Before & After: IKEA KALLAX to Modular Credenza

published May 25, 2015
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IKEA’s KALLAX storage is so versatile as is, that it just makes hacks all that more wonderful. Astral wanted closed storage for her craft room and office, but also needed it to be modular in case her space requirements changed. The after adds a little height and a lot of personality:

(Image credit: Astral)

From Astral:

I wanted something funky and unique for my craft room / home office. While furniture shopping, I realized that the pieces that I liked were way out of my price range. So that’s when I decide to create my own unique piece.

The plan was to make a modular credenza for storage. I wanted it modular so that I can move the pieces around within the room if I decided to at a later date OR even if I wanted to move one of the pieces to another room.

I purchased 3 of the Kallax shelving units from Ikea. I added the following to the shelving units:

– Fiberboard backing

– Birch plywood for the doors

– tapered wood legs

– Arrow handles

Home Depot was kind enough to cut all of the plywood and fiberboard to the exact measurements that I needed. All I had to do was install everything. And since I wanted a funky unique look, I did a random zig zag pattern on the doors using a honey wood stain.

I love how it all turned out. And I love the fact that nobody else has a piece like this!

More photos and details over on her site, Astral Riles.

Thank you Astral!

Re-edited from a post originally published 5.25.15-NT