Published on November 27th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


NUMERAR + AKURUM + DIY = Chic Wine Bar

Materials: Akurum Oak Butcher Block Counter Tops, Numerar Base Cabinets, Rationell Drawer Fronts

Description: For our IKEA Hack we used several standard kitchen elements and a significant modification to one to transform an underutilized section of our house’s kitchen into a chic wine bar and storage area.

Since our house is an 1885 Victorian Row House, we didn’t feel the standard IKEA butcher block counters really “went” with the home’s style. To remedy this, we used our router to put a more decorative edge on the butcher block.

We assembled the cabinets, placed our wine fridge between two Akurum base cabinets, and placed the counter top on the cabinets.

We also constructed a few DIY shelves, one with integrated LED lighting and hanging wine glass storage, to balance the whole area and accessorize.

The end result is a functional and stylish wine bar/food prep area that greatly expanded the storage capabilities of our kitchen, all while keeping with the style and feel of our antique house.

See more of the wine bar.

~ Alex & Wendy – Old Town Home, Alexandria, VA

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

17 Responses to NUMERAR + AKURUM + DIY = Chic Wine Bar

  1. ShamelessSpringroll says:

    Looks great! I was wondering how you made or what you did to add a piece of cabinet to the bottom of your fridge. It ties in so well!

  2. Philip says:

    This is exactly what I want to do, however I need it to be about half the size: wine cooler that’s half the size of yours and maybe just one cabinet. It’s going up against a small kitchen wall. Since the wine cooler isn’t framed by cabinets, I’d still like it to have that built in look, so maybe just a side pannel on one side of the wine cooler? Any ideas? Great to find your site.

  3. MN Nicole says:

    Love this–would you be willing to tell me what your shelves were made from? Or did you construct each shelf also?

  4. Anonymous says:

    This looks really great, can’t even tell it’s from Ikea. Congrats on both this and the new house! I’m in need of something very similar (if not exactly the same) so you really just helped me out a lot. Thanks!

    I think you may have gotten the names a little mixed up: Numerar countertop and Akurum base cabinet.

  5. What size router bit did you use for the counter?

  6. MyFuZZyButtZ says:

    I love that pup dog as much as your woodwork! This fits right in with Old Town style, so good job!

  7. beatrice109 says:

    Great job! Looks professional! And for the yet-another-anonymous-jerk-making-this-site-unbearable, here is the first paragraph from this very site’s “about” page. >IkeaHackers.net is a site about modifications on and repurposing of Ikea products. Hacks, as we call it here, may be as simple as adding an embellishment, some others may require power tools and lots of ingenuity.

    • Thank you. We like to look at every project we take on and ask ourselves “Does this look amateur or professional?” DIY is great and all, but it’s never good if someone can look at something and say “You did that yourself, didn’t you?”

      What you point out about the purpose for IkeaHackers.net is exactly why I submitted our “hack.” Many people may not realize you can put an edge on the butcher block. We didn’t need to do any extensive hacking of products in this case, but I still felt it was worth submitting and letting the mods figure out if they wanted to use it. I’m glad they did, and I hope someone out there sees this and says “I didn’t know you could do that, I think I’ll give it a try.”

  8. Love it! Random question – what colour is the paint on your walls? It’s beautiful :)

  9. Mastabattas says:

    Is the fridge a front blowing (heat release) fridge? Or how did you adapt for the space required if a traditional fridge?

    • Good question. The fridge is a front blowing unit. It’s an Edgestar wine fridge that is meant for under counter mounting with little to no clearance on the side or availability of rear/top ventilation, so it worked perfectly in the space.

  10. Anonymous says:

    It looks great!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Where is the hack?

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