Our laundry room was basically a test run. We tested out the cabinets (buying, assembling, installing, quality...) and we also tested out our tiling capabilities.
Jake wasn't 100% sold on the idea of buying Ikea cabinets. He kind-of had this idea that anything from Ikea was crap. But the laundry room cabinets slaughtered his assumption that Ikea=crap... so we planned on buying the cabinets as soon as they went on sale.
Our kitchen as been less than ideal for quite some time but we still didn't want to overspend or buy something we wouldn't love for a long time. We did quite a bit of research. In our research we discovered that Ikea cabinets go on sale twice a year. Spring and Fall.
Last Fall the sale was buy one Ikea appliance get 10% off... up to buying three Ikea appliances and getting 20% off of your entire kitchen purchase. We were VERY reluctant to wait around for the Spring sale because we already have our appliances and therefore wouldn't save anything by the sale if it were the same sale as the Fall.
We decided to wait for Jake to work at the home show in Seattle to see if anything there made us change our minds about Ikea cabinets. It actually made us more excited so save thousands (literally) buy going the Ikea route.
Turns out, we are two very lucky people.
A few weeks ago we found out that the Spring Ikea sale was going to be perfect for us! It started March 2nd and is a sale based on the total cost of anything you buy kitchen (cabinets, appliances, counter tops, sinks, faucets, kitchen accessories...) and so we would save 20% on everything. BAM!
We didn't even waste one day.
Friday night Jake and I had a date with Ikea.
There was so much planning that went into just getting to this point. But Ikea has an AMAZING website where you can plan out your kitchen exactly AND see it in 3D.
We knew it would take a while to pick every item we needed out of the warehouse, but we got it done right before they closed Friday night.
6 flat bed carts, 2 regular shopping carts, and 1 VERY sweaty husband later...
(I actually gagged a few times when the sweat almost dripped on me... it was all over the boxes)
(Look, he even sweats in the shape of a heart :)
The ride home was a little intense. But what an adventure that was!
And you know the crazy part? Jake and I could have paid $10 for someone to pick out everything that we needed from the warehouse AND deliver it to our house. But we would have to wait a week. You'd think that we could wait just one more week, but we couldn't.
Jake and I are very impatient people. (Did I ever tell you that we got married 5 short months after we met?) Very impatient people. Waiting for the sale was hard enough.
Jake got this coupon at the home show. Free up to $99 (but it would cost us $110 to get it to our house because of zip code rates). So if anyone in Seattle needs a kitchen delivered... you can have our coupon.
Then we had to unload it.
(p.s. Everett spent the night with his grandparents... that's the only way we could have done this)
EVERYTHING comes in a box. Nothing comes pre-assembled.
(These are all drawers)
(door and drawer fronts)
And check out our receipt!
At this point, we have 5 base cabinets and 2 wall cabinets completely installed and our house is covered in cardboard. It's a lot of work but we're loving our kitchen out of a box!