Archive for April, 2009


Faucet decided upon… we think.

April 29, 2009

Oh and we think we decided upon our faucet…

The Moen Annabelle:   (minus the soap/lotion dispenser)moen-annabelle-faucet1

Kinda simple, but a bit classic looking.  And a bit taller since our sink is not too deep. Not sure if we are going to go with the polished nickel or chrome or stainless yet.


Make-shift kitchen

April 29, 2009

We have started packing up the kitchen, and making our ‘temporary kitchen’ in the playroom. Poor kiddo, the playroom is not very fun right now.

Have to pack more tonight, tomorrow and Friday. Who knew how much stuff we had in that small kitchen?! So many boxes taking over the dining room.

We will move the fridge in there by Friday night. That should be fun…not!

We have been taking pictures and will post them soon!


Woo hoo!

April 22, 2009

Got the call this morning… we are scheduled to start the demolition/tear down of our kitchen Saturday May 2. Whoa!

Our great electrician hooked us up with some laborers that will do the demo for pretty cheap. Thanks Frank! We were going to do that part ourselves.

So it will start soon, just over a week and a half away! We will have to pack up what we can this next week (family is visiting so we will see how much we get done). The make-shift kitchen area has been readied so should not be to hard to just do it.

We also will call Mike our plumber to come in and cap off the water/sink and get him scheduled to come in and do his plumbing work. Then Rick to open the door ways up, then Frank to do his electrical work.  Hope it all goes as planned!


More inspirations….

April 21, 2009

Ok, so we found a few really cool websites.  – This one is great and they have a store in Seattle.

These are the drawer pulls and knobs we like from there:




Another great site is: — We are considering some of the light fixtures from here. We are planning on recessed lights, and under cabinet lights throughout, but want a cool pendant or two over the sink.


Some inspiration….

April 17, 2009

So over the months of preparing to do this thing, we have been looking at kitchen after kitchen online to get some ideas and inspirations.

We have looked at Ikea kitchens and non-Ikea kitchens. Some we have liked for the colors, some for the style, others we have obsessed over beautiful backspashes. Many times we have LOVED something so much and thought we have found IT, only later to take another look and say ‘what were we thinking!?’

We are happy so far with the final decisions we have made……

Here are a few pix of kitchens we like and why-

I LOVE the look of this kitchen…. The amazing trim work, the stark white with the cup style handles, and the retro light:



This is a Galley, kinda like ours:


We could never be this cool:


We like the Florida tile backsplash on this one:


Last one…. we will have a garbage pull-out like this



Our Scandanavian Cruise

April 17, 2009

Some people dream of crusing the fjords.  Some people dream of reenacting epic viking battles.  Others dream of sailing industrial carts through the self-service warehouse at Ikea.

Guess where we fit in?

After months of fighting with easily utilizing the Ikea online kitchen planning tool, Michelle arrived at the best possible layout for our spacious kitchen.


East side


West side


 Top view

With these plans in hand, we set out for Ikea.  Since Michelle had researched the process throughly, she knew we would need a full day to order, pull, and purchase our cabinets.

“Wait a second,” you say… “I thought you only have eighty square feet to work with.  How could it take all day to purchase your cabinets?”  It could and it did.  Everything is flat-packed at Ikea, and most of it is boxed separately.  That means that one cabinet requires as many as 13 separate items.

We spent almost three hours in the warehouse, checking and double checking our lists, catching the occasional discrepancy and trying to discover the best way to fit many large items onto an industrial cart.  Since everything was in stock, it appears that we’re set.  If we aren’t, we are so so lucky to live just 20 minutes from Scandanavia.  So.  So.  Lucky.

Some quick math:

80 = total square footage of the kitchen

13 = total cabinets

150 = individual items to find in the warehouse

4 = number of industrial carts we filled in our quest

2 = number of times we dropped our very first item (the pantry) before we got it into the cart

2 = number of times we checked each item against our massive lists

3 = probable number of items we missed anyway

2= Ikea staffers who helped us push our super-full carts to the register

1 = lovely little Mazda truck we were able to borrow from Karen and Derek

1 = Subaru Forester packed to every inch of its’ square goodness with cabinet hardware

$99.09 = discrepancy in our favor between what we planned to spend and what we were actually charged (which may also result in a $99.09 surprise missing item)

 24 = meatballs we never got around to ordering because we were so engrossed in our project

2 = times we dropped the pantry on Bree’s foot while unloading into the garage

3 = types of pens we used to triple-check all of the inventory

10 = percentage off our total cabinet (and countertop!), thanks to the Ikea kitchen sale

Some pictures from our fun day…


K & D’s truck packed rather ridiculously.  I take full responsiblity for the initial idea that going diagonal (to accomodate our one large item) would be super efficient.  Yeah, no.


Is that not the most beautifully organized stack you’ve ever seen in your life?  Swoon.


Everything checks against the list.  Hooray for highlighters!


The Plan – Aesthetics

April 14, 2009

Someday we’ll come up with detailed color boards.  For now, our cabinets are Adel White from Ikea, our countertops are White Ash Caesarstone, and our new appliances will be stainless.  The basic board so far:


Here’s a kitchen with the cabinets and countertop that we’re using.  It’s much larger than ours, but gives a good preview:


We’re still thinking on the floor tile.  We know the dimensions and layout pattern, 12 x 24 staggered subway style like this:


but we’re thinking a lighter grey, maybe even a slight pattern or texture.

We have some fun ideas for backsplash tiles, but won’t make final decisions until we’ve seen the whole picture and lived in our kitchen for awhile.  Ideas that we like now include:

An accent strip (about 3″ high, which equals four of these small bricks) of Japanese sumi-e recycled glass tile:


Set among a plainer (yet still interesting) larger subway tile like this Florida tile:


(Note that we’ll probably exclude the clawfoot tub from our kitchen.  If anything, we’ll go with a narrower soaking tub.  Or maybe just a farmhouse sink instead.  It’s good to leave our options open.)

Speaking of the sink, we’re going with the Domsjo single farmhouse sink from our Scandanavian friends


Details we’re still working on:  drawer and cabinet pulls, faucet, light fixtures and paint color.