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Old 06-10-2007, 04:55 PM   #1
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help me renovate my kitchen < 450,- euros

and < 450,- means IKEA.. any specialists out there with good advice? my house is small, so i'd probably go for light colors, right?

i'm only replacing the doors for now, not the cabinets themselves.. i cannot use the cute window-doors because IKEA does 72 or 90cm and my upper cabinets are 59. shame. maybe when i get my taxes back. or maybe i should replace them now and do it anyway.......

the design-- i'm thinking ÄDEL white, maybe ÄDEL yellow-white, but that's the same color i have now.. maybe ABSTRAKT shiny white? but that might scratch easily! or maybe something else entirely? i have some 60-70's-look stuff so i'm probably going to work with rough sturdy metallic door handles like these.

my work surface and the floor (laminate) have this pattern:


so most of the wood doors would look weird.. and maybe too dark in my small living room. so what should i pick?? any suggestions??

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Old 06-10-2007, 08:32 PM   #2
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How do you feel about a weathered grey?
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Old 06-11-2007, 02:06 AM   #3
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laminated bamboo?
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Old 06-11-2007, 11:11 AM   #4
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How do you feel about a weathered grey?
are you talking about me?
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Old 06-11-2007, 11:32 AM   #5
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I'm thinking sequins.

Purple ones.
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Old 06-11-2007, 01:24 PM   #6
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ahh brightpearl, how nice of you to offer to help sticking all these sequins on my kitchen doors

IKEA doesn't have bamboo so that's not an option.. would be cool though. they have a bamboo floor which i like very much. weathered grey.. hadn't thought about that.. hmmmm.....

gaaah! i'll take a picture of my kitchen/living room tonight when my camera's batteries are charged.. thanks for the ideas guys
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Old 06-11-2007, 05:54 PM   #7
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my kitchen:




note the horrid dishwasher door panel. that's not stainless steel.. it's grey foil. and it's coming off

and yes i have to clean everything up
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Old 06-11-2007, 07:45 PM   #8
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^^looks pretty organized to me

but you haven't seen my kitchen! a perennial wreck

agree with you that shiny-white would probably scratch - what's the reason you're replacing the doors? are they old and broken, or do you not like them any more?

your kitchen is pretty small so you're right, you do want to stay with light colors - a light wood (IKEA birch veneer?) wouldn't darken the room that much. do you have kitties or dogs that might scratch it up?
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Old 06-12-2007, 01:00 AM   #9
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Maybe a chalky weathered white?

You could do a lot with door pulls if you decide to keep the fronts.



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Too bad the glass won't work. That would be so cool and airy.
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Old 06-12-2007, 02:31 AM   #11
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the biggest reason i'm renovating my kitchen is that horrid dishwasher door panel. i got the dishwasher from my uncle & aunt, this is what their old kitchen looked like.

i tried to find the same door panel or one comparable to the ones i have now, but it turned out to be a home-made kitchen and a matching door is nowhere to be found

so then i went to ikea and their ÄDEL yellow-white design turns out to be only slightly darker than the current color of the cabinet doors:



so i could replace the bottom doors without having to replace the top ones. in theory. for 186 euros. i really want to replace the top ones too, that's 450 (total). and with the glass doors, about 150 more. if i take a different color, i can't do the bottom first and then the top!

i tried the birch veneer, but it looks weird with the worktop.. i liked the birch too!

trish, i dig those chrome deco door pulls! that's exactly what i'm looking for!
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Old 06-12-2007, 09:51 AM   #12
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I think they'd look perfect in there.
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Old 06-13-2007, 06:04 PM   #13
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where did you find those?? they look genuine!
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Old 06-14-2007, 12:52 AM   #14
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You can ask this person.
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Old 06-14-2007, 06:52 PM   #15
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^ ack-- unexpected exposure to fear stimulus



i just saw this: http://www.akamsterdam.nl/index.html

if i had the cash, i'd go for this one with red worktop:



that's a genuine American Kitchen by Raymond Loewy, very nice restoration job! but i guess 3000,- is a bit off-budget
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