We recently bought the FJÄLLBO coffee table to use as a side table. We liked the metal frame (and the low price), but found the sleek tabletop a bit boring, so we replaced it with wooden planks from an old wooden pallet to achieve a more rustic look.
It’s an easy modification, because the tabletop is attached to the frame with just 6 screws. It didn’t need to be the same size as the old tabletop, because it is attached on top of the metal frame and not inside it – so the new surface is about 1 cm larger than the original on each side.
The hardest part was taking apart the wooden pallet (it took a lot of sawing, hammering and yelling profanities at it). After that, it was just sanding, staining and joining the planks to each other with metal brackets.
The wooden crate in the “after” photo is also from IKEA (it’s the large KNAGGLIG). To make the stamp, I printed the logo (reversed) on baking paper and pressed it carefully onto the wood to transfer the ink. The wood absorbs it quickly, and the stain seals it in.
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.