Thursday, July 20, 2017

Ikea kitchen renovation: plans

So as I've mentioned, we are about to start a kitchen renovation! I thought I would share our current plans. We are hoping to get started really soon, wish us luck!

Here's what the kitchen looked like before we moved in:

When we put in an offer on this house, I told KC that it was with the condition that we would do a kitchen renovation as soon as possible. Our last kitchen wasn't anything flashy and we survived just fine, but this one just wasn't functional. It's pretty big, with a big empty space in the middle. It didn't look as bad when the walls were there, but it was obvious as soon as we took them down. None of the drawers work perfectly and keep breaking, there is nowhere to put food, it's just odd odd odd.

We took the walls in between the living areas and the kitchen down:


We also replaced the carpet. You can see right where the kitchen and 'dining' (that we will never use as as a dining room) meet, the flooring stops - that's because the cabinets went all the way to the sub floor. So that's why you see rugs over that spot in the below photos, we didn't want the cats messing with it, and also things were falling through the gaps and on to the washing machine.

We also had to do something weird with the countertops/cabinets where we took the walls down, as they were all jagged and sharp and we didn't want the cats jumping up and hurting themselves, or worse, getting into one of the holes that led to the soffit that led to the attic. Hence the super classy garbage bags and tea towels.

Also, the blue tape is where the new cabinets  and things will be, but not how far they will be out, I just needed to see where they were, like how wide my pantry (!!!!) will be, etc.

So here's what the kitchen looked like in the couple of months we lived in the house - you'll have to forgive the mess, you'd be amazed how hard it is too cook/clean/give a f*ck about a kitchen you strongly dislike:


Originally my plans were to move the 'kitchen' part of the kitchen to the back wall, kind of like a U shape with the peninsula facing the living areas. Unfortunately before we even bought the house I was told by one of my co-workers that this wouldn't work because the two windows on the back wall were far too low for counter tops to go underneath. We could remove the two windows and put fake shutters in their place outside, but no thank you. I would rather change my layout vs losing windows/natural light (it's like, the only room in the house KC doesn't complain about me having the blinds open all the time!).

So we had to stick with the current layout, but we could put an island in the middle. It was set. Easy peasy. An island wasn't my first choice but I grew to love the idea. Unfortunately when we started measuring and putting tape on the floor to see how real life would work in the kitchen, we realised that our 'huge' kitchen wasn't really that huge. At least not big enough for the island I wanted. We could do a super narrow but long island, but I hated the idea of that. I wanted it to be functional. I also hated the idea of it being permanent, the back door is off the kitchen and that is our main entrance/walk through. So we settled on a little peninsula in front of the living areas - basically what was there before without the walls.

But I still hated that big empty space in the middle. That's when I remembered the kitchen island I'd seen at Ikea before - perfect. Plenty of usable space, shelves for storage, room for stools and I could move it if it was in the way/I hated it.

Here are some snaps from the Ikea Home Planner - they aren't perfect since the planner is a little buggy, but you get the idea, hopefully.
Just ignore any weird things, like the handles being in the wrong spot or the sides being longer. Like I said, the planner is a little weird sometimes. Also, the sink and dishwasher are missing from the pictures, but just use your imagination.

So that's where our 'design plans' are right now, and really they can't exactly change because everything has been ordered!

Here's my little idea board thing, or whatever they're called:
countertops / cabinets / island / flooring / sink / pig rug / microwave / dishwasher / gas range / stools / clock

Things I haven't decided about yet so aren't pictured: faucet, backsplash or fridge. We likely won't replace the fridge for several months actually. I also have no idea what to do with the wall above the kitchen table, except maybe that clock.

Things I'm really excited about: dishwasher (the one that came with is one of those portable ones and basically doesn't work, it's actually already gone), the garbage disposal (don't have one right now, loved the one in our old house) and the pantry! I am so excited for my pantry. Oh and my pig rug. Love it. Oh and cooking with gas again!! Basically I'm excited for everything.

Oh, and KC said he will build me a shelf above the kitchen sink window for my cookbooks, I'm pretty excited for that. They'll be pretty high up but I don't mind. Like this one from Sew Woodsy.

I would love to know if any of this is of any interest to anyone, I am probably going to share anyway because it's my blog and I love to look back on things, but I will happily share anything about the whole process - ordering (easy except for checkout), planning, putting together and installing, total cost of everything when we're done etc, if anyone thinks they'd be interested in seeing that (I know I was when I was researching!). 

Keep in mind, we aren't high end fancy people with buckets of money, so most of this kitchen renovation focuses on affordability and functionality. I'm sure we'll replace things through the years but right now I just need to be able to open my cutlery drawer without it falling inside the cabinet, you know?

Any ideas for above the kitchen table besides a clock?

