We already had several of these Lekman boxes.
We bought them in red to go in our kitchen, but we decided to get rid of the Lack bookcase that they were sitting on. When it came time to do the dog's room, I thought we could use these in the expedit's that were going in there. The red doesn't go with the decor of that room. So, I needed to figure out a way to still use them, but change the color.
After scouring through old posts of ikeahacker.net (one of my favorite blogs), I came across this hack.
This was my solution to using the Lekman box but making it match the decor of the room.
Instead of using stained plywood, I used luan plywood that I painted a lime green. I was going to paint the white polka dots on but decided for time sake to use white round stickers that I bought at Walmart.
Once the plywood was painted and the stickers were placed, I marked where the holes needed to be drilled for the handle. I then adhered the plywood to the fronts of the Lekman box with Loctite Power Grab. I stacked some heavy boxes on top of the plywood and let it dry for about an hour. My husband drilled the holes for the knobs.
I purchased cheap basic knobs from Lowe's. I gave them a quick sanding, squeezed a dab of Loctite Power Grab and adhered a flower pendant to the knobs to make a custom decorative knob.
I found these on clearance at Michael's. I needed 8 total (4 for this project and 4 for another). I had to drive to 5 different Michael's to get them all.
I attached each knob and slid the finished boxes into the expedit squares. That is it. A real simple project that anyone can do. It was also relatively inexpensive.
So what do you think? I can't wait to show the room reveal. I still have a few more projects to finish first.
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