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How to: The Ikea Kitchen Cabinet

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In 2009, Dwell reported on the Ikea kitchen cabinet phenomenon, and five years later it is still going strong. From off-the-rack to custom, these kitchens use them best.
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  This tiny Stockholm kitchen is outfitted with cabinets from Ikea, painted a serene powder blue— a custom shade matched to one of resident Saša Antić’s favorite cashmere scarves. Photo by: Jonas Ingerstedt

    This tiny Stockholm kitchen is outfitted with cabinets from Ikea, painted a serene powder blue— a custom shade matched to one of resident Saša Antić’s favorite cashmere scarves. Photo by: Jonas Ingerstedt

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  Designer and resident Tom Givone  paired his custom built wood-fired oven, and FiveStar 48-inch commercial range with simple white Ikea cabinets. Photo by Mark Mahaney.  Photo by: Mark Mahaney

    Designer and resident Tom Givone  paired his custom built wood-fired oven, and FiveStar 48-inch commercial range with simple white Ikea cabinets. Photo by Mark Mahaney.

    Photo by: Mark Mahaney

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  In a Lakewood, Washington, renovation, Ikea cabinets were combined with durable work surfaces and personal touches like a chalkboard wall. Decopour flooring, a cement topping similar to terrazzo, is a very durable, family friendly surface. Kitchen, dining and outdoor space flow around a 12-foot long island—nicknamed "the mother of all islands" by the residents. 

    In a Lakewood, Washington, renovation, Ikea cabinets were combined with durable work surfaces and personal touches like a chalkboard wall. Decopour flooring, a cement topping similar to terrazzo, is a very durable, family friendly surface. Kitchen, dining and outdoor space flow around a 12-foot long island—nicknamed "the mother of all islands" by the residents. 

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  "The house is where we experiment," architect and resident Andrew Dunbar says. He and his wife, landscape architect Zoee Astrakhan, made the most of what they could afford in their San Francisco home, providing elegant finished solutions that belie humble origins. In the kitchen, beechwood countertops were supplied free with six kitchens worth of Ikea cabinets. Photo by Justin Fantl.  Photo by: Justin FantlCourtesy of: justin fantl photography

    "The house is where we experiment," architect and resident Andrew Dunbar says. He and his wife, landscape architect Zoee Astrakhan, made the most of what they could afford in their San Francisco home, providing elegant finished solutions that belie humble origins. In the kitchen, beechwood countertops were supplied free with six kitchens worth of Ikea cabinets. Photo by Justin Fantl.

    Photo by: Justin Fantl

    Courtesy of: justin fantl photography

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  The Viking range and Bosch refrigerator in the kitchen are paired with Ikea lights and cabinets.  Photo by: João Canziani
    The Viking range and Bosch refrigerator in the kitchen are paired with Ikea lights and cabinets.

    Photo by: João Canziani

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  An Ikea Pax and Komplement closet system with custom doors hide clutter and insulate the kitchen thanks to automotive felt that was placed over them to dampen sound from a nearby track of the Long Island Rail Road in this Brooklyn renovation. Photo by Gile Ashford  Photo by: Gile AshfordCourtesy of: Gile Ashford

    An Ikea Pax and Komplement closet system with custom doors hide clutter and insulate the kitchen thanks to automotive felt that was placed over them to dampen sound from a nearby track of the Long Island Rail Road in this Brooklyn renovation. Photo by Gile Ashford

    Photo by: Gile Ashford

    Courtesy of: Gile Ashford

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