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Kitchen of the Week: An Artful Kitchen Created from Reclaimed Ikea Parts, Extreme Budget Edition

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Kitchen of the Week: An Artful Kitchen Created from Reclaimed Ikea Parts, Extreme Budget Edition

August 10, 2017

Two years ago, when Swantje Hinrichsen and her boyfriend decided to move in together, they found a 1928 brick house in her boyfriend’s hometown of Münster, Germany, where he works as a schoolteacher. Built for a shipping company manager, the structure had high ceilings, French doors, and plenty of space for the two of them—but it lacked a kitchen.

Fortunately, Swantje’s beau happened to have installed a freestanding Ikea kitchen 10 years earlier in his previous place, so they took all of his kitchen parts with them, appliances included. Swantje, an illustrator and graphic designer, figured out what should go where—”the components miraculously fit in our new space”—and then added artful touches, such as a pegboard on the side of the fridge and a well-propped display shelf, that elevate the design from secondhand to inspired.

We discovered her kitchen a while back on Instagram (@swantjeundfrieda); many Likes later, she agreed to share it with us.

Photography by Swantje Hinrichsen.

A view of the repurposed kitchen, composed of Ikea&#8
Above: A view of the repurposed kitchen, composed of Ikea’s Värde solid birch cabinets with open and closed storage. In lieu of over-the-counter cabinets, the couple opted for one long shelf that they built themselves.

The dining table’s enamelware pitcher is the Sockerärt Vase, one of our favorite Ikea staples (it comes in two sizes, starting at $9.99).

The largest of the Värde unit&#8
Above: The largest of the Värde unit’s is inset with an induction cooktop and an AEG oven—all decade-old components that traveled with the couple to their new house. (Note the steel rails that form the cabinet’s shelves.) French doors flood the 28-square-meter (301-square-foot) space with natural light—and enable them to do without a range hood.

Ikea’s Värde system, sadly, has been mostly discontinued, but shelf units, such as this one, can be sourced on eBay from sellers in Europe.

Oddball selfie&#8
Above: Oddball selfie’s are one of Swantje’s specialities. “I don’t like to have to much stuff around in my kitchen,” she tells us. “My head often is so full of fantasy and ideas and things, that I like my environment clean and tidy.” She adds that dishes, glassware, and items she doesn’t want on view are stored in cabinets.

She introduced the pegboard to hide a gap behind the fridge because it wasn’t deep enough to meet the wall. After admiring birch plywood pegboards online, including Kreisdesign’s Peg-it-all design, Swantje got out her tools and took the DIY route.

The pegboard is used for hanging handy stove-side tools, such as tongs and a skimmer. The teardrop-shaped cutting board, Forge Creative&#8
Above: The pegboard is used for hanging handy stove-side tools, such as tongs and a skimmer. The teardrop-shaped cutting board, Forge Creative’s Droplet Board, is ideal for suspending on a peg.
The couple built their over-the-counter shelf using hardware store bentwood brackets; find something similar from Etsy seller Claymark Furniture, and also consider our friend @Myles.Henry.Tipley‘s source: wooden shelf brackets and rails from, Talic, which started off supplying storage for kayaks and is now branching out).

The shelf is stocked with pieces by fellow creatives, including a pair of LAND Mug by Danish ceramic artist Duedahlm, a Terracotta Pitcher from Another Country, and a Normann Copenhagen Geo Vacuum Jug.
Above: The shelf is stocked with pieces by fellow creatives, including a pair of LAND Mug by Danish ceramic artist Duedahlm, a Terracotta Pitcher from Another Country, and a Normann Copenhagen Geo Vacuum Jug.
A second Ikea Värde cabinet is inset with the kitchen sink, and the system is connected by an Ikea butcher block counter. The cart is Norman Copenhagen&#8
Above: A second Ikea Värde cabinet is inset with the kitchen sink, and the system is connected by an Ikea butcher block counter. The cart is Norman Copenhagen’s versatile Block Table of steel and ash; $308 from A+R.
A Shaker peg rail from Artilleriet in Gotenburg, Sweden holds a Redecker Dish Brush, House of Rym hand towel, and other sink accessories. The round wire hanger is the Tangent Hanger from Stilleben.
Above: A Shaker peg rail from Artilleriet in Gotenburg, Sweden holds a Redecker Dish Brush, House of Rym hand towel, and other sink accessories. The round wire hanger is the Tangent Hanger from Stilleben.
Learn about peg rails and find sources in our Object Lessons post, and if you’re yet to be a convert, read Christine’s Remodeling 101: How Shaker Peg Rails Saves My Sanity.

Swantje continually changes up the look of her kitchen by swapping in different dish towels. The wooden accordion wall light is the Pixoss XL by Dutch designer Studio M.oss.
Above: Swantje continually changes up the look of her kitchen by swapping in different dish towels. The wooden accordion wall light is the Pixoss XL by Dutch designer Studio M.oss.
An antique sideboard received a makeover with two coats of Oval Room Blue from Farrow & Ball. The pine floor is original.
Above: An antique sideboard received a makeover with two coats of Oval Room Blue from Farrow & Ball. The pine floor is original.
The dining table, a local estate sale purchase with &#8
Above: The dining table, a local estate sale purchase with “many scars and scratches,” is open to the living area.
Mismatched chairs, from bentwood to Eames to a school relic, surround the table. The large armoire enables the couple to keep their kitchen pared down. Recognize the Brass Dots Mobile? It&#8
Above: Mismatched chairs, from bentwood to Eames to a school relic, surround the table. The large armoire enables the couple to keep their kitchen pared down. Recognize the Brass Dots Mobile? It’s by Swantje’s friends at Lappalainen, whose work we featured earlier this week: See Object of Desire.

Here are three more artful Ikea kitchens:

Product summary  

Mette Duedahl

LAND Mug

kr155.00 DKK from Duedahl

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