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IKEA Ivar cabinet hack: get boho chic for cheap

WordsAlice Allemano


Decorating a home can get expensive, so it’s always a good idea to look for penny-saving tricks where you can. Trusty IKEA has loads of simple structures that with a few savvy improvements, can be transformed into statement pieces. Take the IKEA Ivar cabinet - we’ll show you how to turn it into a stunning sideboard that’ll be the perfect finishing touch to any boho-chic themed space.

Let’s get hacking.

Step 1: Gather your bits.

  • 2 x IKEA Ivar cabinets

  • Lick paint (for the boho-chic look, go for a neutral colour)

  • Jigsaw (try your local tool hire joint if you don’t have access to one)

  • Drill with wood drill part

  • Sand paper

  • Paint brush

  • Mini roller

  • Cane webbing 2 - 3 metres. 

  • Staple gun

  • Scissors

  • Handles

  • Pencil

  • Tape measure

  • Handles (optional)

Step 2: Cutting

  • Remove the doors of your Ivar cabinets. With a pencil and tape measure, mark the area that you want to cut out. Leave 4 cm minimum from the edge as you need enough space to attach the cane webbing.

  • Drill holes in all four corners of your marked area, then use a jigsaw to cut out the middle of each door.

  • Sandpaper the edges that you’ve just cut so they are nice and smooth.

Step 3: Painting

  • Choose your Lick paint of choice (to keep it Boho Chic check out our white paint)

  • With a good quality brush and mini roller, two coats will do it.

Step 4: Cane webbing

  • Divide and cut the cane webbing into four (soaking the webbing for 30+ mins makes it easier to cut).

  • Staple the webbing to the inside of the doors. Start by stapling at the top, then work your way down, pulling the webbing tight and crucially - straight! You don’t want any wonky lines taunting you.

  • Once all is secured in place, cut off any excess webbing from the edges.

  • You’re now ready to reattach your doors to the cabinets.

Step 5: Handles - optional

  • If you fancy it, attach handles of your choice. Go rustic with natural materials, or bring in some contrast with brass (Etsy is a great place to source this kind of thing). Or go for the paired back look and leave the cabinets bare.

And there you have it - an impressive boho-chic cabinet at an even more impressive price. Panelling like this breaks up blocks of wood, making furniture less imposing and much more versatile. Read more about the Boho Chic interior decor style for more inspiration.

Feeling galvanised for more IKEA hacks? Check out our hack on how to upcylcle IKEA's malm bedside table, or their ubiquitous Billy bookcase.