Ikea Kitchen Renovation: Cost Breakdown

I’ve never been too shy about talking about how much I spent for things, so as promised, I figured I’d do a breakdown post of the kitchen costs. Would you like to hear that? I know most people love hearing how much things cost (I do!). I want to see if things are affordable or how much something costs in other parts of the country. I’ve heard so many stories about people spending $30 to $50K on a kitchen renovation and I know a high-end house would be so much more than my humble fixer-upper, but my kitchen came in really well-priced, so I’m sharing the details. I’ll list them all at the end. Ya’ll like details, right?! Me too! So, let’s take another look at the kitchen BEFORE and you can really appreciate the breakdown of costs on the new one.  I should have taken more of those, but only took a few at the beginning before we tore it all out.  Ikea Kitchen Renovation Ikea Kitchen Renovation lighting

Take note of the door we took out that went to the living room.  NO regrets on taking that out either.  This is where my big bank of base cabinets sit now and my pretty rustic shelves.

Ikea Kitchen Renovation before

This one definitely needed plenty of work and I’m happy that we replaced everything. No regrets about that!

Now, again for the AFTERS!! ikea kitchen renovation after We’ve had some really dreary weather lately, but I opened up the blinds and took some more shots with no lights so you can see even more detail. This is not a huge kitchen at 7’ wide by 13 1/2’ long, but it’s very functional and the layout has proven to be super efficient. In other words, I love my kitchen! Paint color is Fennel by Pratt & Lambert, but I had it mixed at Sherwin Williams, they have the formula too. Kitchen bamboo blinds are from Payless Decor (I’m an ambassador for them) and are Java Vintage, lined with privacy shades.  I love them! Ikea Kitchen Renovation counter

The island fits nicely in front of the windows and is handy for taking things in and out of the fridge.  Chevron runner is from Ballard Designs and it’s an indoor outdoor, perfect for a kitchen. ikea kitchen renovation appliances

Fridge side with built in cabinet around the refrigerator. So glad I opted to pay a little more and get that done too.

Ikea Kitchen Renovation storage

The over the fridge cabinet has plenty of room for storing things I don’t use all that often, but are still easy to get to. ikea kitchen renovation cabinets




















Sink base and dishwasher side. I’ve got plenty of room in the glassfront cabinets for my glasses on the right and my every day dishes on the left. I’ve had questions as to why I didn’t take the cabinets all the way to the ceiling.  Simple answer is that Ikea cabinets are not made to go all the way to the ceiling. They recommend placing them at least 4 to 5 inches below the ceiling line.  Now, it can be done and regular crown molding can be added to make them all built in, but that adds more cost to the project. When I hired my installer I didn’t ask him to do that or figure in the cost, but he said it would add more cost and time to the job.  I just decided to do it with the small crown running around the top and for this kitchen, I’m totally fine with it.  Cutting crown molding right can be a tedious job, with walls and ceilings that are not level (as I’m sure is the case in this older house).  If I wanted, I could probably go back and add that later, but really I’m very happy with the way it looks. ikea kitchen renovation sink

Ikea Kitchen Renovation trash can

It really is a nice kitchen to cook in.  I bought a pull-out caddy garbage can at Lowes and love that. I’ve had these for years and can’t live without one now.

Ikea Kitchen Renovation windows

Sink and window. Love my Ballard Designs green glass pendant over the sink. Ikea Kitchen Renovation spice rack

Almost forgot the little spice cabinet.  It was ordered online and my installer fit a small door front onto it and I added a knob.  It was the perfect 6″ filler for this space and I’m really glad I got it. Ikea Kitchen Renovation sink

Sink is a Blanco Silgranit Super Single in Metallic Gray. I ordered it from Blanco to Go. Ikea Kitchen Renovation fixtures

I love this deep single bowl sink. It can handle the biggest platter, pan or pot. My faucet is Moen Annabelle in oil rubbed bronze and it was given to me by Moen.

Ikea Kitchen Renovation base cabinets

Ikea Kitchen Renovation kitchen cubby

The right side with the bank of lower cabinets.  One of the things I had my installer do was build in this little 12” open cabinet at the end of my base cabinets. Otherwise, that would have just been wasted space. I opted to take the cabinet all the way to the window sill edge and I think it looks fine. It certainly doesn’t block light from coming in these 2 huge windows and my blind tucks in behind it just fine. Having a dedicated space just for platters and cutting boards is great! These big pieces take up so much space otherwise. I think I’m going to take a cue from others I’ve seen who have Ikea pieces and fill in those little holes with caulk. That would make them disappear even more.

Ikea Kitchen Renovation microwave stove

This side of the kitchen has plenty of countertop space for prepping and cooking. Ikea Kitchen Renovation floating shelves

Those rustic shelves from Southern Accents (Cullman, AL) are another fave of mine. So glad I saved them for this project and they just make my kitchen. Those lower cabinet drawers are something else. That feature is definitely one of my favorite things about an Ikea kitchen. The drawers glide like buttah! And the soft close? Get out. Love that feature too. Ikea Kitchen Renovation pan drawer

OK, here’s a good look at those big drawers. There are two in each cabinet and they pull all the way out. I have all my pots and pans in this one.

