Beyond the Cabinets: 7 Underrated IKEA Products That Totally Made These Inexpensive Kitchen Makeovers

Beyond the Cabinets: 7 Underrated IKEA Products That Totally Made These Inexpensive Kitchen Makeovers

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By now you've certainly heard all about how great IKEA cabinets can be when you're redoing a kitchen on a budget. What people don't seem to talk about all that often is the other kitchen reno stuff that IKEA has on offer. The sinks! The lighting! The finishing touches! IKEA has all sorts of key pieces for a kitchen makeover.

Here are seven budget-friendly kitchen makeovers — and the underrated IKEA find that we think really makes the room.

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1. Butcher block countertops

Big, solid-wood countertops can add charm to any kitchen, and starting at just $119 for a 74-inch piece, you can cover major ground for not much money. In this kitchen — from Sarah Sherman Samuel — the countertops, sink, and faucet are IKEA.

See more: cabin progress: open shelves at Sarah Sherman Samuel

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2. New hardware

Using lots and lots of paint (on the cabinets, flooring, and tiled backsplash), the homeowners at Designer Trapped pulled off a remodel for less than $750. Almost half of that ($325) budget went to new cabinet hardware from IKEA, but these longer-than-usual pulls make a statement.

See more: Our Budget Kitchen Remodel Reveal: Part 1 at Designer Trapped

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3. Shelf brackets

Christina (from Christina's Adventures) knew she'd need three brackets per shelf and went on the hunt to find the best price. IKEA came in the cheapest at just $6 each (they're $5 now!). She spent a total of $108 for 18 brackets.

See more: Our Kitchen: Before and After at Christina's Adventures

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4. Simple lighting

There are tons of budget tips in this brilliant aqua kitchen redo from Dan's le Lakehouse — and replacing the outdated light with a $30 IKEA find is one of them.

See more: A Budget-Friendly Turquoise Kitchen Makeover at Dan's le Lakehouse

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5. An integrated dishwasher

Our sister site, Apartment Therapy, followed along with this Minnesota makeover for weeks to get the full cost breakdown. One smart spend: $860 on an IKEA dishwasher.

See more: Claire & Jeffrey's Kitchen: The Big Reveal at Apartment Therapy

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6. A modern farmhouse sink

IKEA's farmhouse sinks are about a third of the cost of similar ones from other retailers (the HAVSEN is just $213) and can impart that modern-country feel people love. This kitchen from Farmhouse on Boone is proof of that.

See more: Our Experience With the IKEA Farmhouse Sink at Farmhouse on Boone

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7. A statement hood

Especially when you're already using IKEA cabinetry, it's easy to integrate a dramatic range hood, like this one, as featured on The Sweetest Digs.

See more: A Gray and White IKEA Transformation at The Sweetest Digs

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Are there any IKEA products that totally made your kitchen reno? Or anything you're eyeing for your dream project? Tell us in the comments below!

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