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Throwback Thursday Means Renovation Rewind: Kitchen, Property 1

Renovation Rewind: Kitchen Renovation Property 1:

What Did We Do:

Designed and planned kitchen layout using the Ikea Kitchen Planner // Demoed soffit// Deconstructed old 30-inch kitchen cabinets // Repositioned the kitchen peninsula // Removed chair rail in kitchen seating area // Added a small island // Purchased new kitchen appliances // Relocated dishwasher and sink // Installed Ikea Cabinets: // Traded out bi-fold pantry doors for a barn door // Removed 12x 12 ceramic tile // Installed 3-inch sand and finish white oak // Installed herringbone pattern, white subway tile backsplash // Installed new canned lights and drop light above island

Products Used:

Ikea Grimslov Cabinets // 30 inch GE Café Series Gas on Gas double-oven and cooktop // Ikea 30 inch recirculating hood // Bosch 3 rack dishwasher // Granite for island and perimeter // Ikea Domsjo Apron sink // Ikea Elverdam kitchen faucet;


Walls: Sherwin Williams: Dorian Gray //Ceiling: Benjamin Moore: Décor White- Color matched by Sherwin Williams , flat finish// Barn Door: Sherwin Williams: Urbane Bronze // Baseboard trim: Benjamin Moore: Décor White, satin finish- Color matched by Sherwin Williams // Granite perimeter: white ice // Granite island: absolute black // Floors: Sand and Finish White Oak no stain with a natural poly


  • During Soffit Demo above and around stovetop placement we found plumbing! $$$$

  • We installed our cabinets before our new floors……whoopsie!

  • Island installation- Initially wobbly, but shored up by our contractor

  • Trim out above new cabinets- tricky

We Called in the Contractors For:

Plumbing work // installing appliances // electrical and lighting // sheetrock work // subfloor work and hardwood floor installation

Back breaking subfloor demo!

We loved:

--The new 3-inch hardwoods: so smooth and clean on our feet after walking on the dirty and cracked 12x12 tiles

--The Ikea sink: Loved it cosmetically and found it the perfect size to fill-up with dishes and pans when needed

--The Space Saving Barn Door

--Island and Peninsula Seating

--The Ikea floor to ceiling cabinets flanking the fridge

--Ikea Cabinets and features such as soft close doors and drawers, glass cabinets, pull out trash/recycling, organization features

--Honestly, we loved finishing this project, having family over and just living in it!

The Things We Would Reconsider:

--Our Island Installation Work

--Call Habitat for Humanity before cabinet deconstruction work

--The Bosch 3 rack Dishwasher- While we all loved the ridiculously quiet operation, I missed the heating element and did not prefer the 3 racks as the top sliding utensil rack seemed to always impede our second rack loading.

--30 inch stove top/oven-Too small for us and I wouldn’t do gas on gas again

--More space between range and island- too crowded

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