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DIY Built in Cabinet Hack

We purchased our house almost 8 years ago and I’ve been sitting with this space for a while. I felt this setup wasn’t working, but I wasn’t sure how to best utilize the space. Since we live in an urban environment, square footage is at a premium. I decided to do a little Pinterest research and see if I could come up with a built in look for less for this space.

The before – perfectly functional, I just didn’t like the use of space agains the navy wall.

After going down a Pinterest rabbit hole, I discovered the Havsta cabinets by IKEA and decided this was the best cabinet to fit our space. I didn’t want anything deeper than 14″ and this unit had those dimensions.

3 sites that helped me with my design selection and process:

The cabinets arrived in about 10 flat boxes. They were relatively easy to instal, as you can see my 6 YO got in on the action! Installation took us about 6-8 hours.

My littler helper assembling
Midway through the project
Almost Done!

With the cabinets installed, I decided we needed to add a little character.

I found this raw edge wood slab and decided that it would be an organic touch to break up all of the white and bring in some warmth to the units. I also really like how the slab gives off organic movement across the otherwise, linear cabinets.

Chandelier – A knock off to a popular, more expensive brand
These chair covers are easy to throw in the wash and have held up very well.

Last up is changing the pulls! Would you do oil brushed brass or brass for the pulls? I would also like to get crown molding around the top of the unit, but we will need to hire someone so that’s very last on the list!

X, Kim