Emy Stenudd (@malmrosvillan (opens in new tab)) a renovator based in Vindeln, Sweden transformed the staple IKEA cabinet into an elegant bespoke sage green vanity unit. She was inspired by other bathroom side-built vanity projects she'd seen. However, to keep her bathroom project within a budget she decided to use the IKEA kitchen cabinets as her base.
'We used the 'IKEA METOD' kitchen cabinets (opens in new tab),' Emy tells Livingetc. She used two 80x80x60 cabinets and one 80x40x60 cabinet which she cut down to her desired sizes.
'Before we put the pieces for the cabinet together we cut the sides down from 80cm to 60cm, so it would be a good height on the finished vanity unit,' she explains. 'So when we put the cabinets together it was two 80x60x60 and one 60x40x60.'
To accommodate the 12cm floor moulding, Emy decided to create legs for the cabinets at the same height so they would sit flush with the front edge of the cabinet. 'It's like a box that the cabinets are standing on,' she explains. 'We put some cover panels between the cabinets and on the sides for that side built-in feeling.'
Emy finished the vanity with SÄVEDAL (opens in new tab) fronts. She used four doors in the 40x60cm size and three drawers in 40x20cm. She then painted the cabinet and fronts in an on-trend sage green that complemented the whimsical wallpaper idea.
IKEA fans might recognise the bestselling EKBACKEM marble effect countertop that finishes off the vanity. The hardwearing laminate countertop has been elevated with his and her vessel basins and statement gold mixer taps.
The project has been finished off with two statement gold-edged mirrors that add a touch of grandeur to the room. The gold detailing has been picked out in the vanity handles, taps and sconce lights. It is subtle but marries beautifully with the sage green and yellow tones in the wallpaper.
Emy finished the project a year ago and says she still loves the impact it creates. 'I love it! And I still do after one year. It came out perfect for our bathroom.'
If ever there was a case for integrating an IKEA kitchen staple into a modern bathroom this is a stunning example.
I am the News Editor on Livingetc.com. I have worked as an interiors journalist since graduating with a Masters's in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2018. I started out my career working on women's weekly magazines but made the shift to digital journalism in 2019 to join the Ideal Home website team as a news and features writer.
During that time I nurtured my love of interiors and trends, and received a nomination as AOP Digital Publishing Rising Star 2020. Outside of work I love to sew, knit, and try my hand at a range of new crafts, I am currently dabbling in ceramics. I can't think of a better way to spend my weekend than browsing a haberdashery or antiques fair for hidden design treasures.
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