Nothing beats a good old before and after. Seeing homely Rachel Leigh Cook turn into hot Rachel Leigh Cook without a transition is just somehow way more gratifying then getting bogged down in the details of glasses removing and red dress wearing. Unfortunately this isn’t She’s All That. It’s more like She’s Coming Along. The kitchen that is. It’s less dramatic to be sure but lets not forget the importance of a montage sequence. I expect you all to be just as thrilled as Freddy Prinze was at the bottom of those stairs with our kitchen progress thus far.
Have you ever walked into a store and spent $3,000 on an item of clothing without trying it on? Of course you haven’t. You’re not Corinne. If you’re any type of regular person at all then you have the god fearing decency to perseverate over any decision that costs more than $20. Buyers remorse is a hell of a lot more expensive when your not rich to begin with. With this whole process I’ve struggled with the price tags attached to our decision making. Our floors cost the same amount as our wedding if that tells you anything. What can I say, I’m pretty confident in my decision making as long as I’m at the dollar store. After that we’re off the map. Here there be monsters. With the cabinets and appliances coming in at a totally reasonable but eye twitching amount of $8,000 we were definitely outside of our comfort zone. Good thing that we still had to select countertops and that the internet had told us to budget about 30% of the total price of our kitchen for that. We meet again, 💸. Im going to need a paper bag and/or an Ativan for this post.
This may come as a shock but I’ve never designed a kitchen before. I’ve heard of “the kitchen triangle” and I figured out on my own that it’s stupid to have a stove placed next to the fridge (scorched fridge, lost security deposit) but that’s about the extent of my knowledge. I knew that I didn’t want to hire a designer because A) I’m cheap and and B) a micromanager, but I also knew that I needed guidance. Mainly because I had no idea what I was doing. That’s where IKEA Individual Kitchen Planning came in. The kitchen staff at the Brooklyn IKEA (excellent staff BTW) told us about in-home IKEA Individual Kitchen Planning and recommended it to us as a safety net to ensure that what we were dreaming up would work in reality. It’s essentially a planning service that has a consultant come to your home to measure and design a kitchen (or review what you designed) for up to 4 hours. The best part, the service is $200 and after you buy the kitchen from IKEA you get the $200 back on an IKEA gift card. In my world that’s the same as cash. So $200 gets you someone to do your measurements, give you a workable layout, and ensure that you won’t set your cabinets on fire. Yes please.
It’s weird to tear down something that you just bought. We knew from the start that the kitchen had to go- but that didn’t mean that we weren’t also kind of sad about it. Countless meals had been prepared here with its fake brick backsplash, 42 inch sink, and 20 inches of counter space. The kitchen had survived many families and ultimately we were going to be the ones to put it out of its misery. We had bought the Old Yeller of kitchens. Best to make quick work of it. The week after buying the place we paid our super $500 to demo the whole thing to give us a clean slate for our kitchen renovation. No looking back. Except a little.