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Published on December 30th, 2007 | by Jules Yap


a new bathroom for a new year

melissa is a visual merchandiser at ikea, east palo alto and does a great job with her bathroom remodel.

“this is how i took my parents’ outdated 60′s mint and cantaloupe bathroom into the present and made it relaxing, all on a budget.
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i decided to use kitchen cabinets because of a number of reasons including the fact that there are so many more door styles and cabinet layouts plus my family is tall so the added height so we didn’t have to bend over so far to wash our faces in the sink.

a few extra touches to make the akurum cabinets work perfectly: cut about 2″ off the back half of the sink area cabinets to have a shallower, bathroom cabinet depth; cut a hole out of the right, bottom side of the tall cabinet and put it on hinges so the motor to the spa tub could be accessed if needed. the tall cabinet was the perfect solution to the lack of towel storage elsewhere in the house.

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we made it look built-in by building a sheet rocked frame all the way around it. the large drawers were also perfect for a bathroom laundry basket since my brother could never seem to get them back to his room. the korrekt handles were perfect too so that i wouldn’t be jabbing myself in the leg if i needed to lean closer to the mirror and the burken jars were the perfect size to hold my Q-Tips and cottonballs.”

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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".

14 Responses to a new bathroom for a new year

  1. Anonymous says:

    wow, you ruined a beautiful retro bathroom…with cookie cutter common installs

  2. Anonymous says:


    The drawers don’t go all the way to the back of the cabinet. i believe the dampers do, so that option may be cut out, but the ones in my kitchen that i am doing right now have several inches of space behind the drawer.

  3. Nikki says:

    How did you modify the depth of the drawer boxes on the vanity cabinets? Aren’t they a metal/plastic material? I’ve thought about using Ikea kitchen cabinets in my bathroom but I was stumped by the drawers.

  4. jennifer says:

    wow that looks great! I can’t wait to buy a house so I can remodel.

  5. melissa says:

    thanks for all the comments. The bathroom needed updating because it no longer functioned for the family. We needed more storage and more space. The tall cabinet is one 88″ high unit and the countertop is Corian in Blackberry Ice.

  6. jitterpup says:

    I much prefer the after. The old fixtures may look cute but I’d much rather have a full counter instead of balancing my stuff on a tiny sink.

  7. arcturus says:

    Does any body know, is the “tall” cabinet beside the bathtub in pic 3 a few cabinets stacked on top of each other?

  8. Anonymous says:

    that mint stuff is beautiful…people who use the word “outdated” unironically are to be regarded with suspicion….

  9. Anonymous says:

    I would prefer the before. You could sell the before components for more than you spent on the “after” components.

  10. colleeeen says:

    ditto – i sure hope you salvaged the adorable but admittedly old-fashioned mint green stuff!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Wow. The value you just added to the house is unbelievable. Beautiful job!

  12. -KH says:

    I love the mint sink, toilet, and tub. Did you save those for salvage?

  13. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful, but hardly a hack!

  14. Rachel says:

    Looks fantastic! What’s the countertop made of?

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