kitchen follow-up

It’s been just about 8 months since we finished (and revealed) our new kitchen, so we thought it was a good time to report back and let you know how we like it.

(Don’t remember the horror that it was before? Click here.)

Before we picked up a sledgehammer, we spent a lot of time designing the space and researching various fixtures, appliances, materials, etc. Below is the final materials palette that we assembled in May 2010 which represents the actual products used. For a complete list of everything we chose, check out the resources page. 


Starting out, we were a little skeptical about the quality and durability of IKEA cabinets. But after reading a number of good reviews we decided to just go for it and so far, we’ve been very impressed. Granted, custom cabinets would have been better crafted and more durable, but for us this was an area where we could save a substantial amount of money without sacrificing function or our overall design ideas. We also came up with a layout that uses IKEA components but doesn’t scream “hey there, I’m an IKEA kitchen!”.

So far, we have had no issues with the functionality of the cabinets. (There is a slight squeak when you turn the carousel in the lazy susan cabinet, but I haven’t been motivated/annoyed enough yet to take everything out and remedy the problem.) Aesthetically, one minor issue to keep in mind is if you’re using white frames and a darker cabinet/drawer face, you can sometimes see a bit of the white behind if the faces don’t precisely line-up (and they often don’t). At first we were concerned and even corrected the issue on one cabinet by adding a piece of black electrical tape over the frame edge to create a “reveal” of sorts. It worked fine but we never got around to doing it on the other cabinets and unless you’re standing directly in front of the gap and crouched down, you never really notice.

The pull-out pantry has been a lifesaver for storing food in a small kitchen (we also use one of the island drawers for snack food items).

The “soft close” hardware? Totally worth it. Totally awesome.

Another great thing about IKEA is that, contrary to popular belief, you’re not limited to small drawers and cabinets. The unit to the right of the range is 36″ wide and deep enough to store the food processor, large baking sheets and the toaster (I know, a little weird, but the toaster is ugly and must be hidden from view at all times).

For the three upper cabinets, we installed the special hinges that allow the doors to stay open and then softly close with a slight tap when you’re done. Again, a must-have for cabinets at this height.  Kyle made the two open shelves and wine rack out of fir plywood (with a fir edge band). At first we were apprehensive about the open shelving from a dust standpoint (aesthetically though, two thumbs up), but because these are our “everyday” dishes they aren’t on the shelf long enough to get dusty. The wine glasses are an exception, especially since we like to drink almost everything out of the smaller tumblers on the right. So we might shuffle those around one of these days.

We’ve noticed a slight discoloration on the wood where the stacks of dishes are, but it doesn’t bother us and you won’t be able to see the discrepancy unless we rearrange.

The steel drawer pulls were a splurge, but we know they’ll last forever. The only minor complaint I have is that they can act as a mini-shelf for crumbs, especially at the island where most of the food prep happens.

Plumbing Fixtures

We purchased (and still own) three kitchen sinks. The first was a double-basin that we foolishly bought several years ago. After nearly four frustrated years of our double-basin Sears Roebuck sink (seriously, did people not have pots and pans back in the day??), we were single-basin converts. The second sink was a cheaper single-basin that we picked up at a shady location in South Seattle. It was ok, but we were concerned about the quality (the brand was unknown). Finally we found this Kraus sink on Craigslist. I love this sink. It’s clean and modern, but the slight radius of the inside corners means there’s no place for gunk to collect. At first I was indifferent to the rack that sits on the bottom, but have since found that it keeps the bottom of the sink from getting scratched and allows air to circulate around dishes that get left in the sink overnight (or for a few days). Oh, and undermount vs. self-rimming – this is not even a discussion worth having with yourself.

The Grohe Minta faucet was another splurge (although we did get it at a discounted price), but it was worth it. It is incredibly durable and we haven’t had a single issue with the retractable pull-out sprayer (when you turn the faucet off, it pulls the sprayer hose back into the faucet). Oh, and it’s pretty.

The adjacent soap pump has been a great way to free up counter space and even though we initially planned on a separate water filter, we eventually nixed the idea. The modern filter faucets were almost as expensive as the main faucet and after drinking out of our bathroom sink for a few months we decided that the water quality was actually pretty good. Problem solved, money saved.


