Our IKEA Kitchen Makeover

Back last year our kitchen underwent a massive transformation, it was completely gutted, walls and ceilings were knocked down and we had a lovely new IKEA kitchen fitted. I had every intention of blogging about it when it was completed, but the pregnancy symptoms and illnesses caught up with me and I never got around to it, it has been over a year since we finished it so I figure it is about time I got around to sharing it.

ikea kitchen makeover

before photo of kitchen makeover pale blue walls dark and small kitchen

Please accept my apologies for the poor quality of the before photo, this was taken a long time ago and before I had learnt to use a camera properly. Previously we had a small hallway separating the kitchen and bathroom, after much deliberation we decided that kitchen space was the priority and that we would get rid of the hallway. There was also a false ceiling, we decided to get rid of this as the room is so dark and we wanted to make it as light and airy as possible.

It was a massive job and we stumbled upon so many problems during the renovation, including having our boiler condemned! We are so pleased with the outcome that it really was worth it, I love my kitchen and will want to take it with me when we move!

ikea kitchen shabby chic cottage style

IKEA no longer have our exact cupboards available, but they are now selling the Hittarp cupboards which look identical. The worktop is the IKEA Karlby, I love the dark work top against the off white cupboards. 

ikea belfast sink

The feature sink is my favourite part of our kitchen, as well as looking good it is also very practical, it holds a lot, including Aria when she was a newborn. We opted to bath her in this sink instead of using a baby bath or leaning over our bath. It was just the right size. 

ikea molndal lights in kitchen row of three

As we were having a complete re-wire I was able to change the light fittings so that I could have three of these beautiful IKEA Molndal lights. Most people who come to the house comment on how pretty these are and they compliment my Skurar plant pots perfectly. 

ikea skurar plant pots in kitchen with herbs
tea cup cacti
My cacti also came from IKEA, the blue teacup and saucer came from our trip to Portmeirion and the two flower teacup and saucers came from Nyla Rose Vintage.

Next small heart vases

I decided to splash out on Next kitchen accessories, they can be expensive but as it was a new kitchen it felt acceptable to splash out, I wanted the best in my shiny new kitchen! 

cream next bird kitchen storage jars

purple and cream bunting in kitchen window

The view from the kitchen window is ugly, it is of next door's wall. I decided to add a little bunting to the window to try and make an ugly area look a little prettier.

cream cottage style IKEA kitchen with walnut worktop and black appliances

The tea towel and oven mitts are also from Next.

cream retro microwave oven from Wilko

This microwave is quite a recent addition, our old microwave was on it's way out so we decided to replace it when the bottle steriliser wouldn't fit in it. We bought this one from Wilko, I couldn't resist it's retro charm.

Mandarin Stone splitface natural stone kitchen splashback and border

The natural stone splash back and bordering are from the Splitface collection at Mandarin Stone.

Over a year on and my dream kitchen is still perfect for me. The extra cupboard space and worktop space has been quickly swallowed up. The only downside that we have noticed is that it is so much colder in there now, the small radiator isn't quite suited to the now larger room, I am seriously considering splashing out on a slimline radiator like this one from Best Electric Radiators but I'm not sure if it is really worth it due to the fact that the house is up for sale.

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  1. In love! Ah I just love ikea, love seeing all the pieces you got, the microwave is beautiful! X

  2. Oh wow Leanne your kitchen is beautiful! I am super envious! Your photos are fabulous as well, love how you've captured the light in them x

  3. What a beautiful kitchen area you have! I also love your sink, it has a real country kitchen feel to it, and that is what I love x #Love2Blog

  4. Wow it looks stunning! We need a kitchen makeover and I'd love basically what you've got - especially the sink! Good luck selling the house, sure this will be a selling point!xx

  5. It looks great. Love all the little touches how the lights match the plant pots and the cacti in the teacups are so so clever. I love that. Love the colour choices!

  6. It looks great Leanne! I really do love those lights. I haven't been to Ikea in so long. x

  7. Oh your kitchen is gorgeous now! I love all the little touches and the microwave. We need a new microwave I want yours!

  8. That microwave is so lovely! I have mega kitchen envy it's really beautiful! IKEA are fab!

  9. Oh how fabulous. I would love a beautiful kitchen, it's one of those things that's on my list for "one day".x

  10. Your kitchen is beautiful. I love the white cupboard doors with the work surface, they match so well. I do love a big farmhouse style sink too!

  11. Your kitchen is georgous. Hard to believe it's IKEA.

  12. Wow. Wow. Wow. Your new kitchen is gorgeous! I love the sink and taps. Contemporary and fresh but with a vintage touch. So beautifully done xx #Love2Blog

  13. Such a lovely kitchen, it looks amazing! I want that sink haha xx

  14. You have such a beautiful kitchen. I really love the theme and the worktops. gorgeous x

  15. What a transformation. Your new kitchen looks really nice and smart, completely to my taste. I do like Ikea kitchens.x

  16. Oooooh I love it!!! What a brilliant transformation! x

  17. Great kitchen!! Just planning mine and looking for inspirations.


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