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Shopping for Ikea Havsta cabinets? We’re sharing an easy hack to create a major upgrade on the popular step back Ikea Havsta cabinets, and successfully made them look like something you might see in a Downton Abbey kitchen (or so I like to tell myself!).
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What are Havsta Cabinets?
Havsta cabinets are storage units that are installed into the wall. They first appealed to me because I love any piece of step back furniture or cabinetry.
Step back, meaning the top section is set back from the bottom section. This is a very popular style for antique furniture, hutches, cabinets, and European spaces.
Benefits of Havsta Cabinets
There are a few Havsta storage combinations, and they come with a few fun options to customize your look.
With the Havsta line, you can pick between sliding doors, hinged doors, solid doors, glass front doors, no doors.
They have a few color options. Right now, there is white, gray, and brown. Well, they call it brown, but I feel it is most definitely more black than brown – which is what we have.
The Havsta is great for display cabinets, bookshelves, and is all around great storage, which we desperately needed in this creative and exploration space.
While I love open shelving, I knew the storage we needed in here was not going to be something we could keep pretty. I definitely wanted everything behind closed doors, so I opted for the solid hinged doors on all six pieces.
When we got them and put them in the schoolroom, they honestly just looked a little cheap to me. Something was really missing.
Since this was the first time I had been brave enough to go black and moody, I feared I had gone all wrong and contemplated painting them.
I considered selling them and trying to find some antique cabinets for more character. However, that would have been hard to find and would have likely taken a long time and more money which we didn’t have for this space.
But then, the thought occurred to me to add a countertop to the lower cabinets to break it up visually and add some character that way. Of course, I knew marble would be the bomb diggity.
Ikea Havsta Cabinet Hack: How to Add a Marble Slab
So, we decided to add a marble slab to spruce up the cabinets! We headed to the countertop manufacturer in our area to check out their remnant slabs.
We found a nice thick and huge piece that worked perfectly for the length of these three Havsta cabinets and for our kids’ bathroom vanity.
It was a beast to haul and cut, but my amazing Mr. TIDBITS was up to the task. For both, countertops it only cost us around $350.
If you perhaps think cutting your own marble is impossible, we have a guide on how to cut marble. It is possible, a little difficult, but always worth it!
With the help of my husband’s buddy, they were able to move the cut carrara marble slab in place and put the upper cabinets back on.
Before and After Pictures
It felt so much better immediately, and I absolutely love the contrast and texture between the black cabinetry and white marble countertop. This Havsta storage combination really worked for us!
Just by adding that visual horizontal line I feel like the quality of the Havsta went up several notches.
If you are thinking about doing the same and marble is intimidating, I also think a butcher block countertop would look very nice. I also have tips on how to install butcher block countertops as well.
I would love to hear what you think of the upgrade! Do you have any ideas of your own to updgrade the IKEA Havsta cabinets? Let’s chat in the comments below.