Published on July 2nd, 2010 | by Jules Yap



Materials: 30″ Akurum horizontal wall cabinet, reclaimed Douglas fir, MDF panels

Description: I have a custom furniture/cabinetry company in LA, Handmade, that has just launched a line of custom doors, panels and drawer faces for frameless kitchen and bathroom cabinets – anything from the big-box lines, IKEA, you name it. We call the line SEMIhandmade.

In the photos, we took 2 Akurum 30″ horizontal wall cabinets, screwed them together, then made doors from reclaimed Douglas fir framing lumber. On the sides are white MDF panels to give the piece a built-in look. We finished everything in low-VOC, water-based lacquer.

See more semihandmade.

~ John McDonald/Handmade, Los Angeles

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

15 Responses to SEMIhandmade

  1. Wow, I really really like this! Just lovely work. That reclaimed wood is beautiful!

  2. mike says:

    Well, it’s certainly inspiring, regardless if you’re a fan of SEMIhandmade.

    Thanks, John!

  3. Amy says:

    Hmm… I wish there were instructions on how you did it instead of a link to your own business, but that’s just me.

  4. john/SEMIhandmade says:


    Thanks. The tile is the Henry Road line from Modwalls. Love the company.

    The doors are old framing 2 by 6′s – most had a fair amount of old paint on them which I tried to preserve. I then shot everything with a water-based lacquer which really brings out the warm tones.


  5. Susan says:

    I love the idea of repurposing other products and combining old and new. I would enjoy learning more about the products used…particularly the glass tile!

  6. Tricia Rose says:

    I think this is a wonderful idea! Well done!

  7. john mcdonald says:

    hey everybody,

    i’m the poster, so let me clear a few things up:

    1) i didn’t post them for any reason other than to show a really nice upgrade on what is already a great product.
    2) we are not in any way affiliated with IKEA; what we are offering is for anybody with frameless cabinets, new or old, though IKEA is the one manufacturer that sells cabinets without doors.
    3) it is, i think, a way of recycling – forget the fact that at least half of what we offer is from reclaimed materials. we are saying, “if you don’t want to buy new, then keep the cabinets you have, save yourself a trip to the landfill, and let us spruce things up.”

    anyway, i hope that clears things up. i’m a big fan of the site!


    • Anamikaa says:

      Hi John,
      I live in Irvine, Orange County and looking for someone who can do few new projects in my home. Your website doesn’t have any contact info. Kindly let me know if you are interested.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Maybe I’m not interpreting this correctly, but the intent seems to be that you (their customer) buy the cabinet portion, and then use their fronts to make the stuff look nice – they don’t sell the cabinetry directly, just the fronts.

  9. jo says:

    maybe not to resell, can’t this be only a kind of recycling?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Does IKEA allows them to re-sell their cabinets?
    Smells of legal problems…

  11. benoit says:

    Nice display. I like the look of the front panels. Would like to see a bit more how-to explanations though.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Hey I like it! This is great for inspiration. This blog is about hacks, and these are indeed hacks. I think this blog is more about inspiration than DIY instructions.

    And yes I am a regular fan and not affiliated with the seller. I would never spend that kind of money when I know how to DIY, sorry. Cool website anyway!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Where’s my comment about wondering why this hack doesn’t show us how to do it but instead links to a seller?

  14. Anonymous says:

    This is a great idea, but I thought Ikea Hacker was about showing how you can do it yourself, not where to buy a hack. Hmmm.

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