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Modern Makeup Table with 4 drawers for storage

Due to limited space, I needed a makeup table for my bedroom that was as shallow as possible but would still provide storage. Needless to say, I couldn’t find anything on the market to fit my needs. So it was custom or nothing. Oh, and it needed to be inexpensive. (Those requirements do not usually go together.) I liked the Ekby Alex wall shelf with drawers for depth…But the drawers are very shallow, and I wanted more storage than was provided in one unit, so I decided to combine two units.I had previously made a one-unit table for my daughter (picture at end), using standard IKEA legs, and she loves it, but it’s not as elegant as this one, and for me, the double storage was a must-have.Doubling up on the storage, however, meant standard height legs would make the table too tall. So I found a wonderful resource for customizable U-Legs on Amazon here: 23″ Tall X 11 3/8″ Wide Raw Steele Table Legs, 2″ Flat Bar, Set of 2. Their price is far better than any other source I could find.As yo…
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IKEA Helmer joining the circus

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