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Kitchen of the Week: Ikea Meets Semihandmade in a Shell Pink Beach House Kitchen

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Kitchen of the Week: Ikea Meets Semihandmade in a Shell Pink Beach House Kitchen

January 23, 2020

Of all the trending alternatives to icebox white in the kitchen, pink doesn’t exactly rank at the top of the list. Still, we’ve encountered several kitchens of late that use blush tones to great effect: see, for instance, A Plaster-Pink Kitchen in Bath, England, Two Young Architects Think Pink in LA, and Urban Tropical in London.  These designs all telegraph a notably cheery vibe thanks to their pastel palette—and the same can be said for this compact galley in a 1959 house in Solana Beach, in northern San Diego County.

San Diego interior designer Michelle Salz-Smith and her team at Studio Surface were called in to give the place an overhaul on a budget. Here’s the kitchen, which makes use of Ikea cabinets and Semihandmade doors—plus Farrow & Ball’s beloved pale pink known as Setting Plaster.

Photography by Jenni Corti, courtesy of Studio-Surface.

Kitchen of the Week Ikea Meets Semihandmade in a Shell Pink Beach House Kitchen The designers set out to create a kitchen that looks at home in its midcentury setting but also feels fresh and sunny. The family of six who own the house live in San Diego and use it as a vacation getaway and rental, which Salz Smith says &#8\2\20;gave us more freedom to be a bit unconventional in terms of the color.&#8\2\2\1;
Above: The designers set out to create a kitchen that looks at home in its midcentury setting but also feels fresh and sunny. The family of six who own the house live in San Diego and use it as a vacation getaway and rental, which Salz-Smith says “gave us more freedom to be a bit unconventional in terms of the color.”

To get the look of custom cabinets without breaking the bank, they went with Semihandmade fronts, which are made to pair with Ikea frames; Salz-Smith had used them in her own kitchen. They’re painted in Setting Plaster in an eggshell finish: “we wanted a soft sheen that is washable but NOT shiny,” specifies Saltz-Smith. “I always do a sample door first, if possible.”  The countertop is Silestone in Eternal Calacatta Gold.

Kitchen of the Week Ikea Meets Semihandmade in a Shell Pink Beach House Kitchen The new setup occupies the original kitchen&#8\2\17;s location right off the front entry. To make good use of the \1\1\2 square feet, the designers went with a galley layout. They offset the pale pink with their favorite white, Benjamin Moore&#8\2\17;s White Dove, one of our Architects&#8\2\17; Top \10 White Paint Picks. The sconce over the sink is the \$\139 Swift in coral by Cedar and Moss.
Above: The new setup occupies the original kitchen’s location right off the front entry. To make good use of the 112 square feet, the designers went with a galley layout. They offset the pale pink with their favorite white, Benjamin Moore’s White Dove, one of our Architects’ Top 10 White Paint Picks. The sconce over the sink is the $139 Swift in coral by Cedar and Moss.
Kitchen of the Week Ikea Meets Semihandmade in a Shell Pink Beach House Kitchen The custom look of the kitchen is enhanced by a wall of V groove paneling, assembled and installed on site. It&#8\2\17;s hung with a utensil rail and simple open shelves in white oak made by the finish carpenter. (Thinking of installing paneling yourself? See Remodeling \10\1: The Ultimate Guide to Shiplap, Beadboard, and V Groove.)
Above: The custom look of the kitchen is enhanced by a wall of V-groove paneling, assembled and installed on site. It’s hung with a utensil rail and simple open shelves in white oak made by the finish carpenter. (Thinking of installing paneling yourself? See Remodeling 101: The Ultimate Guide to Shiplap, Beadboard, and V-Groove.)
Kitchen of the Week Ikea Meets Semihandmade in a Shell Pink Beach House Kitchen A high impact affordable detail: the Wallniture 33 Inch Utensil Rail is \$\29.99 on Amazon, \15 S hooks included. The pull down faucet is Brizo&#8\2\17;s Litze design in gold.
Above: A high-impact affordable detail: the Wallniture 33-Inch Utensil Rail is $29.99 on Amazon, 15 S hooks included. The pull-down faucet is Brizo’s Litze design in gold.
Kitchen of the Week Ikea Meets Semihandmade in a Shell Pink Beach House Kitchen The splurge: a fifties style Smeg fridge, approximately 57.5 by \24 inches. The black metal cabinet knobs are Rejuvenation&#8\2\17;s Mid Century Pegs.
Above: The splurge: a fifties-style Smeg fridge, approximately 57.5-by-24-inches. The black metal cabinet knobs are Rejuvenation’s Mid-Century Pegs.
Kitchen of the Week Ikea Meets Semihandmade in a Shell Pink Beach House Kitchen The paneling extends to a sunny eating area with a window bench. The floor is Duchateau&#8\2\17;s wood lookalike Cantin: &#8\2\20;real or engineered wood is typically our go to, but for a rental, these luxury vinyl floors are a fantastic alternative,&#8\2\2\1; says Salz Smith.
Above: The paneling extends to a sunny eating area with a window bench. The floor is Duchateau’s wood lookalike Cantin: “real or engineered wood is typically our go-to, but for a rental, these luxury vinyl floors are a fantastic alternative,” says Salz-Smith.
Kitchen of the Week Ikea Meets Semihandmade in a Shell Pink Beach House Kitchen Four Hands&#8\2\17; Lewis Windsor Chairs surround an Ikea dining table. The woven bamboo light is the Sinnerlig from Ikea. The house is currently rented for six months, but is occasionally listed on Airbnb.
Above: Four Hands’ Lewis Windsor Chairs surround an Ikea dining table. The woven bamboo light is the Sinnerlig from Ikea. The house is currently rented for six months, but is occasionally listed on Airbnb.

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