Published on September 24th, 2012 | by Jules Yap



Materials: Expedit Bookcase, Vika Hyttan Stainless Steel countertop, Vika Byske Legs

Description: I took (1) one of the Expedit Shelving Units with 8 sections. Lay it horizontally and put felt pads on the bottom corners (I may add casters in the future).

Then I took the countertop and added the (2) two Vika Byske chrome adjustable legs to the corners. The counter was then flipped over and attached to the shelving Unit with (2) two L brackets.


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11 Responses to Condo ISLAND

  1. Anonymous says:

    Can you provide some more detail on how you used the L-brackets?

    Also, do you think that this same look can be achieved with a NORDEN sideboard?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Does the Vika Hyttan Stainless Steel top fit easily with the Vika Byske legs?

  3. Vince says:

    FYI… The Vika Hyttan Stainless Steel countertop has been discontinued. I found one for 30 bucks in the scratch and dent of the Pittsburgh store (there is one left), though this would look fine with other ones such as the butchers block etc

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’m pretty sure 2-3 coats of polyurethane/sealant would do the trick!

  5. Matthew says:

    This is brilliant! I wish my kitchen was big enough to do this.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I would also like to know what kind of protective coating could be applied on Expedit shelves.

  7. Sharona says:

    How about covering the entire Expedit with contact Vinyl, like from here: http://www.expressionsvinyl.com/ ??

  8. Anonymous says:

    * 1 – This looks great, aesthetically a very nice idea.

    * 2 – Agree with comment #1…this Ikea stuff is cardboard & very sensitive to water & humidity. I, too, had to witness the process described above. Little bit of dampness or moisture equals this nice looking stuff falling apart, very ugly. In regard to this, I’ve often wondered if it would be plausible to apply some sort of clear coat to protect Expedit/Lack/etc from moisture.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes could you not paint and varnish or something? As I’m thinking of using a small expedit to add more counter space. Although it won’t be a permanent feature as I’m renting.

  9. Just some words of caution. Expedit and water do not go well together, so I’d rather not use an Expedit shelf in the kitchen, where it inevitably meets some water.
    Expedit is essentially honeycomb-structured cardboard covered with thin sheets of wood (I mean, some kind of wood product), and also the paint peels off quite quickly when it gets moist. Unfortunately I had to witness the process.

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