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Historic Fells Point Row House IKEA Kitchen Remodel

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Last year, my little sister Kate and her then-fiancée (now husband!) Andrew began searching for a home to buy in their Fells Point, Baltimore, neighborhood. They had already been living in a rented row house in the vicinity of Patterson Park for several years and wanted to stay close by.

The challenge with living in a row house in Fells is that most of the homes are incredibly narrow (10 feet across or less!), making furniture placement and circulation a challenge, to say the least. After touring several possibilities, they found the perfect house with a width of almost 14′ across. It had a large outdoor space, three and a half bathrooms, historic details like fireplaces in the bedrooms, exposed brick, and hardwood floors.

While they loved most aspects of the house, they weren’t wild about the style of the kitchen. My sister initially asked me to help her choose a paint color for the cabinets, new floors, lighting, and countertops. But, when I heard they also wanted to start moving cabinets around, I hesitated. I knew, at that point, that if they could increase their budget, they could get a whole new kitchen with the perfect layout that would be exactly their style and very attractive to future buyers or renters.

I hate when clients end up throwing good money after bad, and I knew that they would eventually regret their partial remodel and want to rip it all out. So, without even asking, I redesigned their entire kitchen using IKEA cabinets and sent them the plans with an estimate for how much the cabinets would cost. Thankfully, Andrew was on board right away, while Kate needed a little more convincing.

The kitchen is actually fairly large, but the old floor plan didn’t maximize the functionality of the space. An old stove took surrounded by tile and brick took up the far wall, and a corner built-in (not original) limited the cabinetry on the long wall. The sink was shoved into the corner while the range was located on the island with no hood – two kitchen planning elements that I avoid at all costs.

Layout Before

Fells Point Baltimore Kitchen Remodel Floor Plan Before

My goal was to use as much of the square footage as possible for storage and to create a large island for informal dining and entertaining since they are frequently hosting guests. 

Aesthetically, I wanted to keep it feeling light, bright, and modern while incorporating traditional details like crown molding so it felt in keeping with the rest of the house.

I removed the angled built-in and reworked the stove into a fireplace with a reduced footprint. I relocated the sink to the island, which can easily seat four people, and the range to the long wall, which allowed us to add a hood.

I was also able to incorporate two large pantry cabinets on either side of the refrigerator. On the short wall, Andrew requested a beverage center, so we added an under-counter wine fridge.

Layout Afer

Fells-Point-Baltimore-Kitchen-Remodel-Floor-Plan-After

Before Photos

Island view with cook top
View of the existing fireplace

In these before photos from the MLS listing, you can see the awkward features of the layout and the dated finishes. It would have been nice to keep the exposed brick on the fireplace, but when the tile was removed, it was too damaged to salvage.

IKEA Kitchen After Photos

IKEA SEKTION kitchen remodel Fells Point Baltimore Maryland

We used the white BODBYN door from IKEA’s SEKTION line, since the white is not quite as creamy as their Shaker style door, and the raised panel detail works well with the other historic details in the home.

The contractor added crown molding to the wall cabinets, island legs, and baseboard trim, all painted to match. The floor is tiled in 12″ x 24″ black slate, and the walls are Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray.

IKEA SEKTION kitchen remodel Fells Point Baltimore Maryland

In this photo, you can see the redesigned fireplace and a glimpse of the new back door, painted Benjamin Moore Hale Navy, which lets in more natural light and a view to the back yard.

The fireplace is clad in painted white shiplap topped with a reclaimed walnut mantel. The interior of the box was left the original brick. Future plans include adding a gas insert since the original chimney is still intact.

IKEA SEKTION kitchen remodel Fells Point Baltimore Maryland

The countertops are a marble-look white quartz with just enough gray to contrast slightly with the cabinets. The large format subway tile is from tilebar.com. We loved how the wavy finish has a handmade quality to it, adding subtle texture to the backsplash.

We selected the budget friendly lanterns and industrial style stools from Ballard Designs to inject some contrast with the white finishes.

