Kitchen Reno Details, Links, & FAQ’s

Learn how to design a budget friendly, timeless kitchen. Create a custom-look kitchen with shaker style doors and IKEA cabinets.

Did you know you can install IKEA cabinets 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. Please note this post contains affiliate links.

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KITCHEN RENO ON A BUDGET

SHAKER CABINETS

Shaker cabinets are easily accessible and often less expensive than more detailed cabinetry. They 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 of the doors, panels, drawer fronts, etc for your with a quote. You can select from a variety of door styles, solid wood, your cabinet color and more! 

IKEA KITCHEN RENO

IKEA is really helpful when it comes to kitchen plans, you can set up a meeting in person or online to plan your kitchen. If you are using custom fronts, remove the doors and decorative panels from your IKEA order. Curious 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.
Cabinetry: IKEA Sektion
Door Style: Lancaster
Material: Maple Frame/MDF Center Panel
Color Code/Name OC-14 Natural Cream
Color Notes: 20° Sheen

KITCHEN COLORS

The number one question I get asked about the kitchen are about the paint colors, more specifically the color of the cabinets! The cabinets are painted in Natural Cream by Benjamin Moore, which is a timeless cream color that feels fresh. It has grey undertones in the mushroom color palette that is very on trend. The walls and shiplap are painted in Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace. It works well for Eastern natural light.

CLASSIC KITCHEN HARDWARE

To add interest, I mixed metals and integrated brass for warmth.  Brass cabinet hardware is the perfect compliment to the stainless 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: PullsKnobs, and Latches.  Mixing and matching cabinet hardware gives a custom look and the brass cabinet latches are my favorite timeless element.

COUNTERTOPS

If you love the timeless look of marble without the maintenance, I recommend Hanstone Quartz in the color Montauk, which looks like authentic marble, but requires very little upkeep.

Bridget Faucet

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 that when your sink is a focal point in your kitchen, these small details matter! I decided to go with the stainless finish.

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 appliances that were stainless. 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. The first 8 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 slightly 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 6,2 x 20.

Grout is Permacolor grout in Bright White

Lighting

BRASS LIGHTING

I absolutely love the lighting I selected for our kitchen. The first picture light I was able to buy at a design store on a discount. I purchased this before we even took possession of our home, but its a really great tip to get designer lighting at a discount. If there are any tiny imperfections, they can’t sell the lighting to their high end clients so they end up marking it down.

This is the link to the picture light we chose and this is the sconce that was used beside the rangehood.

IKEA UNDER CABINET LIGHTING

Cabinet lighting is from IKEA and controlled by Alexa

When I designed the kitchen in the IKEA planner, it automatically added $1000 of lighting to the cart, 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.

It was very easy to install, it plugs in so you could add it to your existing kitchen as well!

Natural Lighting

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. I really makes the space beautiful and bright anytime of the year.

HERRINGBONE FLOORING

One of the main causes of this renovation was the flooring. Our old kitchen flooring was slate, which was cold, 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 decided to go with the TwelveOaks Wishbone White Oak in color Lucid Dreams.

Appliances

Sharing my experiences with buying appliances, and honestly, it wasn’t pretty! It was actually the most challenging process of the entire kitchen reno if you can believe it. One of the things we didn’t want to replace in the kitchen was out 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 definitely more expensive, but I would definitely love one if I could! When searching for classic style small appliances I came across 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 an amazing experience!

Kitchen Reno Cost

What is the cost of my ikea kitchen remodel? The total cost was approximately $20K (including flooring labor, counters, cabinets, cabinet fronts, cabinet hardware, furniture etc). The cabinets and custom doors were ~$8K. One of the biggest cost savings was that the labor & installation was done by myself, with occasional help from family/friends.

The new kitchen Floor Plan

Here is the floorplan with a few basic dimensions. We mostly kept a similar floorplan to what we had in the kitchen before but we straightened out the peninsula, and added in the breakfast nook. Click here for the PDF: Kitchen Plans and Dims

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BEFORE & AFTER

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2 Comments

  1. Jen
    October 26, 2021 /

    Incredible job!!! It looks amazing!
    Did you do the mock up plans yourself? If so, what software did you use?

  2. Emma Courtney
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    October 26, 2021 /

    I did, I used Google SketchUp!

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