Akurum akurum

Published on July 20th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Bathroom remodelled with Pax and Akurum

Materials: Ikea Pax Wardrobe and Akurum base cabinets

Description: We remodeled our bathroom with built-in Pax wardrobes (3) and Akurum (2) kitchen base cabinets cut down in height and depth to allow them to be used as a vanity. I had to cut the doors down as well (height 20″ to allow for the vessel sinks).


By cutting the edge tape of first and then cutting the door to size it allowed me to re-use the edge banding on the doors. I used a 4×8 nexus black/brown panel from the kitchen department for fillers on the Pax and Akurum to give it the “built in look”.

~ Brian, Atlanta

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29 Responses to Bathroom remodelled with Pax and Akurum

  1. Anonymous says:

    Fantastic reno. Thrilled to find out where you bought the decorative 3D panels. Been looking for a good source for a long time, and turns out this company is Canadian. :-)

  2. Jack Evans says:

    The before pictures looked like a scene from ‘That 70′s Show’. Great job, really like the square sink basins, are they from Ikea too? Thanks

  3. Anonymous says:

    The pix are too dark to see the Pax hack. For me, anyway.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Busy, busy, busy…. where does the eye get to rest?

    • Anonymous says:

      Bitchy, bitchy, bitchy… were does it ever stop. NO ONE has commented on the hack. Just the style of the decoration, you can like it or you can hate it, but it is an improvement..

    • Anonymous says:

      The hack(s) are not visible. So everyone just gives their opinion on the design.
      Sure this new space is a VAST improvement, but since everyone seems to want to run out and buy these materials for their spaces, I think the above comment serves as a valid word of caution: think before combining (too many) trendy materials. One or two eye catching surfaces surrounded by more neutral finishes will always make a stronger statement, and be even more pleasing to the eye.

  5. Margot DeBoe says:

    absolutely love it, very chic! where did you get the mirrors?

  6. Anonymous says:

    This was an amazing transformation, but it sounds like you do need a fair amount of D.I.Y. skills to pull this one off. The finished project is fabulous!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Where did you get the lights?

  8. Anonymous says:

    I liked the ‘before’ better…just kidding!!
    I love it!! It’s very professional looking!! You did an amazing job pulling it all together!! I checked out the links you provided for the tiles on the wall – as others were also asking – thanks so much for sharing!!

  9. Denise says:

    Looks great! After working with flooring and sheetrock on my own hack, I know your bathroom redo could not have been easy, but you have achieved professional results. Well done!

    Just a side note: I can sort of see the above commentor’s point, with there being more than one focal point. (The wall tiles, the countertop tile and the wavy mirror frames all tend to draw the eye simultaneously), however your overall design is a timeless, not a dated, one and what counts is that you are happy with it. And if you ever decide to make changes, swapping out mirrors and/or wall tiles are relatively easy makeovers.

    Thanks for sharing your inspiring project!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Everything is shouting for attention….other than the Pax. Tomorrow this will be so yesterday, I’m afraid.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why would anyone waste time spewing such venom?

    • Anonymous says:

      Spewing venom? Really?
      As everyone is commenting only on the design not on the hack, the above poster just voiced what I thought was a valid point.

      It seems to me that the squares of the wall tile, the circles of the counter and the waves of the mirrors are all vying for attention but speak different design languages.
      The tile “talks” to the square sinks and squarish light fixtures, but the bubble counter and the wavy mirrors, while beautiful on their own, are just distracting here. Not every surface needs the coolest, newest material….

      So before everyone runs out and buys the cool wall tile, make sure that the tile makes sense in your environment and remember that most of the time, less IS more.

    • Lori says:

      Have you ever heard of contrast??? Go pick up a copy of Architect Digest and read it! You sound like a jealous ex-boyfriend/ girfriend…

      I think it looks awesome!

  11. Olivr says:

    nice design. truly eye-catcher.

  12. Jane S. says:

    Very clean and modern. Nice re-do!

  13. njw says:

    Now, *that’s* a feature wall!

  14. Petra says:

    Whoa — nice job! Do you have any more details about taking out the existing sliders and closets? And what did you use for edging around the countertop? The pictures don’t show the vanity details very well — do you have a front shot?

    • Anonymous says:

      The counter top edge is a 1 1/2 inch aluminum angle iron from home depot just screwed it in from the bottom. The closets were completely removed and the floor had to be repaired where the wall between the closets was. had to re sheet rock a little in the ceiling and walls. I have pics but don’t know how to get them posted here.

    • Petra says:

      Thanks for taking the time to reply. I was curious if you had to repair the floor and ceiling, since the Pax units would cover up most of the old closet interiors and floors. I’m thinking of doing the same conversion with two small pantry closets, so I’m sorry to hear that you had to do some repair work!

      I think most people put their pictures in Photobucket or Flickr, then link to them here. I think you could also e-mail ikeahackers and attach the pictures and ask them to add them to your post — I’ve seen that on some other hacks.

  15. Anonymous says:

    where did you get the tiles and countertop?

  16. Anonymous says:

    I love the design – and those wall tiles! Where did you get them?

  17. Anonymous says:

    Awesome re-do of your bathroom!

  18. marox79 says:

    The wall tiles and countertop are so unique and special! Great transformation, what a makeover!!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Where did you get those tiles on the wall?

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