The Only DIY Ikea Hack You Need to Know

This weekend is offering me more downtime to relax but also catch up on some blog posts that I’ve been dying to share with you! 

Recently all my client renovation projects started at once. When it rains, it pours! But I finally have time today to share the ONLY DIY IKEA HACK YOU NEED TO KNOW.

The Only DIY Ikea Hack You Need to Know: Construction Helps!

This garage laundry space is soooo gorgeous and an inviting place to do laundry! Part of what makes it so functional is the fact that I invested time and money building out the laundry machine countertops, frame and utility sink cabinet. 

STN Builders were amazing to work with! They not only built the countertop frame, utility sink cabinet but also framed out the ugly water heater to the left. If you want a top notch contractor who does amazing homes for STUDIO MCGEE, then definitely go check them out. 

Honestly, when I set out to do this project, all I thought I would do was paint and epoxy. But of course, my creative vision was telling me otherwise. And I’m so grateful for great trade relationships like STN Builders who made my dream come true!

Whenever construction is involved, your cost goes up! It’s definitely worth it. Just look at this space. Can you imagine what would happen if I skimped?

The Only DIY Ikea Hack You Need to Know: Ikea Cabinet Doors

Alas, there’s always a budget. Travis and I agreed on a budget ahead of time. And if there was a way to prove to Travis I could stay on budget, I was going to do it! (Anyone else have a partner that sees money very differently? That’s a whole other blog post!) 

I really wasn’t picky about the quality of cabinet doors in the garage. What was important to me was that it was shaker style. 

And there are SO many Ikea hacks online about the Ikea Grimslov doors. However they are not white. They are an off white with creamy yellow tone. That is not what I had in mind. 

It took several trips to Ikea to decide what I wanted. And when I saw the Axstad door, my whole body tingled with excitement. 

Image Credit: Ikea

The only difference is that there a tiny bevel in the cut out. However it is barely noticeable.

I also knew I was going to use cane and glue it to the cut out. So that would be covered up!

The Only DIY Ikea Hack You Need to Know: The Search for Cane

Once I purchased it, I was hit with another DIY challenge. A much harder one. 

Where the heck am I going to get cane?

I looked online and scoured and scoured. I couldn’t find where to purchase cane in store. I really wanted to see and feel it. 

This is where good designer friendships help! I asked my designer friend Denise from Eclectic Goods and she told me about Frank’s Cane and Rush. Frank’s Cane and Rushwas local and I immediately got in my car and headed to the shop! 

PS Eclectic Goods has so much great cane furniture! Take a look at these modern cane chairs. I’m obsessed!

Image Credit: Eclectic Goods


At Frank’s Cane and Rush, I found so many wonderful options. But I decided to go with the traditional cane color and tone. It was cohesive with the natural white oak open shelving. 

As I mentioned before in my previous garage laundry post, I like to design in a gender fluid manner. So using big floral bedding or girly colors aren’t really my thing. However when I do find something that leans heavily into soft and airy, I off set it with something more masculine and with weight. That’s why I chose not to stain the open shelving into a whitewash or grey stain. I wanted the natural wood to pop and keep the visual focus there. And let the grey lilac delicate wallpaper be the neutral background. 

Hence, using the cane and white oak wood was a stabilizing factor. And I’m so pleased with this decision.

At Frank’s, I was told to use this glue found at any hardware store. The consistency was very much like rubber cement but a tad runnier. It’s really stinky too like rubber cement. However it was extremely effective in getting the cane to stick to the smooth cabinet. 

I used scissors and measured how large the cane webbing was going to cover the cabinet cut out. It cut pretty easily. 

Next, you need to soak the cane so that it’s supple to work with. While researching about all things cane, I came across and through her blog post on installing cane webbing, she gave a great directory. Now you can shop online and get the type of cane you want for your DIY Ikea cabinet hack! 

This is what she recommends: Soak the cane webbing or sheet cane in warm water for at least 30 minutes but up to as long as four hours until very supple. Roll up the cane and soak in your bathtub, sink, a wallpaper tray, or PVC pipe with caps on both ends.

I followed her instructions and soaked it in the bathtub. Perhaps my sheets were not very big. In just two hours they were quite supple.

I gently used a paper towel and wipe off excess water and shook it a bit. Then I applied the edges with glue and used my hands to press down firmly. Each door took me about 20-30 minutes. 

Guys. When a DIY hack is successful, it’s the BEST feeling!

Travis installed the doors with my find of the century for brass knobs. I got these off of Amazon for a fraction of the designer prices. You can check them out here

So, what do you think? Does this make you want to try using cane in your next DIY project? As much as it feels good to buy something very special, I think making something is so creatively fulfilling! Don’t you agree?

Happy day! 





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  1. I have been looking high and low for cane to do the bifold closet doors on my laundry room and you have rectified my problem. So excited to finally tackle that project and have the laundry room doors of my dreams

    Posted 10.26.19 Reply
    • Anita Yokota wrote:

      You just made my day! I love sharing these DIYs and this is the reason why! xo

      Posted 11.5.19 Reply
  2. Ashley wrote:

    Love this! It looks gorgeous! I’m trying the same thing for the Besta cabinet not (I’m using square mesh cane). I was not sure whether I had to saw the middle part of the door out, or just leave it as a whole and cut the webbing and glue it on the middle part. If I look at your photos it looks really good. Will the edges stick well to the glue? Cause I’m afraid the edges will curl and come off the glue.

    Posted 11.24.19 Reply
    • Anita Yokota wrote:

      Hi Ashley! You def need to soak it in water for a few hours. Then let it dry and use the glue I linked. It’s best to have a wood trim to hold it in for a flat cabinet. With mine the glue was strong enough to apply the cane inside the bevel edge. I hope this helps!

      Posted 11.29.19 Reply
  3. jemma ponce wrote:

    Does that glue go on clear? Looking for something that wont turn yellow later.

    Posted 9.18.20 Reply
    • Anita Yokota wrote:

      It’s yellow so make sure you wipe the edges. If you find something clear let me know!

      Posted 9.21.20 Reply