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Custom Ikea Cabinets

by - Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Are you ready for more Sarah Richardson? If so, you'll want to plop yourself in front of the TV and watch Sarah 101 which debuts tonight on HGTV Canada. I heard all about the show when I met Sarah last month and I previewed the first episode and I'll tell you, it is fan-freaking-tastic.


In the first episode, Sarah tackles a kitchen using that budget-friendly & stylish option - IKEA! But yes, this is "bespoke Ikea" (and if you've been a long-time reader here, you know we Renovators definitely like customizing our Ikea!) Sarah's doors are professionally sprayed and the end-product doesn't obviously look like an Ikea kitchen. If you hadn't considered customizing Ikea for your own projects, here's some links that may change your mind.

- An excellent and very informative article by Carol Reed on Painting Ikea Kitchen Cabinets. Definitely read the comments to the post too!

- Margot Austin's gorgeous country kitchen. She used Ikea's Tidaholm oak cabinets painted in ICI's Meeting House in a lacquer in a satin finish.

- Sarah's House 2 kitchen. A custom look by using two shades of paint!

- The folks at chezerby combine an Ikea kitchen and DIY elements with stunning results.

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14 comments

  1. Oh looking forward to that! I love Sara Richardsons work and watch all her shows. I "modified" my Ikea kitchen cabinets by adding trim and corbels as they were too "boxey" and now they look fabulous - I think!

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  2. I loved the kitchen episode that we received to preview but it says on the Sarah 101 site that the first episode is a living room - they must have changed the schedule.

    Margot's kitchen is fab and haven't seen the kitchen in the last photo before - have to check it out.

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  3. Keep us posted about the Sarah 101 show! I wonder when it will be finally shown down here??

    And thanks for the "custom" Ikea kitchen inspiration... we will definitely be going that route when we get to our kitchen remodel.

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  4. I love how Sarah reinvents her shows to stay fresh, moving on when someone else starts to do what she has done. I don't know if this is going to air in the states, I'll have to look! I adore Sarah and all her work! Lucky you to have met her!
    Janell

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  5. I was going to go the Ikea route and customize them during our kitchen renovation. We decided against it, because any customization voided the 25 year warranty. Instead, we used Ikea kitchen cabs in both our bathrooms as vanities. They look nice, but I'm happy I went more custom in the kitchen as I wanted white uppers and gray lowers.

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  6. I adore the first too- am still looking at options for our new kitchen and will definitely look into this- for some reason though, it scares me...one of those things where I think I'd rather pay the extra and have someone start from scratch- not sure.

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  7. ahh I wish I could rip out the crap in my kitchen (rental) and make it pretty!

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  8. Anyone know how to watch HGTV Canada in the states??

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  9. Can't wait for the first episode as well! I have attempt the ikea kitchen customization as well.. But I used it as bedroom storage built-ins instead.. Inspired by sarah's handy work for her farm house.

    http://designmaze-tim.blogspot.com/2010/10/bedroom-makeover.html

    My next fun project maybe to paperback fabric and instead as wallpaper


    Sent from my iPhone

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  10. Love, love, love Sarah and Tommy! Can't wait to catch it later tonight on the west coast. Looks like the kitchen episode will be later though - something to look forward too. Sooo jealous that you got to meet her!

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  11. Thank you so much for the links - I'm considering paint-Ikea-cabinets route, so this is very helpful!

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  12. I have totally been stalking the IKEA kitchens for a while as we get ready to redo ours!

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  13. So cool! She is very talented : ) Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  14. I loved her farmhouse ikea kitchen and I think Ikea kitchens totally rock - used Applad in the laundry and Nexus Brown in the kitchen during our remodel.

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