ikea kitchens

I recently went to ikea and was really impressed with the kitchens on display. I’ve used them before on projects, but it seems that the quality is so much better. The doors and cabinets even had easy close hardware which usually is included on more expensive cabinetry. I especially love this first one!

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Would you ever use ikea to redo your kitchen? Would you ever buy their appliances? I love the look of the ovens especially, but I don’t know if I’d ever actually buy one… hmmm…?

chalk it up to pure style

THIS kitchen discovered on design*sponge is truly inspiring! The before is a very common everyday american kitchen with maple arched cabinets, fluorescent lighting, and linoleum flooring.

To give this kitchen a facelift, the upper cabinets were ripped down and replaced with bead board and and shelving for only $150! The base cabinets were painted, along with the dishwasher to give them a seamless look for little cost. I love the chalkboard paint on the fridge – perfect for a young family!

Kitchen - Before & After - Before

Kitchen Before & After - After


Be sure to check out pure style home for more details of this beauty!

kitchen reno on a budget

As I’ve mentioned before, Ryan and I bought a studio apartment in December ’07 and completely renovated it ourselves. Being recent college graduates we were on a strict budget, but the space needed to reflect our style. Being that I am an interior designer, I am constantly tempted by beautiful high end furniture and finishes. Our biggest challenge was creating our home on a budget while using every inch of our precious space wisely.



Our first step was removing the middle wood panel from each of the doors. That along with the door hardware made the space look extremely dated and it needed to go immediately! We filled the holes from the removed center panel with wood filler, primed and painted the cabinets.


in between

Our countertop and backsplash was a sheet of formica and was REALLY hard to take out (thanks, Ry!). We replaced it with a more updated laminate countertop that is neutral and is a great contrast to the mosaic backsplash.



I am probably most proud of the kitchen because I did a lot of the work (check out that backsplash!).


General breakdown of costs:

Flooring for the kitchen area $150

Industrial faucet $150

Backsplash $150

Sink $60

Countertop $120

Paint $40

Under cabinet lights $30

Appliances $2000 (eek!) Probably our biggest splurge!

Although I had fun working on this project, I am happy that it’s over and I can enjoy it!