Ivar Cabinet’s Hack: 8 Ways to Customize your IKEA Cabinets

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Updated on June the 2nd 2020

Nowadays, a lot of people have already tried to customize an Ikea piece of furniture. Some have even made a business out of it. This is not surprising considering the fact that Ikea’s furniture is really easy to put together and very affordable. The Ivar cabinet’s hacks I’m going to introduce are amongst the best I’ve seen so far and I’ve been researching this subject for a long time. So what’s make the Ivar cabinet a great piece to hack? First, It is narrow (30cm depth) hence very convenient for small spaces and made out of untreated wood, so easily customizable. Plus its design is very simple, anyone can adapt it to his/her taste. Lastly, it’s cheap and it’s an item of storage furniture which probably makes it the ultimate IKEA piece.

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I own two of these Ivar cabinets myself. I put it in my entryway because it’s a narrow space with a long hallway. For that reason, I needed something to compliment it and not making it seem narrower than it is. I’ve considered some very “light” consoles, but I needed storage to put shoes and other entryway stuff. So the Ivar cabinet seemed to be the perfect option.

However, as much as I like the way it looks as it is. It would not have fitted with the rest of my decor at all. So I did some researches to see what were my options. What I found surpassed my expectations…

Ivar cabinet’s hack: One piece of furniture but many options

I’ve seen all kinds of use for this piece. Some people transformed it into a sideboard others used it as a kitchen counter. It seems that the sky is the limit for these cabinets! But I’d say Ivar is at its best when used as a sideboard, especially with 2 or more cabinets side by side or as a sort of dresser.
Two reasons for that: Because since you can hang it on the wall, it looks like it’s floating in the air. This makes a narrow room look less cluttered and stuffy than with a traditional on-ground console.
As a dresser because you can put it anywhere, it has a perfect size, it will fill any empty nook or space.

Renter’s go-to IKEA piece

It’s no surprise that tenants swear by the Ivar cabinet so much. It’s so versatile, inexpensive, and practical in terms of the storage it provides, it’s the piece of furniture that has it all.

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Okay now let’s see the best Ivar cabinet hacks :

1. Paint your Ivar cabinet the same color as your wall

Try painting it the same color as your wall you’ll see that the result is always stunning. In darker colors or lighter ones it works so well, it makes your items and decoration stand out even more.

2. A darker wood stain for more character

That’s the option I went with. In order to make it look more ancient or as if it was a wood of another essence, I decided to apply a slightly darker wood stain (I’ve used a stain called « chêne rustic mat » (rustic mat oak) from the brand V33. Here is a similar option from Home Depot). I also really like the effect of putting only one layer of paint (or colored wood stain maybe) so it let the wood grain show. (just like in the picture below)

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3. Add some doorknobs

Doorknobs make it look a little chicer also you can make it fit a certain style depending on the type of doorknobs you choose. I added some on mine and I’m glad I did. It’s more coherent with the rest of the entryway now. My favorite online shops for these types of things are Superfront, Pretty pegs, or Norse.

4. A countertop for a more finished look

Even fancier, a stone countertop as in the pictures below, or just a wood one can upgrade these cabinets even more. Be careful if you want to go with a stone countertop and that your cabinets are hanged on the wall. There is a limited weight the screws can support.

5. Make it stand on legs

Adding legs is a good way to personalize it as well. Just like for the doorknobs, some pretty cool online shops offer great solutions for cute legs. (See point 3 for shop sources)

6. Dress up its doors

This is a cool way to add texture to these cabinets. I particularly like the cane coating idea.

7. Keep it natural

The Ivar cabinet is also a beautiful piece just as it is. So don’t be afraid to leave it bare. If it fits your interior, it can make the room cozier thanks its raw wooden panel.

8. Paint the inside in another color

Even though this idea can seem pretty useless, it really adds a more finished look to the Ivar cabinet. I personally didn’t paint the inside of my Ivar and if I had to redo it now, I would paint it. Firstly, because it kind of bugs me each time I open it and secondly, just look at the picture below. The two colors complete each other and it makes it so much more pleasant to open it. The devil is in the details…

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