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Our Kitchen Renovation (The Plan)

Ready for a breakdown of the finishes we’ve selected for our kitchen renovation? I’m loving the classic style with a touch of vintage bistro, including the IKEA Bodbyn off-white cabinets.

Hello everyone! The dust from our wall demo has settled long enough to finally share the finishes we’re planning on using in our new kitchen. Over the past few months, I’ve been scouring the web and running around like crazy checking out options for flooring, cabinets, countertops, hardware and more to come up with a style we’re all happy with. It isn’t an easy feat when you’re wanting to stay on budget and create a kitchen that will stand the test of time, but so worth it!

Our Kitchen Makeover Selections With IKEA Bodbyn White Kitchen Cabinets, Subway Tile Backsplash and Marble Quartz Countertop

As you can see, we’re going for a classic white kitchen with a touch of vintage bistro. Most of these selections are locked in place, but we’re still finalizing a few things like hardware and lighting. It seems like everything I’m drawn to comes from the US, which poses some challenges to the budget after factoring in the exchange rate plus shipping. A bit more searching may be in store or maybe a road trip?

Our Kitchen Renovation Details

The off-white Bodbyn cabinets are part of the new Sektion line at IKEA. Originally I was going for a painted shaker style door, but you can’t beat the value and flexibility of this line. The layout of our kitchen will basically be the same with some added functionality.

For the backsplash, we’ve selected matte white subway tiles that will be installed to the ceiling. The grout will be a contrasting grey colour that’s pulled from the Frosty Carrina countertop.

To warm things up, we’re installing a brushed white oak hardwood floor in a darker stain. This was a tough choice as I thought I’d go lighter for maintenance issues, but the super matte finish doesn’t seem to show footprints or scratches, and it suited our house so much better. I guess we’ll see!

For the lighting, we plan on adding an industrial wall sconce over the sink and two schoolhouse pendants over the island. The existing track fixtures were already converted to recessed lights a while back.

I was fortunate to win the Trinsic faucet at Blogpodium last fall thanks to the good people at Delta! It’s sleek design goes nicely with our new over-the-range Panasonic microwave that will free up space for more upper cabinets. Storage was always an issue in the old kitchen.

Our undermount sink (not pictured) will be a square style in stainless.

All of our trim will be replaced with MDF in a simple shaker style and painted out in Benjamin Moore’s White Dove (OC-17). The IKEA cabinets are just a bit too cream to do a Bodbyn off-white colour match. The walls will be painted Baby Fawn (OC-15), a greige colour we used in our living room last fall.

Finally, for the hardware I’m leaning towards a squared-off cup pull mixed with a longer simple pull. Once the cabinets go in I’ll pick up a few options and check them out in the space.

So, what do you think? I have some progress pictures I can’t wait to share with you, including our popcornless ceiling! Today we’re taking out the final part of the kitchen (where I lose my sink and dishwasher- ugh!) and we’ll also be picking up plywood for the new subfloor, as well as supplies to install the new doors. Then, I may have a little more time to keep you up to speed.

You can catch up on all the kitchen posts here and check out more of our kitchen plans on Pinterest.

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See you again soon!

Shauna at Satori Design for Living Blog - Home Decor, DIY, Vintage Finds, Recipes


  1. Oh how exciting Shauna! I love your mood board (want that pendant light… um heck yeah!) and it’s going to look just gorgeous together. Have fun in the mean time – celebrate popcornless – and don’t work too hard!

    1. Scraping that popcorn wasn’t the best job, but so worth it. Can’t believe how much brighter the space looks. Definitely going to need a break in the fall!

    2. Wow! This has been helpful. We’re doing our Kitchen with Bodbyn off-white. I love the look of subway tile but I fear the white with off-white will look strange and bring out yellow tones in the cabinets. Do you find this? It looks great on the photos. We’re also leaning towards darker countertops, but I sure love your lighter ones – hmmmmm so many decisions! :)

      1. Hi Natalie, The tile we used for the backsplash is actually an off-white matte subway tile. The white tiles all looked too stark against the off-white Bodbyn. You can see more details in this post.

  2. I love your mood board, I hope you’re able to get those lights. They’re gorgeous! You’ll be happy with the IKEA cabinets I’m sure, we’ve had ours for 6 years and I still love them, and we have that same microwave too. No complaints yet. I also have Baby Fawn somewhere in the house, I forget where :P Similar tastes! Good luck with everything!

    1. Great to hear about the IKEA cabinets. I love how far the drawers pull out and how much flexibility there is. Baby Fawn just seems to work on our main floor. The perfect neutral for pops of blue and green mixed with taupe and grey- my favourites!

  3. How fun! I can’t wait to own a home and do some renos. I love the hardware and tiles! How much longer till you think it’s complete?
    Can’t wait to see the final product!


    1. Careful what you wish for! No, I agree it’s nice to be able to do what you want. Living through it isn’t that much fun though!
      I’m guessing we’ll wrap things up by the end of September. Crossing my fingers for that anyway!

  4. You must be so thrilled to have your kitchen reno coming together like this! I love where you are going with it, and can’t wait to see the end result. I am head over heels for that pendant. It’s gorgeous!

  5. Love your inspiration board, Shauna! The subway tile is my favorite!! And love Ikea cabinets. we’ve been contemplating getting them for quite some time now! Can’t wait to see it al come together!

    1. Thanks Kendra! I didn’t think I’d go the IKEA route until I saw the new line. Seem like good quality and I love the flexibility. I’ll let you know what I think after I live with them for awhile.

  6. Um, this is going to be incredible! We put in Ikea cabinets last year and totally love them, I’m sure you will too! I can’t wait to see how it all comes together, it’s kind of a dream kitchen!

  7. Isn’t redecorating up in Canada so frustrating? There’s SO many great things out of the states, but shipping is just killer

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