While it is easy to lust over all of our favorite IKEA projects, there are some that are less of a makeover – and more of an unrecognizable transformation. Our latest crush falls under the latter category.
Yes, it’s true. This highly fashionable kitchen started life as a flatpack, but what did this IKEA hack involve? And is it possible to recreate its aesthetic in your home? Here, we uncover the process behind the modern kitchen idea you’re going to want to steal for your own home.
The basis of the project – alongside IKEA (naturally) – is the cabinet components from design house Fronteriors. The Dubai-based interiors company designs components that are specifically designed to complement IKEA’s METOD kitchens. These stylish cabinets are the secret behind the space’s success. Here is everything you need to know.
IKEA METOD hack – the design process
The kitchen belongs to homeowners Ashely and Tsian Koussa sought the help of Fronteriors after moving into a new property. The extra catch? They only had three months to complete the full home renovation.
‘The first thing we knew we needed to upgrade was the kitchen so that it was more open plan with our living areas,’ they explain. ‘As a family, we spend a lot of time in the kitchen, but the original kitchen was dated and felt very dull. Opening the layout and creating an open flow was our priority.’
To achieve this, they knocked down two walls before removing the old kitchen cabinets. They also added a new kitchen island to create extra seating and make a new home for the stove, oven, and fridge.
‘After demolishing all the upper cabinetry, we had to make up for the lost storage space,’ they explain. ‘We opted for a floor-to-ceiling wall with a concealed fridge and freezer and built-in oven, plus more concealed storage along the island.’
Following this restructure, Ashely and Tsian turned to the IKEA METOD as these are the most compatible with the Fronteriors units.
‘We never thought of buying an IKEA kitchen before – but after doing our research, it stood out because they offer so many different internal accessories,’ they explain. ‘There’s no doubting the brilliance of the formula that combines the affordability and durability of IKEA’s frames with Fronteriors’ design and craftsmanship.’
The couple then worked with Fronteriors Co-founders Kathryn Hawkes and Linda Dekkers to transform their kitchen by applying the components to their IKEA units. They chose the label’s signature beige color, which stands as a neutral backdrop in their cooking, dining, and entertaining space.
‘Once we made our decision, we ordered our IKEA and Fronteriors. The whole process took 3-4 weeks,’ they share. ‘Our speedy kitchen renovation feels inviting, homey yet minimal and as if it was custom made without the price tag; I love the way it turned out.’
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Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, well-being stories, and celebrity-focused pieces.
Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US whilst studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site.
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