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LIATORP series is nice, but it has a problem with the finishing – the surface scratches easily etc, especially for the pieces, like the TV stand, with tabletops.

TV Stand gets new look aka get rid of scratches on the bench top


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So one day I decided to repair the original tabletop of my TV stand. I sanded off all original paint, repainted it. But the quality of the repainting made it even worse than it was before. It was then that I got the idea to completely change it.

TV Stand gets new look aka get rid of scratches on the bench top

IKEA items used:
  • LIATORP TV stand
IKEA LIATORP TV stand

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Other materials and tools:

How I gave a new look to the old LIATORP TV stand

I purchased solid oak edge glued panel. (It was slightly thinner than the original LIATORP tabletop – 20 mm against 23-24 mm). Then I cut it in the same dimensions as the original, made a nice edge with a wood router, sanded it with 150 grit.

Then I stained it with Danish oil + Mixol Universal Tint #23. The first photo was taken with artificial light, so it’s not true to color. You can see the actual color in the next photo.

TV Stand gets new look aka get rid of scratches on the bench top

TV Stand gets new look aka get rid of scratches on the bench top


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After that, I drill all the holes for screws on the underside as per the original tabletop, and secured the new top to the bench.

TV Stand gets new look aka get rid of scratches on the bench top

Next, I’ve wanted to change the drawer fronts as well. So, I disassembled the boxes, measured the fronts, and made new ones from the same solid oak as the table top, and finished them with the same oil.

I’ve also changed the handles to metal ones, and here is what I have now:

TV Stand gets new look aka get rid of scratches on the bench top

~ by Alexandr