Please reassure me about my Ikea kitchen! Updated!
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Posted: 2/11/2013 11:16:03 AM
NO HORROR STORIES PERMITTED!
I only want to hear the good, good stuff.

My kitchen is nearing completion. I've been saying that for months now, but this time I think it's closer to being true.

I bought all IKEA cabinets and cupboards for my kitchen. It was what worked with our budget.
They are purchased, and assembled and ready to be hung.
There is NO going back now.

I saw the showroom kitchens, and thought they looked very nice -- they seemed like good (OK, good enough, good for what we could afford) quality.
I've seen a couple of IKEA kitchens IRL and their owners seemed quite happy with them, and they looked nice installed.

However, I am feeling like I made a BIG mistake. Seeing the partially assembled cabinets/cupboards standing all over the room... they seem so cheap! and chinzy! and.... just like maybe I won't like them once they are up.

Was this a terrible mistake?
Please tell me all about your wonderful IKEA kitchens and how fantastic they really are!

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Updated: 7/29
Was surprised to see this thread bumped today, especially as it is DD1's 12th birthday and I spent nearly the entire day in my kitchen making dinner and just sat down from doing some cleaning up.

Well, I pretty much love my kitchen. The cupboards look awesome. They don't look cheap like they did before they were uninstalled and unfinished. The drawer and cupboard mechanisms are amazing.

So far the only part I'm not sure about is that I think I put in too many glass-front cupboards and I still haven't finished putting away everything that needs to go into the kitchen away, because I hate the way ugly food boxes look in the glass cupboards but I'll figure that out eventually.

Now I need to decide on a paint colour.
And buy a new fridge.






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Posted: 2/11/2013 11:33:12 AM
We have IKEA cupboards in our kitchen. They were there when we moved in but I think they are five years old. I am happy with them, they are easy to clean and look nice still. The pantry doors need to be tightened every once in a while. They get a lot of use.

They aren't the best quality, in comparison to more expensive ones I have seen, but for the price I think they are good and suit my purpose. I would like them more in a different colour so some of it may be that!

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Posted: 2/11/2013 11:34:08 AM
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Posted: 2/11/2013 11:46:39 AM
I am on my phone at a hair appointment, so I can't post much, but. I put ikea cabs in my basement kitchen, and I LOVE them. My brother liked mine so much, he remodeled his main kitchen with Ikea cabs and they look amazing, too.

Gotta rinse!

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Posted: 2/11/2013 11:51:19 AM
They'll be fine. They are cheap, but it sounds like you couldn't afford something else, and the decision is made, so no use worrying about it now. Just make sure they are installed really well and that will help.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 11:54:24 AM
I know worrying is no use, but it is still not easy seeing the kitchen torn apart and these hideous cheap boxes standing all over the place.
The guys installing them are doing a great job so far.

I hope not to live here forever, and this was never intended to be a showroom quality kitchen or anything, I'm just getting worried that after two YEARS of planning and the expense and stress of all this house stuff, that my new kitchen is going to be awful. Or I'm not going to like it.

But I WILL wait till everything assembled and the kitchen is put together and try NOT to worry too much until then.







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Posted: 2/11/2013 11:54:52 AM
The previous owners of our house put in an Ikea kitchen shortly before selling. I loved it right away but DH is a bit of a snob for real wood cabinets and was skeptical. He totally came around, we love it, especially all the drawers! It is white beadboard and it is so clean and fresh looking. We jave never had any problems, even with the hardware, and we have lots of heavy pots etc. in some of the drawers. We even got more of the same cabinets to install in the laundry room which adjoins the kitchen.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 11:55:52 AM
I love Ikea kitchen whenever I visit a store...

Ikea or Cliq Studios is about all our budget will be able to support so I will be watching this thread.

OP, I'm sure they will look WONDERFUL! Like another poster said, nothing looks good partially assembled on the floor

Please post pics when your kitchen is completed.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 11:56:42 AM
It will LOOK great! Don't even worry about that. It's more just about durability and quality over the long run, quality of hinges, board warping, etc - and it doesn't sound like that long run is a big concern. So you're fine.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 11:59:47 AM
Nearly all kitchen cabinets look "cheap" until installed. Ikea is very popular globally, and I have seen many German kitchens that were Ikea cabinets and fixtures.

