I'm pretty sure most of you know that my love for DIY is undeniable. I don't know where I got this "itch" to do things myself came from, but creating something out of almost nothing is my idea of fun. I love perusing the aisles of Habitat for Humanity or Goodwill and finding an item or piece that has the potential to be something great. Denny usually thinks I'm crazy when I start a project, but he is typically impressed when it's all finished. Especially with this one above. Initially, I was looking to make a craft table for my office upstairs. You know a big table that can be used to wrap gifts, make crafts, pay bills, etc. Basically I wanted a do it all table. Well after looking through Pinterest, I found something I thought I could use (see picture below). It was an Ikea hack using cube shelves and a butcher block. I thought, this is totally doable!!
|Photo Courtesy: Karen Ackva, Ikea Hackers|
But at the time, I was more in need of something to use in my closet to help organize my jewelry, sunglasses, lingerie, and other small items. But everything I had seen on Pinterest was too much money, too big, or had to be customized (see below).
But how beautiful are these? I loved the glass top, but it was something I could sacrifice. I got creative.. what else could I use instead of glass or a butcher's block, that still looked just as nice and beautiful? I went on Craigslist, and looked for spare granite in the Charlotte area. It was just by luck that I found the perfect piece of granite slab. It belonged to a couple that was redoing their bathroom, but had changed their mind during the process. It was already precut and the edges were already rounded. And best part.. it was for sale for $60!!! Their trash, became my treasure. I immediately called my nephew Nathan to assist me on my new project.
Here's what we bought:
3. Craigslist Black Granite Slab - $60 (1)
Baseline Total = $258
**Optional Bells & Whistles:
Total Price w/bells & whistles = $395
After we bought everything, and brought it home, we got to work. We first put the shelving units together. There were three of them total, so we both worked on the first one together, and then did the other two solo. They really aren't that hard to put together, but definitely require some patience and a willing partner.
After that we flipped the shelves upside down and attached the legs. This requires someone who is familiar with a drill, so I recommend asking your boyfriend, husband, father-in-law or neighbor to do this part. Now the shelves don't have predrilled holes, so you will need a drill bit that is a tad smaller than the screws that come with the pack of legs. Also remember to be sure to wear the correct safety gear when doing any sort of assembly.
After that, we flipped the shelves right side up, and positioned two of them back to back with the third on the side (see below). Note we did not use anything to attach the shelving units together. I decided this just in the case I might want to use them separately somewhere else in the future.
To finish, we added the granite slab on top. Now as most of you know granite is extremely HEAVY, but also extremely FRAGILE. So be sure you have two STRONG MEN to do this part for you. I know you women are strong, but this part is a man's job. I promise you just can't do it; no matter how much muscle you think you pack. I enlisted the help of my neighbor with this because as most of you know Denny has a bad back. This piece was laying in the bed of my nephew's truck, and they had to carry it about 25 yards to my closet. Before that, we laid some cardboard that came from the Ikea packaging on top of the island that acted as a cushion between the shelving units and the granite. They then carefully carried the granite, and gently laid it on top.
It fit absolutely perfect. It was like it was meant to be! After the bones of the project were finished, it was time to start the fun stuff...
The accessorizing! While Nathan put together the drawers; I began putting the baskets, and other small items together. This was the easy part.
On one side, I put up a bracelet stand, a couple Ikea pull out baskets, and a necklace on display. The baskets are really handy. I use them to keep my socks, small purses and clutches in. They work perfectly for smaller items!
On the other side, I have another necklace on display, a couple adjacent baskets, and a LV makeup bag that I received from Denny as a Christmas gift. These shelves work great at displaying my much loved items, as well as keeping them nice and clean.
Last but not least, I added a 3-tier serving platter, a ring box, and a stainless steel bowl I found from Habitat for Humanity. This is where I keep the jewelry I wear more frequently. Originally I found the 3-tier glass platter in the kitchen section at Ikea, but I thought it would look nice as a jewelry stand on top. And I agree :)
All together, I think it turned out quite nicely, and I couldn't be more happy with how everything came together! What other Ikea hacks or DIY have you done? I would love to know, leave a comment below!