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Published on May 1st, 2013 | by Jules Yap


DIY Fauxdenza from Ikea Kitchen Cabinets

Materials: Akurum Wall Cabinets, Applad Doors, Birch Plywood, Walnut Stain

Description: I wanted a streamlined, and narrow solution for my media center. I have seen fake, floating credenzas on the web (dubbed a “fauxdenza”) and decided to give it a try!

The 13″ depth of the kitchen cabinets was perfect for my awkward space, and the kitchen storage was just what I needed to hide all of my DVDs and components!

I mounted the Akurum wall cabinets about 8 inches above the floor, so that the credenza was floating off the floor. Since the kitchen wall cabinets are not meant to be seen from above, I used birch plywood (edges veneered and stained in a dark walnut) to wrap the top and sides of the cabinets, to both hide the screws, and to add a natural element to the sleek white cabinet doors.

I did this entire project all by myself, and it took me about 4 hours total. If I had had someone helping me, this could have easily been done in 2 hours or so.

Total cost was around $300! I am more than thrilled with the outcome! :)

See more of the AKURUM fauxdenza.

~ Shannon Wiemann, Tampa, FL

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Jules Yap

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12 Responses to DIY Fauxdenza from Ikea Kitchen Cabinets

  1. Ingrid says:

    Hello Shannon,
    I love your floating credenza! Would you please tell what height cabinets did you use, 30″ or 39″? I am currently planning to make one for my living room.

  2. Josy says:

    What you’ve put together is sophisticated, chic and beautiful. Wow! I’m so impressed. Plus, it has given me an entirely new range of possibilities for putting much needed storage space in my narrow corridor. Thirteen inches may just be doable! Thanks.

  3. MC says:

    Hi, love the floating work. Is this a one wall cabinet or connection of multiple? I am looking at Ikea site now. Thank you

  4. Cody Lauffer says:

    Are rosewood fascias the same price as white fascias.

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  6. Ivet says:

    Fantastic work on the floating piece!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hi Shannon,

    I like your style!
    Where do you have your white owl from?

    Kind regards,

  8. Wanda says:

    Looks FANTASTIC!!!!!!!! You go girl! Thanks for sharing :)


  9. Eugene B says:

    hi Shannon,
    I myself am a fan of all wood throughout, but your credenza looks really, really good;

    just as a suggestion,
    in my last few DIY projects I used deep mahogany quick-dry satin finish varnish (touch dry in 30 min) instead of stain. Two layers.

    saved me from doing stain and varnish separately and gave really nice deep rich finish. Completely transformed plain IKEA furniture into something much more pleasing to the eye.

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