So one day I decided to repair the original tabletop of my TV stand. I sanded off all original paint, repainted it. But the quality of the repainting made it even worse than it was before. It was then that I got the idea to completely change it.
IKEA items used:
LIATORP TV stand
Other materials and tools:
Solid oak (measuring 2200 x 620 x 20 mm for about $60 and it was enough for table top + drawer fronts)
I purchased solid oak edge glued panel. (It was slightly thinner than the original LIATORP tabletop – 20 mm against 23-24 mm). Then I cut it in the same dimensions as the original, made a nice edge with a wood router, sanded it with 150 grit.
Then I stained it with Danish oil + Mixol Universal Tint #23. The first photo was taken with artificial light, so it’s not true to color. You can see the actual color in the next photo.
Next, I’ve wanted to change the drawer fronts as well. So, I disassembled the boxes, measured the fronts, and made new ones from the same solid oak as the table top, and finished them with the same oil.
I’ve also changed the handles to metal ones, and here is what I have now:
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