This photo was taken standing in the dining room. Now the kitchen is partially open to the dining room and we’re so excited!
There is no longer a door leading to the living room! We now have space for high cabinets! This is going to be the “pantry” area.
Ikea Kitchen Cabinets
Why an IKEA Kitchen?
The decision to get an IKEA kitchen came down to two factors: price and functionality.
We knew since the beginning that we wanted to buy Semihandmade doors so we could enjoy all the Ikea benefits with a personalized look.
Semihandmade offers craftsmanship at a lower price and makes drawer fronts, doors, side panels, and filler pieces crafted to fit IKEA cabinets.
Once my kitchen plan was completed, I reached out to Semihandmade and provided them with my design. They gave me a list and a quote of everything the kitchen needed.
We ordered our whole kitchen during one of IKEA’s big kitchen sales. Usually the way these work is that, if you spend a certain amount, you will get 10 percent off, and if you spend a little more, 20 percent. Obviously this really makes a difference in the budget.
Semihandmade cabinet doors
For our kitchen remodel, we went for one of their unstained/unpainted cabinets: Shaker style. This way, we could pick any color we wanted! My husband sanded them to make sure they were nice and smooth, then he used a paint sprayer to obtain the perfect professional finish on our new cabinets.
He set up his paint station in our basement as it was cold, wet and snowy back in January in New Jersey! Temperature and humidity always negatively affect the painting experience.
To get a super smooth and professional paint finish, he sanded the surface between coats and spray painted again! (And again..)
Why choose a paint sprayer over other painting methods? First, paint sprayers give you a very even finish with no visible brush strokes. Also, spraying lots and lots of cabinets is so much faster than using a roller or paint brush!
But painting cabinet doors is a tedious process. Yann spent 5 days completing that process. So you might consider hiring out!
Farrow & Ball - Paint selection
Installing the cabinets
Looking more like a kitchen!! I am still in shock every time I catch a glimpse of the space. Everything is finally coming together!
The cabinet boxes are installed! Everything fits perfectly! Not that I had a doubt, but it was a stressful time with our baby on the way! The bones of a kitchen are definitely the cabinets and their layout!
Take a peek at the painted door attached to the cabinet box! Isn’t this color perfect?!
When we moved into the house, the kitchen was slightly more advanced than the picture above. We had a 3 weeks old baby girl and had to set up a temporary kitchen in the living room. I won’t lie, it was not ideal, but at least it was coming together!