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Learn how to design a timeless, budget-friendly kitchen remodel. Create a custom-look kitchen with shaker-style doors and IKEA cabinets.
Did you know you can take an IKEA kitchen reno to the next level with custom doors to create a custom-look kitchen that feels timeless yet fresh and modern? I’m sharing all of the secrets!
Updated May 2022 with updated information, photos, and links.
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Kitchen Reno on a Budget
Shaker cabinets are easily accessible and often less expensive than more detailed cabinetry. Stock shaker cabinets are often stocked at your local hardware store or ship quickly.
We integrated IKEA cabinets. I used the IKEA kitchen planner to enter my room size and add in the base cabinets and upper cabinets. I sent the PDF and link to the plans to AllStyle Retrofit, who created custom cabinet doors for IKEA cabinetry. They review the design to ensure functionality and send back the doors, panels, drawer fronts, etc for you with a quote. You can select from a variety of door styles, solid wood, your cabinet colour and more! Learn more here.
IKEA Kitchen reno
IKEA is helpful when it comes to kitchen plans, and you can set up a meeting in person or online to plan your kitchen. If you are looking for a budget-friendly kitchen remodel, this is a great option to consider. If you are using custom fronts, remove the doors and decorative panels from your IKEA order. Curious about what I ordered? Click here for the IKEA ORDER (pdf document) that I placed via IKEA.
Custom Doors for IKEA Cabinets
Custom Doors from AllStyle Retrofit, which are specially made to fit with IKEA cabinets. Learn more here.
Cabinetry: IKEA Sektion
Door Style: Lancaster
Material: Maple Frame/MDF Center Panel
Color Code/Name OC-14 Natural Cream
Colour Notes: 20° Sheen
The cabinets are painted in Natural Cream by Benjamin Moore, which is a timeless cream colour that feels fresh. It has grey undertones in the mushroom colour palette; this colour palette is very on-trend. The walls and shiplap are painted in Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace. It works well for Eastern natural light. Picking custom door fronts allowed me to take this IKEA kitchen reno to the next level.
Classic Kitchen Cabinet Hardware
To add interest, I mixed metals and integrated brass for warmth. Brass cabinet hardware perfectly complements the polished chrome bridge faucet, Wolf range, and other kitchen appliances. Learn how to mix metals in this complete guide.
Another way to add character to a kitchen is by mixing cabinet hardware; our kitchen includes Pulls, Knobs, and Latches. One key to a Budget-Friendly Kitchen Remodel is by picking what to spend money on and where you should save; hardware is somewhere to spend a little more. Mixing and matching cabinet hardware gives a custom look, and the brass cabinet latches are my favourite timeless element.
If you love the timeless look of marble without maintenance, I recommend Hanstone Quartz. The colour Montauk for instance, looks like authentic marble but requires very little upkeep. If you are looking for more specific details, I got a 1-7/8″ overhang from the cabinet and a 3cm straight finished edge.
Another must-have in my kitchen was a bridge faucet. I think that bridge faucets are like a piece of art while also being a classic style to incorporate into your kitchen. You can also buy them with a separate side sprayer, which is what I did. I also think these small details matter when your sink is a focal point in your kitchen! I decided to go with the polished chrome finish. This is another item that I think took this IKEA kitchen reno and made it look high-end.
Why? When I was selecting the sink, I wanted to go with stainless, it fit my budget, and I was worried about staining and chipping a porcelain sink. Also, it tied in with the stainless appliances. If you are nervous about mixing metals, check out this post.
Apron Front Sink
There is a great debate over having one big open sink or having a split sink. I personally love having a split sink. I always have something in the drying rack, no matter what. During the first eight months of living here, we had one big open sink, and I couldn’t stand always having something on the counter drying.
I opted for a 60/40 sink, and I still love it! A slightly bigger opening for washing dishes and a somewhat smaller area for drying dishes. When I was having the countertops templated, I also had a piece cut and added to the front of the sink as an apron. A more chic yet timeless take on a farmhouse sink.
Timeless Backsplash Tiles
The backsplash tiles were purchased from Creekside Tile in Toronto. They are from “Nanda Tiles,” from the Laurel Clay collection in Candem White. The tiles are 7.75″ x 2.25″
Grout is Permacolor grout in Bright White
I love the lighting I selected for our kitchen. The first picture light I was able to buy at a design store at a discount. If there are any tiny imperfections, however, they can’t sell the lighting to their high-end clients, so they end up marking it down.
IKEA Under Cabinet Lighting
Cabinet lighting is from IKEA and controlled by Alexa, the perfect addition to an IKEA kitchen reno.
When I designed the kitchen in the IKEA planner, it automatically added $1000 of lighting to the cart; however, when it all showed up, I couldn’t believe how much there was. I think the intent was to have lighting inside all of the cabinets too. I only installed it under the cabinets, pointing to the countertops and in the glass cabinet. This is a feature that makes a budget-friendly kitchen remodel appear more high-end and custom.
It was very easy to install because it plugs in, so you could also add it to your existing kitchen!
One of the big benefits of the kitchen is the natural light we have in the space. The wall beside the breakfast nook is filled with floor-length windows and double doors. It makes the space beautiful and bright any time of the year.
One of the leading causes of this renovation was the flooring. Our old kitchen flooring was slate, which was cold, and showed dirt, aging, and marks.
I wanted to continue a similar wood tone into the kitchen from the rest of the house, but I wanted to go with engineered hardwood instead of wood. Plus, I love the timeless look of herringbone floors.
I chose the TwelveOaks Wishbone White Oak in colour Lucid Dreams.
Sharing my experiences with buying appliances, and honestly, it wasn’t pretty! If you can believe it, it was actually the most challenging process of the entire IKEA kitchen reno. One of the things we didn’t want to replace in the kitchen was our 11-year-old Wolf range and range hood. I opted to create a custom cover for the range hood myself and integrate the IKEA lighting into it. I ended up picking a Dishwasher, Bosch 500 series and a Fridge, Bosch 500 series.
One regret I do have is not buying a panel-ready dishwasher. The cost is not much higher than a regular dishwasher, aside from having a cabinet panel made for it and buying hardware. Panel-ready fridges are more expensive, but I would love one if I could! Searching for classic-style small appliances, I found my favourite kettle and toaster (pr gift). Wondering where the microwave is? It’s hidden away in a cabinet!
Disclaimer, I had a horrible experience dealing with Canadian Appliance Source and would not recommend purchasing from them. I ended up buying through Costco, which was a fantastic experience!
Kitchen Reno Cost
What is the cost of my IKEA kitchen reno? The total cost was approximately $20K (including flooring labour, counters, cabinets, cabinet fronts, cabinet hardware, furniture etc.). The cabinets and custom doors were ~$8K. One of the most significant cost savings was that the labour & installation was done by myself, with occasional help from family/friends.
The New Kitchen Floor Plan
Here is the floor plan with a few basic dimensions of our budget-friendly kitchen remodel. We mostly kept a floor plan similar to what we had in the kitchen before, but we straightened out the peninsula and added the breakfast nook. Click here for the PDF: Kitchen Plans and Dimensions.
More home design ideas
- Why I Chose a Breakfast Nook over a Peninsula
- Mixing Metals
- My Favourite Kitchen Hardware
- Kitchen Styling
- IKEA Smart Under Cabinet Lighting
- Paint Colors in my Home
- Cream Coloured Kitchen Cabinets