By Megan McChesney
Looking for an easy, budget-friendly way to update your decor? A trip to the dollar store is all you need to make this stunning, unique string light fixture that’ll look lovely anywhere in your home. And whether you want to add a fun workspace to your child’s room or your home office, this simple bookcase hack will give you a Pinterest-worthy double-duty desk.
What you’ll need:
Hint: Crochet thread comes in a wide variety of weights from 3 to 100 and beyond: the higher the number, the thinner the thread. Medium-thin weights seem to work for this project, but use whichever you like best.
Line the interior with paint or wallpaper that will remain in favour for more than one semester. cheat: This Billy Bjasta bookcase from Ikea already has a pretty postmodern pattern. It’s limited-edition, but you may be able to find one on eBay or through another online seller.
Measure the interior of the bookcase, allowing th of allowance on the back and sides. Cut an appropriately sized surface. cheat: Trim a small kitchen table to size.
Paint table legs found at a hardware store. Secure by gluing first and then mounting an L-bracket on the interior of each leg and desktop corner. Drill screw holes through the sides and back of the bookshelf to assemble the unit. cheat: Find cute vintage table legs at a thrift shop.
Secure the bookcase to the wall with an anti-tip bracket.