Back in November I wrote Part 1 of our Lack Table Hack. Between then and now a few other projects have taken precedence, but we are finally ready to unveil our creation. The plan was to use 10 Lack tabletops and 2 Lack shelves from IKEA to create an entertainment center type shelving unit. After some deliberations and a few Google SketchUp renderings, here was the blueprint.
As we did the measurements, we did run into one snag. The location of the outlet box against the wall was going to make it impossible for us to do 2 across for the bottom row. If we started the hangings to the left of the outlet, our whole unit would be a bit too far into the "dining room" area of our space. Now, we considered flipping the whole thing and having the open shelves on the other side of the television, but it seemed like the shelves would look too un-anchored out in the middle of the room. Our plan is to get a medium-sized green plant for the right side of the television unit that will cover up the brick and help connect this one-off square to the rest of the display.
Bob got to work with the drill and successfully attached the bottom square using masonry anchors and a basic wall bracket.
Rather than do each one individually, we attached 2 squares together to make our job of lining them all up exactly a little easier. We first just screwed them together using flat mending plates, but realized they were a little too flimsy and loosened up when used with the Ikea composite wood. Borrowing my brother in law's heavy duty staple gun, we secured them together with little room for bending.
This was no doubt a lot of careful measurement and work for Bob to get these up on the wall and lined up with each other perfectly. The location of the bricks dictated where the wall brackets would be mounted; drilling and anchoring into brick provides a more reliable and sturdy hold than the mortar.
The next step was attaching our Lack shelves. We picked up two 43" shelves for $15 each. We continued the black brown theme. Originally, I would have liked for the top shelf to go all the way across but ran into 2 issues: a) the length of the Lack shelves would not match up with the length of 4 tabletops so we would have needed to add 2 seperate shelves and b) the height of the television is almost even with the top shelf, which could look a little awkward. I would have rather the tv look like it was nestled in perfectly under a shelf as opposed to being as high the shelf itself.