Bright white cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, a glossy blue-green tiled backsplash and a charming dining area transform a dated kitchen. Steal senior design editor Cameron MacNeil's tips as he outlines the rationale behind this year's Ikea Kitchen Contest makeover. The Chathanat family from Markham, Ontario, had a few complaints about their builder-basic kitchen: stain-prone countertops, not enough seating, and insufficient lighting among them. Learn how Cameron addressed these issues and how to do the same in our own home.
Kitchen construction, Ikea Installation Services, Ikea, Vancouver (604) 273-2051, Coquitlam, B.C. (604) 636-1000, Calgary (403) 273-4338, Edmonton (780) 433-6000, Burlington, Ont. (905) 681-IKEA, Toronto (416) 222-IKEA, (416) 646-IKEA, Vaughan, Ont. (905) 695-5075, Ottawa (613) 829-4530, Montreal (514) 738-2167, Boucherville, Que. (450) 449-6755, 1-866-866-IKEA or visit Ikea.ca; Praktfull Pro A50 S range, Praktfull Pro B50 S exhaust hood, Adel cabinets in White, Nutid fridge, Ikea, as above; backsplash, Mettro Source, Toronto (416) 913-1722 or visit Mettro.ca; ventilation exhaust cover, Perfect Stainless, Toronto (416) 533-5653 or visit Perfectstainless.com; Leksvik dining table, Ingolf chairs, chair pads, Alvine Kottar drapes, Ikea, as above; pendant (over table), Lamp Cage, visit Lampcage.com; wall colour, Salt Scrub (P5215-34), Para Paints, call 1-800-461-7272 or visit Para.com; floor tiles, Olympia Tile & Stone, call 1-800-268-1613 or visit Olympiatile.com; Hanstone countertop in Magellan, Adel cabinets in White, Alvine Kottar drapes, Renlig integrated dishwasher, Ringskar faucet, Antik knobs, Grej handles, rug, Ikea, as above; dish soap, lotion, La Merceria, Toronto (416) 848-0057 or visit Lamerceria.ca; valance sewing, Blinds, Drapes & Bedding, visit Blindsdrapesbedding.ca; Nutid forced-air oven, Nutid microwave, Ikea, as above.