Day 365. Phew. I made it.
It's been a good but exhausting year for me. Working solo from home is not as easy as I thought. But still, I wouldn't have it any other way. I've learnt lots running my own freelance writing business. Mainly, how not to be so hung up on work. Ha. To realise that other things are just as important as the next paycheck. Getting my health and fitness back on track, strengthening ties that matter, getting enough sleep ... they are easy to overlook when a deadline looms.
Anyways, a woman needs to pamper herself so I will be packing my bags and stretching my legs over at Siem Reap, Cambodia. For a change, I'd usher in the year with a good dose of peace, serenity, and hopefully, a fine flute of champagne. Aaah, sipping the bubbly while my eyes feast on the sight of the sun setting over the famed Angkor Wat. A perfect end to a year well spent.
But before I scoot, thank you for sticking with me through the years. For sending in your hacks, for commenting, for cheering me on, for feedback, for constructive criticisms, for writing to me with your funny Ikea stories, for sponsoring this blog, for making Ikeahacker happen. Big hugs and kisses.
With that, I give you the last hack of 2009. This one's from Magda of Montreal who sends in her husband's handsome desk hack.
"Here is another Ikea hack made by my two handymen (my husband and my father) and designed by my mom. We needed a work table for my husband, who is a Mac lover and also a sound designer, so he has tons of cables and some weird machines to do sounds. Our house is really small and we don't have a room for all that stuff. So we just made a great working space in our family room. It was really cheap since I'm a queen of our Ikea store "as is" section.
The top of this table is made with a headboard of a white Malm bed (found at "as is" section for $10 Canadian!) As you can see on the top (right corner) we drilled a rectangular hole to fit one of my hubby's weird machine.
The leg is made from an Akurum basic kitchen cabinet. With some shelving inside we were able to hide all our electronic stuff, such as a printer, camera and all the cables needed by my husband. The inside shelf for the printer is a sliding one just to make it easier to print.
Just to make it more appealing in design we placed an Imperativ stainless steel wallpanel (also found in "as is" section) at the front and an Antonius shoe rack (yes, an "as is" item also..) at the back, just to have easy access to our computer and to ensure some ventilation for all the electronic equipment.
The work space , front view.
Sliding shelf for the printer with the stainless steel wall panel on the front part of the kitchen cabinet.
The back panel made of the shoe rack and installed on the back side of the kitchen cabinet (leg of our work station)
Top of the work station with my hubby's weird machine installed in the rectangular hole made especially for it.
Some additional views...