Many of us experience that sense of dread when our mother-in-law announces a sudden visit. Special dishes and silverware that distinguish the occasion must be looked for and sorted out. Storing them separately adds to the anticipation (or trepidation) as you look and decide just which pieces that you’ll set out for her dinner. A china cabinet made from Ikea’s kitchen cabinets separates those special pieces and just may diminish the overall tension.
All-in-all a china cabinet is a great addition to any area. In the kitchen, it singles out the space and gives a distinctive look to other rooms. Display your favorite antique china pieces, trophies, momentos or formal dinnerware – or simple colorful pieces that’ll liven up the area.
The overall cabinet size depends on the dimensions of the area available. The minimum width is 30″: use a 30″ base cabinet with two 30″ glass door wall cabinets one atop the other. Or go as wide as 96″ using four 24″ base cabinets and six 30″ glass door stacked wall cabinets. For a much better look, include halogen lights along the top of each wall cabinet and use glass shelves instead of solid ones.
But don’t forget the finishing touches:
- Fillers: Since the wall cabinets will sit directly on top of the counter, a 3/4″ filler is necessary to allow the cabinet door to swing open smoothly without scratching the surface of your countertop.
- Paneling: Cover the horizontal seams between the stacked cabinets with paneling trimmed to fit each side.
- Get Creative: Design with a mirror, apply wallpaper, or paint the back of the cabinet for an accented look.