I recently made an IVAR cabinet go chinoiserie.
I used the 20″ deep IVAR cabinet, two 20″x49″ IVAR side units, and an extra 20″ deep shelf (in addition to the two that come in the cabinet.)
I painted all the components with Valspar gloss cherry red enamel project paint (water based) followed by Minwax Polycrylic in gloss. If you’ve got the patience for oil based lacquer more power to you! Then I assembled the IVAR per IKEA instructions and glued four mirror squares to the interior back surface.
Then I cut two 6′ pieces of cove shaped trim into 10″ segments and glued them back to back with wood glue. I painted these segments with gold spray paint and then glued them at 3″ intervals on one of the shelves to create a wine shelf where the bottles wouldn’t roll. Then I installed a fabulous face plate from Chinese brass hardware, and stocked the bar! Party time!
~ by Kathleen Pridgen