I can’t believe that we’re actually at the point of starting this kitchen renovation. The goal is to construct the wall I talked about in the last post about the kitchen layout this weekend and start towards getting an affordable IKEA kitchen! Every minute that we have lived in this house, I have wanted to do something about the kitchen, and it’s finally happening!
I knew a few things going into this process of planning the kitchen: we were going to use IKEA cabinets, and I wanted white shaker style doors. We have pretty standard tan/cream floors that I don’t love, but they can be replaced down the line – the white cabinets I’m dreaming about will definitely still look great against the existing floors. I also knew this was going to be a budget-conscious renovation since we are trying very hard to pay off our consumer and student loan debts.
With those two things in mind, it was time to look for some inspiration and I came across these three kitchens that made my soul happy.
Pretty much everything that Studio McGee does, I love. The kitchen in their modern mountain home included. Though they chose a much darker cabinet, I love the wood tones of the shelves to make it feel a little less
I knew that with an inexpensive kitchen renovation, our budget probably only allowed us subway tile for the backsplash. Subway tile is inexpensive and timeless. You can’t get much cheaper, and with a little planning, it can still be high-style. We’re planning on laying the tile in this herringbone pattern like Heather over at Okayest Moms did.
This. This is my dream kitchen. White cabinets, white countertop, white backsplash, so the other elements in the room can shine. Kitchens are the heart of the home, and they can get busy. They serve so many purposes that it’s easy to let them get cluttered. Taking away the distraction of cabinet, countertop, or backsplash color gives your eye a break, and makes for a much calmer space. In my opinion anyway. My dad hates white kitchens with a burning passion, but that’s ok. We love him anyway! 😉
With all of that said, I definitely don’t want to discount the kitchen that we have – it is immensely nicer than what many people are working with, and I’m happy we got as much use out of it as we have. Just for fun, here’s one last look at what our kitchen looks like right now before construction starts.
Now on to the fun stuff – picking out finishes!
- We’re going with the brand new AXSTAD line of kitchen cabinet fronts from IKEA. They are IKEA’s first truly white (not off-white) shaker style cabinet in a few years, and I’m thrilled to be using them. We considered Semi-Handmade, but the price is more than I’m comfortable spending at this point. I LOVE the color options they have, and if we had a few extra grand lying around, I’d totally jump. The all-white of the AXSTAD will still look
stunning,and is timeless.
- I’ve yet to find more affordable and still stylish hardware options than those at IKEA. We’re going to use large
BAGGANASpulls, and I think they’re going to look stunning. Large pulls like that often go for 4x-5x the price of IKEA’s version, so I’m pumped to be able to incorporate a little high end into this VERY affordable kitchen renovation.
- Along with taking care of the mold and dealing with some of the other issues in our current kitchen, we’re also going to tackle organization. We’ve got all kinds of mismatched and ill-fitting organizers in there right now, so it will be a big upgrade to switch to the VARIERA organizers.
- I talked about this earlier in the post, but we’re planning on using ultra-inexpensive subway tile from Floor and Decor in a herringbone pattern for our backsplash.
- Though I would love quartz someday, that isn’t the best option for us right now with our focus on keeping this an affordable IKEA kitchen. I grew up with laminate, and it was just fine. Is it sexy? Nope. And that’s ok! It’s easy on the wallet, and you can always upgrade later. We’ll be using IKEA’s EKBACKEN countertop in white marble. (UPDATE: I actually didn’t love this countertop when I saw it in person, so we’re switching it to IKEA’s ECKBACKEN in concrete)
- We’re not sure if we’ll be able to find extra money for this or not, but I would LOVE to replace the floors in the kitchen while we’re at it. I’m dreaming of this slate tile from Floor and Decor, but might try and paint it myself to save a few dollars. Stay tuned!
- IKEA’s faucet that is most similar to the one we picked out is actually more expensive and gets much worse reviews, so we’re going with one from Amazon (affiliate link). It’s beautiful, simple, and will just. work. (I’m coming for you, constantly broken kitchen sink and faucet)
- I’m planning on building shelves above the
desk,and will stain them similar to this. I think white and wood can be absolutely beautiful when paired together, and this is a great way to do it. There will also be open shelving in between the windows for our ‘pretty’ dinnerware.
- We’re going with an ultra-wide ultra-deep sink from Amazon (affiliate link), and I’m so excited to be able to fit an entire cookie sheet in the basin. If you are a two basin family that’s fine, but for me: the bigger, the better.
- I have so many faux plants in my house, I’ve lost count at this point. I think a hint of green gives a place so much life, but I choose to put my energy into keeping my children alive instead of plants. When the kids go off to college, mama’s gonna buy
alllllthe real plants, but for now, I’m sticking with the fake kind. There will certainly be green touches all over our kitchen, even if they’re a little more than evergreen!
We’re framing the new wall this weekend, and are going to start on the electrical work for the hallway as well (send us good vibes for happy kids!). I can’t wait to see what this room will look like in a few months when our affordable IKEA kitchen makeover is complete.