DIY Hemnes Side Table Hack

I have a pair of matching black Hemnes side tables from Ikea. They're great looking cheap little pieces, one of which I bought from the As-Is section of the store. Now that I have a new bed with a lower platform profile, I need shorter side tables. It's all part of my bedroom makeover.

Yesterday, I chopped three inches off of the table legs. Now they're the perfect height for my bed! I also spray painted some gold accents to freshen up the look of the tables. I also wanted the tables to fit in with some of the midcentury pieces I brought into my bedroom as part of the makeover. Here's what I did and what tools I used.




I removed the bottom three inches of the legs using a ruler, a pencil and a power saw. I sanded down the edges. Then I taped off another three inches of leg in preparation for spray painting. 





I spray painted the tips of the legs and the drawer pull using Design Master Spray Paint in Antique Gold. I found it at Michaels. Ta da!  40 minutes top to bottom. I'll be sharing my full master bedroom reveal in the coming week - just as soon as I get my artwork back from the framer!




Two by Two

I don't know about you, but I find great comfort in the use of symmetry.  Whenever I see an out of control corner of my home, or an overly disheveled area, I use a little natural symmetry to restore a sense of calm and order.  Maybe this is due to my OCD nature, or maybe as Paul Valery pointed out, "The universe is built on a plan of profound symmetry, which is somehow present in the inner structure of our intellect. "

source

source

"I don't know if it's a sign of all the chaos that is happening out there or not, but I've lately craved the structure and order of classical music and the balance and symmetry."   - Helen Reddy


source

source

“The mathematical sciences particularly exhibit order, symmetry, and limitation; and these are the greatest forms of the beautiful."  - Aristotle

source

source


"The most general law in nature is equity-the principle of balance and symmetry which guides the growth of forms along the lines of the greatest structural efficiency. "  - Herbert Read


source

And I wanted to thank Laura of Built With Dreams for featuring my home this weekend on her lovely blog.  According to Laura's About section, Built With Dreams is dedicated to "real homes, where real people live – not “homes” that have been put together for a decoration magazine, but homes that people put together to make of them a cozy place to live."  So head on over and check out the new blog on the block!

Side Table

Please stop buying side tables from Target and IKEA... and Pottery Barn too, while we're at it.  The thrift and consignment stores of America are filled with side tables and side table possibilities.  Just keep your mind open about what might serve as a jaunty side table.  A stack of books?  And old children's desk?  A collection of suitcases?  The possibilities are endless!

source

source

source

source

Add caption