47 comments:

  1. yes share more please!! i love looking at this stuff. don't even knock ikea - they have some NICE stuff and i was thinking about visiting ikea because i hate my kitchen now and don't feel like spending eleventy billion dollars on custom cabinets and let's be real here - ikea designs are awesome.

    i love your design and the island in the middle is amazing; i use mine so much.

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  2. I like these posts. We don't need to do any major remodeling, but I love getting REALISTIC ideas from people who are trustworthy. I know we would love to do a backsplash in our kitchen and I know we need furniture in several places in the house. I live with a European and we both have no issues embracing the "minimalist" life. I mean, he doesn't even want to paint because he LIKES the white (and because I refuse to let him paint our house grey which would be his color of choice).

    I LOOOOOVE our island. It literally lets me bounce around the kitchen with no problems. For a while I thought I was disappointed that our island is only counter height, but after visiting neighbor's houses who have the bar lift on their island, I love that ours is flat because it gives me more incentive to keep it cleaned off AND it's easier to clean.

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  3. I love looking at design posts but don't have enough imagination to do anything or picture anything being done at my house. If I have to do more than just paint, it's overwhelming. Even selecting paint colors stresses me out ... I'm a wimp. :)

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  4. Such an amazing space, I can't wait to see it all come together! And yessss to having the blinds open! My husband goes around shutting them all, and I ask him why we live in a cave :-P
    Green Fashionista

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  5. Countdown to when this is done and we can have girl's brunch:....? LOL! Love it girl!

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  6. It's definitely of interest to me!

    I hate all window treatments and blinds or curtains (if they're even on the window) are NEVER down in my houses unless I am trying to keep the shore apartment cool for the dogs. KC would hate it here LOLOL MFD has stopped fighting me on it because he will never win. Let the light shine in!

    Can't wait to see it all come together.

    Over the kitchen table, I'd do something big and colorful but that's just my style.

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  7. You have such a big open space which is so nice (and I kind of love the current scalloped detailing over the sink lol). We had the same issue with our windows in the kitchen being too low for cabinets/counters which was annoying, but it ended up being fine. I love the layout shape you guys decided on. The one thing I'm still trying to sort out is where I can put my cookbooks, so I love that you're putting in a shelf for that! We have friends who used Ikea for their kitchen and it turned out amazing- so I can't wait to see how things start to come together.

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  8. Oh, I love this kind of stuff, so please share! It looks like it will be really nice when it's done. I love my dishwasher and garbage disposal and especially cooking with gas too. When I visit my parents and have to use their electric stove, I get so frustrated! I am insanely jealous of the island (I have very little counter space in my apartment) and your pantry. I always, always wanted a pantry. I don't have very many cupboards and two are unusable because I would literally have to climb on top of my fridge to reach them! LOL! The pig rug is the best!

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  9. What a great space!! It's gonna be so awesome when it's done.

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  10. SHARE. EVERYTHING. PLEASE. We've done the kitchen in this house, but since it's a 2 bed we won't be here forever. And it was small so while it wasn't cheap, it could only be so expensive because we didn't have a ton of space to work with.

    For above the table I've seen giant fork, knife & spoons at like Hobby Lobby that I think are so cute & fun!

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  11. I'm all about stuff like this! I definitely vote you keep sharing! :) Your kitchen is going to look so awesome!

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  12. The Ikea Home Planner is so much fun to play with! Can't wait to see your kitchen renovations :)

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  13. ok i love it. that kitchen you guys started with. oy vey dated. haha. i'm glad that was the first battle you tackled because honestly it's the one that's the biggest pain in the butt. (says my mom who waited longer than she wanted but now loves her kitchen). you'll end up loving having some island space there. and i can't wait to see how it comes along. what a project but it's gonna be awesome!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  14. Please share everything. I have a fascination with remodels (and actually always followed remodeling blogs and instagrams) so yes yes yes I wanna see. What I love is that the kitchen you started with had good 'bones' yes it may not have been big enough for a huge island but its still pretty sizable. Cant wait to see it come together!

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  15. I love how your kitchen is going to turn out, and I'd totally be interested in a post about how y'all decided on everything and the cost. Fortunately we don't have to think about a kitchen remodel right now, but you never know in the future. I also love the little island that you chose from Ikea! It really does have a lot of usable space, and it'll be perfect to break up the big open area in the middle of your kitchen!

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  16. This is just so very exciting! I've always wanted to use IKEA for something like this! It's going to be so great!

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  17. I LOVE this. I love home renovations! As you know, we're in the process of selling our house. We've combed the entire place and done so many little tweaks or fixes to make it "nicer." I'm excited to see the progress on your kitchen!

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  18. I can NOT wait to see the finished product. It's going to be so beautiful!!!!

