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DIY Modernism: Is It possible?

DIY Modern, is it possible? Why yes, OF COURSE it is!

I believe that modern may just be one of the easiest styles to DIY due to the clean lines and geometric shapes. I am very fond of modern credenzas. Here are two Ikea hacked credenzas I made for my own home:

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After seeing a similar version of the hack which was basically one Lack shelve turned on its side with castors underneath and no doors, I figured I would get two and super size it. We found one Lack in the scratch and dent and bought another new. I left three vertical supports in the middle. I did have to cut one inch off them and set them back to make room for the door rails, which I picked up at the local big box store. I drilled new holes for the screws/hardware and mounted the silver track with screws. I had the plexiglass cut and holes drilled for me at a local plastics shop. I bought the legs from hairpinlegs.com.

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One of my easier DIYs is my wanna be Eero Saarinen side tables. I was looking for used ones but man they were not in my budget. I was looking on eBay when someone had listed a set of used Bose speaker stands and in the description said they look like Eero Saarinen tulip base. I picked the pair up for $70 made a quick top and presto. They are quite a bit shorter but I think they look great. I am still on the look out for a cheap marble top, that would seal the deal.

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My other Ikea Hacked Credenza is made from two Traby boxes that I bolted together with large washers to provide more surface tension. I really did not like the look of it so I bought some high gloss paint and painted the outside a bright white. The legs we used are the capita legs, also Ikea. This credenza has served us well but is going to live another life as a couple of night stands.

On Thursday, I will share  a fun DIY that can produce pretty cool modern industrial accents for around the home.

For more ideas on how to use Mid-Century Modern inspired design in your own home, check out Curbly's MCM how-to manual, Make It! Mid-Century Modern.

created at: 2010/01/05

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Patti on Sep 20, 2011:

Wondering if the plexiglass doors open....


These are great - thanks for the inspiration!


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