When it came time to plan our kitchen I didn’t hesitate to use Ikea. With proper planning and attention to detail an Ikea kitchen can look amazing. And of course, it’s a lot less expensive than a custom kitchen. I’m not knocking custom kitchens – if you’ve got the money and you want to do a lot of customization that is probably the way to go, but if you’re on a budget and your kitchen is pretty straight forward, an Ikea kitchen is a great alternative.
The Kitchen Before
This was the kitchen that we moved into, two years ago, which was also an ikea kitchen. We donated it to our local Habitat for Humanity and received a tax credit. Those guys were great – a bunch of spirited older men who spent the day playfully putting each other down whilst dismantling our kitchen. It’s not a bad kitchen at all, but we wanted to tear down that north wall completely and put in an island for a open concept view into the living room. To compensate for the lack of space, we got rid of that door to extend the cabinetry all the way to the wall.
The Kitchen Demo
Habitat for Humanity guys removing the countertops:
That’s James, our contractor:
After the demo, installing the wall-to-wall LVL support beam:
We replaced the original fibreglass insulation from 1969 with more efficient Roxul stone wool batting, and added two additional skylights. You can see the door is gone, and the water heater vent that went to the roof is also gone – we upgraded to a high efficiency heater that vented to the side of the house:
The pine tongue and groove ceiling being installed:
Finally, the new maple hardwood floors:
Ikea Kitchen Plan
At this point we were ready to install the kitchen. There’s James starting the custom staircase.
Here is our Ikea kitchen plan (I no longer have access to an electronic copy so had to take photos of our hard copy). If you’re curious about how easy the Ikea software is to use I can definitely vouch for it. Although we got someone to do the initial work, I ended up doing a lot of modifications myself and really, it is not that difficult once you get the hang of it. To start out, get someone at Ikea to help you with the basics – entering room measurements and selecting cabinetry. It’s actually fun to go through all the options.
All measurements are in inches:
We chose the high gloss Ringhult cabinetry for its streamlined modern look. All drawers were maximera soft closing – definitely get this option!
We realized that we could easily fit an 18″ wide cabinet to the right of the fridge, making the look symmetrical.
Here is the kitchen installed. About a week before your cabinetry is installed you will want to notify your countertop fabricator and set up an appointment for the templating. They will not come and template until your cabinetry is completely installed. Although we picked out our granite countertops based on the samples at Ikea, we ended up choosing a different fabricator who charged a lot less money.
The Ikea Kitchen Reveal
And here are the AFTER pics:
I absolutely love our Ikea kitchen and would easily recommend using them to anyone, especially if you’re on a budget. Our contractor used to install custom kitchens and he said we saved a lot of money. I will be breaking down our kitchen budget in another post, as well as discussing some important tips for designing your ikea kitchen. Until then, hope you enjoyed these before and after pictures!
cabinetry, hardware – Ikea high gloss Ringhult, ikea Orrnas handles
oven, stovetop, integrated dishwasher, vent hood – Ikea
refrigerator – Miele
backsplash tiles – lifestyle glossy anthracite, Factory Tile Depot
granite countertops – ceasarstone ocean foam
faucet – Taps bath centre
undermount kitchen sink – Kraus
flooring – oil-finished natural maple by Preverco
wall paint – White Dove by Benjamin Moore
trim, ceiling, staircase rails and risers – Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore
stools – Article
pendants – EQ3
london framed print – artist David Ehrenstråhle
In between posts you can find me on Instagram.