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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 didnt 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.

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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!

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