Ikea Furniture Transformation

I am so excited to share my new Recycling Center with you!

It wasn’t much to build because I used an Ikea shelving system I already owned (but am so over that knotty pine).

The biggest impact comes from the addition of some lattice wood, which is cheap and easy to use!  I love the difference it makes!

What I had:
IKEA Husar shelf and drawer unit
antique drawer pulls (10 for $3 at the thrift store)
pocket jig and screws (optional)

What I bought:
~30 feet lattice strips (~1.3” wide)
1x8 pine lumber
1x4 pine lumber
hinge supports
Minwax Bombay Mahogany PolyShades stain

The Husar is discontinued (and I really miss it – decent solid wood products do not seem to interest Ikea much these days), but you may be able to find something second-hand.

I removed the drawers and shelves and firmly screwed the two units together.

Then I just started putting on the lattice – which was pretty fun.   This stuff is easy to cut and just needs a little glue or small brad nails. 

Attach strips of lattice to the sides with wood glue (I used Gorilla Glue) and clamp or nail.

I also put strips across the front and sides where the drawer unit meets with the shelves, and around the drawer fronts.

I don’t have pictures, but I built a new top out of a 1x8 and 1x4 lumber screwed onto the old top.  I cut a bevel edge with the table saw for looks.
The footer was cut out of 1x4 with a jigsaw and screwed on from below.

The hardest part… adding a divider and building the doors out of the old shelves.  Here’s where my pocket screw jig came in handy…

used pocket screws to attach the divider inside the shelf unit.

The shelves that I removed from the unit weren’t wide enough, so I screwed a narrow strip of lumber to one side (with – what else - pocket screws!)

They received the same lattice treatment and stain.

The antique pulls from the thrift store were a serious score! I just needed to drill holes in the doors for them.

Attached the doors to the cabinet with some hinges at the bottom.

Added a single hinge support to each door.  These will keep the door in whatever position you place it in and helps to hold it shut too. 

I put a simple double-roller latch in each door also, but probably didn’t need to (well, I’ve got toddlers, so maybe I did need to).   

I love it!  The red tone of the stain goes well with my kitchen (I am thinking a third coat so it’s really dark – and maybe that’ll even it out too?).

Storage and (finally!) a place for recyclables and trash!  What’s not to love!

I’m taking the rest of the week off for Christmas!  Hope you all have a great holiday weekend!

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43 Responses
  1. Totally cool! If I had the room, I'd copy your idea. I'll bookmark it for my dream house instead.

  2. WHOA!!! Now THAT is an amazing transformation! Nice job, girl! You totally need to submit that to IKEA hacker!

    Hope you and the fam have a Merry Christmas! :)

  3. That's awesome, way to go! I was thinking about using those lattice strips on the wall for a panel look in the bathroom, but then I thought maybe it wouldn't look right...still can't decide..
    Merry Christmas!

  4. wow I am always amazed that you can take something blah and turn it into a bam! merry christmas!

  5. This is very impressive.....It is hard to give an Ikea piece such a transformation...

    Happy Holidays!


  6. Not sure why but I can't see any of your images. I'm using Chrome 6 on the Mac. I wonder if that's it. Or did you take 'em down because of bandwidth issues? Anyway, I caught some pix on IkeaHacker.com and it looks like a great project. Well done!

  7. What a great project! It looks nothing like Ikea now, very impressed! The stain, lattice, and especially the handles totally transform the look. And it looks like it will function so well as a recycling center.

  8. Beautiful! Reminds me so much of the Mission furniture in our house growing up. Perhaps when I am off of my DIY probation (imposed when too many projects went unfinished) my husband will let me attempt this... Good work!

  9. Fantastic. I own a lot of hussar pieces and am ready to ditch the bare knotty pine look. Did you have to do something to strip off the waxy finish on the hussar as sold by ikea or were you able to stain right over it?

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