DIY Resin Art Table in 8 easy steps

Hey loves,

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.

Key ingredients

  1. IKEA GLADOM side table. $20 Link to purchase here

  2. Art Resin Epoxy 32 oz. $49 Link to purchase here

  3. Alcohol Ink Dyes. Ranger Rick Brand $11-30 Link to purchase here

  4. White Acrylic Paint. Any variety will do!

  5. Resin accessories (gloves, stir sticks, scrapers, measuring cup, blowtorch). Link to purchase here

  6. 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. :)

 
 This is my typical resin art setup at the home studio here in Haiti. Lots of air flow is important is key when working with epoxy resin and blow torches.

This is my typical resin art setup at the home studio here in Haiti. Lots of air flow is important is key when working with epoxy resin and blow torches.

The Recipe in 8 Easy Steps

  1. 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!

  2. Pour the transparent resin equally into 4-5 different cups

  3. 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.

  4. Reserve the 5th cup as a transparent layer to add depth

  5. 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.

  6. Swirl, mix, fork, spread and wave it out into a design you love

  7. 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.

  8. 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?

Thanks for stopping by. Have you said ‘hey’ over on IG yet?

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