How to Refresh your Kitchen, Part 5: Complete the Look, Realize the Dream!


How to Refresh your Kitchen, Part 5: Complete the Look, Realize the Dream!

If you’ve completed the first 4 parts of our refreshing kitchen series, CONGRATULATIONS! The hard part is over and the fun begins, because now it’s time to complete the look and then realize the dream.   


Color: A new color scheme breathes life into any kitchen, old or new.

Hardware: Change pulls, knobs and hooks for a quick update.

Accessories: Pull the look together with matching canisters and table-top accessories.



Because our friends at IKEA have been so gracious in showing us the way to a refreshing new kitchen, we’re going to use IKEA prices to help us plan our budget.

A typical 20-cabinet kitchen from IKEA will cost about $12K to $15K, allocated thusly:

  • 30% for cabinetry, drawers and interior fittings ($3,600 to $4,500)
  • 30% on appliances ($3,600 to $4,500)
  • 35% on countertop, sink and faucet ($4,200 to $5,250)
  • 5% on lighting, accessories and decorative doo-dads ($600 to $750)

Based upon the Remodeling 2009-10 Cost vs. Value Report, you can expect to recoup in home value 72% of your outlay on a major kitchen remodel and 78.3% on a minor kitchen remodel.  

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Making it Happen:

Wether you’re a DIYer or not, IKEA has options to realize our remodeling dreams.  Here’s a handy chart to help us decide what we’d like to do versus letting IKEA take the reigns. 

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So there you have it, a refreshed kitchen from start to finish! If you’ve missed any of the installments, follow these links to parts 1, 2, 3, and 4

We’d like to express our gratitude to our friends at IKEA for providing the information used in the Kitchen Refresh series. THANK YOU!



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