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Reveal: Budget DIY Ikea Kitchen

November 24, 2018
last modified: November 24, 2018

Our countertops went in on Monday, Thursday we hosted Thanksgiving dinner. Preparing the meal was so nice with the new space and layout.

We purchased a 2-family home as an investment property in August 2016, planning to live in it while finding our downsize/retirement home or building one in 5-10 years. Purchase negotiations included spousal agreement that there would be a new kitchen before a new garage was constructed. We did all but the flooring and electrical work ourselves over 2 years.


Before we moved in we had the flooring replaced throughout the main living area, dismantling the island and non-functioning bar sink to do so and reconfiguring it to one long run of cabinets. We also replaced the leaking faucets and the horrid cheezy double bowl sink with a large universal mount single bowl Elkay.

Over the winter we found a new, never installed KA convection wall oven for $500, and later in the spring, an unused GE Profile 36" induction cooktop for $550. That summer, the poorly designed pantry closet was dismantled in favor of an IKEA pantry and wall oven cabinets, and the range wall redesigned for an IKEA cooktop cabinet.


Finally, in July 2018, we hit IKEA on the first day of the kitchen sale and purchased the rest of the needed cabinetry, and started the next day.

We had help from Pixel.

and Lexi P.

We finished at the end of August, just in time for me to start a new job, and hubs to get back to another year of teaching. Just needed the countertops and a few trim pieces.


As it looks today:

Total cost: $7,225

IKEA cabinets, Askersund doors, & drawer inserts, etc $2,900

IKEA Ekby Jarpen shelves in birch

LG HiMacs solid surface countertop, Ice Queen, $3100 installed

Elkay Crosstown 33" stainless sink

Bosch dishwasher $650

GE Profile 36" induction cooktop $550

Kitchen Aid 30" convection oven $500

Samsung 36" SxS counter depth fridge $1800

CoreTec LVP flooring

Globe Electric pendants (from Amazon Warehouse open box $25 ea)

Corrugated steel for backsplash from CL, $30

Wall paint, Sherwin Williams Spa trim paint West Highland White

Feel free to ask questions!


Danze Parma sink faucet, pullout, $25 from H4H ReStore.

And, there is still some trim work on the wall oven, behind the sink, and on the Island, a few drawers to adjust, and our son will come in to do some ceiling repair and paint the ceiling soon. Or so he tells me.

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