Monday, February 13, 2012

Getting a Leg Up

Along with 500 other projects I have in my head to do at my house, I decided to make a console table for behind our sofa.  Some would also call this a sofa table.  I have been thinking about adding this piece of furniture to our living room, due to the size of our sectional sofa it is difficult to set a drink or a magazine down when you are in the middle of the sofa. 


Enter the Lack shelf from IKEA purchased eons ago.  We had installed casters to the bottom of it and had been using it as a bench.  Well using it is not quite the right term, it was a place holder really.  We had it, so we put it in the room.  This is why I had the GREAT idea to turn that bad boy into our console table on the cheap.  It is the perfect length to occupy the space behind the sofa.


The Plan:  purchase a Lack table from IKEA for $9.99 and install the legs from the table on to the Lack shelf we own. 

This plan was genius because #1, they were both Lack products and had the same black-brown finish so the console table would look like it was meant to be, and #2, I would have a new console table for $9.99.

Off came the casters that we had installed for the bench.  No worries, I'm sure I will find a good use for them some day. 



This left me with 4 lovely holes where the casters were screwed, but you would never see them unless you were one of our kitties, Roxie, or just like laying on the floor under the table. 


I simply unscrewed the screw in the shelf...  



and replaced it with the double sided screws that came with the table to secure the legs to the shelf. 



I encountered one problem when doing this.  The hole in the shelf was too big for the screw provided.  So to solve this problem, I simply added a few toothpicks to the hole, then screwed the screws in.  Presto!  Works every time.



It is pretty great how the finish matches perfectly and the width of the leg is the same as the side of the shelf.  I will call this IKEA hack done and done!

Now I am dreaming of a lamp to add and maybe a few other storage pieces.  For now a couple of the lanterns from our wedding are living there.  


1 project down, 499 to go.  Have you guys been doing any cheap fixes around your place lately?  I would love to hear. 


3 comments:

  1. I can't even begin to tell you how awesome that is. I have both those items (not really in use) and really want a console table like you created. Wow. Thanks for the idea/inspiration!

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    1. Thanks so much Deanna! Good luck with yours and I would love to see pics of what you create.

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  2. I know I'm late to this post, but we have the same cat scratcher! Do you use the catnip? The one time I did, my big lazy cat just sat on the scratcher for hours creating a pile of drool. With that said, the hack turned out great!

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