The shelves are really the easy part, they are pretty easy to put together. That is one of the things I love about Ikea is they make their assembly simple.
After the shelves were all built we did some measuring so we would know exactly how big we wanted the top to be.
We decided on 32 x 72 inches. That made the top just a little bit bigger so there would be a touch of an overhang and then we wouldn’t have to worry about being perfect.
We went to Lowe’s to pick out the board and decided on Oak. Vern was very helpful and even cut the board to the size that we needed. I love that they do that!
For the stain, I decided on English Chestnut by Minwax. For the polyurethane sealer, I chose the Fast-Drying Clear Semi-Gloss by Minwax.
When we got home we laid the board on top of the Kallax units and started by sanding the piece of wood. It was a good piece of wood so it didn’t need a lot. Then we applied 2 coats of stain and 2 coats of sealer. The hardest part was waiting for it to dry between each coat. I was so excited for my table that I wanted it to be done!
When the table top was FINALLY dry we started putting it all together. My husband got a drill and impact driver set for Christmas and was very excited to put it to use!
We used 2 flat brackets to secure the 2 Kallax units to each other and used 4 L brackets to secure the top to the units.
The top was pretty secure, but we wanted to make sure that it wouldn’t move at all so we took 4, 2 1/2 screws and screwed up through the top of the shelf into the bottom of the table in the 4 corners to make it good and secure. (Sorry, I am a slacker and didn’t take any pictures of this step.)
YAY! My table is finished!
I love all of the storage! I was able to remove the large paper rack I using that was taking a ton of space!
Now, my room doesn’t feel cluttered and I can even walk all the way around my table. I love it!
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