The open shelves are the same reclaimed walnut as the mantel and supported with simple iron brackets (similar from Signature Hardware). Kate styled the shelves with her favorite cookbooks and Anthropologie coffee mugs.

IKEA SEKTION kitchen remodel Fells Point Baltimore Maryland

Polished nickel pulls and knobs add a little bit of sparkle and shine throughout the kitchen. The original artwork above the mantel was a gift from Andrew’s parents. Kate found the vintage runner online. The large vase is a Target find.

IKEA SEKTION kitchen remodel Fells Point Baltimore Maryland
IKEA SEKTION kitchen remodel Fells Point Baltimore Maryland

At first Kate was a reluctant participant in the full remodel but both she and Andrew agree that the extra investment and time were well worth the result.

IKEA SEKTION kitchen remodel Fells Point Baltimore Maryland

 

  1. Cabinets – IKEA BODBYN
  2. Pendants – Ballard Designs
  3. Pulls – Top Knobs
  4. Knobs – Top Knobs
  5. Backsplash – Tile Bar
  6. Quartz – Q Stone
  7. SW Worldly Gray
  8. Brackets – Signature Hardware
  9. Mugs – Anthropologie
  10. Stools – Ballard Designs
  11. Slate Tile – Home Depot
  12. Benjamin Moore Hale Navy
  13. Tribal Vase – Loom & Kiln
  14. Vintage Runner – Splendid Rugs

If you’re thinking about an IKEA kitchen remodel, check out my tips for planning your IKEA kitchen as well as another one of my IKEA remodeling projects.

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16 thoughts on “Historic Fells Point Row House IKEA Kitchen Remodel

  1. I know that the IKEA cabinets are not pure white, does it look strange that the subway tile is pure white?

    1. Emily, I actually don’t try to match whites except trim to cabinets if there is a crown molding that continues onto the wall cabinets. I like the look of the different whites…it feels interesting and not as stark.

  2. Would you be able to let me know what contractor you worked with? Kitchen is stunning!

    1. Thank you! I actually don’t think they were happy with some of the work, so I would be hesitant to recommend him.

      1. Oh no! Well thanks for responding, and your work is beautiful.

  3. Hello,
    Love this kitchen! We are currently installing an Ikea white Bobdyn kitchen and are struggling to find island legs. I love these and would love to know where they were purchased and or what the model is.

    Thanks
    Caitlin

  4. The kitchen is beautiful. What colour did you paint the custom crown moulding to match the IKEA Bodbyn cabinets?

    1. Thank you! We actually just did a color match from one of the doors, so I’m not sure of the actual color.

  5. I’d love to know what color grout you used with the floor tile. Thx

    1. I’m sorry. I don’t know the answer to that question as it was selected by the installer.

  6. Your Ikea remodel is just beautiful. The island leg you chose is gorgeous too. I took your advice and I’ve done something similar in my kitchen makeover. I would love to use the same island leg you used but I can’t find it. Could you please tell me where to get it? Thanks ?

  7. Hi there! Beautiful work and awesome tips. Do you know if you used the Montauk Blue or the Montauk Black slate tiles on the floor?

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/MSI-Montauk-Black-12-in-x-24-in-Gauged-Slate-Floor-and-Wall-Tile-10-sq-ft-case-SHDMONBLK1224G/202919773

    1. Thank you! I am almost certain it was the black. Once they sealed the tile, it looks quite black – no blue undertones.

  8. Beautiful! Do you recall what the ceiling height is? And what size upper cabinets were used. I have 96” ceilings and am struggling to find an IKEA option that will yield this cabinet/crown result that I love. Wondering if it is indeed possible. Thank you!

    1. I am sure they have 9′ or slightly higher. With 8′ ceilings, if you want crown, then you really need to do the 30″ cabinets. There’s no way to make it work with the 40″ uppers.

  9. Where did you get the counter top legs??They are beautiful.

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