For the countertops we mainly wanted something that was durable and would reflect light. We collected a bunch of different samples and ultimately ended up with Silestone composite quartz in “white north”. By purchasing the countertops through IKEA we got a discount. By sweet-talking the dealer into an architect discount, we saved a little more. (Sadly, we could not talk them into a “double architect” discount. Damn. Why does the double architect discount never work??) Anyhow, the quartz is very durable and easy to clean. The seam at the corner is nearly invisible and I generally have to show people where it is for them to notice.  Silestone was not the cheapest option out there, but knowing that the counters would be one of the most abused surfaces in the house we knew it would be a good investment.

For the island, we opted for butcherblock for a few different reasons. First, a solid piece of Silestone that size would have been crazy expensive. (Aesthetically, I think our kitchen proves that you don’t have to have matching countertops or matching cabinets to make it feel cohesive.) We also liked the idea of the island being a true work surface and a place where people could gather to help prep a meal. We looked at several different butcherblock options (including IKEA), but ultimately decided on Lyptus, which had a coloring similar to the surrounding fir wood and was surprisingly affordable. (To save on costs, we bought one 12′ counter depth piece, cut it in half and biscuited the two panels together.) Even though the intention was to use it as a giant chopping block, it was so new and pretty that I’m still pulling out the cutting boards. Over time I’m sure we’ll eventually transition to cutting directly on it, but at least we know we can always sand it down and refinish it (with a food-grade finish) if we want it to look all pretty and new again.


You know how excited I was about our fancy waste organization system. 8 months in it’s still doing its job. We knew summer would be the real challenge though – right around this time of year we start to get fruit flies and of course they love to hang out in the compost container. Our temporary solution? We converted the cookie jar to a countertop compost container. It doesn’t have a charcoal filter or any of that fancy-ness, but as long as we empty it every couple of days, we’re ok. For larger items (pizza boxes, egg cartons, etc.) we just take them straight to our yard waste/compost container.


It’s hard to find something to dislike about our range, mainly because it was a huge upgrade from every other cheapo electric range we’ve had in the past. We purchased a scratch & dent GE Cafe dual fuel (convection oven with gas range). It has the professional styling w/o the crazy expensive price tag and the flaw was on the side of the appliance and not visible. Cooking with gas has been great and the only downside is that the cooktop surface is harder to clean than the glass-top electric varieties.

After living with our stupid, non-functional (and brown!) range hood, we made it a priority to find the best hood we could afford. We purchased a simple and modern model from Vent-A-Hood. At an equivalent 900 CFM’s, it is certainly powerful. The only negative? It’s loud. This probably has more to do with the way it’s ducted, but at least I don’t have to fear high temperature cooking anymore. (You don’t want to see what Bailey does when the smoke alarm goes off.) 

Even though we briefly considered not having a microwave, I’m glad we found a way to incorporate one in without it being all in your face. The location works well and even though it’s lower than counter height, it hasn’t been a problem to use.

(Note: our fridge and dishwasher were purchased in 2006 when we moved in.)

And what does Bailey think about his custom dog bowl station? Well, he doesn’t really care as long as we put food in there twice a day. Storing the food within an arm’s reach under the sink was a good move, especially when Bailey wakes me up at 5:30 every morning. Does he wake me up to go to the bathroom? No. He wants to eat. So every morning I make him go outside first, then stumble bleary-eyed to the kitchen and feed him before going back to bed.


Lighting has been one of the areas that we were most nervous about (so expensive! so many options!) but that we’re really pleased with. Almost all of our fixtures are made by different companies but everything meshes together while also serving its intended purpose.

The Bruck linear chandelier over the island provides good task lighting and is elegant enough that it doesn’t overwhelm the space. The two wall-mounted reach lights above the kitchen window provide additional task lighting and are only used if we’re cooking at night. The undercabinet LED lights also don’t get used all of the time, but serve as additional lighting and sometimes as a nightlight when we have guests staying with us.


