Two big projects in one week are not very regular around here, but I could not help it. I was itching to show you what we created with the hub last weekend. I shared a post on some GIANT DIY WALL ART on this past Tuesday and today I will show you a fantastic DIY reclaimed wood buffet-IKEA HACK.
I may say that this is one of my favorite projects of ALL TIMES. Seriously.
Our dining room had a few different looks already but this by far, is the BEST…In my opinion.
Well, to tell you the truth, I probably thought that for each design at the time when it was new. 🙂
Here are some of the previous looks of this room.
We purchased a long dining table at IKEA almost seven years ago. It fits our dining room perfectly, and we love the table’s beautiful color. The chairs were purchased at the same time as well. The best part of these chairs that the covers are removable and washable. Some of my friends were asking if I was crazy to get white dining room chairs? I told them, NO- I was smart as they can be washed and bleached anytime:-). They are almost seven years old, and there is NO stain on them. Every time I wash them they look totally new! Winner!
Anyways. Few years ago we wanted to add a little more storage space to this room, and we bought a white shelving unit at IKEA.
**Update: Many of you asked what is the name of the wall cabinet that we hacked so here ya go:
It has four cabinets and four doors. I got two white and two turquoise doors. I mostly used the white doors, though.
Couple weeks ago I saw a very inspirational image while I was browsing West Elm.com. I FALL in love with this piece at sight! And at that moment I knew that I HAVE to create this very high-end designer look on my IKEA shelving unit. I love West Elm design, but it is not for my budget. This incredible West Elm buffet is $1200. Yeah, it is so interesting with lots of texture, but I think I can say that I created a very similar look without spending that kind of money:-)
Here is what I had in the dining room (after taking all Christmas decor down) 2 weeks ago.
Pretty empty walls that needed my help!
I took off those shelves and created some awesome giant wall arts. If you missed seeing my giant frames couple days ago, check it out!!
I went to a local business place where they made pallets and asked them if they perhaps have some wood pieces that they don’t need anymore. I gave them my best smile and got a bunch of timber panels:-)
The ones they had for me were in OK shape, but they had deep cuts (see below) on about 3/4th of the panel. We were able to use one end of the wood boards.
We measured our doors and cut the panels to size. Each door had 4 and a half panels attached to them.
Out of the four door, 2 were turquoise so first I spray painted the edges of those doors before we attached the panels to them.
We used small trigger clamps to hold the wood panels to the door and screwed six wood screws to each panel from the back of the door.
After all panels had been on, I stained them carefully with a sponge. I used MINWAX Golden Oak 210 B finish. It is a lighter finish but turned out gorgeous on the panels.
Loving this natural and rustic look on my doors.
As a finishing step, I painted the door with a thin lacquer coat. That protects the wood from stains and dirt.
Here is a better look at how the doors look inside with the screws. The door got heavier of course and I was afraid that it won’t hold when we screw the doors back in place, but we had no problem.
I can not believe the difference, guys!! Such a dramatic change!
High end look at a low cost!
Can’t get better than that♥
Do you spot those huge planters that I scored for $6/each ( if you following me on INSTAGRAM you had seen it) at Home Depot the other day?
They were meant to be there!
I think that we found the PERFECT wood for this project. It was somewhat thin and in excellent shape, exactly what we needed!
Now I am going to bomb you with some more shots from different angles so you can see the full room.
This beautiful yellow rug is from IKEA. I purchased it last year for my living room but never ended up using it. It was in the garage waiting for me to take it back to the store but gladly, I never made it back to IKEA ever since!
It looks stunning in this dining room.
Love all the natural look in this room now! Such and eye candy every time I walk in here.
You would not believe that it is the same wall cabinet and the same room!
So tell me what do you think? Yay or nay?
HERE IS THE COST OF THE MAKEOVER:
3 GIANT WALL FRAMES-ART: $30
WOOD FOR DOORS: FREE ( I like that:-))
Can you beat that? Really! As you see, one of these Reclaimed wood buffets is over a $1000 at West Elm.
DO IT YOURSELF!!!
Here is a BEFORE AND AFTER just because we love to see a before and after of course!
Pin this image for later:-)
Hope I inspired you to create a custom piece yourself!
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Glad you visited today! Have a fantastic weekend!
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