Published on August 1st, 2011 | by Jules Yap


EXPEDIT sink cabinet

Materials: Expedit bookcase

Description: For my bathroom I used the Expedit birch bookcase, four steel legs and stones for the top.

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18 Responses to EXPEDIT sink cabinet

  1. Unknown says:

    was thinking of doing the same with an expedit unit. I think for a seldom used sink, such as a bar cabinet, this is just fine. I also love the small footprint of your sink. what sink is it?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I actually like the partial tiling of the top but I second the need for concrete board or some kind of underlayment.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Con un Expedit puoi fare veramente di tutto.. complimenti.. bellissima idea!!!!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I think the chosen tile and unfinished edge make this unbelievably UGLY.
    Also, tile directly on wood or in this case, thin veneer is a big NO NO! An underlayment is of the essence, either concrete board or some sort of decoupling membrane.
    Tile that covers the veneer surface totally, and epoxy grouted, would have gone a long way with protecting the surface from otherwise inevitable and destructive spills due to using the sink.
    Excessive moisture or steam in bathrooms can and should be dealt with through ventilation, by installing an adequate bathroom fan. Once that has been done, any furniture material can be used.

  5. So it looks amazing! However the Expedit is all board on frame with a cardboard honeycomb filling. And the finish is a paper printed finish , eventually it will get water damage sitting in a bathroom, or if you sink ever leaks the whole unit is done.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Love this concept!
    FYI: I bought a ready made modern bath cabinet with white marble top at HD. The “wood grain” laminate stuff started pealing after only a couple of weeks. Cut the back during install so, no returns and a loss of almost $500.00! On the other hand, our daughter has long abused an EXPEDIT piece(cups of water etc…) I won’t say it’s perfect but, it looks a heck of a lot better than our vanity!

  7. Anonymous says:

    This is a beautiful idea. I have a Malm dresser in the living room and the top has a few scratches, so I might use this idea with the tiles to give it a fresh look.

    Great job!

  8. Beate says:

    Just take it as an idea… get inspired… let everybody make his owne experience…with water and IKEA stuff…. The idea is the important thing. Change the furniture, change the coat, change whatever you want, but get inspired to do things different, unique and with fun….

  9. Anonymous says:

    I don’t know if I should like this or not. I am really torned and in fact quite tormented by the apparent indecision.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Look amazing. However, Expedit is structured like cardboard (as in, corrugated paper layers) and there’s no hope that it will survive any amount of water or water vapor. But again – it’s gorgeous.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I would be concerned about sagging over time as well, all LACKs do and that sink must be heavy. Although the moisture issue may happen first anyway.

  12. Bachelor's Dollhouse says:

    Mixed feelings, but great Idea!!

  13. Anonymous says:

    I would have tested some sort of durable clear coat on the finish to see if there is something you can do to make it stand up to the harsh environment of a bathroom. Maybe try some tests on the back side to get the look you want and then clear coat the whole thing.

    unfortunately, I don’t think that will hold up at all in its’ current form.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I know someone who has a bunch of LACK furniture, very similar to this, and it was exposed to some damp & humid conditions. It’s all swollen and peeling apart now–didn’t take much.

  15. Jenny says:

    Looks great. I agree with the other posters about a wet environment for Expedit.

  16. Keter says:

    This looks great. I agree with Anonymous that moisture may be an issue for the Expedit, but you know your bathroom. I would not be concerned with it in my bathrooms because we are adults and the bathrooms are airy. However, I would have made the following modifications:

    1. Somewhat taller feet. I want to be able to mop without getting the bottom of the unit wet.

    2. Marine grade plywood added to the top and tiled over completely. That swirl of stone looks cool, but also looks like it will trap dirt along the non-tiled part. I would have cut the sides and front to overhang the edges to give a drip edge, and tiled over the edge, too.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I think this looks amazing and is a great idea. However, I have to wonder how well hacks like this hold up in a humid environment like a bathroom, and especially with it being a sink & the inevitable water splashes/drips….this being IKEA paper/cardboard based stuff. Makes me wonder if the whole thing could benefit from a coat or two of clear polyurethane or something.

    • I had a plant on my expedit and the coating all flaked off almost immediately. My husband ran for paper towel and everywhere he wiped the finish came right off…so Yes ! I would highly recommend poly coating.

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