5 Kitchens Prove Affordable Style is Here to Stay

Pre-fab cabinetry—like a pantry cabinet from IKEA—can be a simple way to fulfill the kitchen renovation ideas you’ve been dreaming about

Planning your new kitchen design is an exciting time. It’s fun to walk through a big-box store like IKEA, Home Depot, or Lowe’s and start brainstorming the look and feel of your space. These types of stores offer pretty much everything you need to build your kitchen, from cabinets and countertops to appliances, faucets, sinks, and more. Even if you’re choosing to design and sketch out your own kitchen renovation ideas from scratch, it’s good to know what’s out there. Below are five examples of Sweeten kitchens that feature IKEA products.

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Jerry and Janet’s IKEA Finds: Cabinets, pantry cabinet, countertop, sink, and oven range

Looking to create a contemporary design that would mesh well with the original molding and hardwood flooring in their new home, Jerry and Janet chose base cabinetry—and a tall pantry cabinet—with molding from IKEA. To give them a modern edge, they had them painted in Balboa Mist and Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore. The gray tones were then incorporated into the design of their geometric backsplash tile and contrasted by a white countertop.

pantry cabinet, kitchen renovation ideas
pantry cabinet, kitchen renovation ideas
’s IKEA Finds: Cabinets, island, and hood

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Ursula transformed a dark kitchen that lacked windows into a lighter and brighter space by incorporating white cabinets with a high-gloss finish. Since the kitchen didn’t offer much in the way of prep space, she implemented a few clever kitchen renovation ideas with an island from IKEA that resembles a dresser and went for a dusky shade of gray to add some contrast. Stainless steel appliances completed the look, including a super sleek hood that reflects the light.

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Fabio and Melina
’s IKEA Finds: Cabinets, sink, and faucet

With a narrow galley kitchen that hadn’t been touched in 40 years, Fabio and Melina set out to design a whole new space that matched their personal tastes. They chose black cabinets to cement their strong point of view and included a few glass-fronted doors. A white countertop adds the perfect amount of contrast while a patterned floor tile helps tie the look together.

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Laura and Matthew
’s IKEA Finds: Cabinets, countertops, sink, faucet, and microwave

Laura and Matthew realized that the original cabinets in their new home had been painted several times over and couldn’t be salvaged, so they purchased all new cabinets in a soft shade of gray. They also found a stainless steel microwave at IKEA that matched the look of their new range for a crisp, uniform appearance.

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Gregg and Kelly’s IKEA Finds: Cabinets, sink, and faucet

With two windows nestled in shadowy nooks and dark cabinets in the existing kitchen, Gregg and Kelly knew that they wanted it to feel as light and airy as possible. Knocking down walls filled the space with natural light, and white, high-gloss cabinets with flat front doors brightened up the kitchen even more. Honed black granite countertops provide a pop of contrast against the white backdrop.

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