Make sure everything is installed LEVEL, and use a little "Loctite" on the screws to prevent them from coming unscrewed. Not a lot, just a small dab will do.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 12:06:44 PM
I don't have Ikea cabinets in my kitchen but I do have some of the tall kitchen cabinets lining a wall in my utility room. They are the 88 inch tall kitchen cabinets and I have 5 of them. I put them in as soon as I moved in the house so they have been her for 6.5 years. They have held up very well with one exception. We made the mistake of using the plastic legs instead of the metal legs. Our thought was that they were not going to show so why bother paying more. That was a huge mistake. One Sunday, very early, we heard a loud crash sound. One of the legs had broken bringing down the whole set. I say it brought it down. It was leaning into the wall that is about 4 feet in front. Since all of the cabinets are screwed together to make sure they are even, the whole thing was leaning into the wall. We actually got very lucky because the wall kept everything from falling out. Ultimately, we removed the legs altogether because we really didn't need them but that was a huge hassle. So, if you have legs, make sure you use the metal ones and make sure they are installed well.





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Posted: 2/11/2013 12:08:49 PM
I had an Ikea kitchen in my last house and I LOVED it. My next house had a supposedly "more expensive" kitchen but you know what? I prefer the Ikea one. You'll love it!

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Posted: 2/11/2013 12:24:30 PM
We re-did our kitchen 4 years ago and went with ikea. I loved the cabinets then and still love them now.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 12:29:44 PM
Your kitchen is going to look just fine. I remember thinking that my maple cabinets were going to look bad when they were unpacked but not installed. Even when they first went up they looked a bit rough because the trim and door pulls weren't put on until the next week. When it was all done it looked exactly like it was supposed to look. I like the look of Ikea kitchens - very clean and neat looking.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 12:35:06 PM
When I remodelled a kitchen in a previous home, I had looked at the IKEA website and got ideas and general prices but as I didn't live near a store, I hired a company to do the remodel. It was at least twice as expensive and I don't think it looked any different than anything I had seen in an IKEA show room or in houses I've been in since that had IKEA kitchens.

I am sure it is going to look great when it's done!


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Posted: 2/11/2013 1:37:24 PM
My inlaws put them in their kitchen. They love them. They did have issues with one door not matching color, but IKEA had great service and took care of it right away. They clean up well, have held up nicely, and I love the closure mechanism that won't let them slam.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 1:42:55 PM
If you visit the Kitchen forum at Garden Web you will find lots of people who love their Ikea kitchens! Here's a link to the forum. You can search for "Ikea".

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Posted: 2/11/2013 2:01:03 PM
You will LOVE them. I did our kitchen in 2007; I have had a handle unscrew.... that's it. I adore my kitchen (go to about page 5or 6 to see it )http://smu.gs/Y75y98 my kitchen



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Posted: 2/11/2013 3:13:17 PM
I've seen several kitchens with Ikea cabinets and was green with envy! It will be fine!


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Posted: 2/11/2013 3:17:12 PM
Thank you for all of your reassurances!!
The hardware for the cupboards/drawers is really nice!! So I'm hoping once they are all put together and I can't see that flimsy board backing and the unfinished edges, I will not think it is so cheap feeling.

I am really, really looking forward to cooking again!






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Posted: 2/11/2013 3:18:07 PM
Our friends renovated their kitchen through IKEA. Flooring, cabinets, counters, everything but the appliances.

7 years later, their kitchen still looks as great as it did in the beginning and they couldn't be happier. Their kitchen looks like it cost about 3x more than they spent. I'd say it was a great investment.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 3:20:40 PM
I almost bought a house with an ikea kitchen last year. I thght the cabinets looked beautiful and felt nice to the touch. It was a newer kitchen so I can't speak to the wear, but I was pleased with the look of the finished kitchen. (It was a lower-mid-range SFH, if that matters at all.)

I certainly liked them better than the cheap builder cabinets that are in my own kitchen.

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Hey, I've seen lots of designers I respect (Sarah Richardson, etc.) use IKEA cabinetry and I've seen plenty used in home decor mags and blogs, so I don't think you have anything to worry about.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 3:53:11 PM
I've heard great things.

If it helps our kitchen is cheap builder grade (think off the shelf from Lowe's) cabinetry. I bet it's 20 years old and built to last maybe 8? It all still works and looks nice. I think the idea of a rock solid built to last 75 years kitchen is almost silly these days because many if not most people will get bored and remodel long before then.

