Published on May 31st, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Kitchen Peninsula

Materials: Akurum base & wall cabinets, high gloss Abstrakt doors & panels

Description: IKEA HACK 1: Changing an underused bar area into a multi-functional peninsula: Now this place serves as a prep-area for cooking (we only have a little pantry-style kitchen), and a food serving station (breakfast/happy hour/ buffet style dining).

That’s Bobby with our bar area in the background. Tiles are already removed. Photo below gives you an idea about the size of the area. We wanted to use all the area for cabinets. No more bar stools sitting at the edge & more space for my linens.

However, we could not place base cabinets back-to-back because of lack of space. Therefore we used upper cabinets back to the base cabinets the front side of our peninsula. Cabinets were screwed together back to back, side to side & to the wall.

To hide the cabinet seems we got the high gloss finish panel ( it also matched our high gloss finished doors) & saw it to match. Same with toe kicks. Topped the peninsula with granite. Looks great.

Cabinets used: Base cabinets :4 Akurum/ 3 drawers: wall cabinets: 4 wall cabinets. All doors. Sides & toe kicks Abstrakt high gloss white. Strecket handles.

~ Robert, Jerry, & Liane

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16 Responses to Kitchen Peninsula

  1. Anonymous says:

    Re: Barstools, Bobby got them in Ft. Lauderdale, some place at the junction of US1 & Sunrise.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Nu, for me it was a brand-new hack. I even had to convince Bobby that wall cabinets can be used as bases. I never saw anything like it on a hack nor on an official Ikea side.
    Whatever: the base cabinets of the peninsula are all drawers, fitted for my stuff. the (outside) wall cabinets are all doors & shelves, no drawers possible.

    I don’t do Gucci. My pic is a hand-painted silk shawl that I bought last year in Florence. Bobby did the mounting. A pain in the lower back bc silk is never straight. The artists have a great web side too:
    Alfreda e manuela evangelisti, borgo dei greci 33r, firence, Italy

  3. Anonymous says:

    That’s a great picture of Bobby but there are no pictures of the cabinets from the front, which I would have liked to see. Agree it is probably not a hack or a repurpose, but it still lolls nice.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Really updated the area and added space. Looks great!

  5. Anonymous says:

    The hack is the Gucci scarf used as a picture!:-)

  6. ariadne says:

    Is that a print in the frame or an embroidery!It is gorgeous anyway!AriadnefromGreece!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I also don’t see the hack in this. Ikea even has an example of an island using upper cabinets on their site. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/kitchen/tools/kitchen_rooms_ideas/#/20121_kirs03b_01

  8. Kitchen Bar Stool says:

    Nice post showing different types of cabinets and how they can be used as and when required.

  9. that’s awesome!
    and where did you get the stools from?

  10. Anonymous says:

    I have a question about the Sniglar Changing table, and I would be very happy for an answer :-) :
    CAn you fit 2 drawers under the table? Did you try?


  11. mydecoreview says:

    Nice color combinations

  12. Anonymous says:

    FYI: wall cabinets can indeed be used as base cabinets and there’s nothing special about that. The official Ikea planner software itself has offered this as an option since forever…

    I even have them on a section of my own 5-year old Ikea kitchen.

  13. Ashley says:

    Maybe you should read it, then. The hacker used wall cabinets instead of base cabinets to save space.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Where’s the hack???

    I see nothing more than Akurum kitchen cabinets used for their intended purpose.

  15. Liz Schulte says:

    Where is that floral art in the top picture from?

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