Having very luckily acquired an upgrade to our Television, we spent hours searching for something to put it on. This was when I stumbled upon Ikea Hackers. I was inspired by the range of creative ideas people were coming up with. Could I do the same?
We already had an old Lack Shelving unit that was looking a bit tired but it was too long to fit in the space we had but it was the perfect depth.
After making a few measurements, scribbling a few sketches and searching for a few raw materials from the local DIY stores, I set to work.
Im afraid I forgot to take some ‘work in progress’ photos but hopefully the following description will be easy to follow.
1. I dismantled to the unit to remove the middle shelf.
2. Cut an equal length off both ends of the two longest panels.
3. Drilled new holes for the fixing screws at each end.
I now had the basic structure but was left with some very messy ends. To cover these, I cut some sheets of 6mm plywood to size and glued them in place, covering the two ends and bottom of the unit.
I cut some 25mm beading to create a frame around the top surface.
After some filling and sanding, I applied a dark oak satin varnish to the whole unit. This created a nice match to an armchair and rug in our lounge.
Once this had all dried I drew a grid on the top surface to plan out the positioning of the 100mm square tiles. These were once again glued in place and left to dry.
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.