Enjoy your very nice kitchen! (And you know this thread is useless without pictures)




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Posted: 2/11/2013 3:58:13 PM
I keep telling myself that these cabinets/cupboards are popular and used all over the world. I see them recommended and hear good things about them.

But I still can't get over that thin backing board, that you can push out a bit because there's just an empty space behind the cupboard and the wall. And the whole cupboard just HANGS on that metal thing? Like, you can pull it away from the wall at the bottom?

I asked the contractors to put extra pieces of wood behind the shelves to give more stability behind the back of the cupboard.

I am just picturing the things my DH and kids could do... cramming the cupboards full and making room by pushing things back until the back of the cupboard pops off or curves out...







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Posted: 2/11/2013 3:58:38 PM
My Ikea kitchen is nearly twelve years old and still looks great and works well. I don't think I would buy a kitchen from anywhere else, tbh. When we did the kitchen, it was more important to me to spend the money on quality appliances than on overpriced units. The only thing I would change if I were to do it again would be the worktops. Mine are solid beech, and we haven't maintained them properly.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 4:01:11 PM
Thank you thank you thank you for all of the positive reviews!

What kind of counter would you go for next time, lesleymark?

Ours are just wood-looking laminate. DH wanted granite, I wanted real wood, so we went for the cheapo laminate instead. I KNOW DH wouldn't have taken care of the real wood properly.

My parents have wood-look laminate cupboards for 20+ years in their kitchen, and they look great, so hoping I will like mine, too!

Pictures will be coming when the kitchen is done! Promise! The Peas have been hearing me talk about this for almost two years now, so I def owe you guys.






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Posted: 2/11/2013 4:06:34 PM
Our new home has Ikea cabinets. When we were looking at the house, I fell in love with the kitchen and then realized they were Ikea and got nervous, but so far I love them. They are white and very easy to wipe down.

I addition, I needed some more shelves and a slow close bracket and was able to drive down and get new ones for cheap! The slow close thing was something like 2 for $5 and my brother said his were $40 dollars to replace.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 4:25:25 PM
We gutted our condo and put in an Ikea kitchen - dark raised panel wood, light interiors. Stainless steel appliances, a sort-of-mud-colored large tile floor. Our countertop was "sandstone" Corian with an integrated white sink. We did a many-shades-of-brown small square tile backplash. It was an AWESOME kitchen. Loved those cabinets. We had them professionally installed, which still made them cheaper than any other kitchen place.

When we went to sell, our agent knew right away they were Ikea, but he reiterated that in our price point, it was very very smart - we didn't spend an arm and a leg, but it looked great, and was very highly functional. 50% of our positive feedback about the house was in regard to the kitchen.

We wouldn't have recouped any of the money if we went with granite or higher end cabinets.

Remember, you are in a stressful state - the living with a huge mess, stressful, tired of living in a construction zone state. EVERYTHING looks like crap when it's half done.

Sounds like you have a little buyers' remorse, which is common. Reserve judgement until it's actually all in place. Then, post pictures, and we'll help you pick paint colors and accessories and we'll help you love on your new kitchen!

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Posted: 2/11/2013 4:29:32 PM
One of my friends put Ikea in her kitchen and it looks great. Very durable and kid-friendly, and sleek and stylish, too.



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Posted: 2/11/2013 4:40:27 PM

I bought all IKEA cabinets and cupboards for my kitchen
What is the difference? I am curious.

As for it being a terrible mistake--it depends on your area and price point. We were told flat out NOT to do IKEA kitchens in our primary home neighborhood by several Realtors. At our price point, people expect a different cabinet than IKEA.

The quality is there, but they have differences. For example, the metal 'sides' in many of the pull outs instead of finished wood. Have you chosen some glass fronts? That can help it look nicer and more inviting.

What about your countertops and fixtures? Did you go with a nicer, higher end finish in those? Seeing quartz is vastly different than laminate or butcher block. A substantial faucet will have a different view than a 39$ gooseneck. A standard sink is quite different than a wide and deep one. Things like that will make a tremendous impact.


Remind yourself that it will be beautiful when you are done and you'll be thrilled with your choices...if for nothing else than it is USABLE! And in 15 years you'll be ripping it out to redo it anyway! Styles and lifestyles change and houses change with them.




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Posted: 2/11/2013 5:00:13 PM
I have quite a bit of Ikea furniture-have had it for a very long time. We have their cabinets in my home office and I love them. They are really sturdy. I love the kitchens when I see them in the store-you'll love it when it's done I'm sure!


