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This started out as an idea to turn an Ikea LACK Side table into a planter. But once I cut a hole in my LACK I realized there are a whole bunch of other things I could do with it.   The best thing is that if you get bored with the way it looks you can change it up to match your mood or the seasons.
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Step 1: Materials

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  • LACK Side table from Ikea
  • Square plastic containers to fit into table
  • Pencil and measuring tape
  • Drill and saw

Step 2: Moding the table

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The size of the opening on the table top was determined by the size of the plastic container I was planning to use as an insert.
  • With a measuring tape mark the centre point on the table.
  • Place the plastic container in the centre and mark around around it where to cut.
  • I have a shortage of decent power tools at home so to cut out the part of the table top I had to drill holes at the corners and used a hand saw to cut the rest (unfortunately leaving some rough and uneven edges).
  • *Once your remove the part of the table top, there is a cardboard honey comb that needs to be cut out as well.
  • Sand the edges smooth and check that the plastic container fits.
  • Assemble the legs of the table if you haven't done so already.
*Keep the top piece that you cut out, it can be used as the base for a mosaic inlay (see Step 7)
sillykitty9311 months ago

This is brilliant! I don't have an IKEA around, but could easily do this with just about any end table. Especially love the fountain and simply the rocks with the candle.

ChrysN (author)  sillykitty9311 months ago


Cezsaria2 years ago
I like all of these! I think I shall use your wonderful ideas to add to my Rolling Storage Lack :)
These are all excellent! Very creative... I may try a few of these!

....and that is a BEAUTIFUL cat, too!!
ChrysN (author)  rachaelsingleton3 years ago
sunshiine3 years ago
Beautiful! Mirko would probably love cat nip! I voted! Thanks for sharing.
ChrysN (author)  sunshiine3 years ago
Thank you! Yes, Mirko would love that, though I would never get him off of the table.
Attmos3 years ago
thats a pretty cool idea. so simple and versitle, nice.
ChrysN (author)  Attmos3 years ago
Outstanding!! I like all the configurations you showed. You get my vote.
ChrysN (author)  CatTrampoline3 years ago
jooknon3 years ago
I like it!! Growing Catnip would be so much fun!

*Might I suggest a clear silicone or hot glue to seal the edges of the plastic container to the table top. Those Lack tables do not like to get wet under the veneer.
Other wise awesome!
ChrysN (author)  jooknon3 years ago
Cool, thanks for the tip!
mikeasaurus3 years ago
So many possibilities! I'm bringing a saw with me to IKEA right now!
ChrysN (author)  mikeasaurus3 years ago
Oh dear, that might scare some people.
bajablue3 years ago
I love the simplicity and versatility.

Beautiful work ChrysN!
ChrysN (author)  bajablue3 years ago
skiedra3 years ago
That is a fine bunch of ideas :)

I like the grassy version best.
All awesome ideas! I especially like the succulents, though I know my cats would destroy them. I'd have to go with sweet grass for them if I did a plant. :P
iceng3 years ago
Most impressive uses of a depressed cavity that i have ever seen.

I have heard about Ikea before as an Avantgarde store but never heard 
of a Lack Side table, what is a Lack ?

Did you know it was cardboard before you started this great project ?

Inset things are my  "cat's meow"..  Very good Ible ! ! ! ..
ChrysN (author)  iceng3 years ago
The side table is in the Lack series of matching tables and shelves. Actually now that mention it, it should be LACK not Lack. I saw another instructable where they took off the top particleboard and had a picture of the cardboard inside so I knew that I would be able to create cavity without too much trouble.
laxap3 years ago
I like each one of the many possibilities!