Me again, and I’m back with another simple Ikea Hack! (If you read my last post you know not to expect anything super extravagant – for now.)
As you may recall, we lived in Kuwait prior to here and the rooms in our home were GINORMOUS. Literally. Now having to downsize, I had two cheapo (and I mean CHEAPO) side tables that I just did not have room for.
Well, at least one, anyway. It’s always troubling for me to dispose of items that I see potential use for, so my wheels started turning… and then I stumbled upon this.
Ooooh yeah, baby! Game ON.
Let me apologize in advance for not having pictures of my process. I hadn’t intended on sharing this little project at the time of making, but it’s pretty self explanatory. Here’s what I did:
I unscrewed the legs off one table. There were now 4 visible holes from where the legs were previously attached. I took those holes and continued to drill all the way through the board with a very fine drill bit. I then set that piece aside. Next I took the already assembled table and turned it upside down. I then grabbed the piece that I had set aside and placed it on top of the upside down table (making sure the ‘nice’ part was facing downward). At this point I was lining everything up and using the holes as a guide as to where I would need to drill into the bottom of the legs. Make sure you use a small drill bit so that when you screw into the legs it will catch and hold. In other words, the screw needs to be thicker than the hole. Once the holes are all pre-drilled, you’re ready to get 4 LONG screws. Prior to this I had measured the thickness of the table top and added however many inches I wanted it to screw into the leg. Thinking back I’m guessing they were 3 or 4 inches long – but don’t quote me on that.
Here’s where some people use wood glue and THEN attach the pieces with screws, but I omitted the wood glue and have had ZERO problems. I’ll let you make that call. After everything was attached, I made a point to turn the screw until it was completely flush with the table top. Next I added 4 felt protectors like these to cover the screw head. Flip the table back over.
Next up, Nail heads! I don’t even remember how many I used… but it was A LOT! Whatever you think you may need x 4. At LEAST. I measured out where I wanted them to sit and started measuring and marking (I used sewing chalk to mark, but I’m sure any type of chalk would work). It was super easy to wipe off when done. This really is free play. Get crazy with a design, or keep it simple. You decide and have fun with it! I will say that your thumbs will probably be sore by the time you are done… but for this insanely cheap project, it’s oh so worth it!
Here is what it looked like when I was all finished!
Let’s look at the before again.
Huge difference, huh?!
Next up, decorate! I haven’t done much with that part yet. I did throw a mirror on top b/c I love a little light reflecting – however; this will not be my final look.
The area below can be used to store magazines or books. I use mine to store extra, seasonal pillows:
But mostly I store a bin under there with extra blankets (which my children then love to toss all over the floor b/c why not?!):
The possibilities are endless!
I hope this post has sparked an idea or two! If so, I want to hear all about it! What are some hacks that you’ve completed, or are on your bucket list? Post in the comments below and on my facebook page! Better yet, post a picture along with it if you have one! (And if you haven’t already, don’t forget to ‘LIKE’ me!)