Living the (kitchen) dream

It’s here, it’s actually here… in several billion flat pack boxes in the garage, but it’s definitely here!

The new kitchen

Last Wednesday was rather exciting, with both the kitchen being delivered and the first visit from Thomas the electrician. Husband and Thomas discussed furtively in the kitchen, whilst I supervised the IKEA delivery. Apparently, Husband has thought up lots of canny ways of getting loads of power sockets into the kitchen without them being visible.

The plan is now that Thomas will be back at the end of this week, so therefore all the old kitchen, barring the kitchen sink (!), has to be pulled out by then.

'Before' all the changes

So, yesterday, with a bit of help from a friend, Husband started removing the old units.

Going, Going....

So far the changes are quite ok, and the kitchen is still functioning well, although we keep forgetting where we’ve moved things to! But as this week progresses I think that the local take-aways will start to feel the benefit!

We’ve still got a few things to purchase such as the fridge and freezer, hob, hood, lights and back-splash. So possibly a busy week or two coming up!

Talking of back-splashes, we are still not decided on what to put on the wall, maybe tiles or maybe some kind of funky wallpaper covered with glass. Today I was discussing this dilemma with a friend, and she recommended a website called www.photowall.se. Have a look, there are some really fantastic photo wallpapers to choose from, and we’re thinking that this could be just the solution to jazz up the kitchen a bit!

Anyone else got any bright ideas or tips for the back-splash?

Cheers

Jacky

PS Look what we found in the cupboard just before it was removed….

Someone hiding in the cupboard

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Hallelujah, we’ve gone and done it!

On Wednesday 22 February we did it….we went to IKEA and ordered our new kitchen! There has been two years of talking about it and in the more recent months there has been increased discussion and debating, and even a visit to a local kitchen shop. Then with the deadline of the end of the IKEA kitchen sale looming, Husband booked two Wednesdays off work in succession. The first Wednesday was spent looking around IKEA, getting inspiration and making a rough plan. Then the second Wednesday was K-day!

Although I am immensely overjoyed that the new kitchen is ordered and cannot wait for it to be fitted. I am also a little sad that our two Wednesdays are over. Both days have started with a trip to the IKEA canteen and the 2 for 1 breakfast. For 9Sek (approx 85p UK) you get coffee, 2 bread roles, butter, cheese, ham and cucumber, we have been incredibly decadent and added apple juice and eggs too! So then fueled up, we then hit the kitchen section with intent! Both times we’ve been looked after really well. (And actually Husband made a third trip on his own last weekend on Sunday evening for a little extra research and again was met with fantastic customer service.) So, bye bye IKEA Wednesdays – you shall be missed!

Last Wednesday, Pia, from the kitchen section was assigned to us, she spent all morning helping us make the final decisions, ie what sort of sink to buy, dish draining options, draws v. cupboards, oven/ microwave combinations, even going into details like how high up we should put the cabinets on the wall, and then the final one – size of the kitchen work surface. Standard work surfaces are 62cm ish wide, but we had the bright idea of going really wide and set our hearts on a 90cm wide work surface. So several hours later, poor Pia had been barraged with questions and was looking mighty pleased that we were almost at the end and one step away from pushing the order button, when just at the last moment we noticed that the extra wide work surface was going to cost four times more than the standard size. Progress stopped………discussion started up again…….all three of us looked weary, so very kindly Pia stopped the order and sent Husband and I back to the canteen for refueling and a private discussion. Twenty minutes later, sugar levels back up to full whack and Husband was back round to Pia and changed the order to the standard size work surface, it’s a compromise, but think of all the beautiful tiles and fabulous lights we’ll be able to buy with all that extra cash!

The final and very happy surprise is that, it will all be delivered next Wednesday, as in this week coming!! And that’s when the fun will really start as Husband is going to build and install it all himself – with me as nimble assistant!!

Ta ra for now

Jackyx