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Published on January 24th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


a breakfast bar saves the day

alexandra turns an ugly half wall into a breakfast bar. while there is no straight-up hacking on the ikea countertop, it is a neat idea if you’re looking for ways to maximize space or hide mistakes.

she writes, “previous owners took down the wall that separated kitchen from the dining room, all that was left was this column. it was ‘begging’ to be a breakfast bar. we went to home depot to do the estimate on the counter – over $500 for the 2×5 piece of what’s-it-called fake marble plus the installation.

we looked at the table-tops at the ikea, as an alternative. we got vika byske in oak. (it’s very well made, but it needs to be oiled or polished)
it was installed right on top of the old column, screwed in from the bottom up. it looks great!

after-bottom after-top
cost? $89 for the table top + labor (easy to do if you have the tools).”

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5 Responses to a breakfast bar saves the day

  1. Alexandra says:

    We’ve put (so far) 3 coats of Danish Oil. Wood is startig to look and feel good. I would recommend to use Danish even if you use this table tops for your computer desk. It does not leave it greasy and it’s very easy to apply.

  2. Just make sure your 1/2 wall is sturdy enough before you start a project like this. If it was not built to actually hold something up, this might be too much strain.

  3. vanessa says:

    Wow. That is an immense improvement in both style and functionality.

  4. Very cool.If you are looking to make it a water safe surface there is a product called Waterlox that is very easy to apply and seals the top perfectly. You won’t be able to use it as a butcher block surface but it’s basically maintenence free and food safe. I have used on my island top (ikea, as well) and couldn’t be happier.

  5. Anonymous says:

    wow, looks great, like it had been custom-built!


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