Prepping for an IKEA Kitchen

We last left off with me telling you that Aaron and my dad had been super busy while I was in Atlanta at Haven.  The last kitchen renovation post was an update on the drywall being finished on the half-wall and ceiling.  The difference between that post and where we’re at now is like when Anakin Skywalker fell into a steaming pot of lava and came out as Darth Vader.  What I’m trying to say is that my kitchen has turned into a robot man voiced by James Earl Jones.  … I wish.

To keep myself sane, I need to remind myself what the end goal is.  This is more for me than you… but you know, THIS is roughly what it will be.

Ikea Kitchen

I can’t stress enough what a hero my dad is.  He volunteers so much of his time to help us with our projects.  He doesn’t have to, but he does anyway.  He’s got level EXPERT mudding/taping/sanding skills.  It took 3 rounds of mudding, then sanding to get everything up to par, as well as skim coating the wall from the removal of our board and batten and former stencil texture.

Prepping For an IKEA kitchen

Prepping For an IKEA kitchen

Karl and his friend textured our ceiling, which sadly I didn’t get a picture of.  And I’m REALLY bummed about it.  Apparently Karl was on stilts.  STILTS.

Aaron and my rad-action cousin Adam removed a bunch of the kitchen floor.

removing flooring

removing flooring

So, do you remember how the kitchen floor was an inch and a half higher than the dining room floor?  Well now we know why.  There was a layer of particle board, the original linoleum, another layer of newer linoleum, a layer of plywood, then the peal and stick tiles.

removing flooring

removing flooring

removing flooring

 Let this be a public service message to all: if you are going to do a project DO IT THE RIGHT WAY, and not cover something up.  DO NOT PAINT OVER WALL PAPER.  Take the time to remove it.  DO NOT KEEP ADDING LAYERS OF FLOORING.  Take the extra time to remove it.  Wil Wheaton says don’t be a dick.

The cabinets came down like Tina taking that tumble.  As great as it would have been to swing a sledge hammer around, we are recycling the cabinets, so it was a little more gentle than an HGTV crashing.

removing cabinets

removing cabinets

In the midst of preparation, our IKEA kitchen was delivered piece by piece.  That means there are 223 IKEA boxes stacked around.  42 packages of hinges.  Hardware abounding.  As much as I love spending 3 hours putting together a single IKEA dresser, there’s no way you could convince me to put together my cabinets and install them.  I know my limits.  I know Aaron’s limits.  Putting together a Swedish kitchen with no words, only pictures is definitely outside the realm of our limits.

IKEA Kitchen Renovation

IKEA Kitchen Renovation

IKEA Kitchen Renovation

IKEA Kitchen Renovation

It seemed really organized.  Until we kept going…

IKEA Kitchen Renovation

SO MUCH DRYWALL DUST EVERYWHERE.  It penetrates your soul, in the worst way possible.

IKEA Kitchen Renovation

IKEA Kitchen Renovation

And have you ever tried to live a week without a kitchen sink?  It’s no way to live.  Plumbing needs to be celebrated more often.

IKEA Kitchen Renovation

Buster doesn’t seem to care though.

IKEA Kitchen Renovation

Thursday is the big day.  TOMORROW.  After a year and half of planning and saving for this, it is finally happening.  It’s a pretty dang good feeling.  Is anyone else living in chaos right now?  Mind if I borrow your kitchen sink?

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  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    CHAOS!

    That would make me so twitchy I wouldn’t be able to survive. You’re stronger than me. I love your new watermark and logo!

    • Kenz

      Oh my gosh. The chaos is unreal. I have 4 other people living with me who freak out all the time, so I try to be the one to bring everyone back. But it has been a pretty tough week. But a week from now, hopefully everything is livable for the most part. And thanks! It’s been months in the making :)

  • Ainhoa

    We lived without a sink for 4-5 days while we redid our countertops and it was hard! And we still had an outdoor sink we could use. I can’t imagine doing a full kitchen reno!

