You might remember my post about my friend Kristine’s house. She and her husband Fred are remodeling their kitchen and redecorating their living room.
I’ve been helping Kristine a bit in both of these pursuits. Kristine has chosen IKEA cabinets in the new Ramsjo door style, which is a shaker/traditional fusion. By electing to install IKEA cabinets she and Fred will save some money without having to sacrifice quality.
Here is the space after drywall repair and floor installation,
Kristine completed the demolition herself to save money and when I say “herself”…I mean just her. She rented a dumpster and went at it! She hired a plumber and an electrician to come and terminate the connections and to relocate some of the plumbing and install recessed lighting. For the new floors, Kristine chose 4” wide white oak which was continued from the kitchen in to the living area, down the hall and in to the master bedroom.
After Kristine and I talked through the layout using a measuring tape, a pencil, a calculator and a little painter’s tape, Kristine got to work and downloaded IKEA’s kitchen design software and begin putting the layout on paper. She and Fred travelled to IKEA and loaded it all up themselves.The couple is lucky enough to have a contractor friend who is experienced in installing IKEA cabinets.
I have been encouraging Kristine along the way to wrap the island with wood. The reason why–because we (I’m) are shooting for a modern rustic, Southern California aesthetic. Kristine really had her heart set on white cabinets and so in order to warm things and play up the rustic vibe, I have suggested wrapping the living room side of the island in teak or maple or another warm modern wood material with less grain. It also acts as a compromise between the natural finished wood cabinets I wanted her to get and the white kitchen she wanted.
Some images to illustrate,
Jeffrey Alan Marks, Elle Decor
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