Ikea Kitchen Renovation glass drawer

And the one above holds all my glass bakeware and measuring cups. Ikea Kitchen Renovation plastics drawer

To the left, more plastic storage pieces, colanders, baking pieces. Ikea Kitchen Renovation measuring supply drawer

And my plastic and glass storage piece drawer. I have room for it all. Ikea Kitchen Renovation rustic shelves

My shelves are fun to change up, but for now I like them simple with a few pretty pieces on top. These shelves are 4′ wide and 12″ deep. Since I got the question about the spacing on the shelves, I’ll answer this:  My ceilings are 8′ tall.  The top shelf is 17″ from the ceiling and the bottom shelf is 17″ below that.  The bottom shelf is 23″ from the countertop and the brackets are spaced 3′ apart (shelves on top are 4′).  This was all done by eyeballing the shelves as they were put up by my BIL, Bruce and I’m very happy with how they are placed on the wall. Here’s the post showing him putting them up.  The iron brackets are also from Southern Accents and they were screwed in with long screws into studs, so they are very secure.

Ikea Kitchen Renovation shelves closeup

I added one of my vintage paintings to the back of this shelf and love the extra texture and color. Ikea Kitchen Renovation storage cabinets

The big pantry sits right inside the door and I’m so glad I had room for it too. Ikea Kitchen Renovation storage pantry

These 5 pull out shelves hold so many things.

Ikea Kitchen Renovation pantry I haven’t even filled up all my cabinets yet. The lazy Susan on the bottom corner cabinet hardly has anything in there. Nice to have room to spare!

Ikea Kitchen Renovation corner carousel

The top has a few bottles of oil and vinegar handy but it’s nowhere near full either. Ikea Kitchen Renovation microwave cabinet

The over the microwave cabinet is extra deep and can hold some out of the way pieces that I don’t need all the time. Ikea Kitchen Renovation dish cabinet

And, the cabinet to the left of the microwave holds all my pretty green bunny dishes for now. To go cups up top. That’s a complete tour of this Ikea kitchen and I really couldn’t be happier with it. I would recommend an Ikea kitchen to anyone looking to have a pretty kitchen on a budget. It has all the bells and whistles I need.

Ikea Kitchen Breakdown:

Ikea Adel cabinets cost, including hardware (with their 20% sale price) 14 upper and lower cabinets, plus pantry: $4,133

Spice Cabinet pullout from here$75

Labor to Install cabinets: $1,075 (included installing microwave, extra open cabinet for platters/cookie sheets, bridge over sink, building out the cabinet over the fridge). My installer was Victor Marti, at 678-983-5550, here in Atlanta area.  I would highly recommend him.

Ikea Microwave: $200

Maytag Range: $657

Refrigerator: $810 (bought with a $750 giftcard from Lowes) Big blessing!

Dishwasher:  Installed by the bank when I bought the house.

Sink: Blanco Silgranit Super Single in Metallic Gray. I ordered it from Blanco to Go, but they seem to be out of business now. But, if you’re looking at Blanco sinks, check the internet for pricing as it changes all the time.  Here’s a link to Amazon with pricing.  I paid    $359.

Pendant Light: $56 (from Ballard Designs outlet)

Kashmir White Granite: $1,300 (Purchased from Legacy Granite in Alpharetta, GA: when I bought it was $32/s.f.) Faucet: Moen Annabelle oil rubbed bronze (given to me by Moen) Another big blessing!

Subway Tile: $125 including tile and grout (Bondera tilemat was sent to me for free).  Tile is from Floor and Decor, Interceramic, in Bone.  You can see all the tile and grout info on this post, Subway Tile and Backsplash.

Total Cost of Kitchen: $8,790

Not including flooring in this price, since the whole house was done with the same flooring. This is just kitchen cabinets, fixtures and appliances. The cost of the rustic shelves was $125 from Southern Accents, but I had already bought those 2 years ago, so I’m not going to add them to the kitchen cost, even though I used them in there.

That’s really not bad at all for a full kitchen of this size, don’t you think? I know most average small kitchens can’t be done for less than $10K, so I feel really good about what I spent on this one and very thankful for the help I got from sponsors too. I’m so grateful that I had the cash to pay for it as we went along, what a blessing that was. Just thought you’d like to know how much a kitchen like this costs. It’s more than I thought I’d pay originally, but overall very decent for a pretty kitchen that I’m totally happy with. Hiring the installation added some cost to the kitchen, but I’m SO happy I did that too.  I can’t imagine how tedious and hard it would have been for me and my dad to try to tackle that alone. Sometimes you just have to know when to hire the professionals! I’d love to hear your experience with kitchen remodels.  Have you remodeled a kitchen?  How did costs compare with mine?


- Rhoda


  1. Hi Rhoda,

    Love your kitchen!
    How long did it take you to order and receive everything?
    How many days/hours did it take your installer to do?
    If you are somewhat handy is it difficult to do the demo yourself?

    Thank you!

