Another fireplace makeover, thanks Ikea

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.

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6 Responses to Another fireplace makeover, thanks Ikea

  1. Rolf Furnari says:

    I conceive you have noted some very interesting details , appreciate it for the post.

  2. Aw, this was a really nice post. In idea I would like to put in writing like this additionally – taking time and actual effort to make a very good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and by no means seem to get something done.

  3. Nice post dude, I love this blog. Do you mind if I use this for my school project? Thanks

  4. Seo Tricks says:

    I’d have to check with you here. Which is not something I usually do! I enjoy reading a post that will make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

  5. CB says:

    Were you able to find in IKEA cabinets with exactly the same width as what you needed or did you have to modify them? I was thinking on doing something similar to this. Thanks for posting this project!

    • Jim says:

      In this case I was able to find cabinets the right size but sometimes I have to trim them on my table saw or add in filler pieces.

      Hope this helps, let me know if you have any more questions. Glad you liked the post and thanks!

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