Friday, April 18, 2008

soigne's Kitchen

Finished--a soigne Ikea kitchen

Contact: soigne (My Page)
Posted on Wed, Feb 6, 08
Link to kitchen photos:

  • Cabinets: Ikea Lidi (painted white MDF doors.) and Ikea Liljestaad (brown)
  • Countertops:
    Perimeter counter: 18 gauge SS over 1.5" plywood substrate
    Island counter: 1.75" lyptus edge grain from Devos Woodworking
    Mommy Command Center counter: Carrara Marble
  • Backsplash: Subway Ceramics (White #10)
  • Floor: Red Oak natural hardwood
  • Stools: Saloom
  • Table and chairs: Crate & Barrel (to be replaced)
  • Pendant light: Schoolhouse Electric
  • Can lights: 50w low voltage
  • Undercabinet lights: Xenon
  • Refrigerator: Kitchen Aid 48" Architect
  • Oven: Kitchen Aid Superba 30" double convection (purchased on craigslist for $1,000--old but never used)
  • Cooktop: Dacor (LOVE IT!!)
  • Vent Hood: Kobe
  • Sink: Blanco SS drop-in
  • Dishwasher: Amana (to be replaced)
  • Cottage Window: Pella Architect Series (Oversize)

We swapped the old kitchen and dining room spaces for the new eat-in space and new kitchen, respectively. We cut the opening next to the wine rack, and closed the wide arch in the renovation pictures (which is the sink backsplash now). This relocated the old path from the stairs and the foyer to the kitchen, which required walking through the entire length of the living room and the kitchen, to a direct route that does not require entering the living room at all. As to our look, we strove for a classic nouveau white kitchen with an institutional edge. We chose Ikea cabinets to make the project financially feasible. We really wanted Plain & Fancy white inset shaker cabinets. The estimate on those cabinets alone was more than the cost of this entire renovation, with appliances!!

The lyptus is very hard, but open-grained. I was somewhat worried about staining with the open grain, but it hasn't been a problem. I finish it with 100% tung oil thinned with Citrus Solvent from time to time. I have dripped everything from Balsamic vinegar to red wine to chocolate syrup, and it all wipes up clean without leaving a stain.

From category checklist:
Kitchen_Budget: neither
Kitchen_DIY: No
Kitchen_Size: Medium
Kitchen_Floor_Plan: No
Kitchen_Shape:L+Island: yes
Kitchen_Style:Traditional: yes
Kitchen_Ceiling_Height: < id="1ft2" class="ArwC7c ckChnd">Cabinets_Refaced: No
Cabinet_Composition:Wood:Oak: yes
Cabinet_Finish:Painted: yes
Cabinet_Color:Brown: yes
Cabinet_Color:White/Cream: yes
CabColor_Mixed: Yes
CabMfg: Ikea
Counter_Other_Text: Lyptus
Counter_Stainless: yes
CounterWood_Butcherblock: yes
Counter_Mixed: Yes
Counter_Unique: No
App_Amana: yes
App_Dacor: yes
App_KitchenAid: yes
Appl_Other_Text: Kobe
Appliance_Color:Stainless: yes
Appliance_Color:White_Cream: yes
Floor_Wood: yes
FaucetMfg: Moen
SinkMfg: Blanco
SinkComp:Stainless: yes
Feature16: Blumotion
Feature24: Counter-depth Frig
Feature30: Frameless Cabinets
Feature31: Full Extension Drawers
Feature44: Island with Seating
Feature95: Lazy Susan
Feature48: Lighting: Pendant
Feature49: Lighting: Recessed
Feature51: Lighting: Under Cabinet
Feature52: Message Center/Desk
Feature53: Microwave Shelf
Feature81: Trash Pullout