I know this is probably the product people were the most skeptical about: the cork flooring. So here’s what we like about it: the color, the texture, the easy maintenance and the slight cushion underfoot. What don’t we like? Here’s a clue:

To back up just a little bit, we ordered our cork tiles prefinished with a hardwax oil. For whatever reason, they didn’t come that way so the dealer and manufacturer ended up splitting the cost to have a floor company come out and apply a wax finish over the installed tiles. We chose a wax finish over a polyurethane one because it could be spot repaired and since the cork was throughout most of the house, we thought that would be a good thing. We also thought that even though we have a dog, he isn’t the type that runs in circles around the house (in other words, he’s kinda lazy). The thing we didn’t completely realize? He likes to lay “froggy style” and as a result his back claws tend to scratch the floor every time he scrambles to his feet. You can see a little bit of that here:

So what to do? Fortunately, the scratches are just in the wax and not the cork itself.  I haven’t tried to do a true spot repair yet but it’s on the list. Since wax is a “buildable” finish, adding more layers will increase the life of the flooring and this might be the strategy we need to put in place. We’ve also though about scrapping the wax and going with a poly finish but this would mean emptying out the house and most likely hiring the work out. We’re going to live with the flooring and try a few spot repairs for now, but if we’re still not happy in a year or two we’ll weigh the different options.

So all in all, we feel like our research has paid off. The space functions well, is comfortable, easy to clean and is a bazillion times better than the shameful 5-doored room that was our old kitchen.

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112 Responses to “kitchen follow-up”

  1. sara says:

    Such a helpful post! Thank you. I love your kitchen and have it bookmarked – mine is gutted and waiting…. You two did a wonderful job.

  2. Ann Wyse says:

    Looks great and appears to be functioning even better! So far as the cork flooring scratches: maybe you can call it part of the patina process (imprecise, of course, but ‘sounds good’) and let it go. I’d personally take the scratches for the softness of cork any day.

  3. katie says:

    thank you for this! i’m am in the beginning stages of planning our (most likely ikea) kitchen, and it’s so nice to read a review after you’ve lived with it for a little while. everything still looks fantastic! i wish ikea had a larger selection of door fronts though, i’m having a hard time finding one that i like.

    we are going through the same thing with our newly installed hardwood floor and dog scratches. i’m trying not to get too worked up about it, it’s a house, it’s supposed to be lived in, right??? cooper is scratching right through the finish and into the wood with our floor though, it is very noticable… ugh.

    • chezerbey says:

      Thanks Katie, I know what you mean – it seems like there are a lot of all-white options but not much else in the way of simple and modern. We were a little nervous about doing the blue-gray color and not liking it after a few years, but so far so good.

      I think the flooring thing is hard b/c (at least for us) it was our most expensive purchase of last year’s remodel and we want it to look good! (On the flip side, I also want our house to be comfortable and not-too-precious so it’s a hard balance to strike.) I’ll definitely let you know if we come up with any good solutions!

      • katie says:

        after re-reading my comment… i think i should have explained that better! i love the cabinet fronts that you used in your kitchen, esp. the gray color. i think that might be my favorite option, i have a friend who also installed them in his house and they look great there too. but with our house i think that it would be just too modern of a style (for resale potential in the neighborhood we’re in) and i’m having a hard time finding a cabinet front that i like from ikea that is slightly more traditional… right now i’ve been looking at the nexus medium brown color with pulls similar to the ones that you used, but who knows. it doesn’t help that i haven’t actually been to an ikea since we started this planning process, i think i need to go and spend a day just looking at all of the options!

        totally agree about the floor – not only was it the most expensive thing we’ve done in our house, it also took the most amount of time to install. we have put down a few area rugs in the places where the dog is the most, which is helping. we’ve also been using a dremel on his nails lately to try to smooth them out, that also seems to lessen the scratches a little.

        anyway, sorry for the long double comments, hope you have a nice weekend!

        • chezerbey says:

          I totally get what you’re saying, no worries! When we first started looking at IKEA options a few years ago we were eyeing the nexus medium brown too. I think it could be a good choice!

          Bailey gets his nails dremeled when he gets groomed (every 3 months or so) but now I’m curious to try and do it ourselves. We definitely have the dremel! =)

  4. Heather says:

    You have a beautiful kitchen. What kind of frig do you have again and would you mind sharing the dimensions? We are preparing for our kitchen remodel and that frig looks perfect for our small kitchen.

  5. Brandon says:

    “For the three upper cabinets, we installed the special hinges that allow the doors to stay open and then softly close with a slight tap when you’re done. Again, a must-have for cabinets at this height.”

    We have similar upper cabinets from Ikea, but I don’t see those hinges listed on their website. The hinges we have are my least favorite thing about our kitchen. Where did you source yours?

