Have you ever come across a beautiful product, decided that you absolutely need it, only to become terribly depressed at the number on the price tag? I have, and very recently, actually. I encountered this situation while at IKEA with a pair of beautiful nesting tables from their Stockholm collection. Here they are:
They’re simple, modern, beautiful… And $279. Ouch. However, I had a “lightbulb” moment when I realized that the simple design could be very possible for me to recreate. With just a few slight changes, I’ve created my own version of the IKEA Stockholm Nesting Tables for just $80! If you’d like to do the same, you can find all the steps below.
- 4 x 4′ Sheet of 3/4″ Baltic Birch Plywood
- (2) 2 x 2 x 72″ Select Pine Boards
- Minwax Wood Conditioner
- Minwax Wood Stain
- Varathane Triple Thick Polyurethane
- 1 1/4″ Wood Screws
- Oval Mirror for Stencil
- Jig Saw
- Miter Saw
- Hand Sander
- Power Drill
- Eye Protection
Step 1 – Outline & Cut Table Tops
I initially attempted to create a stencil for this project out of newspaper. However, freehand drawing a perfect pointed oval is a lot more difficult of a task than I had imagined it would be. While I was struggling with this, I saw this dirty old mirror in the basement that just happened to be the perfect size for this project. While the ends aren’t pointed like the original from IKEA, it still gives the same shape and vibe. The mirror measured at 26″ long and 18″ wide.
Using a pen, I traced the mirror twice onto my sheet of birch. With my $5 garage sale jig saw, I carefully cut around my outlined ovals with the wood clamped onto a bench. This was my very first time ever using a jig saw and it was a seriously exhilarating experience.
The cut-out tops before sanding looked even better than I had thought they would. I chose the birch for that beautiful wavy grain.
Step 2 – Sand & Condition Tops
I sanded the edges with 80 grit sandpaper and then the tops and edges again with 220 grit sandpaper.
These are the finishing products I chose for my tables. Pre-stain conditioner, Minwax stain, and a really thick polyurethane are the perfect combo for finishing.
Following the directions on the product, I applied a coat of Minwax Wood Conditioner with a foam brush to the tops and edges of both ovals. After 10 minutes, I wiped off any excess and allowed it to dry for an hour.
Step 3 – Cut Legs
While the condition dried, I cut four legs at 16″ and four at 17 1/2″ from the 2 x 2″ boards. The ends of each are cut at parallel 10° angles to create a slightly slanted leg. The picture above shows the two leg sizes in comparison.
Step 4 – Finishing
In order to mimic the warm walnut tone of the Stockholm tables, I chose Minwax Wood Stain in “Special Walnut” to finish my version. I applied two coats of this once the conditioning process was complete. Following this came one coat of satin Varathane Polyurethane in their Triple Thick formula.
Step 5 – Stain & Attach Legs
With the same stain, I finished the legs with two coats on each. I then attached them to the table, each being 2″ from the edge with wood screws through each side diagonally into the table tops.
Step 6 – Enjoy Your Knockoff IKEA Nesting Tables
The beauty of having DIY as a hobby lies in the ability to find pricey inspiration and make it your own at a price you’re comfortable with. This being my first “knockoff” project, I’m excited by the results and can’t wait to find another.
Psalm 71:7 – “I have become a sign to many, You are my strong refuge.”