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.