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.
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)