Sunday, March 05, 2006

bella_4's Kitchen

My Kitchen Is Done...and Posted, finally!!!!

Contact: bella_4 (My Page)
Posted on Sat, Mar 4, 06
Link to kitchen photos:

  • Cabs: custom cream with brown glaze
  • Counters: Marron Cohiba granite slab
  • Backsplash: Robert Andrews Collection by Alfredo;Salvatori, Dune Series, color is Aurora. Rhomboid and brick shapes.Accent piece in backsplash: Sonoma Tile Makers, Tantrum --worth EVERY penny (OK, dollar)
  • Appliances: Most are Kitchenaide with the exception of the Thermador stove top and Dacor warming drawer.
  • Floors: Brazilian Teak
The spice holder drawer was an after-thought. I love that feature...!

It's been so long since I've been able to come around the forum, and even longer since I moved back home! We moved back in last June and love our newly remodeled home. I owe so much to the people on this site for helping me put together my kitchen...thanks to everyone.
I finally had time this morning to take some pictures and get them loaded to Webshots. Please take a peek. The final ones are at the end of the Kitchen Album.
The only thing I'd say is my cabinets don't show too well in the pictures. They are a lovely cream with a brown glaze and I love them. Hope the pictures do them right!


expobaby's Kitchen

Another Ikea kitchen reno

Contact: expobaby (My Page)
Posted on Tue, Feb 28, 06
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  • Cabinets: IKEA , door style is Backebo. It is a light Beech wood. A friend who works at Ikea called it a transitional style.
  • Countertops: laminate from HomeDepot
  • Handles: from LeeValley Tools
  • Stove and microwave/convection oven: preexisting
  • Fridge: Samsung and I love it. The bottom freezer has three drawers which keeps me organized.
  • Dishwasher: We splurged on the world's most expensive dishwasher. We bought a floor model Miele and I couldn't be more pleased. The dishwasher is to the left of the sink.
  • Tiles: We were going to lay the tiles out horizontally, but when we got them home we started to play around with them and they ended up vertically.
  • Floor is a sheet vinyl; flaxen beige with blue by Stainmaster. I love vinyl flooring for it's softness and ease of care.

I've been lurking on this forum for about a year. I want to thank everyone for the invaluble information I've received. My husband and I with help from my father-in-law and father, diyed the whole project. Five years ago we did a $200.00 update of the kitchen. Moving on to last spring, after the dishwasher finally broke and we were down to the last two flourescent light bulbs, we decided it was time to gut the kitchen and start over. We quickly narrowed down our choices to Ikea cupboards due to budget reasons. The total cost of our kitchen was around $16,000. A few things have changed since these pictures were taken. We now have new chairs and a "craft" cart has taken residence in the corner.

Here is a simplified budget outline.
Appliances (fridge, dishwasher, mini fridge) $3120.00
Lighting 715.00
Floor 1090.00
Exterior (door, exhaust fan etc.) 975.00
Construction (drywall, electrical parts etc) 1262.00
Finishing (french doors, tiles, hinges etc) 1155.00
Cabinets 6500.00
countertops 600.00
sink 120.00
faucet 60.00
soap dispenser 15.00
sink accessories 20.00
drawer accessories 50.00
door knobs 300.00
Grand Total of $15,982.00 The above amounts are in Canadian dollars.