Everything you want to know about building a custom IKEA kitchen island

I am finally circling back to our IKEA kitchen series! Today is all about the custom IKEA island. We wanted a very specific island so we designed one ourselves and made it happen! If you are new here and want to start from the very beginning of the IKEA kitchen series, start here. If you have any questions about our IKEA kitchen, leave us a comment on any of the IKEA kitchen posts. I wanted a very specific island that IKEA does not provide for you off-the-shelf. Because of this, I had to get super creative in the design. I am loving how it turned out and am very pleased with the … [Read more...]

Pull-outs & lazy susans || Custom organization in our IKEA kitchen

Hey guys and gals! We are neck deep in building our own custom IKEA kitchen! If you want to read all about our on-going IKEA series, start here. Today I'm going to talk about one of the ways we are taking our box IKEA kitchen and making changes to it so it's more custom and fits our specific needs. Instead of the basic insert options that IKEA offers, we decided to take it up a notch and install higher quality, more heavy duty inserts to accommodate our hard-working family. Here are two of the IKEA options that we scrapped for more industrial strength and aesthetically-pleasing … [Read more...]

Adding plug outlets inside IKEA pantries || IKEA sektion renovation

In my last blog post I shared all about assembling and installing our new IKEA sektion cabinets. We are renovating our kitchen ourselves and are sharing the process through a series of blog posts. To begin the series, start here. As promised in my last post, today I'm sharing all about IKEA pantries; assembling, installing, adding plug outlets inside of. In our new kitchen we will have 3 pantries; two 30" wide pantries with shelves inside that will mainly be used for food, and one 24" wide one with wire drawers inside to be used as a "baking" cabinet for our daughter who is … [Read more...]

Assembling and installing IKEA Sektion kitchen cabinets

Wednesday I shared the process of planning an IKEA kitchen and placing your order at IKEA. It is chock full of information and tips so make sure you go check it out. I'm back today to share all about assembling the Sektion cabinet boxes and getting them hung on the wall. Ikea has definitely streamlined this process with their railing system, but if you want a more custom-look to your new kitchen you will have to pay very close attention to small details. Before I dive into the cabinets, first we had to finish prepping our kitchen to receive them. After gutting the kitchen and having the … [Read more...]

Building your own custom IKEA kitchen || the planning & ordering process

Hi everyone! I'm very excited about today's post. I'm finally diving head-first into our IKEA KITCHEN! In this multi-part series I will go over all sorts of stuff like planning your new kitchen, the ordering process, assembling, installing, creating custom areas, building a custom bar, adding after-market inserts, finishing the trim, appliances, etc. Today I'm going to focus on the planning and ordering aspect of building your own custom IKEA kitchen. We chose to do a custom IKEA kitchen using their white Sektion cabinets and white Grimslov door fronts. Here's a Grimslov kitchen … [Read more...]

Chocolate Bar Toffee – yummy easy-to-make treat for the Holiday season!

This Toffee is so stinkin' easy to make. I don't generally enjoy cooking and baking, but I do enjoy delicious food, so when I do bake, it better be an easy recipe that is extra yummy. I have no patience for mediocre recipes. To make this Toffee, you only need 6 ingredients. It is that easy. The only tricky part about the entire recipe is you have to use a candy thermometer. Don't let that scare you away though. They are only a few bucks at the grocery store and are simple to use. To make Chocolate Bar Toffee, you will need the following 6 ingredients: Sugar, water, finely chopped … [Read more...]

Our guest room || the “before” pictures

After almost 2 years of living in our new home in Colorado, I realized I've never given you a tour of our guest room. The shame! You aren't missing much though because I really haven't done much to the room. Also, it's full of random furniture that doesn't work together. It's pretty much the leftover hodge podge of rooms. :) The last time I showed you this room was two years ago during our new house walk-through post. It also just happens to be the first time I showed you this room. haha Yes, teal walls. I kind of equally dig and loathe them. Is that even possible? Here are a few … [Read more...]