• 08Feb

    At the end of December, we returned to Sweden with the plan to get the new kitchen done in just under a month!  We were down to bare walls and floor.  My first job, hammering in all of the nails on the floor to be sure everything was smooth!

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    I mentioned in an earlier post that the existing window came down too low to allow a counter under it, so we bought a new window.

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    You can see how much lower the other one was.  You can also see that it’s very dark out!  Sunrise was at 9:30 and sunset at 3:00!

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    We covered the walls with new plasterboard and decided to paint the ceiling white.  Bob suited up and put on four coats of paint–two of oil based sealer and two latex.

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    In the meantime, I painted the panels for the wainscoting a pale gray.

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    I had chosen linoleum tiles for the floor, mostly gray with a few red.

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    Torsten and Bob did a good job of interpreting the design I sketched out on a piece of plasterboard!

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    Ever since we’d bought the house in September, I’d been planning the kitchen on Ikea’s nifty kitchen planner.

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    So off we went to Ikea, plan in hand.

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    Bob and Torsten looked over installation brochures while we waited for assistance.

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    Here’s our kitchen – in boxes!

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    It took two rooms to put them all!

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    And then the fun began!  Torsten and Gunnar figuring it out.

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    Is it all going to fit?

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    The Ikea system uses rails that are mounted on the wall, and the cabinets hang from them.

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    You have to love the Swedish instructions, because they tell you to take a “fika” (coffee break) after getting the rails up!

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    We did as told, then the guys started hanging the cabinets.

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    Let’s see, put tab “A” in slot “B”.

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    Like all old houses, are walls weren’t exactly straight, but with some tweaking, everything went up.

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    It was exciting when the doors started going on.

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    I couldn’t resist putting a Dala horse in one of the cabinets!

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    The new stove fit perfectly between the cabinets and the wood stove!

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    Once the cabinets were in, the wainscoting was next.

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    A little electrical work….

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    ….and the proud installers!

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    Next, the finishing touches!

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