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Published on October 8th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Turning IKEA Hemnes into Built-Ins

Materials: Hemnes Glass Door Cabinet with 4 Drawers (2)

Description: We used two Hemnes cabinets to make a custom built in china cabinet in our kitchen.

See more of the Hemnes built-in and this post for instructions on how to add moulding to the Hemnes.

~ Erin from {A Charming Nest}, Indiana

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19 Responses to Turning IKEA Hemnes into Built-Ins

  1. cln1 says:

    did you paint the cabinet to match the added trim? What kind of paint and spray or brush?

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  3. J Mueller says:

    The “blog” leads only to ad sites. It would be helpful if instructions were included.

  4. Laurel says:

    Gorgeous — and so much storage space in it! Looks totally built-in.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Who cares! They are gorgeous…I love your “built-ins”.

  6. {a charming nest} says:

    Thanks for the comments! We love our cabinet and we are so glad we can share our projects with you all!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Although strictly an oxymoron, since by definition “furniture” in the woodworking sense is generally understood to refer to movable pieces, the term built-in furniture may be taken to mean fixed architectural elements that provide the same function as their movable namesakes. Sometimes, indeed, the term may refer to a separate piece of furniture that has been fixed in place and which now employs part of the surrounding architecture as an integral part of its construction, such as a wall that forms the back of a built-in cabinet.

    • Anonymous says:

      “such as a wall that forms the back of a built-in cabinet.”

      This lacks such a wall.

    • Anonymous says:

      picky, picky, picky!

    • Anonymous says:

      Of course it’s a built-in, as it’s now permanently attached to the structure of the house. When the owners move the cabinet will stay, and typically factor into the house price, so for real estate purposes too, this is a built-in.
      In German speaking countries it would be called a “Einbauschrank” = built-in cabinet as well.

  8. Unknown says:


    Very nice, but this is not a built-in. It is fixed “to” the wall, not built “in” the wall. Anything “built in” is recessed into the wall.


    The above link is built in.

    I am all for casual speech, but calling things like this a built-in cabinet is like using “convection oven” and “microwave oven” as synonyms just because they both have the word “oven” in it.


  9. Michele says:

    Very cool idea!!!

  10. {a charming nest} says:

    Go to the blog! It is a two part series. Took a few hours.

  11. what is this blog {a charming nest}?

    • {a charming nest} says:

      {A Charming Nest} is a blog about DIY, home improvement, recipes, tips…etc. It is written by a gal who is working to improve her own home and shares her journey on the internet.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Any photos of the doing the difficult parts (i.e. building/changing the crown, the moulding, etc?) How much time did everything take?

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