Materials: table saw, nail gun Description: Taking our regular route into IKEA (in through the out door, heading right to the As-Is room) my handyman and I were on a mission to include a built-in cabinet into our unfinished dining room, so we could take advantage of the open walls and frame job we (read: he) just completed.
Not only did we find the perfect cabinet for the skinny wall but we scored two extra long cabinet doors that were perfect for the utility closet we just built on the opposite side of the room (hopefully featured in “As-is goldmine, Part 2: doors are not just for cabinets.)
The hack involved making the cabinet and shelves the right depth, which was done by running each side through a table saw while it was assembled (basically rolling each side over the blade.) Using the nail gun the shelves were tacked in permanently and the cabinet was hung in the space that was framed specifically for it.
When the room was finally finished/painted we spray painted the door black to match the rest of the decor. It’s so sleek that our first guests oohed and ahhed over it when we opened the cabinet to make them a cocktail.
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.