    • chezerbey says:

      Brandon, we got ours from IKEA…hmm, I’ll hunt around and see if I can find the product name for you.

      • Brandon says:

        Did you ever find the name of those IKEA hinges for your kitchen cabinets?

        • chezerbey says:

          Hey Brandon, thanks for the reminder. I looked through IKEA’s website and couldn’t find them (all their other hinges are sold as “Integral”). If I remember correctly, these hinges came with the horizontal cabinet frame and weren’t sold separately.

          • Brandon says:

            Congratulations on Zerbebe! Just wanted to close the loop on this. I confirmed that the hinges are not officially available separately, but you can order them as service parts if you go into customer service. Now, whether or not they ever follow through, that’s another story. I’ve been waiting a couple of months…

            • chezerbey says:

              Thanks Brandon, good to know. Hopefully it all works out…couple of months seems like a long time…

      • Brandon says:

        I visited our local IKEA over the weekend, and confirmed that these hinges are available only with the cabinets. An employee suggested that if I were to return my existing hinges (assuming I can find my receipt from four years ago…), I might be able to get them as an exchange. Thanks for your help.

  6. Heather says:

    Can I live in your kitchen? So beautiful! Thanks for the round up after you’ve lived with it for a while–people rarely do it and it’s so helpful.

  7. twentyoneport says:

    Love your house and have enjoyed following the blog! We took on a similar project (2 architect who got married and have been renovating a Baltimore Rowhouse) so we can relate to your challenges and design eye. Cork floor- we installed it in our kitchen with a ‘4 coat poly finish for high traffic areas’ and soon after, got a Boxer puppy. Yup, scratches and chips in the cork ensued. We have the reverse problem because the cork had a light wash on it so all the chips and scratches are darker than the rest. Still not sure how we’re going to correct the problem, but what we wound up doing is putting a 4’x6′ sisal-ish rug in the center that covers the majority of the damage and have taugh the dog to lay, play, and end her gallops (yup- she runs and then gallops at the end of her run as if jumping into homeplate to stop and turn around) on the rug which has helped slow the scratches quite a bit. The rug was not our 1st design option but 4 years later, we’ve just focused on the rest of the place and, as another reader put it, allowed the ‘patina’ to help make our house into a home. I’m sure it will be one of those things we ‘fix’ right before selling the house :-).

  8. Brian says:

    Thanks for the post. It’s always help to see how others have done projects.

    You mentioned that some of the open shelving has discoloration. What is the discoloration? Do you know what is causing it?

    • chezerbey says:

      Brian, the discoloration is from the sun. Our kitchen window faces east and doesn’t have any window coverings so the open shelves get blasted a little in the morning. (“Blasted” being a relative term…this is Seattle!)

  9. Miranda says:

    I’ve only been reading your blog for a short time but I have to tell you that I am completely smitten. The transformation of your house has been incredible and I so appreciate your meticulous details and references. Your counters and sink are my absolute favorite and give me so much inspiration for our own kitchen. Also, I’m so glad for the link to the small refrigerators. That’s exactly what I’ve been looking for!

  10. Juliene says:

    Hi there! I am usually a gawker and just wanted to show some love. Thank you for your uber-detailed posts. I love your aesthetic and *so* appreciate all of the time that you obviously put into each post. You’re awesome <3

  11. scotdog98 says:

    Beautiful! I love reading your posts. I love that fruit holder! I have an early 90’s kitchen, that is pretty big. I don’t even want to know what it’s going to cost to get new countertops. I’d really love to get rid of this light blue laminate, lol!

  12. Dave says:

    I love your kitchen! It was such an inspiration going over your blog posts before I attempted my remodel. I loved how you blended what you wanted vs what you needed and based the budget on that. I kept referring back to your page and showing my wife back and forth and back and forth.

    After finishing the remodel, I feel all of your pain. It was one excruciating month of people constantly in my house, dust everywhere and one problem after another. We actually cribbed your microwave solution to free up valuable counter space and it has worked out quite well.

    Thanks for documenting everything. It made my life a heck of a lot easier!

  13. Great post. I agree that you guys did well using Ikea cabinets without being uber-Ikea-ish. What I didn’t realize from toher posts is that we have the same sink. We have a similar counter top (Canyon [brown] Corian). Still really like your kitchen. You guys did a great job.

