A number of friends have asked how our custom Ikea kitchen turned out. I’ve been remiss and haven’t provided any updates since one of my last Progress Reports. Well, let me just say, that we love our kitchen.
This is what the kitchen looked liked when we bought it:
This is what the kitchen looks like now that it’s been remodeled:
What a difference, right?
One of my idols, Sarah Richardson, has said on her show that the quickest way to have a huge impact on a space is by making structural changes and the kitchen is where we did it. We removed one wall to open it up to the dining room, then closed up the door leading to the laundry room since we felt that two doors leading to the laundry room was a bit unnecessary. Finally, this is the controversial part, we removed a window. Yes folks, you read correctly. We removed a window. Our realtor and our contractor both advised us against this idea, but knowing how much stuff we have, we felt that gaining storage was more important. See for yourself.
You will notice that the upper cabinets that replaced the window have glass fronts. In addition, to give an illusion of depth and give greater natural light, we cut mirror panels to fit at the back of the cabinets. This is a trick I learned from watching Candice Olson. (Thank you HGTV for your talented Canadian designers.) Remember, our lower level used to be a dance studio, so we simply recycled some of the old mirrors and gave them a new life. I think you will agree that we didn’t loose light. In fact, since we removed a wall, we have tons of natural light streaming in from the rest of the house and the adjacent eat-in breakfast nook that I have yet to put together.
As for some of the details, the quartz counters are from Ikea, since they were also discounted as part of the sale. The quartz color is “Nougat”. I didn’t want the kitchen to scream Ikea. I wanted it to feel more like the high end inspiration kitchens I had seen. So, I went with a gorgeous stacked honed 1″x3″ marble mosaic from Casa Viva. I picked a handsome, yet slightly industrial looking kitchen faucet from Hansgrohe’s Axor Montreux collection. The stainless steel pulls and handles from Hickory Hardware‘s Cottage Collection have a similar detail to the kitchen faucet, so they tie in nicely. Last but not least are the appliances, with the 5 burner pro-looking range from Verona as the piece de resistance. The fridge and dishwasher are from LG. The latter decision was dictate by the fact that this LG fridge has the largest capacity of all the French door counter depth fridges on the market. Counter depth fridges have less storage than their non-counter depth siblings, so for us, every extra cubic inch mattered. I bought all the appliances in one fell swoop from AJ Madison during the Thanksgiving Black Friday sale. We saved a ton of cash with the sale prices, and saved even more by buying out of state (no tax) with free delivery. The savings were equivalent to getting a free washer and dryer for the laundry room. Nice! The pendant lights are from Shades of Light.
There is one “issue” I think is worth highlighting for anyone looking to customize their Ikea kitchen. I wanted the cabinets to go all the way to the ceiling. Our ceiling is at 100″, the pantry cabinet comes 88″ high even with a toe kick of 4″, we were still 8 inches shy of the ceiling. So, I decided to hang the cabinets at 96″ and add some filler at top with some matching molding. But pantry cabinet was still just 88″+4″. So I bought a couple of 30″ doors and had my carpenter shorten them, by pulling the top piece off and trimming the extra inches. When the pantry cabinet doors are closed you would never know the top doors are not the original doors, but when you open them, you can see where we had to fill above the cabinet and fill the whole where they original hinge was intended to sit. FYI- I came up with this solution, not my carpenter. He just wanted to shave an inch from the top and bottom of the door, but I knew that that solution would compromise the lines of the cabinet. I needed it to look seamless and it does.
Here are a few more pics of our kitchen for your viewing pleasure.
Let me know what you think! Hope you love it as much as we do.
Update 9.02.14: For a full cost breakdown of the kitchen see here.