These Customized IKEA Cabinets Are the Solution to an Outdated Kitchen

When the couple behind Cameron St. Visual Storytelling moved into their '70s brick bungalow just over a year ago, they had the intention of renovating it and making it theirs. With three children between the ages of 1 and 5, the kitchen was an especially important part of the home to begin with. "The client was looking for a French country kitchen with an elegant yet casual feel," describes principle designer Alyssa Terpstra of full-service interior design studio Coco & Jack.

"Sticking with the IKEA interiors and going with Semihandmade for the door fronts really allowed us to customize the look and add in some really great features," explains Terpstra, who sought to create a custom kitchen look for the homeowners. "Compared to an all-custom kitchen, it is a lot more affordable and you are able to get a very similar look." Semihandmade offers custom cabinetry and handmade craftsmanship at a competitive price, using IKEA cabinets as the base for tailored design. "Going with Semihandmade also allowed the homeowner to get custom panels for her two-drawer dishwasher and her built-in fridge, which was really important to her," says Terpstra. It also brought to life the personalized feel of a French country kitchen. Below Terpstra walks us through the kitchen makeover and explains more about the design process.