Contrary to what many may think, IKEA kitchens are not actually such a bargain. They’re not because they’re quite solid and good quality, in fact. I speak from experience, because today’s feature is my own parents’ kitchen reno, in which I had a solid hand from beginning to end.
"Before" (left), "After" (right).
We settled on IKEA because we really like the styles presented in the catalogs, because they make it easy and because they do cost less than custom kitchens. Just not as little as you may think. The whole of my parents’ kitchen reno cost approximately $18,000. Not a big shocker, but not that little considering the floor and two thirds of the appliances remained untouched.
As you can see in the before shot (left), the kitchen cabinetry was that classic 80s melamine beige, with the wooden pull handles. The most prolific and arguably least offensive of the 80s kitchens, but still considerably less fetching in the face of today’s chic trends.
- Save as much money as possible, but style and aesthetics were to be a priority
- The floor had to stay
- The backsplash had to go
- The new kitchen had to work with the mid 90s faux "Tuscan" ceramic floors (not Terracotta)
The whole linchpin? The green backsplash tile. Because the floor was such a style bully, we were really limited in our design and colour choices for the cabinetry, countertop and backsplash. We had to go with a cool white for the cabinetry (glossy finish) and countertop (lightly grey-speckled Corian) because anything warm in tone would have picked up on the tones in the floor. But the look was just too plain: in comes the green backsplash! It’s the perfect foil for the clean, minimal white, and actually renders the floor quite neutral.
Do you have an all-IKEA kitchen? What do you think of our choices?