your other favourite colour. Let dry.

mint green side table

Step 4: Build one of your tables according to the package directions. (You’ll only need one set of legs for this project.) 

mint green side table

Step 5: Dab Liquid Nails on the bottom of each leg, then place the second tabletop on top of the legs with the paint facing down. Another option is to keep the painted side up so you can see both accent colours at once. Let dry.

Project complete!

mint green accent side table

neon yellow accent side table

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