Ikea Hack: Farmhouse Table

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This IKEA table hack will make you look at your old furniture in a new way! Upgrade your worn-out pieces with these tips.

When we got married and moved into our first apartment together, we ate our first dinner on a picnic cooler. Convenient but not too comfortable.

At that time, we had very little money to buy furniture. 

Eventually, we found our way to IKEA, where the furniture is cheap and made of wood. There, we bought almost all of our furniture (kitchen table, TV stand, couch, dresser and desk). 

Almost 7 years later, we still have the same table – I think we got our money’s worth. The table we bought was the Jokkmokk Ikea Table for $150

If you examined it more closely though, this table had seen better days. But instead of getting rid of it and buying a new set, we gave it a makeover! 

This is how we DIY a farmhouse table from a basic IKEA table.

Ikea table hack before and after

This is what the table top looks like – my kids love to paint and you can tell what their favorite color is. The blue paint would not wash out because it was ingrained into the table.

DIY Kitchen Table Top

Take a look at the chairs now. This one needed to be fixed with wood putty. Can you tell I used the chairs to paint in high places?

Fix Kitchen Chair

Our first step to this table makeover was building a wood bench to give us more room around the table.

DIY Table

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  • #60, #120, & #400 Sandpaper (you can use less than #400, it’s what I had on hand)
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Wood Conditioner
  • Wood Stain (I used Dark Walnut)
  • Polycrylic or Polyurethane
  • Rags (to clean & wipe wood conditioner/stain)
  • Plastic Cups (to keep things off the ground)
  • Table & Chair Protection Pack(felt pads)



To begin, I first cleaned the tables and chairs because they were dirty. 

Then, I took them outside and sanded them with our orbital sander. I had to manually sand some areas because there were grooves that the electric sander couldn’t reach. 

TIP: For the table and chair tops, I started with #60 sandpaper, then moved to #120 to remove all the old stain.

sanding table for a makeover

Here is my set-up while I was sanding. This was a messy job that took all day to finish!

Sanding chairs for makeover

After I sanded everything, I washed the table and chairs again. I then put the chairs back together. I did not screw them in completely because I did not want to paint the black screws. Instead, I wrapped tape around the tops of the screws.


Next, it was time for primer and paint. 

TIP: Use a paint sprayer to save you time in this step – it’s worth buying! Take a look at one of my favorite paint sprayer.

I applied 2 coats of primer (used KILZ Premium) before I started painting. I used a foam roller and an angled paint brush.

Painting kitchen chairs  white
painting chairs white

After the 2 coats of primer, I applied 3 coats of BEHR Ultra Plus in Ultra Pure White, plus some light sanding in-between coats with the #400 sandpaper.

Here is my setup in the garage:

Makeover kitchen table painting

While I waited for the paint to dry on the chairs, I started the staining process. 

I first applied a wood conditioner to the table and chair tops. 

SIDE NOTE: If you are wondering why you need a wood conditioner or if it’s really needed, be sure to visit my post “do you really need a conditioner before staining.” 

After following the instructions, I waited impatiently, allowing the conditioner to sit on the wood. 

Then, I lightly sanded the tops using the #400 sandpaper and wiped clean. 

TIP: Make sure you are sanding in the direction of the wood grain.


Minwax Dark Walnut Stain and pre-stain

Finally, I could apply the stain.

Prep For Stain by adding pre-conditioner

Here is the difference between one with stain (just applied) and one without.

Dark Walnut Stain for table chairs

And the tops after one coat of stain:

One coat of stain on table top

TIP: I used plastic cups to raise the tops off the ground but they can leave a ring so I first applied the stain to just the bottom (I only did one coat). Then I turned them over to add stain to the tops.

Here are the table and chair tops after 2 coats of stain. And I only did one coat to the bottoms because no one will see them.

DIY Kitchen Table restain top

Allow the stain to sit for at least 8 hours (I let mine sit longer). 


Now, it was time to assemble the table and chairs.

After they were all back together, I applied Polycrylic to both the stain and paint to give them a better protective finish.

Minwax Polycrylic

When applying Polycrylic, it will look blueish but do not worry – it will dry clear.

applying polycrylic to table top

SIDE NOTE: After a couple of years, I was having issues with the Polycrylic finish being sticky. From research, I discovered that you shouldn’t use Polycrylic on the stained top but only for the painted areas. I would recommend using either a Polyurethane finish or General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Top Coat (I recently used General Finishes Arm-R-Seal and it was the best top finish I have used yet).  

I wanted to have a smooth finish so I lightly sanded with #400 sandpaper, in-between coats. Making sure to sand with the wood grain and clean the surface after.

Sanding between Polycrylic Coats

To give you an example of the difference between having Polycrylic and not, can you guess which one has it?

Kitchen table Makeover one chair with protective finish, other without

If you guess the one to the right, you are correct! I loved how the Polycrylic  made the color of the wood stand out more but any top finish does this too. I applied 3 coats of Polycrylic to the table and chairs.

After letting everything sit for 24 hours, they were ready to move back inside. 

Before I did this, I wanted to add felt bottom protector to the table and chairs; it makes it easier to move the chairs around. I bought this at Joann’s for $5.

Table Feet Protection

And here is my table, all finished and maybe even better than when we first bought it! The stain looks amazing!

DIY kitchen table makeover

And the newly-refinished table is back in our kitchen…

Ikea Kitchen Table Hack makeover

Look how smooth the table top is. 

Even my kids are loving the new table. My son’s first reaction was coming up to the table and rubbing the top, then saying “WOW, nice”!

Updated Kitchen Table

And one more, because our kitchen is looking a little bit nicer these days:

DIY Farmhouse table makeover

Anyone else thinking about DIYing their kitchen table or giving it a makeover? It could really transform your space!!

updated Ikea table to farmhouse



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  1. Love the deep color of the tabletop now! What a beautiful transformation, and who doesn’t love a good Ikea Hack? :)

    1. Thanks Amye Mae!!! I love the color too…

  2. We have the same Ikea dining set. We also use the chairs for painting in high places! Our kids have not only broken the chairs backs when knocking them over, but they have knicked and dented the table top like crazy. Our set is in such rough shape. I have tried to convince my husband that our table could be saved by doing exactly what you did with yours. I love it and now I have proof to show my husband just how good it looks! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. I had to convince my husband too and now he loves it!! I hope you can talk him into it because it would look amazing…

  3. Wow, this turned out so gorgeous!! You have definitely gotten your money’s worth, and then some. Thank you for linking up at The Handmade Hangout, I am featuring at Redouxinteriors tonight!

    1. Thanks for hosting a great link up! And thanks for featuring my table!

  4. I googled Ikea Hack Jokkmokk Table and your blog came up. I’m so buying this table but it’s soo plane. Thanks for the inspiration and the bench. I was going to make an Ana White farmhouse table but with school starting, I just can’t. Thank you so much for posting this! Great job!

    1. I am glad you found the table makeover plus the bench. We have loved the updated table with some extra seating. I just refinished another table for my sister and the difference is amazing. Good luck refinishing your table and with school starting!

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