Great Kitchen Makeover

I still hate my kitchen. I’m still refining my plans on the Ikea kitchen planner. Why Ikea? One word: Cheap. Ok, how about well built cabinets for a low price.

My inlaws redid their kitchen a few years ago with Ikea cabinets and it is awesome. They aren’t cabinets I would have picked, but in the end they turned out great. Because of their great kitchen remodel (read: it took 6 months) I have become an expert in Ikea kitchen cabinet construction and installation. I do believe I built 30 of the 35 cabinets they put in their house. Or something close to that. My kitchen? It would require a whopping 10 cabinets.

Our kitchen is 8′ x 11′. When we first looked in the windows of this house the first thing I said was no. Or more like HELL NO! Look at how small that kitchen is. Oh and the ugly. Since then I’ve redecorated our kitchen to look like this. Cute. But not functional in any way shape or form. Getting casserole dishes out of the cabinet is next to impossible. There aren’t drawers where there should be drawers. There is a whole corner that is just wasted. It’s a shame.

While putting in new cabinets won’t solve my square footage issue it will give me a little more cabinet space. I can also include those handy slide out shelves so I don’t have to get on my hands and knees to find a loaf pan.

Then there is the issue of the floor. Right now we have white laminate. It is kitchy with the black counters and the white cabinets, but keeping it clean. I hate to admit it, but my dad was right. The only way it looks nice is if I scrub it by hand with a rough sponge. Anything less is half assed. Gawd, I sound like my mom.

So at the current moment we have 2 options.

Option A: a little more expensive, a little more detailed. Adel Medium-brown on the bottom with Adel birch on top.

Option B: $600 cheaper, more sleek. Nexus Black-brown on the bottom and Nexus birch on the top. (it isn’t that black in person)

I just like the look of the dark cabinets on the bottom. Call me crazy. The counters will be birch wood to match the cabinet we have on the other side of the kitchen (not included in the rendering). And the floors will be slate looking laminate. Remember I’m going for frugal. If I could afford anything it would be bamboo.

So tell me what you think. I would link the Ikea website, but the correct cabinet doors don’t come up with the link.

Option A:

Option A

Option B:

Option B

20 Comment

  1. Jessica says: Reply

    I like option A better. In part because I like the closer match of colors, but in part because dark colors can make a small room look smaller. Good luck with the remodel! I wish I could get new cabinets…!

  2. Lee says: Reply

    I like Option B. With the slate-looking floor and metal (Brushed Nickel) looking, modern pulls,the space would look terrific. I think I’ve been watching too much HGTV….

  3. NEAL says: Reply

    I like B.

    The black on the bottom is teh kewl.

    What about across from the fridge? Would that just be base cabinets.

    And, general question because I HATE mine, what’s up with putting cabinets above the fridge. It’s like the land of the lost up there …

  4. Dana says: Reply

    I’m going with A.

  5. Suz says: Reply

    I lean more toward A. That’s just more my own style though. Both look great and I may wander over to that website and build me a new kitchen!

  6. I vote A.

  7. I vote B — I LOVE the look of black-brown. That’s what the room-divider shelving in our livingroom is colored. LOVE black-brown. 🙂 Oh, wait, my hubby said he same selection — yay! Someday we’ll be able to remodel the kitchen and stay married! 🙂

  8. Lauri says: Reply

    I like option A…… just from the pictures you provided… I think it makes the kitchen look bigger visually… I would pick a really light floor as well though..

    How fun.. I wanna redo my kitchen

  9. Jenny says: Reply

    I would do option A for resale value. Now, if you plan on staying forever…do B if that is your fav.

    Floor…look around, you can find cheap stuff at lumber liquidators and those type places and you may be able to swing pre-fab wood, pergo or tile or something. And I agree, don’t do too light on the floor. And try to do some texture. We have laminate in the laundry room and it is slate squares in tan, brown, gray, peach and everyone hated it when they laid it but man…it shows NOTHING.

  10. Uh oh … now I want a combo of both. I actually looked at them more closely. I like the blackbrown color (which the photo — for the record of others — does not do justice, i have IKEA black-brown furniture, and it’s not black). HOWEVER, I do adore the type of cabinets in A more than B. Sigh. I’m no help.

  11. Lena says: Reply

    A – and this is of course without ever having seen your house or kitchen. I just like the colorscheme better, more closely matched … but I may just have to download the IKEA kitchen thing myself, just to play. 🙂

  12. I vote A. Keeping the cabinets all in the same shades will help keep a neutral background so you can put other colors in there (curtains, accessories, etc) without it looking like you’ve got too much going on.

  13. Mom says: Reply

    First off YOU are like me! So sorry Charlie. I think that the black you’ll hate in time. Baby prints and food splashed while cooking will EVENTUALLY drive EVEN you nuts. My black stove was the worst possible choice. Now I know you’ll pick the black so you can just say you aren’t like me but at least I got my 2 cents in. HA!

  14. Tricia says: Reply

    I like A for a couple of reasons. Ok three. I like the contrast, but it’s not too contrasty like B. B will show more spills, handprints, dust, etc. And B looks very modern to me… not sure what the rest of your house looks like, but I think for resale A would be liked by more people.

    But I don’t think you can go wrong either way. Looks fun!

  15. Jenni says: Reply

    I like A as well, because the lighter colors will make the room look a bit bigger. Plus, you can do more things decorating-wise with the lighter brown than you can with the darker color. Of course, if your home is more modern looking, then B would be a better option.

    I hope you post pictures of the kitchen when it’s done! Maybe one of you and the boy making banana bread at your new counter?

  16. Leaning toward A here. We had some Ikea cabinets in our house and I have to say they were well constructed and looked very nice. Good option on a budget!

  17. I am a fan of option B…love the black/brown. It has a good feel to it.

  18. Jan Bartel says: Reply

    I vote for A also. The colors are not so diverse as in B and for the resale value. I wish I had known about Ikea cabinets when we did our kitchen re-do. I love the pull outs in our cabinets so nice to pull out what is stored there to ME! Also we have two corner lazy susan’s that are great. Good luck on the remodel. Hugs, Aunt Jan

  19. Auntie G says: Reply

    I like A too. It seems to go with the overall architecture of your house. The bottom cabinets will look nice with the floors in the rest of the house. It’ll make for a nice flow..especially with your idea of the flooring in there.

    You might want to wait until after July 25th to purchase anything…the Portland IKEA opens then…tax free!

  20. I’d go with A. The previous owner of my home put in black and white and I hate them, for the same reasons. They both show dirt and smudges. My next kitchen is going to be smudge-brown colored.

    Now, about IKEA. Most of my home is IKEA. I have 18 major pieces of furniture from IKEA – dining room table and chairs, computer hutch, desk, end tables, wardrobes, beds, book cases, etc. I had long planned on an IKEA kitchen but after living with my IKEA furniture this long, I’ve decided that I can’t do IKEA for anything that gets heavy daily use. I can’t think of anything that gets heavier daily use than kitchen cupboards. I was so disappointed, and I know you don’t want to hear it, but there it is.

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