Can you add pine cabinets to an old-world kitchen? Oh, yes!
Jennifer lives in a 1937 storybook bungalow. Her kitchen oozes with charm. The only downside is the original footprint is what most of us would consider half a kitchen these days.
The thing that was lacking was any real storage.
She plans to do an actual remodel, some day, but it’s not something she can do right now.
“I’m in a historic Tudor revival storybook cottage. So, too modern or industrial doesn’t really work,” she said. “And when I do renovate I want to do a historically accurate reno. So it’s going to be more work and expense than just popping in some pre-made stock cabinets.”
Another challenge is the walls which are hollow terracotta block. This makes anchoring any upper cabinets to it impossible unless you’re working with the original kitchen layout where the framework is already provided for structural support.
“Also,” she added, “when they retrofitted my house for HVAC, they put the register right in the middle of that long wall. So, it either has to be completely re-routed or I have to have something up on feet that will clear it and allow it to heat/cool the room.”
But in the meantime, she was dying with all her kitchen appliances and stuff spread out among the various storage pieces she had in the kitchen, dining room and basement. So she opted for a more “permanent” temporary solution that would immediately solve her kitchen woes.
Her “permanent” temporary solution was the IVAR, on the other side of the wall.
However, a look around the Internet yielded very few IVAR pine kitchens. So, she documented this for anyone who may want to use the versatile range of solid wood cabinets for a kitchen.
Laying out the modules
First was to decide on combination of pine kitchen cabinet, shelves and other accessories. She went for an IVAR combination which spanned the length of the wall. She also used two door styles — solid pine and cane.
In the first two modules (from left) she used a combination of IVAR cabinets as base cabinets, topped with shelves to function as a countertop.
The countertop is a regular IVAR pine shelf. Under the shelf is a new IVAR pine drawer which is great for light, daily use items.
There’s a USB rechargeable kitchen light fitted on the top shelf. The magnetic knife rack is just slotted inside of the IVAR hooks.
Hanging the “overhead cabinets”
Now what about the two horizontal cabinets above the coffee station and fridge? In case you are wondering, IKEA does not offer horizontal cabinets for the IVAR range.
The solution? Hang the door horizontally, across the width of the shelves.
“The hinges on the doors are just basic hobby hinges and I did buy a couple of arms to attach to hold the door open but I haven’t put them on yet. I used the IVAR hinges in all of the vertical doors but they won’t work if you need to hang the door sideways.”
What is the cost of this IVAR pine kitchen cabinet?
Around $1000 all in. Talk about affordability for all that storage!
What are some challenges faced installing this kitchen?
My floors are slightly uneven which is tough with drawers and making doors fit perfectly. I used shims where I could and just went with as close to perfect as I could manage.
I think it could be problematic if the IVAR kitchen was near a sink or by the stove getting grease splatter. But you could probably do a heavy polyurethane to help with that.
What do you love most about your hack?
It’s exactly what I needed, but I’m also taller than average. My shorter friends can’t really reach anything important when they’re here.