If you don’t follow me on twitter, you’ve been missing my Twitpics about my kitchen renovation (and the bitching I’ve been doing about not having a kitchen sink for a couple of weeks). We’re in the third year of the longest, most messed-up and dragged out brownstone renovation in Brooklyn history. For three years we used a tiny, really disgusting old kitchen from when this was a duplex rental building. Then at the end of the summer, I moved the fridge and stove downstairs and set up a temporary kitchen in the nice, clean new space (that was it in the picture, with IKEA wardrobes that we had been using in other parts of the house, and a stand-alone IKEA sink I picked up for $300). We weren’t sure where to go from there. We didn’t have much money to work with, and the original plans called for a completely custom kitchen. But we’d have to wait years for that, and we were getting sick of still, after three years, having most of our kitchen stuff in boxes. So, we decided to buy cabinets and counters from IKEA.
I was a little crushed. I’ve been dreaming about my kitchen ever since we bought this place. I wanted custom cabinets. I was a bit of a brat about it, but at the same time wanted to jump on The Ass’s willingness to get this done now. And I was thrilled that we were moving forward, just not thrilled that we were moving forward with an IKEA kitchen.
We picked the nicest IKEA cabinets to be sure, but it’s still IKEA so it was affordable compared to custom cabinets, and far superior to any of the cheap alternatives I’ve seen at Home Depot. We used a company called Traemand to assemble and install the cabinets. That’s all they do, install IKEA stuff, so they know what they’re doing. IKEA furniture is unlike anything else out there, and even though I love my contractor, I wanted to go with someone who has done hundreds of these kitchens. I can’t say enough good things about the guys from Traemand. From helping me plan out what we were going to buy to putting on the handles and everything in between, they were fantastic.
So, after three days of installation and one long evening of cleaning up and putting stuff away in the new cabinets, I’m thrilled with the kitchen. Now we’re just waiting for the countertops, which should be ready in a week to ten days. Until then, we have no counters and no kitchen sink, so we’re all happily eating frozen and take-out.
Here’s a video I shot last night, a little tour of the new cabinets. Actually a fairly long tour. Couldn’t help it, I was excited.