We finally have all of our kitchen stuff back in the cabinets! That means the cabinets (Ikea Lidingo), shelves, drawers, and doors are all installed. (see our previous Ikea kitchen installation posts). Whew. It feels good. There’s still a lot left to do, but nice to have everything organized and put away.
This is a look back at where we started.
Remember my Restoration Hardware vs. Pottery Barn Cabinet Hardware post? We went with the Restoration Hardware Duluth Knobs and Gilmore Pulls. Love them!
We also replaced our old dingy faucet
with a shiny new faucet.
We got the faucet from Overstock, but the brand is Kingston Brass. We don’t plan to use the deck plate with our new counters, but it covers the extra holes and helps support it, since the stainless sink is kind of flimsy.
We got a new small microwave to fit in the microwave cabinet. Usually you have to install this extra shelf that sticks out to accommodate most microwaves, but this little GE microwave is shallow enough we didn’t need the extra shelf.
I would love to be able to have a kitchen full of glass cabinets, but alas, many of our cabinet contents are just not very pretty. So we opted for just two glass cabinets that hold our prettiest dishes.
*Note – we do plan to fill in that gap with trim and build out the corner of the soffit, so the cabinets will connect with it. Stay tuned!
We kept our old laminate counters to use temporarily until we get our new counters, but we couldn’t remove the counters in all one piece, so we cut it.
We taped the seams and strategically hide them. There’s another cut to the left of the sink that we hid with a towel and paper towel holder. This one got a towel and the knives. Normally we we keep our knives on the other side of the kitchen by the wall, but I actually kind of like them on this side of the kitchen since we do most of the prep right there. Not sure how I feel about them being right out in the middle of the peninsula, though.
We have gotten so much done but still have so much left to do.
What is left? Here’s the to do list in no particular order (and I’m sure I’m forgetting something).
- Remove soffit over peninsula (we’re keeping the soffit above the cabinets, removing the soffit above the peninsula), install range hood vent, repair ceiling, and install hood itself
- Build out soffit over corner cabinet to match the corner cabinet angles
- Install upper cabinet trim between cabinets and soffit
- Paint soffit and add crown molding around ceiling
- Install toe kicks
- Filler piece next to dishwasher
- Finish installing door and drawer hardware
- Add trim under the fridge cabinet
- Move outlets to better locations (including adding one behind the microwave)
- Add wainscoting to peninsula that opens to eat in kitchen.
- Buy counters and have installed
- Install tile backsplash
- Roman shade for window above sink
- New light fixture for eat in kitchen