IKEA Hack Furniture Project {tv stand makeover}

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:

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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!


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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.


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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.


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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.

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I had decided I wanted to hide the gadgets behind doors, so I needed two extra dividers.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.

wine crate TV remote storage


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 😀

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I can’t believe the transformation! 

If I hadn’t done it myself…..

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Oh, I am so happy and proud! Are you happy and proud for me too?


I did some more Ikea Hacking in the past.

I turned an old cupboard into a country style beauty and then gave it another makeover into industrial and rustic.

And IKEA’s most popular bit of furniture the Billy bookcase got built-in into my little guest room.


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  1. Gwen says

    Oh my!!! I am so very impressed!! You used what you had. You did not just pick out headboard and cover it cheaply. This is now a substantial piece of furniture. I love it!!! And the two lamps!!! I’m sooo delighted to be invited in to see this makeover. Love how you do it all. Looks so awesome!!!

  2. Emilou says

    Hi Marianne,

    You did a super revamp!! I am happy for you and I love the new look and it does go so much better in your home. Thanks for sharing. Blessings and smiles, Emilou :-)

  3. Sarah says

    Hi, I’d love to know where you got the corner hardware for this piece? I love the way it turned out!

  4. Patti says

    I really like the transformation, but have a question. It’s really bugging me! What are “hook covers”?

    “I added the hook covers as a fun detail.” “I love it – especially the hook covers, they give the stand a really nice touch, love those little details!”

    What am I missing! LOL

    • says

      LOL pardon my French, uh English. Guess I don’t know the proper word for it. I mean those black things I have added to the corners. Corner is hoek (sounds hook) in Dutch, so this is Dutchism sneaking in. Off to change it to corner now!

      • Patti says

        Well, learn something new every day. I had no idea! I’m a southern girl through and through and I just couldn’t figure that one out! That’s for clarifying it for this CDO girl. You know what CDO is don’t you?? OCD in alphabetical order as it should be! Only those of us with a little OCD will get that little joke. Thanks again and keep posting inspirations for us.