rounding the corner on our kitchen installation
and some other renovation updates!
First things first, I wanna talk about Ikea. The magical modular land of everything your home could ever need. Even, a full on kitchen!
We knew from day one of kitchen renovation talk that Ikea cabinets made the most sense for us. After we made a very specific kitchen design, with a lot of modifications to the old layout, and an extra lot of head scratching, using the Ikea cabinet system worked seamlessly for what we needed.
Overall, we are obsessed with how clean and modern everything is looking, but to be the most honest- it's not the easiest process. Robert had his first house-related temper tantrum after his first go around with a 12" cabinet ended with him drilling a screw through the front, and the drawers not lining up at all how they were supposed to. Could this have been avoided? The jury is still out on that one, but we do have some feelings about the process overall.
In terms of instructions, the diagrams and imagery for the actual cabinet installation was perfect. Literally, no hiccups in that portion occurred. The second/third/fourth steps of the process- which include assembling all the inside organizational units, and cabinet fronts felt overall a little trickier. I'm not sure if it's that they assume you're an old pro by the time you get to assembling the innards of these guys, but the instructions read differently enough, and nuanced enough, that I didn't see a great way to avoid one giant headache at some point during the installation process. These cabinets are endlessly customizable, which I think adds a layer of complication, but on the plus side, we've increased functionality tenfold in this tiny space thanks to their system.
My word to the wise? Do we have some great takeaway? An Ikea hack? Not really. All I can say with confidence from our experience, is trial and error. It is going to take time, and it is certainly going to take a lot of patience, but once you get all of the 9 million pieces in their proper place, it's pretty rewarding to see it come together. Overall I would say if you really like building Ikea furniture to begin with (like Robert does, thankfully) then it's on the low end of overwhelming. If you err on the side of impatient, maybe have a think on if building your own kitchen is the right move for you. At the end of the day for us, everything has been beautifully functional, sturdy, and looks just as we imagined.
On another note, our appliances made the big leap from our garage, to the kitchen. It's nice to see them in their designated spots, not tucked away in boxes. Our countertops are coming within the next few weeks, and then it'll be time for tile and finish work.