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Ikea Kitchen Renovation – The Final Budget Rundown

I’m going to spoil the ending of this post. Our final cost for the kitchen was just below $8,500.

Total Kitchen Reno for $8,500 Using Ikea Cabinets

This was for a complete kitchen remodel that included everything but the floors. Previous owners had installed laminate which we decided to keep for the time being. We replaced everything else – cabinets, counters, appliances, backsplash, and added some custom trim. All was DIY’d!

Total Kitchen Reno for $8,500 Using Ikea Cabinets

Ikea Lidingo Cabinets – $2,700

Total Kitchen Reno for $8,500 using Ikea Cabinets

Kashmir White Granite Counters – $1,400

Kashmir White Granite Counters

Appliances (range, fridge, dishwasher, hood) – $3,000

Ikea Lidingo Kitchen

Tile Shop Hampton Carrara Marble Backsplash – $300

Restoration Hardware Cabinet Pulls/Knobs – $200

Restoration Hardware Gilmore Pulls and Duluth Knobs

Restoration Hardware Heath Flushmount – $200

Restoration Harware Heath Flushmount

Trim – ~$100 (I don’t remember exactly…might be overestimating)

Total Kitchen Renovation for $8,500 Using Ikea Cabinets

Kingston Brass Faucet – $200

Kingston Brass Faucet with Tile Shop Hampton Carrara Backsplash

Huuuge 32″ Kraus Sink – $300

Kraus 32" Single Bowl Sink

GE 0.7 cu ft Microwave that tucks away perfectly in the micro cabinet – $75

Microwave that fits Ikea microwave cabinet


Final Rundown:

  • Ikea Lidingo Cabinets – $2,700
  • Kashmir White Granite Counters – $1,400
  • Appliances (range, fridge, dishwasher, hood) – $3,000
  • Tile Shop Hampton Carrara Marble Backsplash – $300
  • Restoration Hardware Cabinet Pulls/Knobs – $200
  • Restoration Hardware Heath Flushmount – $200
  • Custom Trim – ~$100 (I don’t remember exactly…might be overestimating)
  • Kingston Brass Faucet – $200
  • 32″ Kraus Sink – $300
  • GE 0.7 cu ft Microwave – $75

Grand Total – $8,475

Also, I just want to let you guys know I’m now on Twitter and Instagram! Or rather, I’m trying to figure out Twitter and Instagram :). Come over and say hi!


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  1. This looks fantastic! Did your costs include labor, or did you install everything yourself? Thanks for sharing this gorgeous kitchen!

    • Jena says:

      Thanks! We DIY’d everything, so no labor charges.

      • Elena says:

        Hi, we are getting ready to install our ikea kitchen and just noticed that the doors and drawers on the lower cabinets are flush with the top of the base cabinet. How did you install your granite countertops and what edge did you use? As we see it you can’t have a real bullnose because it would hang down and block the drawers/doors.

        Your kitchen looks great!

        • Jena M says:

          The hardware has adjustments that let you raise and lower the doors and drawers. Ours sit just below the top of the cabinets. Our granite was 3 cm with no mitered edge, so the edge of the granite is the same as the bottom of the granite. I think you must be looking at 2 cm granite with a mitered edge? I believe when they do that, they can lay it on plywood to raise it up so the edge doesn’t hang down. I’d check with your granite installers and ask how they handle cabinet doors with a full overlay. Hope this helps!

  2. Christine says:

    Love your kitchen….hubby and I did something similiar. Isn’t it great when you can do it yourself… save so much money. Congrats on all your hardwork, looks great!

  3. Donna says:

    Thank you for posting your pictures, your kitchen looks fabulous. We did ours with very similar materials, spent a little more on the appliances, though. Your post on how to intall a marble back splash inspired us to do the same. Love the green accents, too. Thank you!

  4. Orlando says:

    The kitchen looks great!

  5. bridgett says:

    Jena, my jaw is literally on the ground with this kitchen transformation! It looks like a completely different space! You did a fantastic job! I love the subway tile and hood! Would love for you to share at the party tonight! xo Bridgett

  6. Terry says:

    Wow, your kitchen looks great. I want to know how you got your granite so cheap. Here, we would pay easily 4 times that much!

