Ikea Hack Custom Kitchen Cabinet

A blind corner in my kitchen is now filled with a functional custom kitchen cabinet thanks to Ikea products!


Here's what I picked up from Ikea:


and here's how I put it all together

a little bit closer now...



The blind corner that I was dealing with was going to be filled with spacers as the opening is only 8 inches wide on one side of the L shape and 3 1/2 inches wide on the other side.  I got the idea to put a 15 inch base cabinet into the space and then to use filler pieces to create something a little more original.

I picked up a piece of pine for the bottom of the cabinet and cut it to the shape I wanted. Since the cabinet was going to be open, I decided to simulate the butcher block look in the "floor" of the cabinet. Then I added a piece of 1x2 trim underneath the pine on the 3 1/2" side to make it look like the cabinet was built to that shape.  I put a 1x4 backer piece of trim to hide the remainder of the hole from view.

I installed a Fintorp rail and hooks on the one side of the cabinet to hang my pots and measuring cups.  A small shelf holds a Dutch oven and some of the pot lids.  The final touch was a Rationell cookie sheet divider to hold up trays and cookie sheets.  It's a little hard to see but it's to the right of the cabinet.


oh and it's easy to get the rail level because you have those lovely evenly spaced holes all along the side of the cabinet to screw the holders into!



And another Kitchen Overhaul project is done!  Onto the next one...

If you want to see some of the other Ikea hacks I've done, click on the photo:





Have a great weekend!



35 comments:

Little Vintage Cottage said...

You are just a genius Anne! I'm starting my search for a "fixer upper" house and you have been a great inspiration to me! It just goes to show that a woman can handle almost anything a man can handle all by herself! I'm confident that I can take an old, dated house and make it a beautiful home for myself... even though most everyone around me seems to think I have a screw loose! :o)

Tania

Amy Ellis said...

Squeezing storage out of that small space, Anne, very well done! And I love your faux butcher block cabinet "flooring". It has got to feel so good to know you have one more place to store kitchen necessities away that you weren't able to make use of before!

Hartwood Roses said...

I love this! Great job, Anne.

Nancy Reinke said...

Brilliant, Anne! You nailed it. Blind corners are a kitchen nightmare and you managed to create not only a functional space, but a really cute feature. Well done, my friend! xxx

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

You are good girl...what a brilliant idea!! Love the way it looks!

Kolein said...

I love this Anne! You've given me so much inspiration in this wee spot here. Seriously. We are getting ready to revamp our pantry and I LOVE your ideas in this corner!!!

Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking said...

Looks great, Anne! The wood bottom is perfect for there!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

What a great way to use a corner! I love the idea of using a rail in that space... I might even use the idea, if you don't mind.

Christine Vandormolen said...

Anne I love your white kitchen and all the unique touches everywhere!!!! super idea for the corner

Bronwyn May-B said...

So cute! Great idea. I love making things work!

Suzan Sweatman said...

Great hack once again Anne !
I'm looking at your wood counter tops and wondering if I made the right choice - they look beautiful - so warm !
xoxo

Andrea Hunter said...

So great to be able to use every bit of space in a kitchen! I love how your pots are hanging on hooks, so much more convenient than stacked up, even in the IKEA drawers! Good job!

Cynthia Weber said...

Well… you have done it again! Made a huge improvement to an already adorable space using your brain and brawn!!! Bravo!

Sheila Zeller said...

This is amazing... once again! Anne, you are so gifted with all the projects you tackle, and one of my favorites is always space-saving ideas! LOVE!!!

September Violets said...

A great use of "wasted" space! We had the same sort of cupboard, but the back of it was not against the wall. We decided to fit a dishwasher in there with the door opening on the "back" of the cupboard (which is beside the kitchen table). It works great and I hated that cupboard because everything got lost way back in there. Your kitchen looks better and better Anne! Wendy x

Maureen Wyatt said...

I love the idea of putting the hanging rail in there!

Jen Farr said...

Well done. What a great use of space!

Junkchiccottage said...

Anne,
This is genius! What a great use of that small space. Every girls dream to have those pots and pans organized in a space and easy to get too. Great job my friend.
Kris

Life with the Grothe said...

what a genius idea! I love Ikea so so much

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

Your mind works in amazing ways Anne! What a great way to put a not-so-useful space to good use!

Elena Sullivan said...

When you're done with your kitchen will you please come and deal with mine? Please? You can bring your cat. (I mean, my husband is deathly allergic but he can't hack an IKEA cabinet the way you can so he'll just have to deal...)

ANNE said...

Thanks so much!

Libby said...

Wonderful use of space! Nothing wasted one bit. I love the final look as well. Great job!

Debbiedoos said...

And there you go again with genius self!! WOW, you are awesome Anne!

donna @ paisley & perspective said...

Love this Anne! The possibilities with IKEA are endless! It must be so great to have a useful purpose for the blind corner and to have it all so neatly stored away! I`ll definitely be checking your other IKEA hacks!

Angie In My 30s said...

SO HANDY! way to make awesome use of your space

Sarah said...

Very cool. I love IKEA hacks!

ANNE said...

Thanks Sarah!!

ANNE said...

Thanks Angie - it has proved to be even more handy than I thought it would be!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

I love it, what a great way to use the space!

Maggie Makris said...

Love the arrangement in your kitchen cabinets !!

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

What a great use of that space Anne! And your counter tops look so pretty!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Genius is your middle name!!!...great, great job!!!

Jacque n Matt Knowlton said...

Way to use all your space! Im totally impressed!

ANNE said...

Thank you!