In August 2018 we got married. Everything was arranged: DJ, location, catering. But 6 weeks before the date, due to circumstances, we had to switch to having the wedding at home.
In our home, we had a 20 year old kitchen. The one condition my wife laid down was a new kitchen.
At first, I designed a custom made kitchen, but due to time constraints, that was no longer possible.
In Belgium, kitchen companies are closed for 3 weeks in July, so that wasn’t an option. At that time I was working as a project manager with a joinery company, but that also wasn’t possible because there was no time for production, ordering wood, etc.
So the only possibility was IKEA which had cabinets in stock.
I redesigned my kitchen into standard elements of 40-60-80cm width so they would fit in my floor plan. To reach the required height I didn’t use the standard IKEA PVC legs. Rather I made them in plywood at 2, 8 and 10cm high.
Then, there were some extra challenges …
The same day we bought the cabinets, we had them delivered to our home. By evening I started assembling all 25 cabinets and by 5AM in the morning they were ready. Not installed yet of course, because there was an extra challenge.
Our former kitchen was still in use and not demolished yet. So at the same time I was doing the demo, I was installing the new kitchen. You see this in photo.
We switched the position of the kitchen. The dining room became kitchen and vice versa. So all plumbing and electricity had to be adapted as well.
We didn’t like the standard VEDDINGE melamine fronts. But I did buy one model per size so I had the drilling distances for the hinges. I made new oak veneer fronts, but some had to be adapted as well. The ones from the lower cabinets against the wall were extended in both directions. So they start from 2cm above the floor and pass 3cm. So we could work with a handleless gutter that does not exist on the IKEA range.
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.