kitchen party

ikea kitchen
moving chaos is over…
truth to be told: we still have heaps of stuff at my brothers (thank you George for your patience) and four boxes in our bedroom waiting to be unpacked… but at some point you don’t even see the moving boxes anymore… its like a cardboard furniture you just walk by. sad but true.
Anyway there are also fun parts with the moving part like unwrapping your beautiful ikea kitchen!

I think I’ve waited for this moment foreeeeever
or at least since we planned and assembled the kitchen. Removing the blue protection cover seemed like a party to me!
To put it with Cindy’s words: Girls just wanna have fun!

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Somehow I was really used to the blue and it took me a few days to get used to our new white kitchen!
Now, after using it for the last 2 month (these photos where shot during our moving chaos) I wouldn’t change a thing!
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Also our new kitchen explorer loves the drawers and I’m afraid the dishwasher is her favorit… let’s see if this fascination is still strong when she’s able to load and unload it.

 

small achievements here and there

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oh boy, the end is near!
At least the end of our apartment lease contract so a chaotic moving month is ahead of us.
Let me show you the small achievements we’ve been working on for the last couple of spring-weekends to add the last finishing touches to our dreamhome.. (because hands down… if you don’t do it BEFORE you move in it won’t be done for a looong time, right!?)

First and most importantly we got rid of this crazy, dirty, dusty work rug we had layed on our floor for surface protection.
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We My supercrafty-cousin Robert installed beautiful Ikea Ranarp lamps above our kitchen and he installed the amazing 70ies shade in Lindas nursery I found on a fleamarket a few years ago. (how cute are those graphics!?)
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I oiled the stairs with a black wood oil to make them slightly darker and compatible with the industrial look of the steel frame. (note to myself: never wear a white shirt while applying black oil… now some parts of my white shirt are also very compatible to the dark steel frame!)
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My dad and Martin worked on some small bits and pieces and last finshing touches to install the slide! (yeah, baby!) and to get on with the garden planning and preparations for sowing gras seeds. All under Lindas supervisor eyes!
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She doesn’t look very impressed – does she!?
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I’ll keep you updated on the next step our garden (and the house) is doing!

 

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!
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Tinkas dad arrived with a bunch of extra tools…
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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)
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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!)
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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.
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We put the kitchen appliances in place while Schorsch and Tinka took a little (and well deserved) break in the evening sun!
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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!)
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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).
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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….
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