Hack: IKEA Expedit Shelf

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You may recall in an older post that I mentioned another IKEA hack we did. You’ll also see the furniture before we decided to DIY it. For this one, we really wanted a centerpiece area that we could put some wine glasses on and some artwork… as well as candles, because we at CondoSWAG have quite the candle obsession.

It’s not really intended to hold anything else(the clutter would drive me nuts since it’s technically a shelf) so we wanted to keep it nice and clean- definitely form over function this time.

First, we picked up an Expedit bookcase from IKEA (Doberman not included).

This was actually attached to one of our desks (also from IKEA) but there was too much going on there so we decided to separate them. For those who didn’t click over to the old post, here’s a picture of it once we stopped using it in the office, and put the TV on it (before our focal wall mount). Normally it stands up straight. Here, it’s sideways (just in case you didn’t check the link).

We picked up little tiny legs from IKEA called Capita legs ($12 for a 4 pack) and screwed them into each end of the Expedit bookcase.

We put some wood glue where the legs attached just to make sure it was secure if we decided to move it around. Note: we’re getting hard wood installed soon! Goodbye gross carpet.

It’s a nice little piece that also doubles as a table to put food on if you’re serving it. Kind of like a food bar. :) Anyway! Here’s the final result (different shot than the first).

 

 

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Hack: Vizio VSB200 HD Speaker Bar

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Welcome back! I DO have a [rather large] list of swag to post up, so I’ll start with the new speaker bar that we installed.

The other day we went over to CompUSA (yes, it still exists down here) and managed to snag an awesome Vizio VSB200 HD speaker bar for only $69.

We had to get kind of DIY-ish with this because, as you know, we put in the custom focal wall TV mount a few weeks ago. We also picked up some Denka Curtain Wires from IKEA- and as I’m sure you deduced, they’re really for hanging curtains.

So why do we need these for a speaker bar, you ask? We decided to get creative.

We couldn’t necessarily mount the speaker bar directly to the butcher block that we hacked for our focal wall (because the place where the brackets secured wasn’t the right length) so we had to find some way to get around it.

We took the Denka Curtain Wires and mounted that directly to the butcher block. From there, we ran the curtain wire through the brackets and fastened it on the other side (by mounting the other Denka Curtain Wire piece).

To do this though, we had to take the TV off the mount. It was so tight that we couldn’t shimmy it in without the extra leeway. That’s a sign of a good DIY project- when all the pieces fit perfectly together.

Aaaaaand…. VOILA! The final result. That didn’t result in fingers getting cut off, or holes in the wall. I give us a +1 for this. :)

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