Make this for the cost of going to the movies + popcorn.
MATERIALS USED: Two, white, wooden Ikea storage bins, dark stain, hinges, screws, glass knobs (optional), and contact paper (optional).
COST: Two Ikea bins bought two years ago ($15.00), Dark Stain ($3.00), Hinges (free taken from an old t.v. stand), glass knobs ($24.00 for two at Restoration Hardware, but you can use any knobs or none at all), and Contact Paper ($1.00 for the roll at the dollar store, but this is optional). TOTAL COST TO MAKE A SIMILAR PIECE: $18.00 minimum.
TOTAL TIME: Five hours.
Always looking for storage in our relatively small place, I looked at the objects in our home and decided to repurpose two wooden Ikea bins that we weren’t using as a small side table for our bedroom. After all, storage is a good thing. I didn’t know it before I started the project, but it would turn out to be a lot cheaper than buying a brand new side table and more my style.
Here are some photos to help along with the instructions:
|Start with two white Ikea wooden bins.||Take the bins apart.|
|Use the back panel as a guide to cut out a carboard back. Then cover with contact paper and piece the side table back together.||Stain and hinge the doors. Test them out to make sure they work right. Affix knobs to the doors. Now enjoy your one of a kind side table.|
First, take apart the bins and remove the back, wooden panel. Then, cut out a piece of cardboard the same size as the wooden panel. Cover the cardboard panel with contact paper. The wooden panel removed will soon be the door. Piece the bins back together and stack them one on top of the other before nailing them together. Stain and hinge the panels. Two magnet hinges are used to keep the front doors closed. Affix two knobs to the front. In this case, I purchased two glass knobs from Restoration Hardware.
A drill isn't necessary, but it will save you some time. Total time without a drill for this project is five hours. I would urge all others to use a drill to pre-drill the holes for the screws, but you can do this with some screws and a screw driver as well.
I bought these two wooden Ikea bins about two years ago. I spent roughly $15 bucks total on the bins. Besides the glass knobs, I did not spend any other money on this project. The rest of the materials I had in my home.
With a little bit of time and determination, anybody can make this.
Published on Ikea Hackers on 1/26/2011.
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