Laundry Room Makeover: Customize Ikea Cabinets

More and more people are realizing that you can customize IKEA cabinets. Even the most experienced carpenters we know buy IKEA boxes and then build their own doors. You just can’t beat the price or convenience. So that’s exactly what we started with when we renovated the laundry room in our basement!

Our laundry room was an unpleasant place to do laundry in for the longest time. To make it a bit more functional, Hubs threw in an old cabinet base and some drywall. But what it really needed was storage. A lot more storage.

Build Cabinets

Enter IKEA! IKEA makes a great product that’s easy to install with their rail system! Hubs first built the cabinets.

Hubs and a friend made custom dark stained doors. There’s nothing in the middle of the frame right now (save for Hubs’ tools) but we installed temporary panels as you’ll see later.

Install Rails

Hubs used a laser level to mount the rail.

Each box is simply lifted onto the rail system.

The boxes are secured through the back.

The boxes go up very quickly thanks to IKEA’s rail system.

Once the cabinets were up, Hubs installed the door frames. We temporarily installed solid white panels to hide the mess behind the doors (you’ll see how that looks just before the reveal).

In the interim, we finished the drywall, painted, tiled the laundry room backsplash and added under counter lighting and a new counter top. Phew. That’s a lot for one little room!

Install Glass in the Doors

It was starting to come together, but I had something even better planned for the doors! For the second phase of our laundry room makeover, I purchased sheets of a beautiful patterned glass called Everglade. I used  a glass cutter to cut the glass to fit each panel and popped them in.

To keep the glass secure around the edges, I used this clear panel retainer.

Initially I was going to install the glass as-is. Isn’t it pretty?

As pretty as the glass is, I reconsidered because I didn’t want to see clutter through it. So I reinstalled the solid panels behind the glass as a backer. As you’ll see later, the front of the panels that show through the glass are the same light grey colour as our wall paint. The effect it gives makes it look like the glass is back painted.

Start the retainer at one corner and go all the way around in one continuous piece.

The retainer gets pushed under the lip of the frame to hold the glass tight. It gets cut once it meets at the starting point.

Here’s the first door installed. Only 7 more pieces of glass to cut!

Last door in!

Transformation: Start to Finish

Before the reveal, to truly appreciate how far it’s come, I can’t help but show you the progression of our laundry room from start to finish. When I first moved in and plugged in my washer and dryer, it looked like this:

Here’s those white panels I mentioned earlier. This is before we tiled the backsplash and installed flooring etc.

Here are the panels painted grey after the tile and undercounted lighting went in!

Right after that is when the glass panels went in. Do you see what I mean by all the clutter?

You can’t really see it in the pictures, but the glass lends a beautiful texture to the doors. I think it’s so much nicer than solid wood!

If you back up just a little, you can see my collection of antique irons. I actually share the laundry room with my craft studio.

If you’re curious about the tile, we show you how to install a patterned backsplash.  There’s also a post on our new counter top install.

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4 thoughts on “Laundry Room Makeover: Customize Ikea Cabinets

  1. Love how it turned out Sara and that collection of old irons is beautiful. I wish we stayed closer. I have a whole bunch of pretty rusty ones that need a lovely home where they can be showcased 😉

    • Oh, wouldn’t that be fabulous! Perhaps one day you’ll move to Canada to be closer to your kids (are they still here)?

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