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Posted: 2/11/2013 5:36:31 PM

Remember, you are in a stressful state - the living with a huge mess, stressful, tired of living in a construction zone state. EVERYTHING looks like crap when it's half done.

Sounds like you have a little buyers' remorse, which is common. Reserve judgement until it's actually all in place. Then, post pictures, and we'll help you pick paint colors and accessories and we'll help you love on your new kitchen!
Oh, YES on the stress! Yuck! What everyone said about renovations being horrible was absolutely correct! I just want to start living in our house.

Maybe not buyer's remorse, exactly, but close. We had to do something to the kitchen right away, it really wasn't livable the way it was. I have been wondering if I should have put more effort into finding some wood cabinetry that would work.


What is the difference? I am curious
Cabinets sit on the floor, cupboards hang on the wall.


As for it being a terrible mistake--it depends on your area and price point. We were told flat out NOT to do IKEA kitchens in our primary home neighborhood by several Realtors. At our price point, people expect a different cabinet than IKEA.
Nothing fancy or expensive here. Houses do not sell for much in my city. A crazy expensive kitchen would be a waste of money in this house.


Have you chosen some glass fronts? That can help it look nicer and more inviting.
I think about half of the cupboards are glass front.


What about your countertops and fixtures? Did you go with a nicer, higher end finish in those? Seeing quartz is vastly different than laminate or butcher block. A substantial faucet will have a different view than a 39$ gooseneck. A standard sink is quite different than a wide and deep one. Things like that will make a tremendous impact.
The counter is just laminate. Granite would have been a waste of money in this house. The sink is an antique cast iron+enamel farmhouse/apron front sink, and for now we are using the fixtures it came with. Just stainless steel. Nothing fancy or high end. Because of the age of the sink, it's really hard to find fixtures that will fit in the holes that are already in it.







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Posted: 2/11/2013 5:58:39 PM
I don't have an ikea kitchen, yet I am planning on it! I just wanted to chime in with my story.

I bought my house last October. I needed a bunch of new furniture and ordered it from Ikea. Book shelves, coffee tables, dresser, buffet for the dining room, etc.

When they came, the first thing I wanted to put together were the bookcases so I could unpack a bunch of boxes. I took them out of the boxes they shipped in and I'm like, wow, these look kinda cheap! My boyfriend wanted to come over and help me put them together. I tried to get him to NOT come help but he came anyway.

He had just redone the kitchen in his house himself and made real red oak cabinets. Everything in them was real wood and he harped about it for two years about the quality, etc. I didn't want him to help me because I thought he would tease me about the bookcases being "cheap".

Well he came to help and was so impressed with the furniture. He loved how everything fit together so easily but secure in ways he had never thought of and when he turned while carrying a laminated shelf and banged it against the wall and it didn't chip, he was also very impressed.

He has actually told a few people about it and that he is really impressed with how it looks and how easy it is to keep clean. He is so picky about everything, especially wood and wood furniture since his family are craftsmen and he was raised around woodworking.

I would say that everything is going to be just fine!


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Posted: 2/11/2013 5:58:55 PM
I don't have an ikea kitchen, yet I am planning on it! I just wanted to chime in with my story.

I bought my house last October. I needed a bunch of new furniture and ordered it from Ikea. Book shelves, coffee tables, dresser, buffet for the dining room, etc.

When they came, the first thing I wanted to put together were the bookcases so I could unpack a bunch of boxes. I took them out of the boxes they shipped in and I'm like, wow, these look kinda cheap! My boyfriend wanted to come over and help me put them together. I tried to get him to NOT come help but he came anyway.

He had just redone the kitchen in his house himself and made real red oak cabinets. Everything in them was real wood and he harped about it for two years about the quality, etc. I didn't want him to help me because I thought he would tease me about the bookcases being "cheap".

Well he came to help and was so impressed with the furniture. He loved how everything fit together so easily but secure in ways he had never thought of and when he turned while carrying a laminated shelf and banged it against the wall and it didn't chip, he was also very impressed.

He has actually told a few people about it and that he is really impressed with how it looks and how easy it is to keep clean. He is so picky about everything, especially wood and wood furniture since his family are craftsmen and he was raised around woodworking.

I would say that everything is going to be just fine!


