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Steal This Look: An Economical Kitchen in an English Beach House, Ikea Hack Included

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Steal This Look: An Economical Kitchen in an English Beach House, Ikea Hack Included

January 16, 2018

The humble, handmade holiday house of designers Maria Mihotich and Durrell Bishop sits on the Thames Estuary in Kent, England. The camp-style kitchen is made with Ikea cabinets hacked with plywood fronts, stainless steel counters, and DIY-style upper shelves. Here we dissect our favorite elements.

Across from the compact kitchen is a biergarten table and Ikea stools for extra seating. Photograph by Marcia Mihotich from Two London Creatives Shore Up a Tiny Beach House, Ikea Hack Kitchen Included.
Above: Across from the compact kitchen is a biergarten table and Ikea stools for extra seating. Photograph by Marcia Mihotich from Two London Creatives Shore Up a Tiny Beach House, Ikea Hack Kitchen Included.
The plywood front Ikea kitchen features loops of rope from a sailing shop as hardware. Photograph by Marcia Mihotich from Two London Creatives Shore Up a Tiny Beach House, Ikea Hack Kitchen Included.
Above: The plywood front Ikea kitchen features loops of rope from a sailing shop as hardware. Photograph by Marcia Mihotich from Two London Creatives Shore Up a Tiny Beach House, Ikea Hack Kitchen Included.
The hut is mostly plywood, but Maria and Durrell incorporate a playful palette of orange, red, and green when they can. Photograph by Marcia Mihotich from Two London Creatives Shore Up a Tiny Beach House, Ikea Hack Kitchen Included.
Above: The hut is mostly plywood, but Maria and Durrell incorporate a playful palette of orange, red, and green when they can. Photograph by Marcia Mihotich from Two London Creatives Shore Up a Tiny Beach House, Ikea Hack Kitchen Included.
The view from the back of the house, through the kitchen, and onto the deck. Photograph by Marcia Mihotich from Two London Creatives Shore Up a Tiny Beach House, Ikea Hack Kitchen Included.
Above: The view from the back of the house, through the kitchen, and onto the deck. Photograph by Marcia Mihotich from Two London Creatives Shore Up a Tiny Beach House, Ikea Hack Kitchen Included.

Materials

Shuttering plywood, a dense construction plywood, was the material of choice for building out the beach house. &#8
Above: Shuttering plywood, a dense construction plywood, was the material of choice for building out the beach house. “Shuttering ply has a more pronounced grain and is also more affordable,” the owners explain. “But there are many different grades of shuttering ply and we found a timber supplier in Rochester where we could choose one we liked and ordered the amount of sheets we wanted from the same batch. If the wood is from different batches, the patterning can be very, very different, which doesn’t look so good if you want to have a continuous surface.” For more of the plywood application, see Two London Creatives Shore Up a Tiny Beach House, Ikea Hack Kitchen Included.
The couple rebuilt the kitchen with Ikea cabinets, like this Sektion Base Cabinet with Drawers ($6), faced with shuttering plywood.
Above: The couple rebuilt the kitchen with Ikea cabinets, like this Sektion Base Cabinet with Drawers ($106), faced with shuttering plywood.
The thin stainless steel countertops and integrated stainless prep sink were originally from Ikea (the company no longer offers a stainless steel worktop option). For more on steel countertops, see Remodeling data-src=
Above: The thin stainless steel countertops and integrated stainless prep sink were originally from Ikea (the company no longer offers a stainless steel worktop option). For more on steel countertops, see Remodeling 101: Stainless Steel Countertops.

