Amanacer here in Haiti. I recently gave a cheap IKEA table a major makeover and some of you on Instagram asked for the recipe. So here’s my secret formula in 8 easy steps, pro tips included, just for you.
IKEA GLADOM side table. $20 Link to purchase here
Art Resin Epoxy 32 oz. $49 Link to purchase here
Alcohol Ink Dyes. Ranger Rick Brand $11-30 Link to purchase here
White Acrylic Paint. Any variety will do!
Resin accessories (gloves, stir sticks, scrapers, measuring cup, blowtorch). Link to purchase here
A closed box or hard lid to allow your table top to dry without dust or bugs getting in the mix. This is super important to achieve a glossy, smooth, bug-free finish. Trust me.
By the way - I have no affiliate links with the stores above. I just think their product are the best and recommend them to you because it’s what I use after years of testing out the market. Muah.
You’re welcome. :)
The Recipe in 8 Easy Steps
Mix equal parts A & B of the resin together for 1 minute
Watch this Resin 101 Video if it’s your first time working with this sticky stuff!
Pour the transparent resin equally into 4-5 different cups
Add a dime size of white paint and 10 drops of alcohol inks into 4 of the cups. One color per cup.
Pro tip: Stir the paint and ink together lightly for a marbled effect. Stir it thoroughly for a solid effect.
Reserve the 5th cup as a transparent layer to add depth
Mix your cups of paint and dye, then pour them freely over the IKEA table top. Once you’ve got a solid base, pour transparent resin on top, and layer more colors on top of the transparent resin.
Swirl, mix, fork, spread and wave it out into a design you love
Torch slowly over the entire surface with the blowtorch to remove bubbles. That’s how it gets glossy and gorgeous AF. Don’t light it on fire now! That’s a thing.
Pro tip: continue to torch it periodically for the first 4 hours, every half hour. Those bubbles are damn sneaky and can try to pop up after you’re supposedly done.
LET GO, LOVES! Resin is a flowing substance with a mind of it’s own. As it begins to harden it will stay in place more or less as you pour it. But a big part of playing with resin is letting go and embracing where it ends up. So for all my control freaks and A-types, it’s a great lesson in loosening up and letting it slide into it’s own idea of perfect. Mkay?