From June 2015

Finished Ikea Kitchen

Here is cost breakdown for the project.  We ordered during the IKEA 20% off sale which helped quite a bit.

Project cost Breakdown
Ikea Cabinets $4,000.00
Ikea Sink $350.00
Ikea Oven and Microwave $900.00
Countertops $5,000.00
DCS Rangetop $2,700.00
Frigidaire Refrigerator $1,100.00
Hood $350.00
Custom Paint Job $200.00
Crown,Trim, plywood $300.00
Dishwasher $600.00
Backsplash $200.00
Total $15,700.00

Other costs not accounted for here because of the contracts covering the whole house: electrician labor, plumber labor and faucet/materials.  We obviously could have saved a ton on countertops and rangetop  if we had picked a dfferent look but we wanted the industrial cooktop (because Holly is an incredible cook) and quartz for ease of maintenance:

Finally, the end result is as good or better than we hoped. This is especially true after Holly decorated the space:

FinalProduct

IslandFinal

Island2final

Thats all folks.  Drop me a line if you have any questions.

Credits: Thanks to Mommy (Cheryl), Pooh (Wendy) for the lightening quick assembly line that put that cabinets together.  Thanks to Mike for help with all the trim.  Finally thanks to Holly for letting for 2 years worth of support building this place and her mad decoration skills !

And with that.. I leave you with a bunny picture because everyone needs a bunny picture:

bunnypic

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Trim and Wine Rack

The last phase of the Ikea kitchen build was to add the crown molding, baseboards and wine rack.   First we still needed to install the wine rack. Originally we didn’t plan to have a cabinet there but the electrician made a mistake and forgot to run an outlet so we we had to cut a hole in the drywall to fish a wire which provided the perfect opportunity to add the wine rack.

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We added an extra bit of the metal track after carefully aligning the wine rack with the top of the oven cabinet then hung the cabinet in the same way we did the others.  The oven cabinet was the only high cabinet that did not make use of the track so there really wasn’t anything to align off of other than estimating the track distance to the top.

winerack2

Its not an inexpensive drywall patch but we love wine so thi was dual purpose.  I added some spacers of baseboard trim between the cabinets so that I wouldn’t feel obligated to tile a gap all the way to the top.   Next we started the crown.  As you can see above there really isn’t anywhere to nail crown molding into.   The method that we came up with that was fairly easy was to use scrap plywood (3″ by whatever cabinet side length) and screw it into the top of the cabinet using pocket hole screws.  This gave us a backer that was flush with the edge of the cabinet and very easy to nail to.  Here is a quick sketch of the plywood backing plus the first layer for the crown:

Crown Drawing

I screwed the backing into the top of the cabinet using those pocket holes and screws and then screwed Ikea’s baseboards to the backing from the rear to avoid marring the surface. Next crown 1.75″ cove was run around the top of the baseboards to create a larger crown molding effect.  This is my favorite way to create a crown look as it requires less precise corners (1.75″ cove to matchup vs a full 3.5″ crown piece). It is fairly easy to get really tight corners using this approach.

Crown Drawing2

From there we spent some time doing the same method around all of the upper cabinets and finally finished off the kitchen.  Here is a picture of the finished product near that wine rack:

winecrown

Here is one more picture of the crown work we did the same way.  The pin holes are spackled from my nail gun but we have not put on the final coat of paint:

MoreCrown

Next time I will post photos of the final result and recap the project.

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Backsplash, Hood and Rangetop

Next we added the backsplash.  The great thing about the Ikea cabinets is that they actually sit about 1/4 to 3/8″ off the wall (due to the metal hanging system) allowing you to slide backsplash tile behind the cabinet for a very polished look.

Tile_start

We started with the largest area and tackled tile before doing the crown or setting the hood so that both systems would have the final surface to terminate against. As you can see the refrigerator end panel that I bought is nowhere near big enough for the height we hung the cabinets (pictured above).  As such we had to return to Ikea and by the 3′ by 96″ side panel. If I had to do it over again I’d probably just buy a piece of plywood and paint it as the side panel was $200.  Here you can see the completed tile job and under cabinet lights that we added from Ikea:

tile_done

Tile we slid behind the cabinet pictured below:

Tile_Butt

We ripped out the apron piece of trim below the window and are planning on using the “sink cabinet” to install a rangetop.  For those that don’t know a rangetop is the syle of cooktop that has the knobs on the front and looks more industrial.  Holly is a bit of a pro cook so we decided to go that route since she enjoys using our rangetop at home so much.  Much like the dishwasher I had to put in a custom shelf at the right height to make the rangetop adequately supported:

RangetopShelf

And the final product …!

rangetop

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Adding Doors and Appliances

The counters are in and we need to install all the appliances and doors.  Here is a quick shot of where we are starting:

StartingPoint

The hardest part was the appliance cabinet on the right.  We chose to use the built in Ikea appliances because they look great and were an incredible price once you factor in the 20% off.  Full disclosure, I didn’t like the directions for this part of the project so I made up my own which you can follow as we go through this appliance cabinet.  I’ll try to point out where my approach is different from the Ikea instructions.

