a very delayed reveal – our diy ikea kitchen


When I look back at the blog, I'm quite embarrassed that it has taken us this long to reveal the kitchen. We've been in this house for 2 years this month. By blog standards, our kitchen is nothing spectacular so it really isn't an earth-shattering reveal. We have a pretty small kitchen and given the layout of our house it wasn't in the cards to change that. We went with a DIY IKEA kitchen for our renovation. Overall, we love what we were able to do on a budget and with limited space. In case … [Read more...]

the simple things – installing ikea toe kicks for kitchen cabinets


This post is on the embarrassing side for a DIY blogger. I will not take the blame on how long this took though. I blame the hubby since most of our kitchen delays are due to him. We started our kitchen renovation in 2011. We made major progress and ended up with a pretty finished space with the exception of installing IKEA toe kicks on our cabinets, and a few other odds and ends. It is really not a big deal but it drove me crazy. Cleaning under the cabinets, the ugly cabinet feet showing, … [Read more...]

gallery wall – not the inspirational kind

I love my craft room, I really do. Is it perfect? No, come on, I'm a real person. It looks pretty in pictures but there is cat hair on things and an overall mess on more days than I want to admit. There is a wall in the craft room I rarely show. The intention was for it to be a gallery wall of all inspirational images and things. Right now it is not that...it is looking okay but not what I really wanted. I'm not thrilled about the placement. It needs some fine tuning and in places where there … [Read more...]

featured on ikea hackers

Yay! The custom bar we made from IKEA cabinets is being featured today over at IKEA Hackers! If you missed the original post you can find details here and here.If you haven't yet visited IKEA Hackers you need to check it out. The creativity that I've seen on that site with IKEA furniture just blows me away sometimes. Thanks for following Directions Not Included! … [Read more...]

ikea hack bar – a diy bar from ikea cabinets – the final reveal

We have progress folks! I gave a glimpse of what was going on in our bar last week. We used IKEA kitchen cabinets, the hanging wall kind, to create a custom floating bar. Our very own IKEA hack bar. This is where we made it to last weekend. Cabinets built and hanging and that is about it. It was a marked improvement over this but still needed some finishing touches. We went to the nice lumber yard in town and picked up some mahogany plywood. They have a great selection of wood in … [Read more...]

almost time for a drink – ikea hack bar

After my mini-meltdown at IKEA last Thursday night, I was dead set on making sure this project got off the ground this weekend. I did a solo trip to IKEA on a Sunday afternoon. I will never recommend that to anyone. Our IKEA is a good 30 - 45 minutes away, it was packed, the boxes were heavy and those carts are impossible to maneuver. Please tell me I'm not the only one that almost wipes people out with those sideways rolling carts. They are dangerous when fully loaded with boxes. Despite the … [Read more...]