diy (Ikea lerberg trestle leg tables}


We started school back up last week. And I built two new tables. The two go hand-in-hand. We had a cute 4 person table and 4 cute kids doing school work around that table. It was only a matter of minutes before the elbow shoving and arguing over space began, so it was time for a bigger table. Our kitchen table seats 8. We are a family of 7. I’ve wanted more table room for when we have company over for dinner. A little while back my mom picked up some Lerberg Trestle table legs from IKEA for me and we finally got around to building our very simple tables.

We used two pieces of plywood cut down to 3ft x 6ft and some boards for trimming the edges.8.4table-028.4table-04

The table legs do not have holes to attach them to the wood. Instead of drilling holes, we just made simple little braces to hold them in place. This allows us to take the tables apart quickly if we need to move them outside or just stack them against a wall for more space. Next, we added boards around the edges to finish it off.8.4table-05

A little wood putty & sanding.8.4table-06

I decided to go for white chalkpaint. I use DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint and have always been pleased with it. FireCracker is always nearby if painting is involved.8.4table-08

After I painted, waxed, and sanded the table I decided it wasn’t quite right. I painted the trim boards pink – random decision. Knowing me I’ll repaint it before the end of the year.8.4table-09

We can comfortably fit 12 when the tables are together. 16-20 when we pull the tables apart. Now I have to find more chairs!


We were going the most affordable route, so I knew I would be painting the table top. I also knew we needed a very smooth top with no cracks for art stuff to get stuck in by the kids. I wanted a white table top for pictures….I take a lot of pictures and I sure like white! The more white the better.8.4table-12

See, isn’t that white background just perfect?!8.4table-14

I don’t have detailed step-by-step instructions because it was a pretty simple project. Cut the boards. Nail them together. Fill the holes. Sand and paint.

Have friends over and enjoy dinners with more space around the table!

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  • Debbie C - I love your huge white (and pink) tables! Lots of space for creativity is a must. I have an old Ikea desk/table that my hubby wants us to give away so we’ll have more room but I refuse. I like to spread out when I work. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Brandi - We are going to be a family of 7 soon, too, and this idea is incredible! Pulling the tables apart for company seating…just love it!

  • Andrea - Your new tables are beautiful.

  • Katie - Your studio space amazes me each time that I see it! The new tables are simple and sweet – and very family friendly. Great call with the whitewashed tops – perfect background!

  • Sprite - Oh, how perfect! The tables are lovely!!! Your studio shelves are organized so beautifully, too. Every time I read your blog I’m inspired to organize or decorate my space. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Diana - I totally agree about needing a white table top for pictures! I take waaay less than you but I still think I need one. Table looks great!!

  • Natalie - You should build a couple long benches for the ends!

  • Lisa M. - So funny! I am literally sitting in IKEA contemplating picking up a pair of these legs! After seeing your post though, it’s a no-brainer! Thanks for sharing your beautiful tables with such perfect timing!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Just perfect!

  • kimberly oyler - i knew you’d go with white. smart decision. annnnnd you know i have to ask. what chairs are in the kitchen now? so much change!

  • Chiara M - It’s so exciting to have enough seating for guests and big get togethers. I hope the tables inspire some great gatherings. I’m just wondering about the shelves in the studio. They look like Ikea, but I would love a source. I really like how they’re a combination of book shelves and cupboards. We’ve got a long wall in our new house I want to fill with shelves, but it would be nice to have some cupboards to hide things in too.

  • AshleyAnn - Chiara – Thank you. Yes, the shelves are from IKEA. You can purchase the doors (wood and glass) from IKEA too!

  • AshleyAnn - Kimberly – no chairs in the kitchen when we need to use them in the studio! We carry them back and forth until we can find affordable ones to have enough for both rooms! Chris did pick up two more school chairs for $10.00 each today. Only have to find 10 more affordable chairs!

  • danielle - Those are great! We are starting next week! Eek! I can’t believe summer is almost over.

  • Jamie - Great table!
    I would love to see a couple ‘home school’ blog posts. I am starting to home school with my Kindergartener this year. Good luck to both of us!

  • Russett - I keep meaning to ask you about your floors and although your post is about the tables, I’m asking now – is there any type of stain or paint on your cement floors (they are cement, right?). I love them and hope to achieve the same look in our basement.

  • Bethany - Hi! Just wondering what color is on your walls? I’m looking for a nice white in my kitchen and this looks like just the ticket!

  • AshleyAnn - Russett – they are just poured concrete. We haven’t sealed or stained them. We probably should, but it just hasn’t happened yet!

  • Rhonda - Looks awesome!!! I love this space!!!

  • Melinda - I love the art supply tray. Is that DIY or did you buy it somewhere?

  • Sarah - Have you shared yet about the great bookshelves/storage system in the background of these photos? Ikea?

  • Sarah - Oops, just saw that someone already asked. They look great!

  • Andrew - I know this is old, but how sturdy are the ikea table legs? I’ve been thinking about getting a pair for myself.


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  • Sandra - That really is a great DIY ! I have this legs for a year and, even if i searched for a way to attach them, was not satisfied with what i found and so let them unattached under the wood… And believe me, with three young moving boys, it is veryyy annoying !!
    Thanks for it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Mindy - I love those cabinets and shelves in the back! Do you mind sharing the source? Ty!

  • AshleyAnn - Mindy – they are from Ikea (bookcases that you can add doors to)

  • susan - nice job! what did you use to wax the table after painting?

    thank you,

  • Lisa - Hi, Great post, has really helped me as I am about to set up my own art workshop space. Could I ask, what size are the tables?

  • Brittany Sanchez - Hello there! I see above that you said you didn’t seal or stain your concrete floors; is that still the case? We are going to pull up some nasty carpet in the basement and I’m considering just leaving them raw ๐Ÿ™‚