    • HI, Rose, my dad and I did the demo ourselves so if we can do it, anyone can. My dad is handy though and figured out how to get those old cabinets out. It took about 4 days for the installer to do everything, I think. I had to go back several times to get little things that we needed from Ikea, so that is something you have to deal with in an Ikea kitchen install. It was worth it though, I’m completely happy with my kitchen 3 years later. I ordered the cabinets from Ikea and had them delivered (all in boxes!) and my dad and I put them together. Of course, you don’t know what you are missing until you start putting them up, so hence the trips back to Ikea. It takes patience, but again worth it!

  2. wow ! beautiful kitchen and done within budget

  3. Urban Accent says

    Stunning kitchen makeover and I really like the lime green pain colour

  4. I’m coming late to the game, and glad that I found this post. We are trying to decide whether to go with cabinets from a traditional home improvement store, IKEA or custom build. We have a 1907 Victorian farmhouse and this style cabinet is what I’m considering. Thank you for sharing the costs. My hubby and I will be doing the renovations ourselves (WE.ARE.CRAZY).

  5. Michael Grady says

    Very Cool!! If you are going to use an undermount sink with any countertop especially stone, you should try these sink clips. No drilling needed, which is great!! We found them on AMZ. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YO4TNME?

  6. Karen E. Levy says

    Your kitchen looks great. I’m about to start this process and I’m SO overwhelmed. Will the IKEA folks help me decide HOW to use my space? I really want to use under counter refrigerator/freezer drawers to get more counter space. I don’t cook and I keep little food here. I can get a 24″ width product for $2500. The only other choices I have for wider drawers is Sub-Zero Wolf and it’s all over $4000. This is a place that I’m stuck. My kitchen is 8×12 and I don’t plan on moving any time soon. Advice?

    • Hi, Karen, they will give you some help with using their space planning software, however, I would recommend you get a kitchen designer or friend who knows this stuff to help you figure that part out. I had a little help with the space planning part of mine and didn’t rely on Ikea for that. We did draw it out on their software and that helps for ordering.

  7. Hello. Coming back to this post because it was such a pretty outcome. About to do a kitchen remodel and overwhelmed at all of the choices one must make! Question on your big drawers. How wide are they and how long ifs the drawer pull?

    • Hi, Lisa, thanks so much! I still love my kitchen. Those drawers are 3′ wide and the pulls 7″ wide. Good luck with yours!

  8. HI Roda! I’m new to your blog and just LOVE you, your blog, and your ideas! Not sure if you know, the Southern Living home in Senoia, Georgia a few years back was an IKEA kitchen! Forgive me if I am repeating another post, but am wondering if you had ikea measure for your new kitchen or if you planned it on your own. If you measured on your own, do you have any suggestions for planning and measuring?

    • HI, Sharon, thanks for stopping by! Yes, I saw the SL house in person and blogged about it and that Ikea kitchen really pushed me into getting the same for my house. I loved that kitchen! I didn’t have anyone come out from Ikea to measure for me, but my next door neighbor at the time was a former kitchen installer and helped me think things out. I used their software at Ikea to lay out the size of my kitchen and that helped to visualize what all would fit in there. I would go to a store and ask someone to help you after you play around with it at home. That’s what I did. Then when I got ready to order, I opened up my drawing in the store and they helped me with the purchase of all the pieces. It worked out pretty well and I had it all delivered to my house. My dad and I put all the cabinets together and I had an installer put them up. I did have to go back to Ikea at least 3 times during installation to get everything I needed, but that’s part of the process working with their products. I’m still SUPER happy with my Ikea kitchen!

  9. Very nice kitchen, how long did it take and did you use Ikea installers or did you have to find your own installers?

    • Lisa, I think it was about a week to get it all installed and all the final touches. I hired my own installer and didn’t go through Ikea.

  10. Hey, I found your blog while preparing for an Ikea kitchen.You know those little open holes on the inside of the cabinet don’t need to be filled in with caulk. Ikea sells little plastic plugs for them. They are part of the Variera line. If you search for Variera they will come up. The come in white or brown and it’s $1 for 100.

  11. Sierra Sando says

    How long did it take for the installer to get your new kitchen together? Just wondering what the time frame was from start to finish of this kitchen remodel 🙂

    • HI, Sierra, it probably took like 5 days or so, if I remember right. He worked several hours a day until it was all finished. I had to go back to Ikea at least twice during the install. There’s always something else to get. The backsplash was done after everything was installed, so that was another 2 to 3 days.

  12. Where did you get the square sponge holder?

  13. You absolutely made my day!! I also live in the Atlanta area and have been racking my brain and sourcing a million big box stores looking for the best deal and my budget is exactly 9k.
    I’m calling your installer in the morning!
    thanks a million

  14. Love your renovation! Great savings ideas too!

  15. Nice!
    How hard were the cabinets to install?
    I’m looking forward to planning my own kitchen. ?

  16. Charmaine Warren says

    Hello! We are thinking of using IKEA for cabinets for a house we are building. How are they holding up? Have you had any issues with them?

    • HI, Charmaine, Going on 5 years later, they are holding up great. No problems at all and I still love them.

  17. Beautiful! This sure looks like a dream kitchen to me! Did you pay to have the old kitchen removed? Was that included in your installation labor cost?


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