Side Wall for IVAR (IKEA Hack)

2 Days
While the whole world was sleeping in on January 1st, I was sitting up straight in my bed. As soon as a new year dawns, I am always getting terribly restless. On December 31th, at midnight, I’m relaxed and balanced but at 00:01 am on January 1st, I will immediately get hyper and want to redecorate my whole apartment. The great thing is that this the one night every year, when my neighbors are even louder than my power tool. At the turn of the year to 2015 I started to tear out my carpet in the middle of the night and this year I started to disassemble my kitchen. The center of my kitchen attack was my Ivar shelving behind the kitchen door which I repainted and built a side cover for.
1. First you have to thoroughly clean your Ivar shelving and sand it lightly. 2. I painted the majority of the shelfing with “Vintage Matt Furniture Paint Turquoise” but the top and bottom surfaces of the shelves itself got a white paint job as some contrast.
3. Now we come to the exciting part. For the side cover of my Ivar I gathered scraps of pallet wood and laid them over each other until they corresponded with the height of my shelf (2.26 meters) 4. Next, I sawed each board to the exact width of 23.8 cm and then grounded down all the boards and painted them white.
5. The reason why 23.8 cm are so important is because it corresponds exactly to the distance between the Ivar corner posts on the side. Although I have also glued the boards to each other for safety they mainly stay in place on their own where I have pushed them with slight force between the corner posts. 6. Finally, I have happily put my kitchen stuff back in the shelf. If you like to see more of my projects check out my brand new blog!

Ronja Lotte
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  • La streight La streight on Mar 09, 2019

    Great upscale. Did u enclose both sides or just the one showing?


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  • Tikva Morrow Tikva Morrow on Feb 24, 2016
    @Ronja you've done it again! I love this - so fresh and beautiful :)

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    • Ronja Lotte Ronja Lotte on Feb 24, 2016
      @Tikva Morrow I hope you like it! :-)

  • Hannah V Hannah V on Feb 24, 2016
    Love the new look!