Japandi Style IKEA BESTÅ Hack: Crafting an Eye-Catching Buffet Cabinet

Today, we’ll delve into a remarkable IKEA hack presented by the ingenious @myhyggehouse, who converted a standard IKEA BESTÅ unit into an elegant Japandi-style buffet cabinet. This stunning design is an ideal addition to any home interior, regardless of style.

This transformation requires a bit of effort and a few inexpensive materials. Let’s get started and uncover the steps to create this masterpiece.

Materials Needed

First things first, let’s gather all the materials necessary for this project:

  • IKEA BESTÅ Buffet
  • BJORLI 10cm Round Feet from IKEA
  • Matte Black Paint (you can pick this up from any local craft store)
  • Half Round Cups (22) measuring 240×0.7×1.8cm (available at most home improvement stores)
  • Polymer Glue

Now that we have our materials ready let’s dive into the process.

Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Your Own Japandi-Style Buffet

  1. Calculate the Number of Half-Round Dowels Needed: Start by determining the number of dowels you’ll need to cover the surface. Decide the space you want between the dowels. For this example, @myhyggehouse used a space of 0.6mm + the cup width (1.8cm) = A. To calculate the number of dowels per door, divide the door width by A. To ensure no dowels are wasted, divide 240cm (the length of the cup) by A. This resulted in the use of 22 dowels in this particular project.
  2. Cut the Dowels: Once you’ve calculated the number of dowels needed, cut the dowels to your desired length.
  3. Glue the Dowels on the Doors: Using handles, start gluing the cups onto the doors, maintaining the space you decided on. When you’re down to the last four cups, adjust your spacing to fill in any gaps that may be too wide for the final cup.
  4. Allow it to Dry: Place a weight on the glued cups and let them dry thoroughly to ensure a firm hold.
  5. Paint the Furniture: Apply two layers of matte black paint on the furniture and doors. This includes the cups you’ve glued on.
  6. Paint the Feet: To finish off the look, paint the round feet black using spray paint.


Voila! You’ve now successfully transformed a standard IKEA BESTÅ unit into a stylish Japandi-style buffet cabinet. This DIY project adds a personal touch to your home decor and allows you to enjoy the satisfaction of crafting your own piece of furniture.

Remember, the beauty of DIY projects like this IKEA hack is the freedom to customize. Feel free to play around with the colors, cup spacing, or even the type of handles you use to make this piece your own truth. Happy crafting!

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