photos by Jared Smith
I’m going to be totally transparent here, and tell you that I technically have no idea what a sideboard actually is compared to any other piece of storage furniture. All I know is that after some very strategic Google image searching and several misspelled words, I’m now informed that there is a difference between a dresser, credenza, sideboard, and storage cabinet. While we all resonate on that mystery for a bit, I’m going to teach you how to make said retro DIY sideboard, okay?
Without making things anymore confusing, you can also consider this an Ikea hack, so I hope you’re stretched and ready for some Swedish furniture building! To make this even weirder, I actually repurposed front door knockers to be the giant hexagon handles, so there’s always that…
- Ikea Besta shelf and coordinating white doors
- Four – 4″ Wood table legs
- Wood stain in Early American
- Foam brush
- Two – Hexagon door knockers (yes, crazy I know!)
- 3/4 inch screw (instead of the standard screws that the knobs come with)
- Pencil and measuring tape or ruler
First you get the honors of building your Besta shelf with doors! I know you’re all loving that…
Next, you can go ahead and stain the table legs with the foam brush and wood stain. Instead of leaving the stain on to soak in darker, I simply brushed on the color and then immediately wiped the excess back off with a paper towel. Leave the finished legs to dry while you build the rest.
Lay the shelf on it’s backside, with the doors facing up and measure out where you want the hexagon handle to be placed. We placed ours just above center by marking 11 1/2 inches from the edge of the shelf, and 14 inches up from the bottom of the shelf.
Drill the plates that come with each knob in place, and then tighten the knob down onto the plate with the allen wrench that it comes with. We didn’t install the stop that comes with the knockers because we weren’t using them for that purpose, but feel free to if you think it’s safer for your furniture!
Screw the finished legs into the bottom of the shelf where the standard Ikea adjustable legs would go in the pre-drilled holes.
The handles can definitely get pricey when you’re buying two of them, but I think the fact they hang makes a really cool statement, don’t you? I also like the idea of just two oversized hexagon knobs, too. Basically what I’m getting at here is that I can’t be left alone when it comes to brass and decisions!