    • Jena says:

      We did lots of shopping around! Once we knew the color, we just called a bunch of local fabricators to get the best price. We live in a large metro area, so there are tons and tons of granite dealers. Once we found a fabricator liked, we went to their distributor to choose the slab we liked. Typically all fabricators use the same few local distributors, so they mostly get the granite from the same places. Distributors don’t sell to the general public directly, so you have to go through a fabricator to actually purchase the slab. At least this is how it seemed to work around us! I can’t speak for all areas of the country though :)

  7. Angela C says:

    This kitchen is beautiful, really bright, white and amazing, I love the trim under the counter tops, I think thats the final piece I need in my kithcen, thanks for sharing :)

    • Jena says:

      The peninsula trim is probably my favorite decorative part of the whole kitchen! It was fun because we DIY’d it with my dad, and it’s crazy how something so inexpensive can really up the look of the space!

  8. kim says:

    Wow, beautiful job.

  9. Jenny says:

    Congrats on all your hard work. Are you more inspired to cook, or do you just stare in awe? It’s very beautiful!

  10. Suzan says:

    Your kitchen is just gorgeous – and looks like you spent double!!!
    Love the counter tops

  11. It’s beautiful. I love all the choices you made. It’s so fresh and appealing. You must love cooking in there now.

  12. lisa says:

    Beautiful job without spending a fortune!!! I will be following suit in the next year or two. Are you happy with your IKEA cabinets? Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven to say hi.

  13. Jennifer says:

    Wow. That is quite the transformation. Please share it on a terrific linky – Design Décor Tuesday. See you there! ☺

  14. kristin says:

    This is just stunning! Perfection!! Thanks for linking up, just posted on FB :)

  15. Jenifer says:

    Love your redo! We have the same u-shaped layout and upper cabinets over the stove. Wondering what the dimensions of your kitchen are and if you would share? Also, what is the layout on the fourth wall (to the left of the fridge)? Would love to see if we could rework our layout like this as well. Thanks and kudos!

    • Jena says:

      It’s about 8×11 with the 8′ run being the peninsula and the 11′ being from the back of the fridge to the back of the peninsula. There is nothing to the left, just a walkway and a wall with the doorway to our dining room. If you have space for cabinets to the left, I’ve seen similar kitchens with a counter depth fridge there, and then on the back wall where our fridge is you could put a range and hood. Just a thought!

  16. GREAT makeover! DIY is SO the way to go. We’re in the midst of a kitchen reno – our second actually. Loving all the white in your new space!

  17. Linda says:

    Great reno!! Can’t beat Ikea for their kitchens and $$$$.

  18. Beth Morrow says:

    Beautiful transformation!

  19. Nancy says:

    Simply amazing!! Beautiful!
    Great job…..
    Love it all
    Did you guys do all the work?? I am so impressed.

  20. Kay says:

    How did you handle the “ikea white” color match? Did you paint your island for example after the trim was added? Did you color match some paint?

    • Jena says:

      I have a post on white paints to match Ikea cabinets here:
      Hope this helps! :)

      • divrchk says:

        You don’t have the cost of any of the paint, trim, switch plates, plugs, grout, thinset, spacers, grout floats, tools not on hand, plumbing parts, nails, screws, etc… There are many costs not included here. Not a very accurate assessment…

        • Jena M says:

          Hi Corey! Thank you for so kindly stating your opinion, but I have to disagree with most of your claims. The room was already painted Sherwin Williams Ramie a couple of years prior which is why I didn’t include this price in the makeover. I do have a line item for trim that you must have missed, and I included the price of paint in that. That’s true, I didn’t include the cost of the switch plates or outlets/switches, so add about $20. I included the cost of the grout and thinset in the price of the backsplash. I already owned the tools needed, as we are avid DIYers. If you are looking to do a similar project, I was able to do the whole kitchen using a drill, circular saw, router, and miter saw, plus typical hand tools that most people already own (screw driver, etc). The miter saw would be the biggest investment, and it certainly would not be necessary. You could easily use a miter box with a hand saw. No additional plumbing parts were needed, as faucets tend to come with everything necessary for installation. Ikea provided all of the screws needed for the cabinets. However, I may have used a few extras here and there for things, although I would estimate less than $5 worth. I hope I addressed all of your concerns. Thanks for stopping by, and have a blessed day.

  21. This is amazingly beautiful! We have just started our kitchen reno and have the same layout as yours. We removed the wall between the kitchen and dining room and are planning on the same countertop/stove design with a hood. We’ve been set on removing the soffit, although I see how beautiful yours looks in tact, and I’m wondering if we should save the hassle? Did you ever contemplate removing yours?

