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Who hasn't owned an IKEA EXPEDIT shelving unit at one time or another? These shelves are to storage like Keds and Vans are to sneakers: basic, affordable, and available in plain white. But maybe you've had one for awhile now and are itching to change things up and customize it with a little more character beyond the plain old white finish. Check out how one EXPEDIT owner hacked his cabinet into something with more rugged character.

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IKEA hacking knows no geographic boundaries, as illustrated by this reclaimed wood transformation of a plain white IKEA EXPEDIT into a warmly imperfect TV console by Riccardo Tamiazzo in Padova, Italy. He dismantled a wood pallet and used the pieces to cover his shelving unit with the reclaimed wood, knots and all (it's like a DIY version of this $799 TV console).

The woodsy and wired console is topped with a smooth 6mm thick laser cut clear sheet of PVC for a smoother top, while a set of DIODER LED lights offer a bit of mood back lighting.

More photos of Riccardo's DIY project are available at IKEA Hackers.

Re-edited from a post originally published 10.3.13 - NT

(Images: Riccardo Tamiazzo)