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Ep 45: IKEA kitchen reno with John from AZDIYGuy

John from returns to talk about kitchens, kitchen design and IKEA. And why it’s a bad idea to step on the back of a farmhouse sink. John shares his experience from planning to design to execution, why IKEA was the right choice for him and why it pays to hire a designer. (IKEA is not a sponsor and neither John nor I receive any compensation for this discussion)

Topics discussed

  • Risking DIY cred by opting for flat-pack
  • The shortcomings of the old kitchen
  • The advantages of working with a designer (his specialized in IKEA- link below)
  • Soapstone countertops
  • Assembling the kitchen
  • The sink mishap and the magic of JB Weld (not a sponsor)
  • John’s assembly process
  • What he would do differently if he had to do it over again

Resource Links

Inspired Kitchen Design: Work with a National Kitchen and Bath Association certified designer specializing in IKEA cabinets.

AZDIYGuy- Kitchen remodel: John’s complete kitchen remodel is featured on his blog. Pay attention to this one: his solution for missing tiles.

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This episode is sponsored by LL Flooring. These are the floors homes are built on. Visit the experts at your local store or go to to learn more.


Opening theme licensed by JewelBeat. Introduction by Ric Santos. Additional music by Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech).


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