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Published on January 11th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


As-is goldmine, part 1: built-in bar cabinet

IKEA built-in bar cabinet

table saw, nail gun

Taking our regular route into IKEA (in through the out door, heading right to the As-Is room) my handyman and I were on a mission to include a built-in cabinet into our unfinished dining room, so we could take advantage of the open walls and frame job we (read: he) just completed.

Not only did we find the perfect cabinet for the skinny wall but we scored two extra long cabinet doors that were perfect for the utility closet we just built on the opposite side of the room (hopefully featured in “As-is goldmine, Part 2: doors are not just for cabinets.)

IKEA built-in bar cabinet
IKEA built-in bar cabinet
IKEA built-in bar cabinet
IKEA built-in bar cabinet

The hack involved making the cabinet and shelves the right depth, which was done by running each side through a table saw while it was assembled (basically rolling each side over the blade.) Using the nail gun the shelves were tacked in permanently and the cabinet was hung in the space that was framed specifically for it.

When the room was finally finished/painted we spray painted the door black to match the rest of the decor. It’s so sleek that our first guests oohed and ahhed over it when we opened the cabinet to make them a cocktail.

~ Larissa Mogano, Philadelphia, PA

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6 Responses to As-is goldmine, part 1: built-in bar cabinet

  1. RockSmith says:

    This is a really awesome and beautiful project! I am a community management assistant at You should consider submitting this as an entry to our Furniture Challenge. We’re giving away a 13-inch Macbook Pro and Dremel sets.

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  2. 337 says:

    I did the exact same thing in my basement bathroom – although I had enough space for a 12″ deep one and had the cabinets stick out ~1 1/2″ from the finished wall. I’m planning on trimming them out though. I did just find out though that the kitchen cabinet black-brown door is not an identical match to the Godmorgen black-brown color – silly.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Question, how did you finish around the edge where it meets the drywall? I have been looking for a cabinet to do the same thing with, but was figuring on having one with enough border space to put in trim around it. From your pictures it looks like ther is no trim where the frame meets the drywall.

    • Anonymous says:

      The factory finished side of the drywall was hung flush against the side of the cabinet, which was framed out approximately 5/8 ths of an inch out from the studs. This was to accommodate the drywall and a healthy coat of plaster to hide the taped seams. The cabinet base still sticks out of the wall about 1/32 of an inch, to catch the door before it hits the drywall, but it is barely visible as the door conceals it nicely. That slight edge was crucial though in finishing the plastering, as it was a nice straight guide for the spackle blade. I was certainly at an advantage of having the framing exposed, as this might’ve taken a little more time with wall already finished. Hope that helps… Christian

  4. Danielle says:

    That is the same route I take when entering Ikea – straight to the As-Is section!

  5. This is just as wonderful in person! I was one of the first guests to ooh and ahh!

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