Published on March 3rd, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Lack Side Table Beautification

Materials: Ikea Lack Side Table

Ikea Lack side table – $10
8 Brass Corner Plates – 2 packs of 4 came to be $12
Brass Fabric Nails – 3 packs of 25 came to be $6

Small Phillips head screw driver
Tape measure
Small drill for making guide holes, or a nail does the trick if you do not have a drill

Installing the Corner Brackets
Hold the bracket on the corner of the table or legs, use a drill or hammer a nail into the table to create the guide holes for the screws
Screw in the brackets

Adding the Fabric Nails
Use a tap measure before doing anything. I thought I would just try to keep the nails aligned and space them out by guessing, bad idea. It ended looking very sloppy and I had to remove them from the table and re-nail them in. This also damaged that side of the table so I put that side facing the window.
Figure out how many nails are going on each side and measure out the space needed between them to make them even. Also determine where the center of the nail needs to be in order for the line of nails to be straight across.

Take your time and measure, the process is pretty straightforward but you can mess it up if you try to rush it.

See more of the Lack side table.

~ William

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Jules Yap

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17 Responses to Lack Side Table Beautification

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Took a simple table and made it look really classy and unique! I’m going to try this, this week. I have lots of these little tables around. Awesome idea!

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is so cute! where’d you get your brass nail heads from? I’ve only been able to fine silver and gold ones, but these brass ones are perfect for my next project

  4. Anonymous says:

    Great idea! People need to understand, it may not be your style, but it does look great in the space it is being used!
    Nice work! :)

  5. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful table! I’ve been looking for a way to spruce up my plain old side tables and this is just the ticket. I’m going to try this immediately. Thanks for posting. I love it!

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  7. Anonymous says:

    In response to some of the less than encouraging comments that have been made. “ is a site about modifications on and repurposing of Ikea products. Hacks, as we call it here, may be as simple as adding an embellishment, some others may require power tools and lots of ingenuity.” This was taken straight from the “about” section of the website.

    Keep the comments positive people.

    @willchu, good job man. Keep it up.

  8. Caitlin says:

    Wow! I think it looks gorgeous! Great job :)

  9. willchu says:

    Everyone is free to have their opinion, but details aren’t pointless. A lot of times that is why I like Ikea furniture, because they are devoid of any extra frills. Scandinavian design is awesome because it is super simple and easy to match. I like utilitarian design.

    However, without any detailing the lack table can look extremely cheap, especially when it is sitting next to the mid-century furniture I get from Craigslist.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I also think it looks really cheesy. Maybe it’s unnessecary to point it out, but it seems like the content of this blog has become more and more clutter. Instead of showing us guides on how to cheaply make or modify furniture to suit our needs, there’s more and more posts devoted to attaching “glitter” to furniture. What’s worse is that the appeal is REAAALLY narrow. And besides, we’ve already witnessed a lot of guides so far on attaching nails to furniture. So I don’t think anyone who have read this blog recently will forget about nails when thinking; “it just seems like my cheap IKEA furniture needs more attached to it, for the sake of cluttering our minds and homes with pointless details.”

  11. willchu says:

    Thanks guys! The table is supposed to look similar to the vintage steamer trunk I bought off craigslist.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Whoever said it looks cheesy is obviously jealous of your awesome skills!
    It’s simple yet it makes the table look nicer. :-)

  13. Anonymous says:

    I’ve never understood the need for people to say unkind things. If you do not like something, close the browser window and forget about it. If you like something, make a positive comment. –I love your table idea and I think it looks great. It is not cheesy, but awesome.

  14. Pour Girl says:

    I like it, it makes a simple table stand out and look more expensive than 10 bucks.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I like it.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I think that looks awesome!

  17. Anonymous says:

    that looks so cheesy

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