I still hate my kitchen. I’m still refining my plans on the Ikea kitchen planner. Why Ikea? One word: Cheap. Ok, how about well built cabinets for a low price.
My inlaws redid their kitchen a few years ago with Ikea cabinets and it is awesome. They aren’t cabinets I would have picked, but in the end they turned out great. Because of their great kitchen remodel (read: it took 6 months) I have become an expert in Ikea kitchen cabinet construction and installation. I do believe I built 30 of the 35 cabinets they put in their house. Or something close to that. My kitchen? It would require a whopping 10 cabinets.
Our kitchen is 8′ x 11′. When we first looked in the windows of this house the first thing I said was no. Or more like HELL NO! Look at how small that kitchen is. Oh and the ugly. Since then I’ve redecorated our kitchen to look like this. Cute. But not functional in any way shape or form. Getting casserole dishes out of the cabinet is next to impossible. There aren’t drawers where there should be drawers. There is a whole corner that is just wasted. It’s a shame.
While putting in new cabinets won’t solve my square footage issue it will give me a little more cabinet space. I can also include those handy slide out shelves so I don’t have to get on my hands and knees to find a loaf pan.
Then there is the issue of the floor. Right now we have white laminate. It is kitchy with the black counters and the white cabinets, but keeping it clean. I hate to admit it, but my dad was right. The only way it looks nice is if I scrub it by hand with a rough sponge. Anything less is half assed. Gawd, I sound like my mom.
So at the current moment we have 2 options.
Option A: a little more expensive, a little more detailed. Adel Medium-brown on the bottom with Adel birch on top.
Option B: $600 cheaper, more sleek. Nexus Black-brown on the bottom and Nexus birch on the top. (it isn’t that black in person)
I just like the look of the dark cabinets on the bottom. Call me crazy. The counters will be birch wood to match the cabinet we have on the other side of the kitchen (not included in the rendering). And the floors will be slate looking laminate. Remember I’m going for frugal. If I could afford anything it would be bamboo.
So tell me what you think. I would link the Ikea website, but the correct cabinet doors don’t come up with the link.