  14. Wehaf says:

    I love the floor, but I wonder how hard it is to clean. Do you sweep it regularly? Mop it? Does it collect dirt?

    • chezerbey says:

      We treat in pretty much the same way as a wood floor. We just vacuum then damp mop with a microfiber mop and spray bottle of diluted floor cleaner (OSMO’s Wash & Care).

  15. LauraC says:

    Thanks so much for the update. I wanted to ask you how your IKEA cabinets were holding up, as that is what we are leaning toward in a couple of years. But like you, nervous about the durability. Really helpful post.

    • denacho says:

      LauraC – we too had doubts about IKEA at first. they look great, but would they hold up. one of our friends, who is a very talented architect, did his kitchen completely with IKEA over 6 years ago & it has held up beautifully. he has some awesome hacks in his kitchen, and entire home, as well! one tip he gave us, and i’m glad we did it: try to leave some space on the right & left of the stove to put in a blank/filler piece. he (and my husband) have the habit of leaving the oven door open when letting it cool. so his cabs went right up to the stove & have warped a little. so when we installed ours, there is a gap on the left & right, & we just put a filler piece on the front. if it ever warps, we just take that filler piece out & replace it. glad he passed that on to us!
      the only issue i have with ours, is we went with the Nexus Black/Brown. very dark, almost black. because our boxers are a little messy when eating, i can still see slobber “shadows” on the cabinets after i wipe them down. that disappears when they dry, but when wet with cleaner, you can see it. so it would be there even if we had a lighter color, i just wouldn’t know about it probably. not sure if knowledge is a good thing or if ignorance would have been bliss.
      one last note to make you feel better: our builder, and another friend, who is known for high-end custom modern homes, was happy to help us when he found out we were using IKEA. he wanted to try them out after seeing so much happening in residential & commercial with them. he built an amazing home himself a couple of years ago & spent ALOT of $$$ on cabinets with a Euro look. he said if he had to do it again, he would use IKEA because the quality easily matches what he bought & probably paid 3-4x for. that was enough to make me feel secure in my buying decision! and saving that money allows you to splurge on other things that really do matter!

  16. John Hedge says:

    Great work guys. I love your style. I kind of did something similar to my place on a bit of a smaller scale and budget. The cabinets look great in different finishes and the appliances choices are perfect and the natural light adds a lot as well. I’m glad I stumbled upon your site from Apartment Therapy. I started writing about my projects not too long ago too!

  17. denacho says:

    what an awesome job! and how cool to see someone incorporate so many of the same things we did!
    we actually started our kitchen remodel in Jan after 5+ years of planning on the IKEA site & it all centered around our dog feeding station. like you, we used a bottom drawer, but ours are pull outs that have a magnetic hinge to keep them open while our boxers eat. we store small doggie what-nots under the bowls in the pull-out drawers. and like your recycle bins, we used a drawer with bins for storing our dog food in the kitchen (excess goes in bins in the laundry room). the IKEA staff that helped us thought it was so neat to design items just for our “kids”.
    i was thrilled to see you have the same kitchen sink we have! i love ours. we didn’t luck up & find anything on Craig’s List, but it was worth the splurge! i too was mixed about the rack but love it!
    i have the same dilema about my wall countertops that you have about your island. we went with bamboo & it’s beautiful. so much so, i don’t want to cut on it, so i had our builder take some of my extra that was left over & make me a couple of cutting boards. a large one sits on the island countertop which is concrete & the contrast is beautiful. but i had to make myself cut on even those because the wood is just too pretty!
    and we positioned our microwave on a shelf under the counter next to the stove. i’ve noticed this trend in the last year & it’s so functional. like a lot of people, we don’t really cook with one so that big bulky think hanging over the stove was unnecessary!
    a couple of favorite tricks that we were able to incorporate into our IKEA cabs:
    1 – we have the tall pantry & fridge cabinet that matches the depth of our fridge (which is counter depth). we took the top shelf of the pantry & the fridge cabinet & IKEA Hacked pull out drawers up there. i figured, i won’t get up there very often, but when i do, i want to be able to get to stuff easily. it beats reaching way back in there. we had to sacrifice a little vertical space because the drawers didn’t install below the bottom piece of door hardware (they had to go in just above that), but it’s worth it for those seldom used items
    2 – after cleaning out everything in my kitchen & refusing to put it all back in (just because you can doesn’t mean you should), i had 1 drawer in my pantry that has become the breakfast center. i left an outlet available in the wall behind the pantry & that drawer has the coffee maker, toaster & cappucino maker all in one place & closed off when not used. so kinda like your drawer with the toaster, but completely usable in place.
    i couldn’t be happier with our kitchen & it’s so nice to see others doing neat stuff too! kudos for your redo as well!