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  19. The first thing I do in the morning is open all the blinds on the back of the house. We aren't cave men, damnit! Now in the summer, I only open the kitchen blinds and the rest of the house is shut because it is too damn hot and that makes it even worse!!!

    I love what you guys are going to do in there! In the pictures, the space looks really big but I understand how fast the space can close in when you put in a huge island or something. I love home posts, so keep sharing! I cant wait to see the finished space!

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  20. Kitchen renos are a beast, but so worth it. Good luck!

    Islands always sound like a great idea, but yeah, you need a REALLY huge kitchen for it to make sense. Moveable ones are the way to go!

    That pig rug is adorable! Love the clock too. Can't wait to see it all come together!

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  21. Your vision and idea board for the kitchen remodel looks gorgeous! Can't wait to see it all come together! Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis

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  22. I can't wait to see how this all comes together and how u like your new ikea kitchen!! Keep sharing all the details! I think it's great that you went with a mobile island....so much more flexibility. Can't wait to see,it all yoy are going to love it!!

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  23. I'm in love with the pig rug. You need to submit some requests to hgtv shows. After all you love that channel, and I bet you and KC would be great on tv :) <3

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  24. I'm interested to see how it all turns out. I've never been through a home renovation, so I have no experience in this area what-so-ever. It's intriguing.

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  25. That island! Heart eyes. That was a good compromise since you don't really like islands but needed something. I love the design/layout and what you've picked out. It's going to be such a transformation!

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  26. I'm so excited to see more photos! Kitchen remodels are huge and they are tough, but totally worth it in the end. I work for a home remodel company and most people struggle through the process, but the payoff is worth it. :)

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  27. Yes please share! We are about to begin the same project and I would love some advice from someone a few steps ahead! Are you guys installing it yourselves?

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  28. I love it! It does seem so functional and making a good use out of your space. That IKEA room visual is cool!

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  29. I've been watching your snaps on the progress!!!Thank you for stopping by my blog. I've been going through a terrible depression and am finally coming out of it!!

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  30. I'm on the share side! I like the clock, but ticking drives me NUTS so if you are the same of course, something to consider. Would that be a good spot for a drop zone on the wall, like a mail pocket, marker board, bulletin board, etc.? I want to find a place for my own in my house because I'm tired of our surfaces being cluttered with things we need to take care of... maybe if they're in a cute pocket, I would DO them?

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  31. I think this is so awesome!!! I love reading stuff like this. Ryan and I are praying for our dream duty station because we'd love to buy a house, DIY it and slowly work towards living in it while living on post. This is so inspiring.

    One thing I think would look awesome (maybe not your taste), but instead of a clock...maybe a wagon wheel? We've been hunting for one for a while because they work for all seasons' decor!

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  32. Oooh, it looks like your kitchen is going to be incredible at the end! I hope it's smooth sailing and problem free!!

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  33. I love anything reno so post to your heart's content. Especially kitchen renos - it's my dream to design a kitchen just for me one day. And it would have a big shelf just for my cook books!

    I so miss cooking with gas.

    And why were those soffits so darn HUGE?! Why on earth would they not use that as cupboard space?! Makes no sense to me. Glad you didn't find a body in there.

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  34. i love seeing real people's real life home renovations! I'll be looking forward to updates!

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  35. I can't wait to see how it all turns out!! I love these types of posts!!

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  36. Our whole apartment is furnished from IKEA so no shame in getting stuff from there. Looks like you guys have really exciting kitchen plans, I'm sure it's gonna look great when you're done with it! I'm always so impressed by how much DIY you're doing because I know I would screw it up lol.

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  37. ooh fun! I didn't know about IKEA home planner. Also IKEA is my happy place for sure! I'm excited to see how this turns out for you guys. I love the idea of white cabinets, it keeps things so light and open looking. Hmm... I think I would do something like a little organizer area (hello pinterest!) above a kitchen table. Maybe like a calendar with a small bin for mail and keys or something? Something along that line. Maybe like a menu/calendar/organizational area. Those types of things are my jam. heheh XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  38. I've loved watching your progress on Instagram! It's a huge kitchen and you have amazing plans. I cannot wait to see the finished product! Great job kicking butt on home stuff, once again!

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  39. Seriously loving your ideas & plans! And I laughed so hard at your comment about cooking/cleaning a kitchen you don't give a fuck about!

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  40. Looking forward to seeing how everything turns out!

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  41. instead of a clock, i'd do a decorative plaque. something like those you can make at board and brush.

    https://boardandbrush.com/studio-locations/

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  43. Eeeek! This is so exciting! Can't wait to see the final product! The hard work will be SO worth it! I promise!

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  44. I JUST saw that pig rug at target today and decided I have to have it :) Can't wait to see how the renovation turns out!

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