Don't worry, the kitchen is getting better and I can almost see the end in sight....but here's some pics from the worst stages of the 'remodel' (as the Americans call it) to remind me when my chronic memory fails to remember how far we've come and to inspire any of you out there that have landed here via a google search about DIYing an IKEA kitchen yourselves that IT CAN BE DONE!
Yes, it's messy.
Yes, you have to be confident that you can work with another person without 'accidentally' slaughtering them half-way through the project (I am so lucky that Mr D and I think on the same wavelengths most of the time and know how to compromise when we need to.....yes, I'm looking disapprovingly at you Congress, you twerps).
Yes, you are going to find unexpected problems behind the cabinets you take out you weren't expecting (ours were termites and the wall behing the sink that we knew wasn't sealed in being even worse than we expected....yuk, mold...see those first photos above). But that's why you need to add 10-20% into your initial budget for unexpecteds.
BUT building your own kitchen can be done and I am TOTALLY convinced that we are rebuilding it with greater care and attention to detail than the company who quoted us a starting price of $3000 for fitting it (BEFORE the additional fees for installing countertops and definitely not including dealing with the problems with the walls and termites). But seeing the (lack of) quality of the kitchen cabinets we took out, I'm TOTALLY CONVINCED we've built this better than any contractors could have done in 3 days.
By the way, if you don't know why this rebuild is called 'Operation OuttaOurTinyMinds' you need to read this original post.
I'm putting together a list of things you should know about or consider when building your own IKEA kitchen, because we've learnt lots and I'd like to pass these on...and I'll be posting this in a few weeks when we're finally finished. Watch this space.
So anyway, without further ado, here's some nasty photos of the nasty things we found in the kitchen when we started taking cabinets out and what it says about the kitchen on Zillo from when we bought the house:
Meet Demo Tempest and her trusty sidekick, Spike....yes, I gave him a name and googly eyes, made demo much more fun....especially as I was doing 'delicate' demo because we wanted to give the cabinets we took out to Habitat For Humanity. Putting on the Buffy theme tune whilst 'ripping' things out also helps. There, stick that in your helpful hints folder and smoke it.
It would be a lie to say only Melchett has been actively involved in rebuilding the kitchen....Goth Child did get out of bed once I think to help lift the microwave into place. i say 'lift', she balanced it on her shoulder and moaned a bit. Love you really darling GC ;)
Luca 'helped' too:
But we're nearly there. The aim to get the kitchen and office finished by Thanksgiving is still on and looking achievable. I haven't even shown you pics of the office changes yet (unless you've been keeping up with my Instagram account).
Speaking of Instagram, I've been doing little progress videos throughout the rebuild...and this is at the end of week 12 (if there's a blank space and no video in your reader next then you may have to visit the original post on fanbloomingtastic.com to watch it):
And luckily the kitchen is so almost finished that I can start thinking about the stuff I need to do about the Doctor Who Sew Along, starting next Monday, October 21st...you have been warned (and lots more info. coming soon)...