Appliances

Marcia and Durrell sourced a combination microwave/oven at Ikea. The Raffinerad Microwave Combi Oven (shown) is £500 ($687.) and only available at Ikea in the UK. The US equivalent from Ikea is the Nutid Microwave Oven for $695.
Above: Marcia and Durrell sourced a combination microwave/oven at Ikea. The Raffinerad Microwave Combi Oven (shown) is £500 ($687.29) and only available at Ikea in the UK. The US equivalent from Ikea is the Nutid Microwave Oven for $695.
The Sportsman Double Burner Cast Iron Stove is a solid piece of cast iron that connects to an LP via a hose kit sold separately; $44.99 at Home Depot. For more options, see  Easy Pieces: Camp Stoves on Gardenista.
Above: The Sportsman Double Burner Cast Iron Stove is a solid piece of cast iron that connects to an LP via a hose kit sold separately; $44.99 at Home Depot. For more options, see 10 Easy Pieces: Camp Stoves on Gardenista.
The simple Russell Hobbs
Above: The simple Russell Hobbs 2-Slice Toaster in Stainless Steel is €32.95 ($40) at Expert in Ireland.
The Récolte Classic Libre Electric Kettle in blue is something Marcia and Durrell picked up on a trip to Hong Kong. You can find it on Amazon for $84.0
Above: The Récolte Classic Libre Electric Kettle in blue is something Marcia and Durrell picked up on a trip to Hong Kong. You can find it on Amazon for $84.02.

Faucets & Fixtures

The Ikea Malmsjön Kitchen Faucet is $99.
Above: The Ikea Malmsjön Kitchen Faucet is $99.
The small prep sink, the Fyndig Sink in stainless steel is $3data-src=
Above: The small prep sink, the Fyndig Sink in stainless steel is $31.99 at Ikea.

Lighting

Ikea&#8
Above: Ikea’s Väte Paper Lampshade, inspired by Noguchi Akari Light Sculptures, has been discontinued at Ikea but is still available via sellers on Amazon; $49.99 for two.
The Jielde Loft Desk Lamp D6000 in orange (shown) is a close match to the vintage Anglepoise orange light in the kitchen. You can source it from Horne for $data-src=
Above: The Jielde Loft Desk Lamp D6000 in orange (shown) is a close match to the vintage Anglepoise orange light in the kitchen. You can source it from Horne for $1,158. Another option is the the budget-friendly Bobby Fluorescent Orange Metal Desk Lamp for £20 ($29) at Habitat in the UK. You can also find vintage Anglepoise lights on Etsy.

Furniture

The Standard Beer Garden Table with a green base and pine top is $439 at Beer Garden Furniture. For more ideas, see The Gardenista 0: Biergarten Tables.
Above: The Standard Beer Garden Table with a green base and pine top is $439 at Beer Garden Furniture. For more ideas, see The Gardenista 100: Biergarten Tables.
Modeled after Alvar Aalto&#8
Above: Modeled after Alvar Aalto’s Stool 60, Ikea’s Frosta Stool with four legs in birch is $11.99 at Ikea.

Accessories

Marcia and Durrell used vintage garlic boxes from their local grocery store to create the shelving they needed above the kitchen counter. Ikea&#8
Above: Marcia and Durrell used vintage garlic boxes from their local grocery store to create the shelving they needed above the kitchen counter. Ikea’s Knagglig pine box ($9.99), shown, is one way to get the look. We also like the wood crates from We Are Always Moving Industries and the Lucky Clover Trading Co.
The Stelton thermos in matte chocolate is a discontinued color. The closest match is the Stelton EM77 Vacuum Jug in Granite, shown, for $73 on Amazon.
Above: The Stelton thermos in matte chocolate is a discontinued color. The closest match is the Stelton EM77 Vacuum Jug in Granite, shown, for $73 on Amazon.
The Bodum Chambord 34-Ounce French Press is stocked in the wood crates above the countertop. It&#8
Above: The Bodum Chambord 34-Ounce French Press is stocked in the wood crates above the countertop. It’s a staple; $40 at Crate & Barrel.
Replicate the look of the sailing rope with Anthropologie&#8
Above: Replicate the look of the sailing rope with Anthropologie’s Pliant Rope Handles; on sale for $9.60 each.
Falcon&#8
Above: Falcon’s limited-edition Samphire Green color of enamelware is available as a 1 Pint Jug ($31), 2 Pint Jug ($40), and 3 Pint Jug ($47) at Falcon Enamelware.
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