First I unpacked the ikea appliances to get an idea of what we were working with.  I found the instructions a bit nebulous so I wanted to verify all of the dimensions.  Definitely have a friend help you with that oven… it is heavy.  Once they were unpacked I attached the hardware to the appliances and checked out how they would mount to the cabinet because the next step is critical.

appliances

First the bottom drawer and shelves were installed (see pic below).  Full Disclosure: This is the first point that I veer off the Ikea instructions and was the biggest point of consternation in the whole build… I wish someone had posted this before I had to figure it out.   I took 12″ drawerfront that I bought from ikea and measure up to where it would land on the bottom shelf if I mounted the oven there.  As you can see the bottom shelf is now about 12″ above the bottom of the appliance cabinet.  This is the shelf that your oven rests on.  In the future that 4″ drawer front will be removed and reused as trim.  Unfortunately, you have to buy an entire package of 30″ drawer fronts if you want to use this method instead of the ikea method.  The benefit relative to the original instructions is that you gain a 12″ deep drawer space, and 3/4 of of horizontal distance to the island.

Next I measured the oven for the exact height that the next shelf would need to land in order for the oven flange to meet up with the microwave flange (none of this is covered in the ikea literature as the configurations of this cabinet are too numerous).  So that gives you height of the second shelf.  Finally, the top shelf is essentially an upper cabinet with 24″ doors.  That last shelf can be located by measuring down 24″ from the top.

appliance Cabinet

Next I slid in the appliances and called the electrician to hook them up.  As you can see we mounted them directly to the cabinet frame whereas Ikea would have you trim out this cabinet with a large panel and mount to that to fill in the holes above and below.  Don’t forget to buy some torx bit driver heads…. I got all the way to the project sight and couldn’t find one to hook up those brackets on the microwave.

apps_in

Next I took the 4″ drawer front from below and cut it down to place above the microwave using the table saw.  To do this, i pulled used some of the ikea L brackets and pocket hole screws to attach the drawer from behind.

drawerfront

As you can see this makes the microwave, this cut down drawerfront and oven the same depth from the wall.  This is what saved us the 3/4″ rather than mounting the microwave and oven to a large cut out panel front.  Finally, we attached the 12″ drawer bottom, which i’m surprised isn’t standard from Ikea as it works so well for this.

12drawer

Finally, we installed all of the rest of the doors which is about an hour long task once you get going for the whole kitchen.  You basically just pop the hings in the pre cut whole and screw the other side into the door frame.  Ikea Blum hardware is fantastic.

Doors

Next time we will cover the custom crown molding, backsplash, and baseboards.

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Add the drawers and paint the island

Once the island was trimmed with the custom look we wanted and we put together the drawers from Ikea and inserted them.

drawers-island

Additionally we filled in most of the non-island drawers since its easier to assemble everything once you are on a roll.

Lowers

The Ikea hardware works beautifully and is truly a bargain given the high quality and soft close feature.  Also, the paint finish is amazingly durable.  At this point we had to get out of the way of the painters who were taking care of our trim and painting our island and built ins.  The painters were easily able to match the grey Ikea drawers with a Sherwin Williams Enamel.  The painters started by masking off literally every square inch of the place.  It was impressive and I’m definitely glad I didn’t try to do that myself:

Masking

They sprayed the island first then worked around the rest of the white trim.  Unfortunately, i didn’t have crown on our white cabinets yet so they couldn’t spray those pieces as well.

Islandspray

And the front side:

Island_front

It looks messy but they did an incredible job of protecting the floors.  A couple of days later they balled up the paper into massive 4 ft diameter spheres and we had the counters installed before moving on to finishing the upper cabinets:

Island_Top

The counter above is a quartz LG product made to look like marble. The counter below was a different brand of quartz made to look like concrete.  They were both selected because although we love our black granite at home you basically have to wipe up your finger prints every couple of hours 🙁 Never again Holly says.  Anyway, this appear to be much more friendly to smudging.  A couple things worth noting:  (1) you can save alot of money with the Ikea Apron sink if you like it.  Its only $300 and requires no undermount cutting by your fabricator (savings of at least $300).  (2) Don’t trim a window within 1″ of your sink.  I had to rip out the apron trim piece below for the tile to have enough room to be placed.  Next time we will look at finishing the uppers and tiling the backsplash before putting the crown molding on the upper cabinets.

Island_side

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Install the dishwasher and Add some shelves

I couldn’t find a cabinet for the dishwasher anywhere on the Ikea website so I went the cheap route (I’m still not sure what the Ikea approved method is when the end cabinet is a tall one).  Anyway, I created two little shelves and installed them from above using pocket whole screws. This created more than enough support for the countertop later on that would go above it and also created a flange to screw the dishwasher into at the top.

dishwasher

I took the same approach to finishing off those island shelves except had to cut them at 45 deg and mount them from below:

Island Shelves

Here is the finished trim on the side which shows how we generally terminate the base into the leg on any custom cabinet.

FinishTrimside

Next time we will get ready for paint and fill in the rest of the cabinets.

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