Renovation kitchen cabinets
Installing our cabinets!
Ready for the next step in my kitchen renovation? Here's where things get a little wild and fast, and where my photo library gets a little thinner than I would like. I understand now why people have a hard time documenting renovations, especially near the end — you're so exhausted and ready to be done the camera is the last thing on your mind.
Having said that, I do want to walk through how we installed our IKEA cabinets. Here's a peek at the process of assembling and installing the kitchen, which we actually did ourselves with some coaching from our contractor. (Tip: If you want to read from the beginning, click here, or scroll to the bottom of this post and click back through the series widget at the bottom.)
The kitchen space with exciting things like drywall and brand new hardwood floors. Yes, the poly was still wet and (shockingly) shiny. It dried nice and matte.
And here is the pile of IKEA boxes that filled the entire room adjacent to the kitchen. Somehow these were going to turn into my kitchen?
IKEA has officially announced that they are replacing the AKURUM line of cabinets seen here with a new and improved system of cabinets — SEKTION. Read more about this change here:
It's hard for me to delve into this period of our renovation, because this was crunch time for us. Remember we weren't just renovating our kitchen but doing a gut renovation on an entire home. Our goal was to be finished enough that my husband's brother and sister-in-law and their two small children could come and stay with us the week after Thanksgiving for a family get-together. A goal which, in hindsight, seems insane, but did push us over the finish line.
At this point in our life, just two weeks before Thanksgiving of last year, my husband and I were sleeping perhaps 3 hours a night, juggling work, contractor meetings, the labor of priming the whole house, assembling and installing the kitchen, and packing up our old house. (Apologies if you emailed me during this time and never heard back — my inbox still really hasn't recovered yet from my renovation!)
The instructions booklet!
Assembling IKEA Cabinets
The process of putting together IKEA cabinets is very straightforward, but also time-consuming. We had about 16 large cabinets to assemble, and we worked until the wee hours of the morning several evenings in a row.
The way we did it is put down plastic to protect our new floors, then lay out several cabinets in a row, putting them together assembly-line style. We'd lay out the pieces, knock in the dowels and screw in the cam screws, then fit it all together. Doing it like this was satisfying and efficient.
Opening up IKEA AKURUM cabinet packages. Box knife is very handy for this - I got very good at slicing open so many packages!