A few months back, Margot wrote about Charlie and Kevin Dumais’s modern-rustic kitchen in their Litchfield, CT, home. Today, we’re going to show you exactly how they designed their characterful kitchen without breaking the bank. Hint: start with Ikea.

Featured photograph by Eric Piasecki, from Kitchen of the Week: A Design Couple’s Ikea-with-a-Twist Kitchen in Connecticut.

Dumais kitchen Litchfield, CT. Eric Piasecki photo. Above: The Dumais’s kitchen is small, just 150 square feet. “To help keep our renovation costs at a minimum, we used Ikea for the cabinet interiors and added plain front doors, drawers, and side panels from Semihandmade,” says Kevin.”We ordered them unfinished so we could paint them.” Charlie built the island himself. Photograph by Eric Piasecki.
Dumais kitchen Litchfield, CT, stove elevation. Above: Other DIY elements include the small surface-mounted brass ceiling fixtures, which Charlie made as “retrofits that plug into the existing recessed lighting,” he says, and the whitewashed V-groove pine paneling he installed himself. (Charlie designs and makes lighting for a living; see Studio Visit: Ceramic Statement Lighting by Dumais Made.) Photograph by Kevin Dumais.
Dumais kitchen Litchfield, CT, counter detail. Above: Their one big splurge: the Calacatta Tucci marble counters from Stone Source. Photograph by Kevin Dumais.
Dumais kitchen Litchfield, CT, entry. Above: The console table is another homemade piece. Charlie used butcher block salvaged from his childhood home; the legs are industrial piping painted in Benjamin Moore White Dove enamel. Photograph by Kevin Dumais.

Cabinets & Shelves

Ikea Sektion Base Cabinet 2 Shelves Drawers Above: Ikea’s Sektion cabinet frames range from $35 to $130, depending on the size. Pictured is a Sektion base cabinet frame (shown with doors).
Semihandmade DIY Slab Door Above: Semihandmade’s DIY Slab Doors come unpainted and unfinished.
Ikea Tranhult Shelf Above: The couple used reclaimed oak barn boards for the open shelving. An inexpensive lookalike: Ikea’s Tranhult Shelf; $14.99.
Ikea Sandshult Bracket Above: Kevin and Charlie painted Ikea’s Ekby Valter brackets, but they have since been discontinued. For a similar look, try the Sanshult Brackets; $5.


Above: Restoration Hardware’s Parisian Architectural Milk Glass Poste Flushmount starts at $255. Charlie made the brass ceiling lights himself; for a similar look, try Restoration Hardware’s Utilitaire Disk Flushmount for $200 each.

Schoolhouse Metal Slim Cone Shade Above: Schoolhouse’s Metal Slim Cone Shade is just $70.


Above: Their Bosch 800 Series 30-Inch Slide-in Gas Range is $2,069 at Home Depot.
Blomberg 30-inch Counter Depth Refrigerator Above: Their 30-Inch Counter Depth Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator by Blomberg is $1,699 at AJ Madison.


Benjamin Moore Sag Harbor Gray Above: Benjamin Moore’s Sag Harbor Gray was used on the cabinet fronts and window trim.
Benjamin Moore Essex Green Above: The base of the island is painted Benjamin Moore’s Essex Green.
Benjamin Moore White Heron Above: The walls are all painted Benjamin Moore’s White Heron.


John Boos Blended Hard Rock Maple Butcher Block Above: John Boos’ Blended Hard Rock Maple Table Top starts at $232 for a 24-by-36 inch slab at KitchenSource.com.
Calacatta Tucci Marble from Stone Source Above: You can find Calacatta Tucci Marble at Stone Source; call for pricing.


House of Antique Hardware's Mid-Century Switch Plate Above: Brass details, like the switch plates the couple found on House of Antique Hardware’s website, add warmth to the gray kitchen. This Mid-Century Switch Plate is $16.99.
House of Antique Hardware's Ellis Wood Cabinet Pull Above: The couple sourced their Ellis Wood Cabinet Pulls from House of Antique Hardware as well; $23.19 each.
Kohler Single Handle Swing Spout Kitchen Faucet Above: Kohler’s Purist Single Handle Swing Spout Kitchen Faucet in matte black is $531 at FaucetDirect.com.
Chantal Whistling Tea Kettle at Williams Sonoma Above: The Chantal Whistling Tea Kettle in copper is $160 at Williams Sonoma.

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