    • Jena says:

      We thought about it, but then I started looking at a lot of upscale kitchens that had soffits. That inspired me to look into how we could make ours look more custom and built in, and I actually now prefer the look with a soffit than without :). I think it makes our low 7’6 ceilings look taller. If our ceilings where just a little taller, we may have taken out the soffit and put in taller cabinets that went all the way to the ceiling, since that would have given a lot more storage, but since that wasn’t an option we made the most of the soffit. It saved us a lot of work!

  22. Stella Marie says:

    I love this! We are hoping to renovate our kitchen (on a very small budget) this summer, and I was JUST saying last night we should check out Ikea. now i’m convinced that’s the way to go :-)

  23. This is totally fabulous! Do come and link it up with us!

  24. Amy says:

    Great job!

  25. Roeshel says:

    That’s one gorgeous kitchen on a pretty amazing budget! What an inspiration! Thanks so much for sharing, Jena! Pinned to my kitchen inspiration board! :) xo

  26. Jann Newton says:

    Looks fabulous! Great job.

  27. Your kitchen is gorgeous! I can’t wait to redo ours. Off to follow you on Twitter! :)

  28. Very nice! Hard to believe it cost under $10K. You guys did a great job. Love it! :)

  29. FCW says:

    Love your kitchen! What kind of appliances did you get and where? Love ‘em!

  30. Allison Clemens says:

    I love your kitchen, it is beautiful. I am SUPER interested in the light that you have over your table, where did you get it from?

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  32. Denise says:

    Jena, your kitchen is beautiful. Can’t believe all you did on your modest budget. Do you mind sharing the brand of your stove/oven. Are you happy with your selection? My mother-in-law has a similar kitchen layout and she is interested in that type of stove if she remodels her kitchen. Thank you so much for the advice.

    • Jena M says:

      Hi Denise,
      The range is a Maytag. For the most part is has been good. It makes a funny noise when the broiler turns on sometimes. The other thing I sometimes worry about is that the edges of the glass aren’t protected, so I am always afraid of things on the counter sliding into the side of the glass. I think some glass cook tops have a metal edge around them. We got it from Sears Outlet and I believe it was a customer return, so the price was great, which was one of the main reasons we got it :)

      • Denise says:

        Jena, thank you so much for this information. Again, I can’t stop looking at your kitchen. What a lovely transformation! So glad I found your blog via Hooked on Houses.

  33. AMAZING job, Jena! Sharing this on Facebook tomorrow!

  34. What an amazing transformation and I love how you broke out the price. It seems like a lot as one lump sum but broken down, it all makes sense. You have impeccable taste…love all of the crisp white. Beautiful job! :)

  35. Whitney says:

    wonderful looking kitchen! I have one question; how did you do your microwave cabinet? Can you buy it that way or did you modify or DIY that whole section? Thanks! Great work!

    • Jena M says:

      We bought the microwave cabinet then swapped out the door for a larger one that came down closer to the top of the microwave. We didn’t use that extra shelf that comes with the microwave cabinet that sticks out since this microwave was small enough to not need it.

  36. Heidi Johnson says:


    Great job on you kitchen! Quick question what is the finish on your restoration hardware cabinet pulls and knobs? Satin Nickel??

  37. Teresa says:

    Hi Jena – your kitchen look lovely – thank you so much for sharing!

    If you get a moment I have a question. I’m looking at doing a similar configuration in my own kitchen but was wondering what the measurement was between the side with the fridge and the side with the stove? So I guess the floor measurement between those two? I wanted to mark it out and see what it looked like in my own space.

    Thanks for any help you can give.

  38. Holly says:

    This makeover is amazing! I kept scrolling up and down thinking “they did ALL of this for $8,500??” Amazing!!

  39. Yasho says:

    Hello, very impressive kitchen. Is there a corner cabinet or some other cabinet between the dishwasher and range?

  40. Ruth C says:

    Jena – I keep referring back to these pictures while planning my own renovation. This is fantastic work!. As much as I can tell, my kitchen layout is a twin to yours (before). Could you show a picture or describe what the kitchen wall is like beside the refrigerator – on the opposite side of the room? Thanks!

    • Jena M says:

      Hi Ruth! It’s just hallway and then our dining room to the left of the fridge.

      • Ruth C says:

        Thanks! Mine is a door right beside the ‘fridge, and then a long, wall separating the kitchen from the living room (1963 Ranch). Until I saw your renovation, I was completely baffled as to how to put the kitchen together. And now, I also have some great ideas for my bathroom!

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