May 10, 2011

Buffet Beauty...and Some Ikea ♥!!


The time has come. My As Is buffet is finished!!! OK, it took a bit longer than I hoped AND I had to buy the doors regular price...I guess no one is returning glass front doors these days (which isn't a huge surprise) but at least it is done. So here it is all finished up (besides the kick plate!) and starting to attract some accessories...


Warning - This post is long but full of handy dandy pics! Read on, Lady friends, read on!

Let's go back to the beginning...these $16 As Is cabinets that started it all. We knew we wanted a buffet to extend our kitchen space (See that MAJOR transformation HERE and HERE) but couldn't afford to buy it out right for full price. The Ikea Buffet As Is Challenge began (more on that HERE) with just a glimmer of hope...


From there I had to retrofit the feet so these babies would have something to stand on...

Step 1: Saw off the little nubbins on the foot or use a dremel like me....


Step 2. Now that you are nubbin free, mark where your feet should sit stand...



Step 3. Screw them into the base...



The next step was the not so easy part for me. I wanted to create a wine rack in the middle but I didn't want to pay $60 for the actual piece and these things are NEVER in As Is so I had to create one. UPDATE - today they WERE in As IS but it was 2 stuck together for $90 bucks..Uh, NO THANKS! The outside of the cabinets would work splendidly for the inside of the wine rack and I already had a couple shelves left over from the one in our kitchen which we currently use as cutting board and cook book storage...

It's a Little Messy but You Get the Point...
I just needed a few more shelves and a way to secure the whole thing to the 2 cabinets. I took one of the shelves and got to securing...




I took a quick minute to see how it would look...



Ahhhh...it works! Before screwing everything together I had to make my holes for the wine shelves. If I secured everything first I never would have been able to measure and get the drill in there to get the holes made...thinking ahead came in handy here!! :)

Step 1 - Take the shelf with already spaced notches from the other cabinet and mark them at in the proper space...



Step 2 - Decide how far apart you want your shelves and mark the same holes all the way up the height of the cabinet on both the front and back of the opening. We used 4 1/4 or 4.5 inches...I forgot to write it down...


Step 3 - Drill your holes and make sure the little shelf holder thingy fits. Ours did and even though I didn't take a pic I can (and will) prove it to you later!



Step 4 - Ask your husband nicely to cut 3 more small shelves out of scrap Ikea parts at 7:45 am when he has to leave for work at 8am...THANKS E!! :)

Next, I flipped both units over with the feet facing up and and secured the little shelf to the straight brackets. The hard part was flipping the whole piece back over without breaking off the brackets - particle board plus 1 1/4 inch screws is by no means the most sturdy of ties...Enter E to help me do the flipping. Use your imagination here as we had our arms full but I can tell you it was no easy task and there was some major grumbling (and maybe some swearing) involved...

Once it was all flipped over I used a large piece of back board ($1 from As Is, of course...I thought that was a bit steep but I NEEDED it) to secure the book cases together as well as fill the gaping hole that would be behind my wine shelves. This way the unit looks like it is all one piece...



The green tape above was to mark where the ends of the cabinet were so I could make sure to pound my nails in the right spots. Once this was done our buffet sat in limbo while we waited and waited for the counter top. I was hoping and wishing to find a butcher block counter top and alas, a week later, my wish was granted. You can read ALL about it, including how we cut the butcher block, HERE but in the meantime this is what I managed to find for $30 discounted down for $169!! Yes, that's right...it's a honking huge piece of butcher board!!


As of last week, our buffet was starting to come together and sat looking a little something like this...


See the clutter starting to form??

After this mornings wine rack shelf cutting (from scraps) and yesterday's trip to Ikea which yielded a nail biting $280 purchase of doors, hinges, and a shelf - we are now left with this...



Since there is a mirror in the picture giving away my dirty little secret of all the crap I took out of the buffet before adding the doors, I may as well spill the beans and show you my gypsy pack of crap (also seen here and here) has made it to yet another room...when will it leave? When will it find a permanent home? One can never be sure...


Anywho - I am so so happy to have this buffet DONE!! Oh, yeah, you may have noticed that I don't have the kick plate installed yet but I assure you it is here and ready for E to cut when he gets home (I managed to find a whole piece for $3 bucks in As Is!!).

So once again, to recap, we went from this:


to this...


Next step - I need to start figuring out some decor for the area. In the beginning I was thinking a big long mirror but now I am thinking maybe a mirror AND a chalkboard of some sort so we can write the menu of the evening when our guests are over and chores when they aren't! ;) I like anything multi purposed!! Can you think of anything else that may look great above our Buffet Beauty? I am open to ideas!!

Final Cost Break Down:

2 Ikea 30x30 wall cabinets - $16 each = $32
2 packs of feet - $6 each = $12
Backboard for Wine rack = $1
Brackets on Clearance at Walmart = $1
Leftover shelves and Scrap Shelves for wine rack = $0
Kick plate (not yet mounted) = $3
Butcher block + lots left over for another project = $30
The Doors/Hinges/Shelves= $280

Total Cost - $358

All in all I saved around $250 from my thrifty little As Is hunt-a-thon. That's not too bad considering I have all the extra butcher block (we're thinking to put in a bar downstairs!) as well as an extra shelf and the ton of storage space we acquired! Mission accomplished!!

What have you been working on this week..or month? Feel free to comment below with your latest and greatest!!


Bianca
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