I’ve lived with the kitchen for a year. It was hideous. The cabinets were dark brown laminate and when we took them down, we discovered that they had been installed on May 16, 1973. The date was scrawled on the back of them in black wax crayon. They didn’t even have Sharpies back then. I couldn’t wait to remove those horrible traffic orange countertops. The sink was beyond disgusting. No, you don’t even want to know. Initially, I was only going to do a paint job and replace the countertop and sink but the insides of the cabinets started to fall apart and it became clear that the whole kitchen had to be replaced.
I had a $5000 budget for this job and not a lot of options. So, I designed and ordered an Ikea kitchen last July but there was so much craziness going on last year (you have no idea) that I couldn’t get it installed. I didn’t think I could do it myself and contractors take F-O-R-E-V-E-R to come to your house, assess the situation and write up a quote. The quotes were all over the place. One turned out to be twice as much as the cabinets and countertops (butcher block, in case you’re wondering what I went with). I don’t know what contractors base their numbers on but they didn’t make much sense.
Then my cousin Steve moved back from Texas. He did some contracting work down there and I hired him. We’re learning all about installing Ikea on the job. It’s not as hard as I thought. The microwave cabinet has been the trickiest installation so far. The design looks good, if I do say so myself, but we’re only half way through the process. (Have a professional measure your kitchen for the best fit.) Today, we’re doing the base cabinets and with a little luck, I’ll have a working faucet and garbage disposal on the brand new sink by the end of the day.
More to come…