Yup, here I go again, singing the praises of Ikea cabinets. Here’s a project where I built custom built-ins around a fireplace using Ikea upper kitchen cabinets.
This condo unit came with an electric fireplace, thankfully a Dimplex, which in my opinion is the only brand to buy, but, unfortunately it came with nothing but a drywalled box as a surround.
The first step in this project was to paint the wall behind the fireplace a darker colour. I wanted the back of the shelving to pop and provide a real focal point for the room and to draw the eye in.
Next I removed all the baseboards so that they could be reinstalled around the built-ins and made a base out of 1″ X 6″ pine on which to mount the cabinets (shown). Then came the vertical panels cut from stock laminated shelving and began adding the horizontal shelves.
Supporting the shelves was a very simple process. Glue a small piece of shelving board on either side, add the next shelf on top, add two more pieces of shelving board, another shelf and so on. Then double up the shelves. What you end up with is vertical and horizontal lines that are twice the thickness of the shelving board, giving the unit a more substantial look and adding strength and durability.
Next the fireplace surround was tiled in 1/2 inch mosaic marble tiles and the entire unit was painted white.
New baseboards were installed and some trim was added to the top of the unit. Here’s the finished product:
A boring drab fireplace transformed into a custom built in unit with tons of storage, lots of shelving to display decor accessories and a dramatic focal point for this stunning condo.
All using Ikea kitchen cabinets and stock shelving from Home Depot.