IKEA Ivar Cabinet Hack: How to Make a Sideboard

This Ikea Ivar cabinet hack adds a unique update to the plain Ikea Ivar cabinet. A full tutorial to make a sideboard from using the Ikea Ivar cabinet including how to paint the cabinet and more character with new hardware and molding.You will not believe that this was a plain old Ikea Ivar!

This Ikea Ivar cabinet hack is a long time coming!

This Ivar cabinet has been waiting for a makeover for a very very long time! And I think it has finally found its destiny!

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The cabinet has definitely come a long way from where it started – a plain pine cabinet as part of the Ivar modular system.Ikea Ivar cabinet

I used it as an extension of my kitchen counter in one of our old rentals. I had spray painted it white (with the kind in a can) and added the two knobs to match the kitchen cabinets.You will not believe how this Ikea Ivar cabinet transformed into a beautiful sideboard!

In the new place, it worked as a sideboard/command center in our eat-in kitchen.

It really was high time, it got a makeover to fit in with the rest of the decor.

The red is little bright by itself but it fits in very nicely because I have a little red theme going with the dining chairs and kitchen towels etc.

A fun update to the Ikea Ivar cabinet

Materials Needed for IKEA Ivar Makeover –

Cut list –

  • 2″ x 2″ @ 22.5″  and 10″ – total 2 each – base frame
  • 2″ x 2″ @ 6″ – total 4 – legs
  • 1″ x 3″ @ 32.5″ and 19″- 4 each – frames for the sides
  • screen molding cut to required size to create fake drawer and cabinet front.

How to Make the IKEA Ivar Sideboard –

Step 1 – Build the base using wood glue and pocket holes. Ikea Ivar cabinet hack - building the base

Step 2 – Prime and paint the base with the gold spray paint.

Painting the base

Step 3 – Attach the side frame for the cabinet. I like how they hide the visible screws from the Ikea assembly and also give the cabinet a finished look.

Ikea Ivar cabinet makeover adding trim

Step 4 – Attach the screen molding to the cabinet doors to create the fake drawer and cabinet front. I used wood glue and 5/8″ brad nails in a staple gun.DIY Ikea Ivar cabinet hack attaching faux drawer faces

Step 5 – Caulk the gaps and fill any holes that are visible. My favorite caulk is the Alex fast dry caulk. I love this stuff and how it makes the joints look nice and continuous. I just use my finger to spread the caulk and then wipe off the excess using my favorite wipe. Read more about that in my favorite woodworking tools post.

DIY Ikea Ivar cabinet hack adding caulk

Step 6 – Build the top using the 3/4″ plywood and the 1″ x 3″ boards. Use wood glue and pocket holes.DIY Ikea Ivar cabinet hack building the top

How to Paint IKEA Ivar

Step 7 – Prime and paint the cabinet and the top in color of your choice. Since I had spray paint on the cabinet previously, after a lot of research, I decided to use the following sequence – clean with TSP, rough up surface with sandpaper, paint with oil based primer and follow with latex paint. It seems to be holding pretty well. For the latex paint, I used my favorite painting tool – the Finish Max paint sprayer. It took only about an hour for 3 coats and went on so uniform and smooth! I cant even imagine painting without that thing anymore! DIY Ikea Ivar cabinet gets painted

Step 8 – Attach the top and the base to the cabinet. I used 1 1/4″ Spax screws. I love these because they are self drilling.DIY Ikea Ivar cabinet makeover - attach a new base

Step 9 – Attach the pulls and enjoy!!!Turn the simple Ikea Ivar cabinet into this beautiful Sideboard!

I have probably said this before but I am so totally in love with  the pulls!

I chanced on them as I was browsing the D Lawless Hardware site. They are made from an original mid century mold. It was so fascinating but I don’t have midcentury style furniture so I passed on them but I just kept coming back to them.

I couldn’t get them out of my mind. I am so glad I decided to go ahead with them anyway! They are like jewelry and totally make this cabinet what it is!That is a Ikea Ivar cabinet - Seriously! You have got to see this Hack!

I especially love their little angle on how the pull sticks off of the cabinet giving just the right amount of space to hold and pull it.Beautiful Pulls make this Ikea Ivar cabinet makeover

The sideboard fits in perfectly with my dining room and makes the little command center perfect.

Everything you see here is a DIY project from pre-blog days. The Ikea Skoj hack , the mail organizer, and the cork board. Check out this DIY command center. That red cabinet is an Ikea Ivar! Check out the makeover!

Have you ever done an Ikea furniture makeover? I would love to see. Share it below!

Can you believe this is an Ikea Ivar cabinet hack!

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Anika's goal is to inspire and empower beginners with woodworking, DIY, home improvement, and home decor ideas.
She wants everyone to unlock their creative potential and experience the feeling that comes with making something. Nothing feels better better than seeing something and saying "I can make that!"

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  1. What a fabulous makeover! It’s just beautiful now. I love the red and the pulls. Pinning. Thanks for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle!

    1. Thank you Beverly!

    1. Thank you Michelle!

    1. Thank you Leanne!!

  2. Faux drawers – genius. I am in love with your pottery barn inspired nightstand but the only thing holding me back is the fear of making drawer that are square… So faux drawers is sounding really good right now.

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