Ikea DIY: Just add legs
Right: Available at Ikea, clockwise from top left: Nipen leg, red, $15; Lalle leg, $12.50; Gerton adjustable leg, $25; Billsta round table underframe, $169; Borgfinn pine leg, $10; Lerberg trestle, $10; Finnvard trestle with shelf, $35; Oddvald trestle, $15. (ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF IKEA)
Customizing the prefabricated is a smart way to get personalized decor affordably — one of this year’s major home trends.
Back when I was asked to do the Ultimate Upcycle Challenge last fall, I had considered doing this exact project. We were tasked with upcycling an old door into a new piece of furniture to be sold at the home show, with all proceeds going to the Habitat for Humanity Vancouver charity.
Because it was a contest (and a charitable one at that), attaching pre-made legs felt a bit like cheating, so I went another route — but clearly that was a mistake!
Here you can see how a piece of wood, weathered and scratched, has been given new life by being outfitted with fresh trestles from Ikea.
Pairing vintage wood with structured, workshop-chic supports makes this table look fabulously industrial, also a huge trend, and this is something DIYers can easily replicate.
Ikea has several styles in differing materials, from stainless steel to solid wood that can be used for a table, but also a work desk, or a bench — just add legs!