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.


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 we slid behind the cabinet pictured below:


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:


And the final product …!


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