It’s only been a week and a half since my last update, but we have made some major progress on our kitchen renovation! The last time I checked in, we were in the process of installing the upper cabinets in the kitchen after a long few weeks working around far too many problems.
Since then, we’ve installed just about all the cabinets, including all of the cabinets in the dining room. Here’s an in-progress shot:
Installing the two enormous 88″ (92″ with legs) pantries was quite the experience. I’m not sure how other people do it, but it really tested our abilities. Our pantries have cover panels on each side — with the cover panels on, the pantries each weighed at least 200lbs. We had to somehow get the pantries up off their sides on the floor and into place, and then install four flimsy plastic feet underneath them.
Without thinking, we tried to lift the cabinet while it was on its side, rendering it a huge wobbly trapezoid. As soon as we started lifting, we heard creaking and cracking. Crap! We didn’t think the damage was too extensive, so we rolled it onto its face and lifted it that way. It barely cleared our 96″ ceiling (thank you, Pythagorean Theorem). We added the interior shelves, making it much stronger, and then used a dolly to get it into place in the dining room.
With it weighing so much, we had no idea how to get the feet under the pantry, until we remembered Ryan’s floor jack he uses for his car. We tilted the pantry back, slid the hydraulic jack underneath, and slowly lifted and pushed it into place. We said a prayer as Ryan stuck his arm under the cabinet to insert the legs. It took some finagling, but we got it to work! The second pantry was much easier since we had a system in place. You can see them both in the below photo, on either side of the glass cabinets in the dining room.
We’ve also installed shelving, drawers, and doors for most of the cabinets (the beast pantries still need some work). For the most part, IKEA makes it really easy to install these parts. I love the corner carousels! Such a great way to use space.
And the pull-out, soft-closer drawers are awesome. I started building the last of them for the pantries last night. Two down, only ten to go!
Overall, the cabinets are really looking good! Should be finishing up everything except for trim in the next day or two.
To install the island, we consulted with our contractor friend who recommended a concrete glue instead of screwing into the concrete. Ryan built a cabinet base using 2″ x 6″s and then heavy-duty glued that sucker to the floor.
Then, using big screws, he connected the cabinets to the base. With the shelves, drawers, doors, and, soon, countertop, it’s very sturdy.
Other Kitchen Odds and Ends
We ordered our flooring a few weeks back, but last weekend we had access to a truck so we picked it up from the shop. It’s currently acclimating to our home’s temperature and humidity by taking up half our office. Sometimes I feel like it’s an episode of Hoarders around here. Our office and guest room are packed with stuff from the rest of the house. This weekend we’re going to start installing the floors — except first we have to tear out the old laminate and tile. Joy! More floor destruction!
We also had our countertops measured on Wednesday, so we should have those installed in less than two weeks!
And we had our friend patch the last few drywall holes left over from we moved the light switch and water line after the Great Cabinet Debacle.
Everything is moving along! Want to read more about our real-life kitchen renovation? Check out these links:
Our Experience Planning Our Cabinets at IKEA
Renovation “Before” Photos
Setting Up a Temporary Kitchen
Kitchen Renovation Week #1
Kitchen Renovation Week #2
How to Paint a Brick Fireplace
Kitchen Renovation Week…uh…#6?
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