    • sarah says:

      Could you share a picture of your dog feeding station? I am hoping to redo my kitchen this fall and need a new place for my giant puppy (140lbs) to eat. She is a mastiff and a messy eater and sloppy drinker. Thanks!
      I noticed in the main post the discussion of slobber spots and I wonder how the integrated feeding stations are working for you both in terms of cleaning and keeping them dry. Thanks again!

      • denacho says:

        sure thing! mine is similar to the one here except we used drawers so we could hide it all away. we actually put this idea in place before we remodeled our kitchen, back when we had our old cabs. we had a bottom drawer that wasn’t being used so my hubby (aka TheBoy) simply cut a piece of board to go across the top of the drawer, then cut 2 holes to drop the bowls in. we used plywood & painted it but some melamine would have been easier to keep clean. in hindsight, it is a simply concept – just build a 3-sided “tray” (top & 2 sides) that can sit down in the drawer, & cut out holes for the bowls. we went a little fancy on our latestest, still using plywood, but covered it in the same flooring material we used in the remodel (Marmoleum) since we had plenty left. i have to post some new pics but will be sure to include that station when i do. check out for now & i’ll try to post updated photos this weekend.

      • chezerbey says:

        Hi Sarah, Bailey definitely “dribbles” after drinking but we just let it evaporate. We put a clear finish on the wood around his bowls and so far, so good (I just wipe it clean once a week or so). As for his bowls, they just pop out and go in the dishwasher when they get gross.

    • sarah says:

      Ok, thanks! I have less “dribble” and more “waterfall” from my mastiff! I will have to use a clear finish as well and probably come up with some additional water-damage preventing measures!
      Great ideas though 🙂

      • Trianna says:

        Maybe you could use a large plastic cutting board or a piece of stainless steel with a hole cut for the bowl in it instead of wood so that you could put both parts in the dishwasher?

  18. troy. says:

    nice post — excellent idea and very helpful

  19. Amanda says:

    Your kitchen is stunning. I don’t know what else to say…ENJOY!

  20. Heather says:

    Hi Lauren,

    It’s Heather again, and I have one more question about your lovely frig. I didn’t notice any ice trays in your freezer (old images), so I’m wondering how do you deal with ice? 🙂
    I have been researching the Summit and found one with an automatice ice maker. Thinking about taking the leap. Thanks.

    • chezerbey says:

      Hi Heather, we just have a small ice tray at the top of the freezer that holds 2-3 individual trays (maybe it’s a Seattle thing, but we don’t usually put ice in our drinks). If we were buying one today though, we’d probably get the ice maker version. Good luck!

  21. AarthiD says:

    It is astonishing, seeing the before/after for this kitchen. Your remodel is absolutely amazing. You did a great job integrating IKEA pieces with original builds that you guys did yourselves. It’s a really lovely balance of Scandinavian modular with warmer, country touches in the woods. The stainless steel pull-outs (and your other splurges) wee 110% worthwhile! 😀

    • chezerbey says:

      Thanks! Our climate can be similar to Scandinavian countries, so I think there’s something to be said about the white/warm balance…

  22. Amy says:

    This is one of the most gorgeous Ikea kitchens I’ve seen. Like everything in your home, it’s impeccable.

  23. Really awesome.. my favorite is the “Waste Organization System” hahaha.. and the dog food bowls 🙂

    Really, REALLY nice. And great post. Enjoyed reading it!


  24. Your kitchen is gorgeous. Your dog: gorgeous-er!


  25. baligins says:

    Beautiful kitchen! Being a foodie, I really look forward to the day when I have my own kitchen in my own house (right now, my tiny college kitchen isn’t cutting it for me). I hope it’s this organized and attractive. I’m glad to see your pretty doggie is loving your kitchen as well!