    • Kenz

      I’m so glad you know how hard it is not having a sink. You really don’t realize how much you use it until it’s gone. The first 2 days I would start walking up to it, and then realize, wait a minute. It’s all about washing dishes in the bathtub now. haha!

  • Bethany Kline

    …wow…. I mean just wow. Thats a lotta discombobulation! I’m sure you’ve been going absolutely mad! But it’s gonna be so worth it, I can’t to see it all put together! And Buster is just too cute in that picture!

    • Kenz

      So much madness! But it’s only temporary so I can do it. AND we don’t have little kids, which I’m sure makes it easier. As hard as it is while pregnant, I bet it’s so much harder with little ones around. Our top goal with this reno was to do it before we had kids. So, cutting it close, but I think we’re doing alright. Haha. And Buster… he’s a heart stealer.

  • eranfaraway

    Living with dry wall dust and a destroyed kitchen was SO frustrating for me! I admire you for staying positive as you always do! So Ikea comes tomorrow? What an incredible treat to kick off your weekend! I hope you guys celebrate with a bottle of Martinelli’s cider or a tub of icecream when it’s all said and done. I’m so proud of you and Aaron for the progress you have made since I started reading!

    Also, ripping up layers of floor underlayment is horrible! I stepped on a nail and a screw when I did it and destroyed my Toms. I’m really glad you didn’t try to tackle that yourself right now.

    • Kenz

      Hi Erin! It’s so true. Not having a kitchen is SO frustrating. It’s right in the middle of EVERYTHING. Yep, the IKEA subcontractors come tomorrow. They said at most it would take through Monday to finish, but we are thinking they will probably be done by Saturday, since our kitchen isn’t that big. We will DEFINITELY celebrate when it’s done. Ruined Toms are the worst ever! I would have cried, haha

  • Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos

    Drywall DOES penetrate your soul. Well said. It’s going to be amazing when it’s done!

    • Kenz

      It penetrates your soul, and EVERYTHING else. I haaaaaate cleaning it up. It takes a million times to sweep and mop and vacuum. You know all about that from when you did your arches! I’m just happy that all the drywalling is finito!

  • Kaitlyn Swift

    EEEKKK!!! I’m so excited for you! I can’t wait to see how it looks when it’s complete! I just went to Ikea this weekend and stared longingly at all of the beautiful kitchens. Congrats girly!!

    • Kenz

      Kaitlyn! I adore you :) I know how that is. I’ve been longing over beautiful IKEA kitchens for the past 2 years!

  • Rita@thissortaoldlife

    This is impressive! And I do know that kind of chaos. Can’t imagine living in it through pregnancy.

    • kenz

      Thanks Rita! It is so wild, but will be SO worth it when it’s finished

  • heidiselover

    Not a good enough reason to use the word penetrate :)

    • Kenz

      :) Let’s please watch pitch perfect tonight!

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

    This might possibly be my favorite part of the reno. I mean come on, After pics are great and all, but this is where the real action is. I just love a good demo and prep :) We spent our Christmas putting together all our kitchen cabinets. Merry, merry :)

    • Kenz

      It’s true. This is the heart and soul. This is the good and juicy part! This is the part we’ll show our kids years in the future, and they won’t even recognize the house. This is the part where it’s fun to go back and look a year later and be proud of how far it has come. And you are STRONG for being able to put your cabinets together yourself! You’re amazing :)

  • Amy

    In our 1910 bungelow we re did the kitchen, but with barely any money. It included stripping red paint off the cabinets, ripping up layers of flooring, sanding the hardwood, and tiling the counter tops, among other things. Because we had little money, we couldn’t even go out to eat constantly. So we had our fridge on the front porch and a microwave in the 2nd bedroom. I learned to grill so many things during this time! Our constant dinner was pork, twice baked potatoes in the microwave (with little toppings), and grilled tomatoes with Parmesan from packets from Dominos when we had picked up pizza. I think we did this for over a month. It was horrible, but it also comes with a sense of pride. It was so ghetto in the process, but the end result was actually pretty good.

