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Steal This Look: A Storage-Oriented Swedish Kitchen on a Budget, Ikea Included

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Steal This Look: A Storage-Oriented Swedish Kitchen on a Budget, Ikea Included

August 8, 2017

Yesterday we featured a house in Sweden designed for librarian Maria Förstberg by her architect son, Björn Förstberg. The kitchen, made of humble materials such as plywood, stainless steel, and conventional tile, is full of smart, budget-oriented storage solutions. Here we dissect the kitchen and identify its key elements (bonus points: many are sourced from Ikea).

The Kitchen

Open shelves above the sink area create a still life opportunity.
Above: Open shelves above the sink area create a still life opportunity.
A closer look at the prep areas.
Above: A closer look at the prep areas.

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Materials

The plywood in the kitchen is all finished with Osmo Polyx Oil Original Hardwax Oil; $5 on Amazon.
Above: The plywood in the kitchen is all finished with Osmo Polyx Oil Original Hardwax Oil; $135 on Amazon.
The darker plywood is stained with Osmo Polyx Professional Color Oil in Charcoal 54; $.95 for a 0.data-src=
Above: The darker plywood is stained with Osmo Polyx Professional Color Oil in Charcoal 5414; $19.95 for a 0.125 liter on Amazon.

Countertops are custom in stainless steel with an integrated stainless steel kitchen sink. For more, see our posts Remodeling data-src=
Above: Countertops are custom in stainless steel with an integrated stainless steel kitchen sink. For more, see our posts Remodeling 101: Stainless Steel Countertops and 10 Easy Pieces: Stainless Steel Kitchen Sinks. Photograph of a thin stainless countertop by architect Jerome Buttrick.
Mimic the kitchen’s white tile with Daltile Semi-Gloss White Ceramic Wall Tile in 4 data-src=
Above: Mimic the kitchen’s white tile with Daltile Semi-Gloss White Ceramic Wall Tile in 4 1/4-inch squares; $1.94 per square foot at the Home Depot. Pair it with dark grout for a similar look.

Faucets & Fixtures

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Above: The KV1 Single-Handle Faucet was designed by Arne Jacobsen for Vola. Contact Vola for pricing and information.

Budget Appliances

The wall oven is available only through Ikea in Sweden. It&#8
Above: The wall oven is available only through Ikea in Sweden. It’s the Gränslos Oven is 3,795 Kr ($468 USD) at Ikea. An oven with a similar look is the Bertazzoni 24-Inch Electric Wall Oven; $999 at US Appliance. An oven at a similar price is Ikea’s US oven, the Nutid Thermal Oven for $795.
The Ikea Eldig Glass Ceramic Cooktop has four burners for $395.
Above: The Ikea Eldig Glass Ceramic Cooktop has four burners for $395.
The Eventuell Built-In Extractor Hood in stainless steel is $395 at Ikea.
Above: The Eventuell Built-In Extractor Hood in stainless steel is $395 at Ikea.
The kitchen features an Ikea dishwasher hidden behind a plywood panel. The Renlig Built-in Dishwasher is $395 at Ikea.
Above: The kitchen features an Ikea dishwasher hidden behind a plywood panel. The Renlig Built-in Dishwasher is $395 at Ikea.
The refrigerator is the Liebherr Undercounter Panel-Ready Refrigerator Drawer, integrated into the kitchen island; $
Above: The refrigerator is the Liebherr Undercounter Panel-Ready Refrigerator Drawer, integrated into the kitchen island; $2,139 at US Appliance.

High-End Lighting

The Wästberg Inga Sempe 3-Head Track Pendant Light is $
Above: The Wästberg Inga Sempe 3-Head Track Pendant Light is $2,400 CAD ($1,907 USD) at Mjölk in Toronto.

Accessories

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Above: Ikea’s Kastrull Saucepan with Lid is made of enameled steel with a wooden handle; $19.99.
Ikea’s Knagglig Wood Box Crate in pine is $4.99 for the smallest size.
Above: Ikea’s Knagglig Wood Box Crate in pine is $4.99 for the smallest size.
 Teracotto Minis by Fiorira Un Giardino are made of black terracotta; 9 SEK ($30.55 USD) for the Milk Mug at Artilleriet.
Above: Teracotto Minis by Fiorira Un Giardino are made of black terracotta; 249 SEK ($30.55 USD) for the Milk Mug at Artilleriet.
The Traditional Staffordshire Potteries Round White Teapot has a gloss glaze and is just £7 ($9 USD) at David Mellor in the UK.
Above: The Traditional Staffordshire Potteries Round White Teapot has a gloss glaze and is just £7 ($9 USD) at David Mellor in the UK.
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Above: Ferm Living’s Buckle Jar in Rust is €34 ($40 USD).
The Vintage French Small Amber Apothecary Jars are $ for a set of three at Food5
Above: The Vintage French Small Amber Apothecary Jars are $25 for a set of three at Food52.
The Wine Punts Kelly Green Canisters are made in Colorado from recycled wine bottles; starts at $ for the smallest size at Heath Ceramics.
Above: The Wine Punts Kelly Green Canisters are made in Colorado from recycled wine bottles; starts at $13 for the smallest size at Heath Ceramics.
For more on the kitchen, see our post Kitchen of the Week: A Cost-Conscious Kitchen in Sweden.

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