Monday, October 22, 2012

Ikea Hack & Sneak Peak Before/After

I am currently working on a condo in Miami.  The condo is located in The Icon building, which is a whole other post by itself on the decor...amazing is an understatement.  The thing I have liked the most about this project is being able to incorporate more modern decor.  I think you should always mix traditional and modern to create more interesting spaces, yet this building takes it to another level.  The condo is 1300 sq ft and includes an open concept living/dining/kitchen area, one bedroom, and one bathroom.  All areas are very large but the challenge came with the large bedroom that also had to serve as a workspace.  One of the owners works from home, yet I still wanted the space to be relaxing as a bedroom.  The following is a semi custom design I created to combine a dresser and desk into one piece.  This maximized use of one wall in the bedroom.

Here are some before shots (sorry for the iPhone quality).  This is what I worked with in the beginning to create the initial design board via e-design.  One of the great things about the Internet these days is being able to help people with spaces from anywhere!

The tall dresser wasn't taking advantage of the space along the long wall.


The desk left everything in site which added clutter to the bedroom.






I first purchased an Ikea Malm 6 drawer dresser and Micke desk in white


The desk was built with the open end on the left so light would not be blocked from the window.


I then added large drawer pulls to all drawers mainly for aesthetics.





Next we added small pieces of wood to make both pieces the same height and attached the two pieces together.



Finally I had cabinet grade wood cut perfectly to size to cover the entire top and down one side, some stain and high gloss lacquer...Finish off with two desk chairs and some accessories....voila!  

The chalkboard was made from a large frame, and I let the paint brush marks show as I painted the chalkboard paint on.  This helped add another texture to the room!  Small details can make a big difference.


The area where the desk originally was we turned into a seating area with extra storage!



Can't wait to show you the completed project of this entire condo when it's done!



11 comments:

  1. That is an amazing transformation! Good job! I bet those Miami clients are loving their new space.

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  2. girl! this is amazing! Just found you through Lowlife Couture. You need a follow button asap!

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    1. Wow! That is pretty amazing! Really creative! I look forward in seeing the rest of the condo!

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  3. My boyfriend and I saw the finished product on Ikea's home improvement site. We absolutely love it since it has a great flow and utilizes the space really well. At first we thought this something at Ikea and walked around asking the staff members for the furniture lol. Any chance you can come to DC? hehe

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    1. Ha! Thank you...this just made my day! Feel free to email me with any questions.

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  4. Thinking about doing this myself one day! It's so innovative ^^. I looked on Ikea's website, and the depth dimensions are slightly different, as well as the height. How did you fix that? Also, how did you make both pieces the same height and how did you attach the wood? Thanks in advance :)

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  5. Thinking about doing this myself one day! It's so innovative ^^. I looked on Ikea's website, and the depth dimensions are slightly different, as well as the height. How did you fix that? Also, how did you make both pieces the same height and how did you attach the wood? Thanks in advance :)

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  6. What a great project! Thinking about doing this myself one day :)

    I do have some questions, though. The Ikea website says that the two pieces are different sizes in depth, as well as height. How did you fix the depth problem, and how did you make both of them the same height? Furthermore, how did you attach the wood?

    Thanks in advance ^^

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  7. This is amazing! Thanks for the idea and we just did this but we ended up getting 2 malm since we have a fairly large bedroom. One question though as we're still figuring out what to use for the black top. We were thinking of going with a bunch of 1 x 4 from home depot and paint them distressed dark but may be more than what we can chew because of the length of our table and we have to find a way to secure all the pieces together. May I ask where did you get your top and what size did you get? It looks like a single piece running all the way.

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    1. Yes, it is one solid piece for the top and one solid piece for the side. It was purchased from a specialty lumber yard. (Sometimes even ace hardwares will carry what you need so just call around and ask) the dimensions we measured after the bottom pieces were connected together plus add the thickness of your wood so that the top covers the side. Good luck. Would love to see photos when you're finished!

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    2. Thanks for the reply. We'll call a few places and see what's the best option. Will post pictures for sure once done!! A million thanks.

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