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Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Recently, I’ve been thinking about a Kitchen Renovation. I’m loving playing around with different design boards and mood boards – pretty much just anything that gets those creative juices flowing. Plus, the husband currently has the flue, so it’s been keeping me occupied.

One of my favourite (and free) tools is from Ikea. We aren’t even remotely close to renovating our kitchen, but the one thing we do know is that when the time comes we are definitely going to be on a strict budget. And what is good on a budget ? Ikea!!!

Ikea’s kitchen planning tool is great. Essentially, you enter in your kitchens dimensions and you can customize the layout and pick from a whole host of cabinet and drawer fronts. Plus, if your budget allows, you can use companies like Semihandmade to make your kitchen look more custom. Semihandmade uses Ikea boxes but custom makes cabinet and drawer fronts.

So far I keep going back and forth on whether we do a light or dark kitchen. The space doesn’t get a whole lot of light, so I don’t want it to look too dingy. But, I also don’t know if I’d like something moody in the long-run. Plus, not everyone is a fan of dark and moody, and we want this house to appeal to the masses.

As you can see above, I’m leaning towards a mix. Dark butcher block counters and wood floors. White and bright kitchen cabinets, with a medium grey glass tile blacksplash from Fireclay – of which I’m leaning towards the colour “London Fog.”

However, all of this could change in a heartbeat. Since, I keep changing my mind. Plus, we are a looonngg way off from this project. See below for more of my current design inspiration, and let me know what you think! Should it be light and airy or dark and moody?

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  1. Love your kitchen ideas Steph. We used the IKEA planner as well when we did our kitchen in the Czech house. It worked really well. The 105 (yep, 105) boxes IKEA delivered so we (okay Stan) could install everything was less thrilling. Keep up the good work, it is fun following along.

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