We have awkwardly placed plugs in the lounge in our new build house, they’re a little higher than normal and so are on show, which isn’t very pretty.
I decided the HEMNES console table would suit what we needed in terms of storage and height and with a little tweaking would have the right look for our home.
I bought the HEMNES console table in light brown (wood effect) and when putting together I purposefully left out 2 of the top shelves so I had space for the Sky box and Xbox. It was a little tricky to do this as you assemble upside down so you need 2 people.
I filled in the dowel holes with wood filler and sanded smooth. I painted the unit with Valspar paint (a £3 b&q sample pot!) the shade is Hazy Earth. I left the top of the unit plain to give it that farmhouse look. I then sealed the whole unit with a finishing wax.
I bought some mdf sheets, painted them in the same colour as I had painted the unit and then nailed to the back. This ensured that the many plug sockets and cables were completely hidden. We drilled a hole either side of the top shelving to enable the cables to come through to the back.
I used the KNIPSA boxes and have attached a black felt inside so the hole doesn’t show what mess there is inside them!
We carefully sawed the legs on the unit so only an inch was left, that way the extension cable (which you can see in one of the pictures after painting) wasn’t visible and it made it look less like a console table.
And that’s it, the unit has the storage space IKEA always gives us and has the height we needed whilst tying in with our “modern farmhouse” theme in our new home, without the high price tag we would have had to otherwise to pay!
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.