Last Thursday I posted a quick and dirty post as we headed out the door to Ikea to plan the kitchen. We arrived to Ikea around 2:30 pm (it took a little longer because we had to make a Starbucks and potty stop along the turnpike). Seven hours later we walked out with a complete kitchen plan, a bathroom sink and a happy marriage. Mission complete!
That is not to say there was not a little drama and problem-solving along the way. The first dilemma was that neither of us had thought about needing cash for the Turnpike tolls. The hubby (or should I call him “Ned Stark”) saved the day and remembered his secret stash of “gold dragons”. “Gold dragons?” you may ask…you have never paid for anything in dragons? All the cool kids are doing it (all of the cool, rich kids in the imaginary city of Westeros). The hubby is currently obsessed with Game of Thrones and has taken to carrying dollar coins that he refers to as “dragons”, the currency used in the book/TV series. He likes to leave them as tips when we go places; he thinks he is starting a trend. I think we are just asking to be pelted with the coins by a disgruntled waitress who does not want them weighing down her apron.
Once we had arrived at Ikea we grabbed some swedish grub. Important note: after lunch and before dinner is not the best time to get Ikea food, even the meatballs were dry. While eating, we game-planned our afternoon, set up some rules and expectations, and printed out our Ikea Family Card. The Ikea Family Card has perks like discounts on monthly specials, free coffee and tea in the cafe, and an extra 30 minutes for kids in Smaland. The extra 30 minutes of child care is key; without it you only get one hour. You cannot even walk around the store in one hour.
Once we had a game plan I went down and put the child into Smaland, and the hubby headed to the kitchen section to start planning (actually he headed out to the car first because I left our blueprints in the car, whoops). If you have never used the childcare at Ikea I totally recommend it; there are things for them to color, movies to watch and places to climb. Maggie loves it. Did I mention it is free? That is what makes it really awesome. You put their shoes in a bin and sign them in, then you get a matching bracelet so no one can kidnap your kiddo. Your child gets to burn off some energy and you get to have child-free time to spend
argue with your significant other while perusing the store.
The planning started out a little rough. They had a lot of employees staffing the kitchen area and not a lot of customers (not a lot meaning TWO customers counting us). Apparently they like to keep a lot of staff standing around; it took a while to get someone to actually help us. After some time spent being frustrated we were able to get a helper, Stephen, who disclosed that he was “new” and still figuring everything out. However, he ended up being a wonderful source of information, and I am pretty confident that by the end of our night Stephen could consider himself an “expert”.
I spent a lot of time walking back and forth between the kitchen display we were trying to replicate within our floor plan, and the computer. The hubby did all the computer work. This is what he looked like for about 4 hours:
Eventually I just gave up my seat next to the hubby so Stephen could sit down. At this point in the process I realized that I had left my wallet and phone over at the kitchen display (this was right around the time I was pondering why they do not sell wine at Ikea). Luckily someone had turned it into Lost & Found. Collecting it involved about a mile long walk to retrieve it, but I was relieved to get both items back intact. I then headed to Smaland to pick up the kid. We were unable to get the kitchen planned in the allotted time for Smaland, but there were kids for her to play with in the kitchen section by the time we got back, so that was a good diversion.
We wrapped up our plans, and were given a purchase list right around 8:30 PM. Our total cost, including appliances is right around 15,000 dragons (can you imagine paying that in dollar coins?). We will save 20% off of the total so that will bring us down to $12,000. That includes a refrigerator large enough for a polar bear to live in it, a microwave, a dishwasher, a professional-sized range AND a wall oven. Imagine the Christmas cookie possibilities. We did not order Thursday night because we still had to pick out the inserts for drawers and cabinets (utensil organizers, pots & pans organizers, etc). This would have involved a lot of brain power along with conversation, and at that point in the evening we did not have it in us (I know, first-world problems). Plus, we still needed to snag our bathroom sink before closing (we are also in the process of planning a bathroom on the second floor-there will be a post later this week). Looks like we are headed back down in a couple weeks.
So what will the new kitchen look like? I converted some views of our plans into images so I could post them for you to see. Check them out:
So what do you think? We are going with white cabinets and butcher block counter tops. These images have no counter tops in the design because we have to order them locally. I realized after looking at my Pinterest Kitchen Ideas board that I am obsessed with light, white, airy cabinets and dark floors and counters. The hubby said we cannot stain the counters; so I am still trying to figure out other options to make them dark. We considered granite (really pricey) and concrete (really heavy). What do you have for your kitchen counters, or what would you want in your “dream kitchen”?