Yes! She is finished. My furniture project is all done and order has been restored.
And I am so proud of myself. Except for a few details I did it all by myself.
Come see my latest Ikea Hack:
Isn’t she lovely! White and a bit rustic and hiding all the techy stuff inside.
I just love our new/old tv table, and I am so glad I finally got to make my vision a reality.
I wanted to give this table a makeover for so long, but I just couldn’t get it done. But now I did! Yeah me!
That cheap brown, IKEA Lack table was so boring. We bought as an -in-between – table. The old one hadn’t survived when we moved into this house ten years ago. So a quick run to Ikea landed as a functional tv table that has served us well. It was sturdy and the perfect size for the spot. But so boring. We didn’t intend looking at it for ten years, but we never found a table we liked better and could afford.
So last week I had had enough and decided that if I was going to live another ten years with that tv table, it better start looking good
So another furniture project was born and a makeover in progress.
To make her look like this involved more than a couple of steps.
I used the cheap pine planks I had leftover from my faux plank mantel background. I had exactly enough left, only snippets left now.
I cut all the boards to size on my chop saw. The cheap pine splinters easily so I taped the ends of with painters tape to prevent the chipping, worked like a charm.
To make sure all my boards where exactly the same size, I rigged up a little place holder. If you have a speciality table for your saw it might come with those place holders, but this worked too.
I attached the boards with an electric stapler. It made it a breeze.
Couple of hours later and my table had a new top.
I had decided I wanted to hide the gadgets behind doors, so I needed two extra dividers.
With plywood and some scrap wood I built two boxes. I found that cutting the plywood to size was easiest with my band saw, although I still need a lot of practice with that one, before I have straight cuts. But all those irregularities have been caulked and painted away and are hidden inside.
After I attached a decorative strip to the top I wasn’t pleased with some gaps showing up. I was going for a rustic look, so it didn’t need to look too neat, but some gaps where a bit much. I made a mixture with wood glue and some sand dust and filled the gaps with it. After sanding it (the image is before the sanding) and smoothing it out with some caulk, those gaps are barely visible anymore.
The hatch doors are more tongue and groove pine boards attached to a board inside.
I added a little chain to support the hinges and a magnet to help the door stay closed.
Attaching those was a lot of fidgeting and took me the longest (don’t those little details always).
The painting went super fast. Two coats of a sticks to everything primer. Two days to let the primer cure and then two coats of a semi gloss top paint.
I added the corner covers as a fun detail.
The little wine crate is used for storing our TV remotes and TV guide. It was a brand spanking new wine crate that I gave a little makeover. I’ll show you how to do that tomorrow.
By the way it isn’t a coincidence that my wine crate “came from” Maison Blanche, as I am slowly but surely turning my home into a white house.
Now I have another white surface to fill with pretty vignettes
If I hadn’t done it myself…..
Oh, I am so happy and proud! Are you happy and proud for me too?
I did some more Ikea Hacking in the past.
And IKEA’s most popular bit of furniture the Billy bookcase got built-in into my little guest room.