  26. OMG!!! I clicked on the “before” link…and you do not even recognize it as the same room!! What a transformation!!!! Love the spacious and efficient feel… and the doggy approved cork floor…. ,o). You have managed to make it look streamlined but cozy all at the same time. I am envious!

  27. abichica says:

    wooowwww!! superb.. i love your kitchen, its so simple and elegant, and it just sparkles with cleanness.. 😀

  28. salepetrovic says:

    Very nice and modern 🙂 Even the dog was duly found its place in the kitchen 🙂

  29. TL says:

    Your kitchen looks absolutely beautiful! We’ve lived in our house for over 20 years and definitely need some new cabinets… although I would definitely want to keep our oven that still has a manual ticker and timer (classic!!!). Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed looking at your beautiful new kitchen! Congrats.

  30. Lakia Gordon says:

    Oh my! Your home is lovely 🙂

  31. I love this kitchen. I really like the built in wine racks and how accessible everything is. Although, the dog tail picture is priceless too. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

  32. Amanda says:

    I love the trash area! We go through so much stuff here and I try my best to separate all but this is a great way of doing so! Nice work, beautiful kitchen!

  33. bmplefour says:

    Nice big kitchen. I like.

  34. ournote2self says:

    Wow, you went from super out dated to cute and trendy. Love it!

  35. I have seem many kitchens as a chef.
    It is great to see a vision end in a possitive result.

  36. Beautiful! Love love love the neutral colors- my kitchen is all neutrals as well (my whole house actually). There’s just something peaceful and unfussy about it. I’d put a super colorful vase with bright colorful flowers on the counter to contrast against all the textures and neutral colors. I can tell you put a lot of work into it. Now you have to throw a huge party and really break it in. 😉 Floors are meant to be scratched up. I’m sure it will be fine. Congratz on being Freshly Pressed!

  37. cece678 says:

    I think I just drooled looking at your kitchen. I love it! My favorite was the AWESOME pantry!

  38. singing says:

    Wow, totally impressed with your huge, sleek fridge, and the pullout pantry. Love the white china plates and bowls. Can’t take my eyes off that gorgeous wood on the island countertop, and I must say you have a practical kitchen sink!
    Love that a lot of light can stream through those windows!

  39. Kyna says:

    Oh, this kitchen is beautiful! I keep reminding my parents they must remodel theirs. I like how you’ve mixed simplicity with elegance, too. And my favorite is the dog food that tucks neatly inside the drawer. I’ve always been a fan of hiding the trash and other things of that sort to fool people. Everything is so neatly arranged, such as the food bowls–even the microwave had me impressed. It’s unique, and well-personalized. Well done!

  40. scott38 says:

    Unbelievable job! This is an incredible kitchen.

  41. Eva McCane says:

    you did a phenomenal job. i love the modern, clean feel, but it’s still comfortable. not too sterile. great kitchen!

  42. k8edid says:

    I love the kitchen. Need a roommate? I’m a great cook!!!

    Very nice pictures and a great post. My dog also lays about the house and I never thought about her scratching up the finish on the floor (we are thinking tile though, so probably won’t matter). Great job on being Freshly Pressed.

  43. huffygirl says:

    Looks great. We did a kitchen remodel 2 years ago. we have loved it for the most part, except the granite countertop is not holding up as well as we think it should. We looked at quartz and now am thinking we should have gone with that instead. Congrats to you and your kitchen for being Freshly Pressed.

  44. cys2011 says:

    absolutely gorgeous!

  45. Great job working in the dog food and dog serving bowls 🙂

  46. Mariajose says:

    So I checked out the previous kitchen and I must say I am extremely impressed & WOWED! You did an amazing job. I am horrible at coming up with creative ideas and designs and unless the catalog shows it all put together it won’t do. I might just want to hire you to come fix my kitchen!(:

  47. Kyle Mccann says:

    Absolutely stunning love the straight edges and the clean look of it all.

  48. denise:) says:

    Love your remodel- it’s beautiful! Ikea is amazing.

  49. Thanks for sharing! I wouldn’t have thought it was the same kitchen. Enjoy!

  50. Modern Funk says:

    I absolutely LOVE what you did with your remodel…it’s amazing! The chandelier over the island, the location of the dog bowls, the totally modern vibe…wow! So bitchen!

