Hack Job– IKEA style

Inspiration: West Elm Parson Cube ($149)

Inspiration: West Elm Parson Cube ($149)

I was really excited to post about my first IKEA hack, when a friend pointed out that we already have a few hacks in our home (see Mirror, mirror...). But this is one of our first IKEA furniture hacks we’ve taken on. And it was definitely a join effort–generally meaning my idea, his labor.

I originally bought IKEA lack side tables ($7.99 each) to create an ottoman for the living room, but realized after I bought the tables it would not work in our space (Math and measuring are not my strong suits). Then I thought I would make it into a coffee table, but again, not the right fit. After moving things back after the holidays, we decided that some things looked better in other places. Our new den now houses our record player and side table–both super cool and retro looking, but leaves an empty space in our living room. Enter the IKEA hack. Inspired by the West Elm Parsons Cube ( and so many other knock offs of this…Check out other hacks in the web site below), we took two IKEA lack side tables and combined them to make a cube end table for our living room. Though we may have not loved the process, we are thrilled with the product. Exception of the nailhead trim, this project was not too labor intensive. Done in a day type of project–my favorite kind.

What We Used:

  • Liquid Nails
  • White gloss paint
  • IKEA Lack table (2)
  • Nailhead trim
  • Hammer or Mallet

How We Did It:

  1. Paint the unpainted side of the Lack table white or stain to match the rest of the table. Prime it first with Zinser, then add a few coats.
  2. After the paint has dried, assemble the two tables to make a cube; remove one leg of each table. Fasten two legs from the top table and two from the bottom, then use liquid nail glue to secure the other two legs into place. (They will not line up perfectly).
  3. Weight it down or hold in place for a bit to be sure the glue sets. ( John sat on it).
  4. Now that the cube is assembled … adorn!
  5. We used nailhead trim around the corners to give it more character. These are a bit of a pain. We used a mallet to avoid damaging the cube or paint, after the hammer failed. This was by far the most annoying and tedious part.

Far from perfect, but we are pretty excited about how it turned out…even John.

Check out other ways to IKEA hack the lack: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/hacking-the-ikea-lack-one-tabl-159270

Our Version

Our Version


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