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

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      • 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!

  1. 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!

    • 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 :)

    • 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

      • 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.

  4. says

    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!

  5. 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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  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

      • 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!

  11. Juan Amigo says

    Hi Jena,
    Your kitchen was an inspiration to remodel ours. Even though we don’t have an IKEA here we drove 6 hours out-of-state to get the exact same cabinets you have. We are now getting the granite countertops, however we don’t have a design for the brakets/corbels. I LOVE yours and I was wondering if you could or would share a template so I can try making them.

  12. Carol says

    Your “before kitchen” is my kitchen almost exactly so I am very inspired by the redo.

    A couple of questions:

    How did you get your appliances so inexpensively? I am in the Portland OR metro area.

    Also…..Did you have the granite professionally installed or did you do that as well?

  13. Phil says

    I saw in the comments that you used a corner cabinet between the range and the dishwasher. I’m assuming based on the layout, that the same style of corner cabinet was used on the opposite corner. Is this the corner base cabinet with pullout organizer? http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S59855968/
    If so, how do you like it zoo far? Did it require any use of a spacer between itself and the dishwasher?
    Thank You!

    • Jena says

      Yes, that looks like the same one we used in both corners. It’s not bad. We really didn’t have any other option with the size and layout we needed, and it’s better than having no pullout, but the shelves are kind of flimsy. The space is definitely more limited than having static shelves (a lot more wasted space) but I’d rather that than crawling on my hands and knees to reach to the back of the cabinet. I would have probably preferred the lazy susan type of corner cabinet, but they didn’t work with our layout. We don’t have a spacer between our dishwasher and cabinet.Just make sure that when you open the dishwasher door it won’t hit your cabinet knobs. I think that’s why Ikea sometimes specifies a space if you’re using their kitchen designer tool. Our corner cabinet actually doesn’t go all the way back to the wall (used a couple of 2x4s to space it out from the wall) so that we don’t have a spacer between the cabinet and the stove. That ended up giving enough room to open the dishwasher door without hitting the knobs.

  14. Sara says

    Amazing job! We are getting ready to tackle a project and our kitchen seems very similar and yours is exactly what we have been envisioning and designing in Ikea’s kitchen planner–it is great to see one done for real. Do you mind sharing what the dimensions of your kitchen are? I clicked through past posts, but couldn’t seem to find it if it was mentioned!

  15. Justin Bartkevicius says

    My parents in-law live in Stone Mountain, GA and they have almost EXACT same kitchen layout like yours…they are planning on installing IKEA kitchen.
    Would it be possible for you to send me your IKEA kitchen design? Hand drawings, product list, PDF, digital drawings….anything that could help us to visualize your thought process, what each section is for… I would greatly appreciate it.
    I really enjoy your post about Ikea kitchen renovation! WOW!

  16. Ryann says

    I’m so happy to have found this! Love the result. My question is did you plan the layout yourselves or did ikea come out and plan the layout for you? I have trouble visualizing what to do.

  17. Laurie says

    Hi, what is the model number of your microwave? Also, what are the dimensions of the opening that your microwave is in? And what are the dimensions of the cabinet above the microwave? Thanks!

  18. Jessica says

    Hello! i am curious how you Kraus sink has held up? It seems to check all the boxes as to what a stainless sink should be made of but I was nervous by some reviews that said it rusted very quickly, even overnight with a glass in it! Thanks.

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