Ikea Hack // Kid's Play Kitchen

Oliver turned 2 last week!  If you haven't been following along, we celebrated in Disney World!  More to come on that, but before we left we gave the birthday boy his gift, a play kitchen.  Every time we've gone to a friend's who has one, he runs right to it.  He also tells me literally everyday that he makes pizza in the kitchen at school, plus if you ever look at my Instagram stories, you will know he loves to help momma make dinner and bake cakes.  I knew I wanted to get him one for his birthday, and I knew it had to be a special one.  So I called in the DIY guns to hack the Ikea Duktig kid's play kitchen and styled it out with a few lovely details, including this felt letter menu.  Keep reading to find out exactly what I did and to see adorable photos of Ollie opening his present.  

Ikea Hack Kids Kitchen
Ikea hack kitchen
Ikea Hack Kids kitchen
Happy 2nd Birthday!
Ikea Kids Kitchen Hack
Ikea Kids Kitchen Hack


Before assembly, spray paint the the base and shelf pieces.  All pieces that are not already white, except for the counter top.  

Kids Ikea Kitchen Hack
Kids Ikea Kitchen Hack

I sanded, pre-stained and stained the counter top to make it a few shades darker

Kids Ikea Kitchen Hack
Kids Ikea Kitchen Hack

The subway tile backsplash is actually foam board with sharpie drawn tiles!  I was planning something much more complicated, but I had these supplies and it looks just as good as what I was thinking.  

Once you assemble, replace the plastic handles with the metal ones, using the extra bolts (not the ones that come with the knobs). 

Drill three holes under the stove to add the knobs.  

Style with charm!  


Ikea Hack // Fauxdenza Entertainment Center

I know I know this isn't a unique project, but it's one I've wanted to do for so long!  Many of the other media stations I actually liked were upwards of $1000, and this DIY cost about $300.  I love the clean look of the streamlined entertainment center.  Most of the other tutorials I found don't go the extra step and finish trimming off the bottom of the piece with a wood panel, but I really think it looks much more finished when framed out entirely.  Hope you're inspired to make an Ikea run this weekend!! 

DIY Ikea faudenza
Ikea Hack fauxdenza
Ikea Fauxdenza



Step 1: Assemble the cabinets.

Step 2. cut a hole in the back of the cabinet for the outlet.

Step 3. Hang cabinets.  This step, I actually had help with, my father-in-law lent a hand in following the Ikea directions and installing.

DIY fauxdenza

Step 4. prepare the trim of the fauxdenza. I had them cut the plywood for me at Home Depot.  Four pieces:

  1. Top - the length of the cabinets plus 1 5/8" to cover the side panels, and depth of the cabinets, with doors, plus about 1/4" - (for ours 91 5/8" x 15 3/8")

  2. Bottom - the length of the cabinets plus 1 5/8" to cover the side panels, and depth of the cabinets without the doors, MINUS about 1" to leave room for cords.  Note - the bottom panel cannot be under doors, or you will not be able to open - (for ours 91 5/8" x 14")

  3. Sides, cut 2 - depth of the cabinets with doors plus 1/2" (same as top piece), height of cabinets - (for ours 20" x 15 3/8")

Step 4: Follow the instructions to add the plywood edge tape on three sides for the top and bottom panels and just one long side on each of the side panels.

Step 5. Sand and stain the trim. 

Favorite stain color

Step 6. install the trim.  Start with the side panels, use wood glue and the brad nailer to attach to sides of cabinets.  Line up with top and front of cabinet. 

Next install the top panel, and secure in place with wood glue and the brad nailer.  Line up with front of cabinet and edge of side panels.

 Finally grab a partner to hold the bottom panel in place and generously use the brad nailer to secure.  Line up with side panels and cabinet body (not doors).

Step 7. Drill a hole in the top of the cabinet with 1 1/2" bit, for the wires to feed through.  

Step 8. Style and enjoy!

Ikea Hack // Built-in Entry Storage

I think I've mentioned before that one thing I didn't love about our house is the lack of front entry strorage.  The thought of shoes kicked off at the front door and coats thrown over the dining chairs gave me anxiety.  So one of the first things I did was build this built-in bench using Ikea cabinets.  Keep reading below to see exactly what I did. 

DIY Ikea Hack Built-in storage bench
DIY Ikea Hack Built-in Storage
DIY Ikea Hack Built-in Storage
DIY Ikea Hack Built-in Storage
DIY Ikea Hack Built-in Storage



The complicated thing about this project is that I was building it around a radiator.  Had that not been the case, I would have made the base shorter.  It's a pretty awkward height to actually sit on, and I also would have used a solid piece, without the grates.

Step 1: Build the face of the base.  Cut 2x10s to leave equal openings for the radiator grates.  Attach the 2x10s to 2x2s with glue and metal strap ties as shown. 

DIY Ikea Hack Built-in Storage

Step 2: Sand the wood glue and prep for paint 

DIY Ikea Hack Built-in Storage

Step 3: Cut the moldings down at 45 degree angles to frame out grates.  Paint base and mouldings.  I color matched the cabinet, see details of the color below. 

DIY Ikea Hack Built-in Storage
Ikea white cabinet color

Step 4: Once the paint is dry attach the grates using the staple gun.

DIY Ikea Hack Built-in Storage

Step 5: And attach the moulding frames using the brad nailer.

DIY Ikea Hack Built-in Storage

Step 6: Build the base.  I cut more 2x10 pieces and used the corner brackets to hold them together.  I made the depth just a little less than the base of the cabinets, not including the doors.  You open the doors from the bottom, so you'll want to be sure that the base does not interfere with them at all. 

DIY Ikea Hack Built-in Storage

Step 7: Build the cabinets and install on top of base.

Step 8: build the top of bench.  I had them cut the plywood for me at Home Depot, to the length of the area, and depth of the cabinets, with doors, plus about 1/2".  Since the standard plywood was not long enough to cover the length of the bench, I had to seam it together.  Im sure there is a cleaner way to do this, but I just glued and clamped it together.

DIY Ikea Hack Built-in Storage

Step 9: Follow the instructions to add the plywood edge tape. 

DIY Ikea built in storage

Step 10: Sand and stain and install the top.  

DIY Ikea Hack Built-in Storage

And you're finished!  Now we have plenty of storage, a perfect place to put Oliver's shoes on in the morning, plus it makes for a great lookout perch for the dog.