So yesterday I posted that we installed our Ikea kitchen cabinets (upper) ourselves, first time doing cabinets, and it was much easier than we expected. Putting the cabinets together was a cinch, and installing them was not super simple, but easy enough.
Today, my 9 year old son and I put together the rest of the kitchen cabinets, this time the ones for the rental unit upstairs from us. Mostly it was as simple as doing the rest of the cabinets, other than the corner unit that was harder but still doable (I just needed to look much more closely at the instructions and follow them very well, since unlike the rest of the cabinets we installed, this was not symmetrical so directions made a huge difference.)
Then it was time to install them on the wall. This was much harder than installing the upper cabinets in our kitchen. Because with the upper cabinets, we just had to make sure that the rail we put in was level, with this, it needed to be level and be exactly a precise distance from the floor so the cabinets were sitting with legs on the floor and secured in the back against the wall on the rail. Not simple stuff. In addition to all that, because there was a corner unit involved, we needed to do that on two walls simultaneously, which is much harder than it sounds.
There also was the electricity and gas and plumbing to deal with. Before we could put the cabinets onto the rail, we needed to cut holes into them for the sink hardware to fit in, as well as the plug for the oven and the gas line.
We finished this late at night and got all the lower cabinets finally installed. (It looks smaller than it is in the above picture- there is 15 feet of counter space there.)
Now I just have to call Ikea's counter people, who will come install the granite counter top and the sinks, after which we'll connect the plumbing, install the doors and drawers, and the upper cabinets. We still have more work ahead of us in the kitchen, but we finished all that can be done now until the counter tops are installed.
I'm proud of ourselves.
Just out of curiosity, how many feet long is your counter top space in your kitchen?