our new IKEA kitchen – the assembly

After one week of preparations we continued the work with the little help of Jantschy, Tinka, Schorsch and our kitchen mastermind aka Tinkas dad, who had some experience with assembling (IKEA) kitchens. I’m so glad he joined the team… without him, his knowledge and his toolbox it would have taken forever! Let me tell you assembling your kitchen is not a walk in the park and the IKEA assembly service is probably worth EVERY penny!
Tinkas dad arrived with a bunch of extra tools…
After we’ve mounted the wall suspension rail we started with the first cabinet (we made sure that every drawer and cabinet is marked with our tape number system and also all additional screws and stuff was in a little box inside the cabinet so it was much faster to know which piece goes where) Organization is everything! (although we doesn’t look very organized on the photo below)
As soon as all the cabinets were put in place we mounted the countertop. (We choose a white worktop with a high gloss finish and a solid aluminium edge) it’s devided by the beautiful ceramic Domsjö sink. (It was a good idea to choose this sink not only because its really beautiful but also because it saved us a lot of trouble: the worktop units can only be delivered until a lenght of more or less 3m and our kitchen is a little longer than 4m; so we decided to put a Domsjö sink between a short worktop and the long one and voilá you don’t need to patch up the countertops!)
After we mounted the worktop and the sink Tinkas dad sawed the hole for the hob and we mounted the runners for the drawer and screwed the single cabinets together.
We put the kitchen appliances in place while Schorsch and Tinka took a little (and well deserved) break in the evening sun!
Schorsch was in charge for ajusting the drawers. (you can level them with small screws on the side of every drawer). While my mum showed total physical determination in mounting the Omlopp LED light system for illuminating the drawers. Unfortunately, the wires (of most of the strips in the left hand of the kitchen) are too short to reach the electronic transformer unit so we need to extend them. But we could testrun one of the cabinets and I love it (as much as my dad… look at the photo below! what a happy face!)
We had a little trouble with mounting 3 drawer fronts to one unit (for the fridge and the dishwasher) – we still got no solution for the dishwasher though, but the Dads helped us to cover the fridge which turned out really good and worked pretty well in combination with our fridge (I think if you go with the IKEA appliances you won’t have any trouble at all but working with third party appliances can be tricky).
I can’t wait to get rid of the blue protection film! … but like always there are a few things to do in advance of unwraping the cabinets (get a backsplash, repaint some corners and scratches on the walls). But we are close….


our new IKEA kitchen – preparations

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.

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.
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.
After that we started with the assembly of the kitchen cabinets which I’ll share in a seperate post next week.
Stay tuned.


summer update

Here’s a little update what happend in the treehouse the last few weeks while I was taking my construction-site-sick-leave.

We got a sundeck!

Although I couldn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to (the few times I trudged myself to the treehouse I was just lying in the shade on the floor hoping for better times)
I really love it! It’s huge and the timber turned out perfectly (thermo-hardened pine)! Also the cherry-tree-shrub idea worked out really good!
I’ll write a detailed post about the sundeck soon.
The boys (Martin, Codo, George and my brother Schorsch) did some hard night shifts to cover the ceiling with plywood.
I also really like the result. It looks much calmer but you can still see the wood grain. We used cottonwood in 8mm. (Maybe we’d go with the 1cm thick panels next time around. Just because they are more stable.)
For all of you wondering: We thought about putting some kind of reglet on the splices between the panels but we decided against it, because it looks light, easy and much cleaner like it is now.  Although we are covering the gap between wall and panels with some wooden reglets (it’s an old house after all and we got  m a s s i v e   gaps between the wall and the plywood panels!)
Concrete floor in the making. With the rough finish after the first application and beneath the smooth semigloss finish.

We got this beautiful concrete floor – Beton cire.
I tried to snap some photos while they worked on it but I was in my weakest condition and couldn’t report on it as much as I wanted to. Anyway we got the floor from the fantastic Arrea Design company and it turned out beautiful!
I also gonna cover all details about it in a post. (as soon as we uncovered the floor again – for now we try to protect it with some construction fleece.)


Last weekend Codo and I tiled the toilet and the storageroom. We used some granite tiles we found on Martins grandpa’s attic. We won’t win a design price for this but it is a hard-wearing floor with the most rewarding pattern for a cubby!fliese1

It was my first time tiling. I was pretty exited and it was fun (thanks to Codo!)
I liked it but let’s put it that way: Tiling won’t be my new favorit hobby…

Today I grouted the two rooms with my girl Kari, which was nice too. But I’m glad the two rooms are finished (floorwise) and finally we can leave the big garden toilet for a proper one in the house. (comes in handy if you are pregnant and need to pee every hour or less…)
Ok. So now you are updated (also on my toilet schedule – sorry for that!) and I hope I can show you some updates on our bathroom next week!