Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Kitchen cafe counter
Materials: 2 tall Ikea cabinet doors about 6 feet found in the as is section for $12 each, 8 foot 3/4 inch metal tubing, angle brackets,woodscrews, saw, drill,hacksaw, level 6 or 8 plumbing fixture wall /floor rings 1/2 inch wood screws, Anchors
Description: Cut Ikea Tall Hard plastic coated doors to length sparing the factory edge for visible ends. One slightly longer for top shelf. Cut tubing to desired height for counter. Hold tube to wall and mark height. With a level, mark on wall shelf height. Attach 3 - 3/4 inch l brackets to underside of shelf with 1/2 inch woodscrews.
Stack all shelves and counter with wall edge lined up. Drill a small hole where you want the post to be through all shelves. Mount Rings on top of and under each shelf/counter with 1/2 inch woodscrews. Mount 3 or more 3/4 inch angle brackets on the underside of each with 1/2inch woodscrews
Mount counter to wall with screws as long as needed and/or with wall anchors. The Counter should really be secure as you will be leaning on it. the first post that you cut will hold the other end while you mount to wall. You might need a hand.
Now that your Counter is mounted to wall place a ring on the floor to prevent post from sliding. this can be secured with screws to floor or you can get a rubber non slip foot to put on the end.
Cut the next tube to height and follow same method as the counter . Mine does not go to ceiling but it could. Upper shelves have the finished side facing down so you don't see the large hinge hardware holes. After a few years of wear you can reverse the shelves and have a new surface.
The shelves I used had a hard plastic coating that seems to be fairly durable. My heights were based on the stools but you could use chairs. Also you could mount a wine glass rack under shelf or Computer keyboard tray under counter.
This was based on a $1200 designer unit I saw.
~ Scott Bourgeois, Vancouver