Thanks to Ikea, a new kitchen is with-in almost anyone's budget. Between the two of us Mom, and I have worked on well over 100 kitchens, so naturally she said if she was going to re do her kitchen she wanted to do it right the first time. Her ideal kitchen budget was 10 times the amount she had to spend, so I suggested Ikea. She thought I was crazy for even suggesting it, so to test it out I renovated a tester kitchen with Ikea cabinets similar to the ones I thought would be perfect for her Kitchen. The White Lidingo door fronts with Martha Stewart for Home Depot cabinet hardware.
As much as I loved Grandma Lizzie's old avocado GE range, it was time to go! Two burners were reliable, three if you hit the coils just right and didn't expect it to stay hot for more than 30 minutes. The drawers were falling off, and no we did not purposely pull them off for our before pictures. The dishwasher would spew left over water and suds into the sink every time we ran it, and our refrigerator was dubbed "the munchkin fridge" because my father bought it online and didn't check the dimensions.
Several weeks and take out meals later... Mom's Dream Kitchen is Complete ;-)