Adding a Little Custom to Our Home…
One of the most important things to do in this space was to add storage. So as part of the makeover project, I knew I wanted to create this DIY built-in Ikea hack. I love the look of built-ins but I knew that I couldn’t go custom because of the fact we live in a rental and also because it would have been so expensive. So it was time to get creative and that’s where this DIY project came to life.
I found some similar, more elaborate projects. Thankfully, this space is small, so it didn’t require a lot of things. Just a couple of pieces from Ikea a lick of paint and some finishing touches…
DIY Built-In Ikea Hack.
So here are the exact pieces I purchased from Ikea to create this look:
From there, it was a case of putting it all together. For the KALLAX’s, I ensured these were attached on a wooden frame to create the bench and allow it to be wedged in between the two bookcases. To ensure that it was all seamless, I added some MDF on top so that I could include the bench seat. To attach it all together and keep everything in place, I used filler to get rid of gaps and lock everything into place.
The final piece of the puzzle was to paint it all. As I’ve spoken about in my YouTube webisode, I wanted to start to tie into other areas of my home, so I painted the DIY built- in Ikea hack with Good Intentions emulsion from Coat Paint. It works with my board and batten wall in my kitchen and the cabinets.
Along with the accessories of the space, the place feels grown-up, sophisticated. It provides the storage I wanted without compromising on style. It’s my new favourite space in our home and I can’t wait to recreate the look within the rest of the rooms in the home.