Ikea Kitchens

We’ve officially hit the stressful “oh my gosh how are we going to finish packing all this this” part of moving.  We close on Thursday morning, and although we’ve gotten a lot done, I feel like there is still sooo much left to do.  Yesterday, we literally packed all day.  We set our alarms super early, woke up, started packing, and didn’t do anything besides pack and make trips to our storage unit until about 10pm (at which time, we could hardly make it up the stairs for bed).

Our main goal was to tackle the kitchen, and I just couldn’t believe how much stuff we had in there.  I mean, we’re two people for goodness sake, and we really try not to hang on to things we don’t use regularly.  Regardless, packing up the kitchen was like blowing out a cake full of trick birthday candles – you think you’ve blown them all out, and then much to your despair, one starts to flickr, and before long they’re going strong again.  Yeah, that was us yesterday.  We’d pack one cabinet, only to open the next and be completely overwhelmed by how much more stuff was in that cabinet.

Thankfully, we nearly finished the kitchen, and all of the other rooms are about 80% done.  We know we’ll be able to finish (in reality, we hope to be done by Wednesday so we can clean Wednesday night), we’re both just ready to be done.  It’s also starting to look kind of eerie in here, because our furniture is staying, but most of our decor is gone.  It’s really weird.

On Saturday, we actually took a mini break from packing and popped down to Ikea to take a look at their kitchen cabinets.  I’ve been looking into cabinet options for our new house, and I’ve surprisingly heard a lot of good things about Ikea’s kitchen (which blows my mind because so much from Ikea is so cheaply made).  Well, they were having their semi-annual kitchen sale, where everything was 20%, so I wanted to take a look before it ended in case we wanted to order anything.

Although I was impressed with the actual cabinets themselves (they all have soft close hinges and slides which are amazing) I wasn’t so impressed with their drawers.  The drawers themselves had a metal-like side, which to me, made them feel really cheap.  Noel wasn’t bothered by it at all, and it hasn’t completely swayed my decision not to use them for our cabinets, but I wasn’t too thrilled when I saw it.

Regardless of their drawer situation, look at how gorgeous some of these Ikea kitchens are:

Do any of you have an Ikea kitchen?  What do you think of it if you do?  Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

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One Response to Ikea Kitchens

  1. Hi Kirsten,
    I do own a Ikea-kitchen and my mom just got one too last month.
    I need to say that we both love out kitchens and the quality is very good.
    The only problem is that it comes in hundreds of little pieces and you really need to be a great builder to put them together. But when this work is done the kitchen looks and works out real great.
    And of course it´s much cheaper than other ones. And the metal sides are really easy to clean.

    My next kitchen is definitly from Ikea again.

    Best wishes from Germany,

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