So here are the before pictures. . . see that nasty corner sink? It made a bigger mess than it cleaned up. What a pain!
Here we are after pulling out all of the cabinets and tearing down the soffits. The soffits were such a waste of space – there was nothing in them. The cabinets just went right up to them. Why not add more cabinet space instead of having empty drywall?
New drywall hung to cover up where we pulled out the soffits:
Dry wall joint compounded, textured and painted:
Cabinet framing going up!
And at this pointed we realized that we had made some errors in measuring and made quite a few trips to Ikea to get new framing, doors, etc. We also realized that we were going to have to move the valve for the gas line to our stove and run a new electricity line to power our double oven. So after many calls to an electrician, a plumber and carpenter, we ended up with this:
Thank you Ikea for your 20% off kitchen sale! We did some research and found that to have this installed by professionals, you should count on spending the same amount for labor as your did on all of the materials. I am so glad we did this ourselves. We saved thousands.
It was exhausting, stressful and hard work but I really feel like it turned out amazing and super functional. Even the drawers are super organized with the fun ikea dividers! I think one of our favorite parts are the dampers on the drawers and cabinets. It’s impossible to slam anything in this kitchen! It’s so neat! There is still a little bit of touch up work to be done (you can see in the last picture next to the mixer that a hole needs to be filled) and herbs to be grown to put in the window but overall we’re very happy with everything. In the spring, after we get our tax return, we’re planning on pulling down the popcorn ceiling and pulling up the tile to stain the concrete (you can see the lack of tile in the top finished picture. . . ). Maybe we’ll consider some new light fixtures too. 🙂 But for now, we’re done! Next up, lots of cooking (in the form of many creme brulee recipes) and Thanksgiving to be served from our new double oven!