Among the array of possible colors for kitchen cabinets — mint, forest green, pale blue, azure blue, black, and of course white, to name just a few — I find that a warm light gray is quickly becoming a favorite. It looks modern without looking trendy, and still gives that light, clean look but without going all white. (Which is a very nice change of pace indeed.)
There are a lot of good reasons to go with an IKEA kitchen if you're remodeling, most notably the good price and modern design. However, if you're not thrilled with IKEA's door front options, there is a compromise: Kokeena, based in Portland, Oregon, offers real wood ready-made doors specially made to fit IKEA cabinets!
If you followed along with Faith's kitchen renovation, you already know about Semihandmade, the LA-based company that makes custom fronts to fit IKEA kitchens. She said ordering from them was "the single best decision" she made through her entire kitchen renovation process. High praise indeed! If you're new to this company, here's what you need to know:
Ready for the next step in my kitchen renovation? Here's where things get a little wild and fast, and where my photo library gets a little, um, thinner than I would like. I understand now why people have a hard time documenting renovations, especially near the end — you're so exhausted and ready to be done the camera is the last thing on your mind.
Having said that, I do want to walk through how we installed our IKEA cabinets. Here's a peek at the process of assembling and installing the kitchen, which we actually did ourselves with some coaching from our contractor. (Tip: If you want to read from the beginning, click here, or scroll to the bottom of this post and click back through the series widget at the bottom.)
Q: I live in a 1950's ranch with knotty pine cabinetry. We just got new dishes and they're much heavier than our old dishes. It got me wondering — how much weight can these old cabinets hold? Is there a rule of thumb? The cabinets are one long unit with three shelves and a wooden back.
When I first moved into my 1920s rental apartment, I was horrified by the built-in mirrored cabinet above the sink. Wouldn't it be awkward to stare at myself while doing dishes? Yet this little cupboard unexpectedly became the most joyful feature of my kitchen (and it has nothing to do with vanity!).
The owners of this kitchen created their own wall of upper cabinets by hanging a mix of wooden boxes and baskets in varying lengths and heights. Whatever you think of this look, we can at least give them props for their ingenuity! So what do you think? Clever and appealing, or too hodgepodge for your tastes?
When we reconfigured some of the cabinetry in our kitchen last year, we hit a bump in the road: a floor vent supplying heat to the kitchen was right where one of the base cabinets was supposed to be installed. We were really set on the cabinet layout, and we certainly didn't want to re-route a bunch of ductwork. So, the cabinetmaker helped us out by making an opening in the toe kick for a heat register, and we changed the floor grill to a toe kick grill:
If you've already renovated a kitchen or are just beginning the process, you know how overwhelming the details can be. Our Fittings and Material Spotlights are quick guides to basic kitchen fixtures to familiarize you with terminology, pros and cons, and relevant reader reviews. Today we look at kitchen cabinets. What are the differences between stock, semi-custom, and custom kitchen cabinets?