Even although i live in ikea-land i seldom by anything there, mostly get secondhand stuff to rebuild.
I and my girlfriend are reparing a house from 1884 with an addon built 1978. The house was i pretty bad shape when we bought it and we have been taking away mouldy pars for two years now and in a year (or so) we will be ready.
The kitchen was in good shape but the smell of mould made it impossible to keep. We checked the prises for a new kitchen and quickly decided to by a used one. Since we're not so fond of the modern all-must-be-white-style and doesn't have a fortune in the bank it seemed like a resonable option. We are both quite handy and like to make things.
We got a used kitchen from 1940-50 for ~120 euros, ,a free sink, a new bench for ~150 e and some paint for 30 e.
(plus 60e for trailer rent and fuel to get it home :( )
Unfortunately the kitchen we bought lacked some parts, we need more space. I looked on ebay but didnt find anything more matching so we decided to make the rest ourselfs. After inspecting the original parts we found that it would be quite easy to copy it.
This ible' is not intended as en exact instuction but so serve as inspiration and a way out of the ikea-dependence. Building your own kitchen makes it possible to get it exactly as you want, using local, reused, or cheap material.
As usual - english is not my native language so am sorry for bad language. Use common sense when using tools.
Step 1: Planning
First we started to write down what we wanted to fit in and some demands.
No chipboard. Absolutley none - a lot of the bad smell in our house came from chipboard... It's usable for eeh, i don't know, i really dont like it. The smell of formadelyde just make me feel sick.
The bench top was bought at a local DIY-store. We chosed betveen oak from china and oak from the same part om sweden as we live in. The chinese was as usual cheaper so we settled for the swedish, there is always something strange about things from the other side of the world that can be sold cheaper than the localy made. I'am not saying that it's automatically something wrong with chinese stuff, i personally just dont wan't to support that kind of business.
The handles are original from the 1940-50 and are sometimes available om ebay.
Solid wood and some plywood and masonite. Cheap, reliable and the same materials as in the original part.
We wanted more space for spices, towels and some pans and pots.
We decided to make a frame with solid wood and masonite to strengthen it. Masonite is rader flimsy but deals quite good with sideways forces.