The Secret to Kitchen Makeovers

Bet you thought we were wrapping up our kitchen makeover and just not telling you about it, didn’t you? Well, you’re wrong – we haven’t done much of anything since my last update. The secret to kitchen makeovers in our household is seeing how long we can go without one… until we finally crack and push stuff along because we just can’t take it any longer.

Or at least, that’s how I feel we’ve decided to handle it. Since my last post, we have finally gotten our contractor to come back out and look at some of the areas around the pantry door that need to be fixed (but they haven’t come out to actually fix them yet – hopefully this week). We also made the trek out to Ikea to buy our cabinets.

Both the husband and I had visions of going through the aisles in the self pick-up area trying to track down all the components of the kitchen cabinets one by one, but Ikea makes the process really easy and kitchen cabinets are part of the assisted pick-up! Which is a good thing, because there were more than 130 separate pieces and parts that we purchased to make our kitchen beautiful – toekicks, cabinets, shelves, the wonderful drawer and door closers that keep things from slamming and all of the other little pieces and parts.

We just double checked everything on our pre-designed online kitchen:

Printed out the full list, which an IKEA kitchen specialist triple-checked:
And then paid up in the kitchen area and waited for the IKEA folks to pull all of the items on the list. (We admit, we bought little tarts and had a glass of wine up in the kitchen area for part of that time). After about 30-40 minutes of exploring and dining, we headed to the assisted pick-up area, where they had everything waiting for us on four carts. (I wish I had thought to take a picture of them!)

We loaded everything up into the car we had rented and our own car (it would not have all fit in just one trip in our car), and then made the trek back into the city.

All-in-all, it took us several hours to get everything done, but since the prices of some of the more custom cabinets from the local hardware stores were nearly twice as much, and we liked the look of the IKEA cabinets, we were okay with putting in a little extra time and driving.

But those several hours were about all the progress we’ve made in the past month. Ridiculous. But hopefully the contractor will wrap up his part of the work this week, and we’ll get to laying the flooring this weekend so that we can finally get this moving along. One can only hope that we’ll finally have a kitchen again before our fourth anniversary at the end of August…please!?!

A little bit worse, a little bit better (Kitchen Dishin’)

This weekend we took the next step in our kitchen remodel, after a break last weekend to attend a friend’s wedding in Virginia. We got the last remaining scraps of the old flooring up from under the walls, and laid the subfloor.

We needed to find 1/4″ plywood subfloor pieces, since we wanted to find the right depth between the joists and the top of the cork flooring to come up even with the rest of our hardwood flooring throughout the apartment. It’s fairly thin, and we couldn’t get it with tongue and groove because it was so thin, but it should work out well.

We did have a bit of an adventure getting the plywood, since we couldn’t fit it inside or tie it on top of our car – we had to rent a UHaul and drive it back and forth – it took forever. But we got it and got it all done working into the early hours of the morning.

And while it doesn’t look like much, it is actually a bit better:

But before we got to that point, we had to make it a little bit worse:

This week, the contractor is working on tearing up the rest of the old pantry and laundry room entrance, and building the new ones! SO EXCITED!

Oh, and because I haven’t shared the photo with everyone, I wanted to share the photo that inspired the pantry we’re developing, courtesy of Pinterest: (source: http://www.closet-shelf.com).

I love the french doors, and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to do some cabinets on the far end, even though I won’t have enough room to do it on the long wall. Can’t wait to show you all the finished product… once it’s final, of course.