Chalkboard Pantry

We have tons of Ikea furniture. Sadly a lot of it is the birch color and I hate it. We bought most of it back when Ikea only offered a few colors. This project turned one of those birch pieces into a much better color.

Here’s the before.

Here it is with the door off and all the random holes filled and sanded. This cabinet has been around awhile and used in lots of different places so it needed some love.

After it was all sanded I put two coats or primer on it.

If you have ever tried to paint Ikea furniture before you know paint does not stick but I have read that people had success with sanding and priming. I was a bit skeptical but I figured I would give it a try. And it worked really great! It took a long time but the end result is definitely worth it. No peeling or bubbling of paint.

Then 3 coats of chalk board paint.

Next I peeled off all the tape I put on to keep my lines straight and hung the door back. I found a package of 6 black door handles at Ikea for $2.99. What a deal! (now I just need to find something to do with the rest of them, but it was cheaper to buy 6 then 1.

On the other side I hung a lantern that we recently got on a weekend trip to Cape Cod.

The Chalkboard paint was $10 for a quart at Home Depot. I only used about a quarter of the can so now I have to find more things to paint…

And if you were wondering. Yes there is a lobster and a shark hanging out on top.


I put this project up on the Pinterest Challenge hosted by Sherry of Young House Love and Katie from Bower Power. Check out their blogs. They are awesome!

I pinned a few chalkboard projects but this one is my favorite – photo from here.


Kitchen Breakfast Bar

I’ve always wanted a bar in my kitchen. I love high bar tables. So now that I have this kitchen that’s bigger then I’ve ever had before I figured it was the perfect time to get a high table. But again I did some research and everything was way out of my budget so while I was at Ikea getting the supplies for my last project I also picked up a few more things. I got another Vika Amon table top, this one was 59 x 29.5 inches and in the same black brown color. I also got two Ekby Hall Brackets. I attached them to Ikea bookshelves that I already owned(I don’t think Ikea sells this style anymore). Here it is from the back, you can see the brackets where the counter overlaps.


On the other side I used L-brackets because I couldn’t find any other brackets that would fit. I’ll probably paint them so they match better.


I left an overlap so the bar stools fit under the bar. If you’re curious the bar stools are from Target. Image

I’m still working on organizing the shelfs. I have started a few projects already and will be posting as I finish them.

Here’s the price breakdown.

  • Vika Amon table top $35.99
  • Ekby Hall Brackets 2 x $4.00 = $8.00
  • Already owned bookshelf $00
  • Barstools 2 x $24.99 = $49.98

Total = $93.97

Most bars I looked at cost hundreds of dollars so this was a great deal and if fits perfect and matches my other counter.

Kitchen Counter and Storage

While our new kitchen is much bigger and nicer then the last one it was definitely in need of some more counter space. Or maybe I just have too many kitchen toys. Either way I wanted another counter next to the stove to make cooking a lot easier. I searched endlessly for something I could buy but there was just nothing in my budget out there that would fit the space. And there was the problem of what to do with the wine/cigar fridge. Remember the wine fridge that you saw here. Since we gave that counter away to a friend when we moved last time I figured it was time to make something bigger and better.

So I went to my favorite place, IKEA. Here’s what I got.

  1. Akurum wall cabinet 12 x 30 inch
  2. Akurum wall cabinet 15 x 30 inch
  3. Vika Amon Table Top 47 x 23 inch
  4. Capita Legs 4inch
  5. I also had some L brackets left over from another project.

So I built the cabinets following the instructions. Since these cabinets are suppose to hang on the wall they don’t have pre drilled holes for the legs. So I had to drill all those myself but that wasn’t a big deal. After that I just put 2 L brackets on the backs and one on the sides of each of the cabinets to attach the countertop. As you can see in the photo I had to add the legs to get the counter to be the same height as the stove but you don’t need them. And you can also add doors if you wanted. (I think the simplest white door was $8) but I like the open shelves.

Here’s the price break down.

  • 15 inch Cabinet $22
  • 12 inch Cabinet $21
  • Shelves $4 x 2 = $8
  • Countertop $19.99
  • Set of 4 Legs $10 x 2 =$20

Total – $90.99

Now that’s way cheaper then the ones you can buy pre made which I couldn’t find for much less $200. If you didn’t want it as high as I did you can forget the legs and it would only be $70.99.

kitchen cabinet – before & after

Here’s the lastest project I was talking about. We bought this cabinet pretty cheap but it also looks kinda cheap and it was bright white with a little top that didn’t match anything else. So I painted the bottom, put a new bigger top on it and stained it to match the cabinet on the other wall. Oh and I added new knobs. New knobs always seem to make cabinets looked fancier. Now there is more counter space and it looks so much nicer.

in progress – Bottom is painted and the top is about to be stained

after – Need to find some pretty things for the shelfs still but that will be done after some rearranging.