    Thanks for sharing and giving me ideas! 🙂

  51. ava812 says:

    I super like how the trash bins are so accessible. 🙂

  52. DO you think you could give a picture of approximately how big your kitchen is? I am also planning to remodel my kitchen and just wanted to know how we can do it with the limited space.

  53. catpantsius says:

    Wow…you do a brilliant job illustrating and explaining things. And this post has just enough detail to make it interesting and informative, but not so much that it overwhelms.

    Kudos on being Freshly Pressed!

    -Catpantsius in Minneapolis
    Serious Weight Loss, Recipes and Foodie Goodness

  54. Elleen Pan says:

    I love your new kitchen and looks like you love it too! It looks amazing, I love how it’s so modern and clean yet it’s really functional. Amazing remodeling job 🙂

  55. Summer Zheng says:

    and the puppy also has a place in the kitchen 🙂 sweet~~~

  56. Love that pic with the doggy feet. =D

  57. kat says:

    Oh my goodness, your kitchen is absolutely beautiful! I am in love with it! Such wonderful ideas that I want to incorporate in my dream kitchen one day! I love how the cabinets open upwards! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  58. bercton says:

    A grand finished very inspiring for me because it one of my favourite place in the house. Thanks for sharing!


  60. glamtamtam says:

    Absolutely stunning kitchen! WOW, I want!

  61. The built in dog bowl rocked the house! Awesome!

  62. lkbro says:

    That’s a gorgeous kitchen!

  63. If there’s lots of trees outside the window and less processed food in the pantry, this would be a perfect kitchen. Very spacious, full of light. And I like your dog, especially the picture of his rear. Looks so cute. Reminds me of my dog. 🙁 How much I miss my dog when I see him.

  64. Love all of your details and pictures. Very thorough. Good to know IKEA has great options. My favorite was the butcher block counter top that looks classy enough to be a fancy counter top.

  65. trialsinfood says:

    beautiful kitchen! looks very functional.

  66. Lovely Hamsa says:

    Looks perfect 😀

  67. The custom dog feeding station you have is FANTASTIC!
    How innovative, love the idea… Great tap selection also.

  68. shil says:

    I will come back to this post when I get my own kitchen one day. It was a really great read. Thanks.

  69. Matt says:

    Any Chance you could tell me how you attached the open shelves and wine rack to the wall? Did you mount them to the white cupboards?

    • chezerbey says:

      Hi Matt, yes they are basically hung from the white cabinets above. For the wine rack, it’s actually attached to the open shelf next to it (Kyle built it that way).

  70. Gail Martiri says:

    Hello –

    Love your kitchen – just fab!
    A question about your stainless drawer pulls – where did you buy them and who manufactures them? We would like the same ones but are steering clear of the IKEA aluminum Strecket ones. Any ideas?

    • chezerbey says:

      Our drawer pulls (designed by architect Jim Cutler) are from a local company called Reveal and we purchased them through Builder’s Hardware here in Seattle. (Also, check out the “resources” page on our blog to see where everything came from.) I’m guessing you could order online either directly from Reveal or through BH. They’re a little spendy, but incredibly solid!

  71. Christine says:

    I have a quick question – how much space do you have between your island and your countertop? Does it feel too close? I’m at the design phase of my own kitchen and trying to figure out if there is room for an island!

    • chezerbey says:

      Hi Christine, we have 3′ between our island and counters which is about the minimum you want to go with. 3’6″ is nice if you have the space, we were squeezing every inch in our kitchen!

  72. Lisa says:

    I have a burning (literally?) question that I hope you’ll have time to answer. What’s the height distance between your hood and the range? We’re putting in a kitchen with a similar IKEA horizontal cabinet layout, and trying to get adequate spacing so we can cook comfortably and not set anything overhead on fire. Thanks!

  73. I love your white dishes, where are they from?

  74. Hello – Just came across your kitchen remodel while searching for cabinet pulls. Where did you get yours? I like the shape. Please let me know. You can send me an email to


  75. Rebecca says:

    Hi there, I love the steel draw pulls you’ve used in your kitchen, you don’t mention where they’re looking for something similar to spruce up my new Ikea kitchen! It would be great to know where I might be able to get them from?
    Thanks so much

    • Lauren says:

      Hi Rebecca, the pulls are from Reveal Designs. We bought them locally but I believe you can order them online (they’re actually designed by a local architect). Also, we list all of the resources we use on our blog here.


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