    • Kenz

      haha oh Amy… you are so great. That sounds like such an adventure. The sense of pride is really the part of it all. There’s nothing like that feeling of putting so much of your effort into the creative process, and blood sweat and tears into making it a reality. I LOVE the picture in my head of the fridge on the front porch :) If we were neighbors we would DEFINITELY hang out, and I would bring you food!

  • Kat Jeter

    You’d be surprised those Ikea cabinets are pretty easy to put together and install. My mom and I got tired of waiting around for the guys to help so we did it all ourselves! :) I’m with you on the drywall dust, it is the most miserable part of renovating for me.
    Can’t wait to see the finished kitchen!!

    • Kenz

      Kat! YOU ARE WONDER WOMAN! You put together your cabinets?! That’s hard core. You are my new hero!

  • Caitlin

    I love the site redesign! IT’s gorgeous. All your progress on the kitchen looks amazing; I can’t wait to see the final product.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Caitlin! LOVE YOU! I loved reading your publication :)

  • Tonya Hamilton

    Oh my dear Kenz, thank you for your public service announcement. I wish EVERYONE would read and take it to heart. We live in a 100+ year old house that many I-watch-HGTV-DIY-I-can-do-that-project-without-a-pro-consultation-or-any-research-at-all-happy people have just ransacked. Layers of floors? Got it. Drywall cut to fit around existing door and window trim? Check. A three-piece shower enclosure that was never caulked in between the pieces? Yup. It totally ruffles my feathers just thinking about it. Gah!

    In other news, totally excited for your new kitch! I’ve been trying to talk my hubs into a new IKEA kitchen for, like, ever.

    • Kenz

      Girl, I feel ya! I feel like EVERY project we do in our house starts with fixing someone’s DIY fail first. It’s really annoying. I forgot to add “add layers of shingles on top of a roof” to the no-no list. Feel free to vent to me anytime!

  • anne @ wit wisdom and food

    I love the new site redesign. Holy progress, batman I can’t wait to see your finished kitchen. I am so glad my job isn’t to put those things together with weird ikea instructions

    • Kenz

      Thanks Ann!! I’m so excited too! I think I’ll barely be able to sleep tonight :)

  • Shalynn Hansen

    What the WHAT? You’ve gotta be kidding me with that flooring! That’s insane! Aaron is a trooper! I’m excited to see it all come together! Love you Kenz! Let me know if you need a quiet place to rest! I have a guest bedroom or couch with your name on it!

    • Kenz

      Aaron really is such a trooper! Don’t be surprised if I show up at your house for a nap. You are great Shalynn. LOVE YOU SO MUCH!

  • Gretchen@BoxyColonial

    Today! Today is the day! I’m so excited for you! Can’t wait to see! Yay! I’m going to keep using exclamation marks!

    • Kenz

      Oh my gosh, my whole day has been an exclamation mark! It’s the happiest day of my life! haha! Right up there with our wedding, lol

  • http://pinkowl07.blogspot.com/ night owl

    Looks like things are slowly coming together. I know it’ll look awesome when its complete.

    pinkowl07.blogspot.com

    • Kenz

      Thank you Night Owl! I hope it’s all done soon :)

      • http://pinkowl07.blogspot.com/ night owl

        I’m sure it will be in no time. just got to have patience. That’s one thing we all need to learn. :D

  • Amber @ Wills Casa

    I had to live without a kitchen when I was pregnant with Ramona. So difficult. I feel your pain! Although technically I am living with a shared kitchen with Baby Wills, now I’m wondering which is worse! ;)

    • Kenz

      Ohhhh i would HATE sharing a kitchen! You are a soldier!