Have you seen these IVAR units at Ikea? They've got a lot going for them, namely that they're solid, unfinished wood. The hubby and I've been looking for a buffet for extra storage in our kitchen for a while, but we've been unable to find something thin enough for our small kitchen. Hubby really wanted a project, but not too much of a project, which is while we thought an ikea hack might just work. In our old house we did a similar hack where we turned an old piece of furniture into an island, and it was a project that we both really enjoyed. It turned out pretty well...in fact, the people that bought our old house asked to buy it with the house!
For this project we liked how sturdy the IVAR units were, but thought it needed some changes. It seemed easy. Add two pieces of wood (one for the top and one for the bottom), add some legs, some trim for the doors to add a little interest. Easy peasy right?
You can probably guess where this is going. What's easy peasy with a toddler and a preschooler running around? We bought the wrong about of wood for trimming the cabinets. We spent hours trying to get the doors to align properly (turns out we had a bad hinge-Ikea replaced it.) I accidently painted our kitchen floors(fixed with a little elbow grease). I also somehow deleted most of the in progress pictures from my camara, so I don't have that much to show you....
This project was a comedy of errors, with both of us wanting to chuck the project at one time or another. In fact, it would have been tossed if it weren't for the hubby or I seeing promise in the project when the other didn't.
well, in the end, it didn't turn out soooo bad.... and I think it will work for now. It's not a heirloom piece of furniture, but there is something to be said for being able to unpack boxes which have been sitting in our garage for the past 2.5 years. Enough talking though. Here are some pictures...
Here are the doors all trimmed up.
I'd be happy to answer any questions people have, since I know that most of the pictures of the in-between steps are missing. I hope though that it makes you see IVAR in a new light!
I have one more ikea hack to show you too, hopefully next week!