KitKat Door Style for a Sweet IVAR Cabinet Makeover

cabinet door style kitkat grid
Photo Credit: @keekshuis

DIY enthusiast Keekshuis showcased a fantastic transformation of the IKEA IVAR, transforming the cabinet doors into a style reminiscent of the iconic chocolate wafer.

She admits that the DIY process was a trial and error and “not everything is as tight” as she would like. “But the overall turned out pretty nice, right?” she asks her followers on Instagram.

I agree, and I do love the classic grid design. In my mind, I also see it as a starting point. Other possibilities would be to omit the middle horizontal bars to create longer vertical sections. Or staggering the middle slats for a traditional tiled look. Then there’s a whole other vibe of diagonal slats. What a rabbit hole of possibilities.

But for now, let’s see how Keekshuis made hers.

KitKat Cabinet Door Style IVAR Hack

Kitkat tile grid on cabinet doors
Photo Credit: @Keekshuis

Materials Needed:

  • IKEA IVAR cabinet
  • Spruce slats (18x18mm)
  • 4 steel legs
  • Wood glue
  • Screws
  • Primer
  • Paint (satin gloss lacquer)
  • Sandpaper
  • Wall bracket (optional, for stability)

Step-by-Step IVAR KitKat Door Cabinet hack:

Step 1: Add legs

cabinet door style - kitkat tile grid
Photo Credit: @Keekshuis

Begin by attaching four legs to the IVAR cabinet to raise the cabinet off the ground. Keekshuis used metal legs. She placed them slightly inward for a slimmer profile, making the cabinet somewhat shaky. You may want to stabilize the cabinet to the wall with brackets if you have young children.

Step 2: Sand down

Use sandpaper or an orbital sander to smooth out any imperfections. It’s easier to sand the cabinet before gluing on the trim. This step is integral to achieving a smooth paint finish. If necessary, sand the slats before fixing them to the IVAR cabinet.

Step 3: Add trim

door trim
Double wood slats at the top of the door and half-round slat inserted into door groove | Photo Credit: @Keekshuis

Measure the IVAR cabinet and cut the spruce slats accordingly to create the grid pattern. To make the grid, use wood glue to affix them to the cabinet doors.

For the top of the cabinet, glue slats around the top edge, doubling the slats on top of the doors. Fill the groove handle along the side of the IVAR door with a small half-round slat to bulk it up before gluing on the trim.

Step 4: Priming and Painting

Prime the entire cabinet to prepare the surfaces for painting. Allow the primer to dry thoroughly. Apply two coats of satin gloss lacquer, allowing full drying time between coats. This will give the cabinet a polished look.

Step 5: Stability Considerations:

Keekshuis recommends securing the cabinet to the wall using a bracket if the leg placement introduces a bit of wobbliness. This step becomes especially crucial in homes with little ones. Alternatively, place the legs nearer to the outer edges for more stability.

Step 6: Optional Interior Finishing:

The inside of the cabinet doors can be left unfinished since it won’t be visible. But you can also fill it in and finish it neatly if desired.

Step 7: Admire the Finished Product:

Stand back and admire your revamped IVAR cabinet, now boasting a chic, custom look.

Other IKEA IVAR cabinet door styles you may like

Parquet doors

cabinet door style - louis cube parquet
Photo Credit: Corinne R.

Corinne added Louis Cubes veneer parquet onto the IVAR doors for a 3-dimensional style.

Engraved door style

cabinet door style - engraved
Photo Credit: Alex Simon

A captivating wall of IVAR cabinets with engraved doors. A one-of-a-kind cabinet art.

Sunburst cabinet

cabinet door style - sunburst
Photo Credit: Alana Gennara 

Alana combined two cabinets to create a large dresser with sunburst cabinet doors.

Multi-Color Style

multi colored cabinet doors
Photo Credit: Karoline Dahrling Hughes

It’s a fun way to use pots of leftover paint. The IVAR cabinets are solid wood, which is nice and easy to paint. Lightly sand them down. Paint a coat or two of primer to cover the knots if you don’t want them to show. Then, paint each IVAR door in a different color. Mix colors for new shades. Experiment and have fun.