So we’re big believer in Ikea around here but when our old IKEA coffee table was looking worse for wear (ahem… we tried to paint a lacquered table and forgot to sand it first, the paint did not stick well to say the least), we were hard pressed to find a table with enough storage! Thanks to this DIY venture we’ve got supplies spilling out of pretty much every nook and cranny of the apartment. Coffee tables that did fit our needs were upwards of $300 + dollars! But while staring at some Kallax shelves, Adam and I were struck by an idea, we’d make our own for half the price! To make this DIY extra fun, we’ll do it IKEA graphics style (with a little more text).
What You’ll Need:
- 2 – Kallax Shelving units, assembled with the hanging brackets set aside
- 1 – 58″ by 33″ inch piece of plywood (choose the wood grain pattern carefully! You’ll be looking at it a lot)
- 8 – Long screws
- No odor Polyurethane, water based
- Power Drill
What To Do:
1. Push the two shelves together, the cubbies should be facing the sides, and make sure that the ends line up with one another. (shown from the top – top image, and the side – bottom image).
2. Using the hanging brackets and screws that came with the Kallax shelves, screw the bracket in so that connects the interiors of the two shelves (see below). You can use the pre-drilled holes for the brackets on the interior of the shelves though two holes should be left open.
3. Sand down the top and edges of the plywood so that they’re smooth. Plop the plywood on top of the two shelves and line it up so that it has an even lip on the long sides.
4. Screw on the plywood top in place using the extra 8 long screws, being careful to ensure that the screws are lined up to be in the outer wall of the shelf.
5. Brush the Polyurethane onto the plywood top, following the cans drying instructions. I recommend 3 coats, it will darken the table top slightly (but in a good way!) and protect it from scratching and wear and tear.
6. Pop baskets, boxes or blankets into your cubbies and fill them with crafting supplies (my preference) or workout equipment (Adam’s preference).