Abstrakt kitchen

Published on March 12th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Kitchen with a twist

Kitchen with a twist

Materials: Abstrakt cabinets with high gloss gray/white door fronts and drawers, Abstrakt refrigerator/fan cabinets, Nutid oven / microwave (30 inch) Besta Burs media storage unit, Numerar counter top (black with steel look edging) Numerar birch conuter top, quarter inch iron brackets (made at local foundry), Medium Foto pendant lamp over table,

Description: Our inherited kitchen was old, badly planned and left me with little inspiration to cook!

After looking at numerous styles, designs and crazy prices, I came up with a design which catered for all of the family needs and budget.

Welcome to Form meets Function and the savvy use of Ikea above Fridge Freezer Cabinets and Besta storage unit.

After the removal of the existing kitchen and the re-positioning of a door way, we were good to go.

Kitchen with a twist
Kitchen with a twist
Kitchen with a twist
Kitchen with a twist

We built a studded and drywall frame to house the 30 x 80 oven/microwave cabinet, the fridge/freezer and a 24 x 80 pantry. To make the poorly designed oven cabinet fit we had to cut down several of the drawer fronts. Several trips to Ikea were fruitless so we had to improvise.

The kitchen island was made using the standard double sink unit, the dishwasher and two drawer units on either end. An Ikea Numerar birch wooden counter top was cut down to make the side pieces with a high gloss white cabinet end piece used for the back. We cut down more wooden worktop to make the breakfast bar.

The most unusual part of the kitchen was the use of six over refrigerator/fan cabinets. We put three of the 30 inch units on the floor topped with a cut down counter top. We then stacked another cabinet on the end unit with two more “floating”. This was done by using thick iron brackets screwed into studs to take the weight.A straight iron bar was put underneath to spread the load. On top of the middle unit we put an induction cooker top with extractor fan above a stainless steel backsplash.

We used a a Besta Burs media storage unit on a wall of slate. This storage unit holds glasses and mugs. The slate wall as well as being a design feature absorbs the mid day heat to add natural warmth to the kitchen.

The lighting on the ceiling was replaced using the existing fittings with a mixture of Ikea lighting and lights from another big box store.

To frame the large chalkboard we used the left over birch counter top.

~ Sharron Matthewman, Alberta , Canada

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27 Responses to Kitchen with a twist

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi I absolutely love your kitchen. I would like to copy your ‘wall of slate’ area with that lovely drawer combination. I’m a little bit embarrassed to say that having looked at the IKEA website (UK) and reading your text I still can’t figure out exactly what you used and how you did it.
    Please would you be able to help me out :o ) Thank you!
    Best wishes,

  2. Anonymous says:

    kitchen looks fab. BUt not sure if this constitutes a Hack…unless I’m mising something.

  3. Hugh says:

    Wow, that is really quite creative. It looks like a high end Snaidero kitchen.

  4. Dana says:

    Finally had a chance to look at the pics. Looks awesome. You should post the before, to show off what an incredible job you did with the planning in moving walls. I disagree with the wood island comment, I think it’s a great contrast to the slate, giving that bit of warmth to the kitchen, and also ties in with the blackboard, which you didn’t post. A great design, Sharron.

  5. ttpjake says:

    what kind of cabinet handles are those on the floating cabinets with the cook top?

  6. Anonymous says:

    What a great design and beautiful kitchen! Totally inspired by your work!

  7. Wow, you’ve really created a beautiful space. A tremendous design.

    And I really love the slate on the wall and the passive heat you get from it.


  8. Mel V says:

    is amazing..can you add more pictures taken from the corner next to the sculpture ..
    i love the idea

  9. Anonymous says:

    I want the bistro table and those backless stools in your first photo. where did you find them?

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi,Thanks for your response, I bought the table from Home-Sense last year and had tread plate cut to size.
      The Backless stools are from Crate and Barrel, they are still available to buy, Sharron

  10. Anonymous says:

    I like it except for the island… It doesn’t match the rest. Might because of the wood countertop. Also, maybe, U should have placed the pantry in the middle rather than oven and fridge right next to each other cuz that just looks like too much stainless…. Also get matching stool, otherwise it looks choppy and distracting

  11. Anonymous says:

    can you expand on “To make the poorly designed oven cabinet fit we had to cut down several of the drawer fronts. “

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi, basically in order to make the look more streamlined without a piece between the oven and microwave, we had to use a drawer front, cut down to fill the gaps between the microwave and the top cupboard. We also cut the drawer fronts down to fit the drawers at the bottom. The panel ikea wanted us to use would have meant using a very large expensive piece and cut it down using probably only one sixth of it. The kitchen staff weren’t especially helpful so we had to improvise. Sharron.

    • Anonymous says:

      I love your kitchen! How do you ut down draw fronts without getting a raw edge on show?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Hmm. Oven beside a freezer? Not very energy efficient.

  13. Pacific NW Blogfan says:

    Fantastic. Congrats.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Nice Design. Love the female torso sculpture. Great to see fine art in the kitchen.

  15. luckylass says:

    I love it. Although they are not pictured prominently, I bet those apple green pendants bring a pop of color to the space. Love the slate wall too!

  16. karen says:

    I also love the barstools (transparent ones)
    Where did you get those?

  17. kallekenkel says:

    Nice work, this looks very sleek!
    Next up: a proper espresso machine ;)

  18. Mary Ann says:

    Awesome….want to redesign my outdated kitchen? :)

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