Happy Monday! I am so, so excited to share my latest project with you all today. This month, 4 other talented bloggers and I were challenged by HomeRight to turn an ordinary IKEA Tarva 3 Drawer Chest into something extraordinary. I was overjoyed when they drew 5 names out of a hat and mine was one of them! I’ve only done one other IKEA hack before and it was this quick little lamp makeover. To add to the fun, I’m also giving away a HomeRight Finish Max Pro at the end of this post, so stick around!
A few days after our names were drawn for the challenge, the lovely, flat box from IKEA showed up at my door. I assembled the chest so I could take some time and come up with a solid plan. I decided to turn it into a bar cabinet, and started sketching out the picture I had in my head. I also wanted to challenge myself to use as much of the wood from the chest and my scrap pile as possible.
I started by taking the drawers and sliders off. I wanted to have a shelf for wine at the top of the cabinet, so I cut some scrap 1×2 pieces and used my brad nailer and wood glue to attach them. I needed the shelf to have an 8″ opening, so I attached my supports 8 3/4″ from the top.
We had some leftover 3/4″ birch veneer plywood leftover from a previous project, so I used my Kreg Rip-Cut to cut down the pieces for my shelves (affiliate link).
I fitted my shelves and glued and nailed the bottom shelf in. The top shelf had more that would be added to it, so I held off on nailing that in.
I wanted the top of the cabinet to hold wine bottles and I decided to make square cubbies. I had never done anything like this before, but decided it couldn’t be that hard to do. Thankfully, it was actually really easy! The whole thing needed to fit together like a puzzle, so I had to notch out the plywood. I marked out the sizes that I wanted the cubbies to be, making sure to factor in the 3/4″ thickness of the plywood I was using. The cubbies ended up being about 3 3/4″ square. The notches are also cut to the center of the shelf, so that they would fit flush together. The shelf itself is about 28 1/8″ long and 14 1/4″ deep. I cut the 5 vertical pieces at 8″ tall and 14 1/4″ deep.
To make the notches, I used my compound sliding miter saw and made several cuts inside my pencil lines. I took a chisel and chiseled out the wood until I had a nice notch.
Once all of my notches were chiseled out. I sanded them a bit to clean them up and then put the whole thing together. I fit a few wine bottles in there just to see how it would look.
I used two of the drawer fronts for the cabinet doors. I cut them in half and then used my Kreg Jig to drill pocket holes (affiliate link). I used wood glue and pocket screws to attach the two pieces to form the cabinet doors. You can see that there are a lot of holes to fill, so I used a bunch of wood putty to fill them all in to make it look like one solid piece of wood.
For the door trim, I grabbed some scrap pieces of 1/4″ veneer plywood and ripped them down to 2″ wide on the table saw.
I cut them down to size and glued and nailed them onto the door fronts.
I wanted the cabinet to have a two tone look, so I stained the top a dark, rich color. I used Minwax stain in Espresso. I followed that with two coats of polyurethane.
I wanted the cabinet to have something that would take it up a notch, so I made a rack to hold wine glasses. I used 1×1/2″ trim pieces and 2 1/2″ poplar strips to make the rack. I had to make sure to space them out enough to allow the wine glasses to fit, so I grabbed a glass to make sure everything was spaced properly. Then I glued and nailed them to the underside of the top shelf.
It was finally time to paint everything and I grabbed my favorite tool for the job, my HomeRight Finish Max Pro. There are still times when I will pick up a brush for a small painting or staining project, but I use my paint sprayers for just about everything now. The amount of time they save me, combined with the quality finish is priceless!
I used Behr satin enamel paint and primer in Cathedral. I had an internal debate with myself for a while about what color to paint it, and I decided that I really wanted a rich pop of color that would also compliment the dark stained top.
Once the paint was dry and the top was done, I attached all of the hinges and hardware. I used basic 2 1/2″ hinges for the doors.
I had to buy a few more bottles of wine to hold my new wine cubbies (darn!), and then filled the inside with glasses and our liquor bottles. The cool thing is that the wine cubbies are big enough to hold champagne bottles too!
I am so happy with how functional it all is. The wine glasses are at a perfect height where I can also fit our pretty crystal glasses underneath. I just love these glasses. My husband’s grandparents gave them to us as a wedding gift. I feel pretty fancy when I drink out of them;)
I couldn’t be happier with how this turned out. I love being challenged to think outside the box, and this project definitely made me do that. By the way, remember when I said there were four other bloggers who took this challenge? Be sure to scroll to the bottom to find links to their beautiful IKEA hacks. I’ll be adding more as they are posted.
Now for the fun part! One lucky winner is going to win a HomeRight Finish Max Pro paint sprayer! Just enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway is open to U.S. Residents 18 and over. Void in Alaska and Hawaii.
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Check out the other amazing IKEA Tarva Hacks in this HomeRight Challenge!
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