IKEA Cabinet Installation: Day One

Close your eyes.  You are 6 years old.  It’s Christmas Eve.  You KNOW Santa is coming, and in the morning, you get to come down the stairs in your footie pink bunny jammies and open your Red Rider BB-Gun.  Are you going to be able to sleep?  Heavens NO.

Now open your eyes.
This is my Christmas Eve.

Ikea Cabinet Installation

After a year and half of planning and saving and deliberating, it is finally falling into place.

We opted to pay the IKEA subcontractors to install the cabinets.  However, we did everything else.  Every ounce of demo, drywall, mud/tape, measuring & design.  No one from IKEA double checked our measurements or work.  Every panel, piece of trim, molding, and cabinet was chosen and planned by us.  They just showed up to put it together.  Like 3 little Fix-It-Felix’s ready to go.

And they were fast, like bad Mexican food in my tummy.  (Much less messy though.  And FAR more pleasant.)  This is where they were after about 2 hours.

Ikea Cabinet Installation

The brothers had the hardest job of all: staying out of the way.  Benadryl is our bff.

Ikea Cabinet Installation

At the end of day one, most of the cabinets were built, and they were ready to be attached the next day.  You better believe that I awkwardly touched every single one of those cabinets.

Ikea Cabinet Installation

I have to say, seeing a pantry and closet come together was the second happiest day of my life… second to our wedding.  I’m only slightly pathetic right?  If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I literally shed tears when I saw them put together the pantry.  One can only live without food storage for so long.  Haha.  It’s like starving your soul.

Ikea Cabinet Installation

At the end of day one, they had some of the doors on this section.  Oh good golly!

Ikea Kitchen Installation

Day One was really exciting, but Day Two is where it got juicy.  Broken pipes, ER visits, finished cabinets, tigers and bears, oh my…?

I decided Day Two really needed a post of its own.  Hopefully Day One Post doesn’t get all kinds of prodigal-son-jealous.  In the mean time, jump over to the IBK Facebook page to weigh in on paint color.  You all are VERY opinionated on your shades of gray.  I’m loving it!

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  • Sarah Ryan {Life in Ryans}

    am so excited for you, the new kitchen looks fab! hope the ER visit was too serious! looking forward to hearing all about day 2 xx

    • Sarah Ryan {Life in Ryans}

      err … typo there … fingers moving faster than brain clearly … obviously meant to say i hope the ER visit was NOT too serious 😉

      • Kenz

        haha! Don’t worry, everything is okay! 🙂

  • Way to make a cliffhanger! 🙂 Looking forward to seeing it all come together.

    • Kenz

      haha, Sorry about the suspense! Don’t worry though! I just didn’t want the post to drag on and on. I thought breaking it up might make it more readable. It’s fun to see it all come together.

  • anne @ wit wisdom and food

    Wow day two sounds intense. I am hooked!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Anne! It makes it fun for me when you guys get excited and get into it too 🙂

  • Stephanie, Sandpaper and Glue

    hooray!!!! can’t wait to see it all, and no matter what paint color you go with it’s going to be awesome.

    • Kenz

      Thanks! Why must paint be such a challenge?! haha!

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

    So much got done on their first day. It’s amazing how a pantry can just warm your heart, right? Love it! The white doors look so great! I’m a little nervous about day two now, with your ER comment. Can’t wait to see more though 🙂

    • Kenz

      Day 1 was so exciting! It was fun to see it get started. Don’t worry too much. Everything ends ok 🙂

  • Oh my goodness, how exciting! They got all of that assembled in 2 hours?! I’d still be looking at the directions trying to figure out which one of the dowel rods is the long one I need haha Can’t wait to see what fun day 2 brought to the Christmas party!

    • Kenz

      haha oh my gosh, me toooooo! They were SO quick. It was quite unbelievable. Oh, you’ll love the Christmas party!

  • Amber @ Wills Casa

    Wow! I think you made the best call having them install the cabinets. You have enough on your plate, and this is instant gratification. You’ve waited long enough. Can’t wait to hear of the day 2 whoas.

    • Kenz

      Thanks. I kind of felt guilty not doing it…. until I saw how quickly it got done. Then all that guilt went right out the window with all the cardboard boxes!

  • you really know how to build up the suspense about installing kitchen cabinets! On the edge of my seat, I am!

  • Tara @ Surburble

    That is too exciting! Your cabinets already look fantastic – I can’t imagine how chic and fab they’ll be once they’re in their forever homes.

    Also, I love that you drugged your dogs. Genius idea!

    • Kenz

      haha, I’m going to be a great mother right?! “Oh, we’re going on a road trip? Here, take this tylenol PM!”