Jaw-Dropping IKEA and Semihandmade Kitchen Makeover

by DIY Maven

 

IKEA kitchen before
Photo: Allie at Home

The kitchen in Allie's 1978 home looks nothing like this anymore thanks in large part to some strategic demolition and IKEA. The demo bit came when she and her husband knock down the wall between their kitchen and dining room to create one open space. The wood flooring was removed and replaced with something that unified the expansion. When it came time to furnish the area, IKEA cabinets were chosen


for the...

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How To: Make a $6 Biomass Stove

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DIY Biomass Stove still shot
Photo: Cooking Different

Not your typical outdoor cooker, this biomass stove, which the maker calls a "rocket stove," could be a perfect addition to a small backyard.  It has a lot going for it including the fact that it smokes very little, it's virtually indestructible, it only needs a tiny bit of fuel (aka: biomass,

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DIY Kitchen Island Made of Pallets

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pallets used for DIY kitchen island
Photo: Noting Grace

When Jen needed a cost-effective kitchen island for her rental, she turned to pallets. She'd had success before using them to re-do a bookcase, so this was familiar territory for her. First in the island's creation was building a frame--the wood for which, Jen notes, was the only lumber that was actually purchased for the project. 

DIY pallet island framing
Photo: Noting Grace

 

After that, it was just a matter of applying the...

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Extreme Makeover: IKEA Tarva Dresser Turned Bar Cabinet

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Extreme Makeover: IKEA Tarva Dresser Turned Bar Cabinet
Photo: Addicted 2 DIY

The lovely thing about IKEA's Tarva dressers--besides their low sticker price--is their blank-canvas quality. They can easily be painted and stained to make them one of a kind creations. Katie, from Addicted 2 DIY can attest to this, as she not only (eventually) painted and stained her Tarva 3-drawer dresser, she took its makeover to the extreme by breaking out the power tools and turning it into a bar cabinet, complete

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Old TV Cabinet Turned Kitchen Cupboard

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Old TV Cabinet Turned Kitchen Cupboard
Photo: Newton Custom Interiors

Remember these things?? About ten years ago, everybody had one. Then televisions grew skinny and started popping up on walls. Nobody needed big old cabinets--excuse me, entertainment centers--anymore and they started appearing in thrift stores and on Craigslist in every city in the country. But Jann kept hers, figuring

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A Very Surprising Kitchen Makeover

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A Very Surprising Kitchen Makeover
Photo: Aston Design Studio

Hate oak cabinetry? Most people these days seem to, or feel that they are expected to hate it. However, the people who own the kitchen pictured above didn't and weren't afraid to admit their preference. They liked oak's "refined rustic/craftsman style." So, when it came time to

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Unnecessarily Necessarily Tuscan Kitchen Makeover

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Unnecessarily Necessarily Tuscan Kitchen Makeover
Photo: Becki Owens

This makeover might be a head-scratcher for some. I mean, there wasn't anything necessarily wrong with the kitchen "before." And, as a matter of fact, I'm sure it was some peoples' idea of a dream kitchen. It wasn't, however, its owners' idea of a dream kitchen. With the help of designer Becki Owens, they ditched the Tuscan vibe completely. Professionally sprayed

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Before and After: From Table to Banquette

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Before and After: From Table to Banquette
Photo: MidnightXII via imgur

I have a love/hate relationship with banquettes (aka kitchen booth things). I love them because because of their ability to tuck into small spaces yet provide a lot of seating. I hate them because they're built in and can't be moved, unlike furniture. And then there's that "what happens when the dude in the center needs to get out?" thing. "Excuse me.

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