The DIY IKEA "LACKured" Media Cabinet

The DIY IKEA "LACKured" Media Cabinet

Range Govindan
Mar 7, 2011

When you move to a new place, it's possible that all of your furniture won't match the overall decor and feel of the new pad, so you're left with a few options. Either get rid of them or hack them into something that will do the job. This is what this enterprising furniture hacker from Miami did with his LACK media cabinet.

When Harris from Miami moved into his new home, the decided to thoroughly transform his old shelf into something a little more high-class. He calls his new media shelf the 'LACKured' (IKEA Lack lacquered) shelf, since it has a lacquered finish. Originally, his Lack shelf was made out of varnished birch wood. While doing this yourself will take a while, the results speak for themselves. Harris managed to give new life to his media cabinet.

The overall look is a lot more high-end than the original, and it matches his new house. He also added a grommet hole, which allows him to hide all of the cables. He preferred to add doors to only one side of the shelf, so that the other side remains open to display objects and see through to the brick wall behind the cabinet. It adds a nice airy feel to the shelf.

The channels for the doors were cut at a shop, but a hacksaw or pull saw will allow you to do this at home. The upright supports were removed. Next, he drilled holes and installed the plastic grommet cover. This is definitely a clean way to manage the cables. The metal channel was purchased at a shop and then installed with glue. Then, the cabinet was prepared for painting with a shellac-based primer. He used white spray paint in satin white for a matte finish, advising painting in a garage or outdoors, as the fumes can be toxic. He let the cabinet dry overnight. Harris then installed the Plexiglas doors. A large piece of Plexiglas, which was cut at a shop, was installed on top of the shelving unit.

All in all, the results are pretty stellar. The resulting media shelf retains an airy quality, while still being able to serve as an entertainment center. The media cabinet as it stands is perfect for some IKEA Dioder strips. Some strips could be mounted behind the shelf, allowing for a nice ambient glow. More strips could be added to the closed shelves. The frosted Plexiglas doors would allow a nice shine to come through.

Lastly, the LCD HDTV could be wall-mounted instead of resting on the media shelf. This would allow you to place the TV somewhat higher and would further contribute to the airy feel of the overall home theater area. While this could be problematic on brick walls, it wouldn't be a problem with other types of walls. Then, a few more floating shelves could be placed about to complete the room.

(via Ikeahackers, photos by Harris)

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