Cottage Reno: IKEA Kitchen Round 2

April 21st, 2009

As promised last week, we’ve been playing around with the ever-so-fun IKEA paper cut outs. And guess what, brainstorming is a good idea! Originally we were thinking of having sparse cabinetry on one side and then an extra counter and cabinetry where the breakfast bar currently is (see plan #2 below, aerial view).


But that was before we removed the breakfast bar and realized how spacious the kitchen is without it.






One huge problem with the original configuration is that there is not enough walking space – a problem that is solved if the kitchen is a single line instead of a galley.

So here is the plan-du-jour:


Sketch by John

1. IKEA DOMSJÖ – a single large ceramic sink, $249. We like it because it’s kind of farm-house/cottagey styled and it’s nice and deep, which will be a great change from the miniature sink we currently attempt to wash dishes in. We also like the white ceramic for the cottage versus the more industrial stainless steel. [image via Ikea]


2. Under-counter fridge: This one has been a bit of a wild ride so far. Expensive – you know if you can’t find a price online, it’s probably out of your price range!

Today we looked at an industrial Silver King fridge off of Craigslist that was going for $400 (retail $1400) – it’s 5 years old, and my major reservation is how noisy it is. It’s in a Timothy’s downtown so it’s not the best place to test noise levels and it’s final sale. We decided to pass and keep looking, and we currently have a great lead that could get us exactly what we want for $500 (one-eigth the retail price – huzzah!). Perseverance! [image via Marvel]

Marvel Fridge

3. Akurum Wall Cabinet x2: These would provide storage for tableware. We’re thinking, if we can, we’ll get one with birch siding and white door for contrast and so that there is not too much birch. [image via Ikea]


4. Poul Henningsen PH5 ceiling light. Our dream light fixture. [image source unknown]


5. We saw a picture in the IKEA kitchen catalogue (pages 6-7) that inspired us a bit. We seem to be on a blue, red, birch and white tangent and the small tiles that form the backsplash in this kitchen look fresh.
6. Between the stove and the sink cabinet we are going to have 3 large drawers for cutlery, pot/pans etc. We will use the birch facing on the cabinetry. [image via Ikea]


7. The flooring will be slate tiles. We’re hoping for more of a subway tile shape rather than the standard 12 x 12. We wanted to try something a bit more natural this time around. [Image via flickr]


We’d love to hear your thoughts on plan #2! Second opinions are a valuable part of the process.

– Juli –

All unmarked images by Juli Daoust

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