As a result, I have been deprived to have no IKEA furniture to hack (which is the new word for repurpose??). So, when I spied this little piece with an IKEA stamp at a garage sale for $2 I envisioned my first hack.
I think this was the top part of some type of shelf or desk unit, but I saw a bench. It needed to be made more sturdy and I chose to put a back on it to do that. I used some tongue and groove reclaimed flooring (?) for the back, attaching two 1x2's on the back of the top and bottom to secure it.
Here is a hint--when putting board together to make a panel of some type or a sign, you need to put two screws in each board at an angle from each other so the panel or sign is not wonky or doesn't move back and forth.
I attached the back panel to the shelf, i.e. bench with screws through the back. I added a top trim piece to the back wit the brad nailer.
I painted it in Old Ochre from Annie Sloan.
I did a little distressing--but not much, didn't want the blonde pine to show through too much.
I decided it need a little something else so I stenciled home on the back.
A place to put on and take off shoes,
a little shelf for baskets for mittens and hats--
perfect for the entry!