A few months back, Margot wrote about Charlie and Kevin Dumais’s modern-rustic kitchen in their Litchfield, CT, home. Today, we’re going to show you exactly how they designed their characterful kitchen without breaking the bank. Hint: start with Ikea.
Featured photograph by Eric Piasecki, from Kitchen of the Week: A Design Couple’s Ikea-with-a-Twist Kitchen in Connecticut.
Above: The Dumais’s kitchen is small, just 150 square feet. “To help keep our renovation costs at a minimum, we used Ikea for the cabinet interiors and added plain front doors, drawers, and side panels from Semihandmade,” says Kevin.”We ordered them unfinished so we could paint them.” Charlie built the island himself. Photograph by Eric Piasecki.
Above: Other DIY elements include the small surface-mounted brass ceiling fixtures, which Charlie made as “retrofits that plug into the existing recessed lighting,” he says, and the whitewashed V-groove pine paneling he installed himself. (Charlie designs and makes lighting for a living; see Studio Visit: Ceramic Statement Lighting by Dumais Made.) Photograph by Kevin Dumais.
Above: Their one big splurge: the Calacatta Tucci marble counters from Stone Source. Photograph by Kevin Dumais.
Above: The console table is another homemade piece. Charlie used butcher block salvaged from his childhood home; the legs are industrial piping painted in Benjamin Moore White Dove enamel. Photograph by Kevin Dumais.
Cabinets & Shelves
Above: Ikea’s Sektion cabinet frames range from $35 to $130, depending on the size. Pictured is a Sektion base cabinet frame (shown with doors).
Above: Semihandmade’s DIY Slab Doors come unpainted and unfinished.
Above: The couple used reclaimed oak barn boards for the open shelving. An inexpensive lookalike: Ikea’s Tranhult Shelf; $14.99.
Above: Kevin and Charlie painted Ikea’s Ekby Valter brackets, but they have since been discontinued. For a similar look, try the Sanshult Brackets; $5.
Above: Schoolhouse’s Metal Slim Cone Shade is just $70.
Above: Benjamin Moore’s Sag Harbor Gray was used on the cabinet fronts and window trim.
Above: The base of the island is painted Benjamin Moore’s Essex Green.
Above: The walls are all painted Benjamin Moore’s White Heron.
Above: Brass details, like the switch plates the couple found on House of Antique Hardware’s website, add warmth to the gray kitchen. This Mid-Century Switch Plate is $16.99.
Above: The couple sourced their Ellis Wood Cabinet Pulls from House of Antique Hardware as well; $23.19 each.
Above: Kohler’s Purist Single Handle Swing Spout Kitchen Faucet in matte black is $531 at FaucetDirect.com.
Above: The Chantal Whistling Tea Kettle in copper is $160 at Williams Sonoma.
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