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Posted: 2/11/2013 6:26:31 PM
While they may be INEXPENSIVE, they are not a cheap quality. My neighbors had IKEA cabinets installed and they love them, they look great and they don't do 'cheap' as they have the budget to spend whatever they wanted, and that's what they wanted. Their kitchen looks great! When we redo ours, we'll be going to IKEA as well. I have many of their products in my house and they have always withstood the test of time. I IKEA!


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Posted: 2/11/2013 6:50:29 PM
We have the woodblock island, wall cabinets and pantry. We got the higher end doors (worth paying extra for) and the thicker woodblock top (so it doesn't warp). We've had them about 4 years and they've held up great! With 3 kids 8,10&11 and they look great still! Don't regret it for a second!
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Posted: 2/11/2013 7:38:35 PM

We got the higher end doors (worth paying extra for)
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Posted: 2/11/2013 11:36:15 PM
We're going to be building a new house this summer and have been researching cabinets. I saw some at Ikea last summer and liked them but we don't have an Ikea near us. I'm trying to figure out if it would be cheaper to rent a uhaul and drive the 3 hours and buy Ikea cabinets or pay for the most economical option at the local Home Depot or other lumberyard.

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Posted: 2/12/2013 8:21:21 AM
I got the lidingo fronts http://m.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/art/80085830/ I can't include a pic with the phone app but It has a smooth nice feel to it and easy to clean.
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Posted: 2/12/2013 1:32:56 PM
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE mine!

After DD moved away, our Ikea cabinets were among the things she missed, LOL. They are so quiet. No slamming doors. Lots more space for storage than what we had before (the builder wasted space). They look nice, and I am very happy with the results!


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Posted: 2/12/2013 3:17:54 PM
Ashley, my dh installed our Ikea kitchen in 2008 and I have no complaints. They are solid and functional. We don't have a high end home, it's a middle class bungalow.

After installation, I asked dh if they were sturdy? He said that he hung from them with his feet in the air and he is over 200lbs.

Did you install a pantry with sliding drawers? I love mine!


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Posted: 2/27/2013 1:23:28 AM
Yes I have a pantry with sliding drawers but I Fitted the sliding myself as a DIY project. It is now working. I was searching for affordable kitchen cabinets but when I red a DIY article then I decide to go for DIY as it saves money and improve skills.

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Posted: 2/27/2013 2:16:42 AM
I have pieces that are freestanding cabinets with fronts the same as installed models. I have been impressed with the durability. The most with the high gloss deep red drawer fronts at below knee level. They are STILL in perfect condition. And the hold heavy baking and grilling goods. We have a dog. I think I've had this piece for 6 years. I think the drawer hardware and rails are much nicer than our installed cabinets (granted they are 14yrs old but were nicer than builder's grade at the time)

We would love to do an ikea kitchen some day. We stayed at a cottage for a bit over a week last summer and fell in love with them. They were simple but the function and space in them was really nice.

Also just waged to say YEAH for a kitchen LOL, seems like forever ago you guys were buying that house and thinking about the ikea kitchens!


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Posted: 2/27/2013 8:28:06 AM
Janice, I had a hard time committing to the sliding pantry. I think I put one in, but it looks like it has been installed as regular drawers, so guess maybe there was a wrong part ordered? Oh well.

Heidi, it WAS forever ago we started this process! Just about exactly two years ago we saw the house, and we signed the papers two years ago this coming May.

Kitchen is STILL not done!!! So many problems....







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Posted: 7/29/2013 6:15:29 PM
Can we get an update? Did it turn out well? Do you love it?
I am thinking about one, but we live about 2 hours from the store.

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Posted: 7/29/2013 6:20:36 PM
My neighbors have an IKEA kitchen and the cabinets are really holding up well. They are a bit over a year old and love them. They are the off white/white washed woodgrain(?) ones that are more contemporary looking.


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Posted: 7/29/2013 6:45:35 PM
We don't have their kitchen but have a bookshelf unit that we love.

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Posted: 7/29/2013 7:01:25 PM
I have a bachelor degree in Interior Design, and the quality of IKEA is well known to designers.

If dh and I buy a house that needs a kitchen remodel, we'd definitely get IKEA cabinets.

As for the granite, the cabinets have to have extra support to handle the weight of the stone slab. I also don't agree that every kitchen needs high end surfaces. I like laminate counters because they are easy to maintain. I do think that splurging on a decorative edge can make the countertops look more expensive and less like laminate.

Good luck! I love the photo you posted and can't wait to see more.



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Posted: 7/29/2013 8:16:49 PM
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