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DIY Kitchen Reno

Mix budget-savvy Ikea cabinets with sleek open shelves for a modern look.

Homeowners Jane and Jeff Wood were able to splurge on high-end appliances by using Ikea's Abstrakt and Rubrik systems in lieu of custom cabinetry. Affordable white subway tile and open shelving made the small window blend into the space, eliminating the big expense of enlarging it. A white and steel palette keeps the room bright and fresh, and accessories like a tea towel and stand mixer inject colour and personality.

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  • Photographer: Andrew Grinton
  • Source: House & Home 2009 Makeovers special issue
  • Products: Subway tiles, The City; pendant light, Restoration Hardware; countertops, sink, Perfect Stainless; faucet, Ikea; TV, Samsung; stand mixer, Williams-Sonoma; blue glasses (on shelf), white pitcher, Crate & Barrel.

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