our new IKEA kitchen – preparations

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In spring we planed our kitchen at IKEA. Do you remember?
(I could barely remember all the details we planed… so my first advice for planing your kitchen would be: don’t plan it tooooo long in advance!) But kitchen planing is really so much fun and reminds you of better times to come: living in your dreamhouse, cooking in your dreamkitchen…
Anyway, we planed it in advance and due to our my early-pregnancy downtime during summer we are a little delayed regarding our timetable (ha! as if it ever was on time! It’s a renovation!!!) but we ordered the kitchen 4 weeks ago (we had to wait a few weeks for the countertop to be ready) and within 2 excursions to IKEA we collected all the boxes and stuff we needed to put it together.

And that’s how we started:
First I organized the list of items we got. IKEA seperated the items into little batches for every cabinet and the planed insides. I taped everything on the window to keep an overview.

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During the boys’ attic nightshifts Tinka (and Sophie) gave me a hand assembling the kitchen cabinets and all the drawers. It took us the entire week (after work hours) to assemble everything but we made it.
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I washi-taped the numbers of the cabinets onto the back of each one so we don’t loose track about which inside belongs into the right cabinet.
Saturday morning we drove over to my uncle and cousins shop to pick up our electical household appliances.
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After that we started with the assembly of the kitchen cabinets which I’ll share in a seperate post next week.
Stay tuned.

 

wood planking in the attic

On every construction site or major renovation project there are nooks and corners which you (have to) put in second place. Let’s face it – that’s totally normal you can’t fight all fronts at the same time. (actually, I think there are people out there who can – but for us it works better to reach one goal at a time). Our “renovation stepchild” is the attic – no doubt about this.
After we installed a new (construction) floor we left it like that and worked our way through towards other deadlines and milestones.

We are planning to put our bedrooms (we need a nursery as you might have noticed) and some small storagespace up there. So the first step was to cover the insulation material with wooden planks. And that’s what we* the boys did for the last couple of days.
* Tinka and I prepared the kitchen cabinets and assembled manymanymany drawers of our new Ikea kitchen.

Our gable walls are not perfectly even so first of all we installed the construction beams (for the nursery wall) and worked our way from there towards the walls. We used a level (good old bubble level) and a laser level (which can be tricky if you are working with 45 degree attic walls!) but the combination of both did it for us.
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We decided on useing white-washed tongue and groove planks with a rather rough surface.
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Those planks were mounted with small metal claws which you can put into the groove and we secured them with tiny screws. (you could also nail it with a air nailer but it worked better for us with the screws).
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Throughout the week a lot of people gave us a hand with mounting the wood. (here you can see my brother, Martin, my mum and dad; but also Codo, George and Toby helped us during our nightshifts)
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I really love the new look! Such a difference! Our (renovation)stepchild turned into a true (renovation)Cinderella.
Light and airy with a kind of scandinavian touch.
Next steps will be:

– installing the floor heating
– building the walls (nursery, our bedroom & storage)
– covering the bay around the windows with wood
– beauty corrections (mounting trims and borders)

 

roadtrip

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We took a short break and a weekend off our renovation timeline to visit Anja and her family in Vorarlberg.
We’ve been there during Easter and we loved it. So when Anja invited us to come and celebrate with her the release of her beautiful self-published magazine SOI we didn’t hesitate and packed our bags!
The weather was perfect and so was the release party!
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The location was an organic farm called Vetterhof. They’ve prepared a hay-barn cinema and disco and they served delicious soups made by Anjas partner-in-crime Ulli and her team of the Elfenküche in Dornbirn.
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Congrats Anja and Ulli, you did a great job!
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We had a great time at the Vetterhof and in Vorarlberg! Unfortunately we had to leave the next day.
Before that we did a little (baby)bump contest in front of a wooden shingled wall. (I think I won!)
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I totally looking forward to come back! (and I think my boys do too!)
And you know what, we need to come back anyway … because we are planning to cover one wall of the nursery with those cute wooden “ruffle” shingles. Unfortunately, those where sold out at the moment. So we are going to collect a few square meters of them some time soon … as soon as we have a wall to cover. (maybe we should start with the essensials first before we buy the decoration!… story of my life..)

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Thank you Vroni, Anja, Karl-Heinz and Nini for your heartwarming welcome. Everytime we visit it feels like coming home!