Before and After IKEA Kitchen

Before and After IKEA Kitchen

IKEA Kitchen AFTER remodel photos, Ramsjo Cabinets

IKEA Kitchen AFTER remodel photos, Ramsjo Cabinets

Before and After IKEA Kitchen

This is our IKEA kitchen remodel.  Doesn’t it look fabulous!!!!!  These are the after photos.  We have had the kitchen completed for over a year now.  I should have posted this a while ago, with about a dozen other projects we’ve completed, but life, the baby, and a bunch of little munchkins keep me pretty busy.

This is the Ramsjo Kitchen–they no longer make the Ramsjo cabinetry….WHY????  I have no idea!  I loved this style cabinet.  It reminds me of the popular shaker style cabinetry that is found in homes right now.   They discontinued this style of cabinetry right after we purchased it.  However, IKEA has plenty of good looking cabinets to choose from for a great price.

Before IKEA kitchen remodel

Before IKEA kitchen remodel

This is the before photo.  I’m sorry that I don’t have a better shot, but you get the idea.   I will also add, if you are viewing this photo, you are in luck because you are looking at our new dishwasher and fridge.  The previous dishwasher was a lovely mustard yellow that was about 20 years old.   So, this kitchen looks pretty good compared to what was here before.   I really wanted to  incorporate the mustard yellow into my decorating scheme, but too bad for me–the dishwasher started leaking right before we started gutting the kitchen.

Flat Back Stove, Marble subway tile backsplash

Flat Back Stove, Marble subway tile backsplash

I chose a flat back stainless steel oven, and I am so glad I did.  It allowed for more of the marble subway tile back splash to be viewed.  We previously had a high back stove, and I didn’t like its visual appeal as much.  We also added a gas line, which has made cooking so much easier for me in the kitchen.

IKEA Kitchen AFTER remodel photos

IKEA Kitchen AFTER remodel photos

Yes!  That is a television in the corner.  Our home isn’t set up in a way that would allow for an open concept living room/kitchen, so I settled for the next best thing–A mounted television.   One of my girlfriends has a small television in her kitchen.  It really makes up for the loneliness I feel when I am by myself prepping a meal when everyone is gathered in the living room.  It has a special mount that allows it to fold up underneath the cabinetry as well, so I can hide it if I don’t want it visible.

IKEA Kitchen AFTER remodel photos

IKEA Kitchen AFTER remodel photos

I love my zero radius, single-basin sink!  We had a similar sink in our previous house, and it makes all the difference when you are washing large pots and pans!  However, my favorite feature about this sink is that when I need to clean the kitchen in a jiffy, the sink is so deep that I can dump all the dirty dishes in to soak and have my countertops completely cleared–you can’t even see all the dirty dishes in the sink.

We also opted for glass cabinetry on one side of the kitchen.  During the holidays I typically decorate the top shelf of my glass cabinets with something festive for that particular time of year.

Our countertops are a lightly speckled white quartz.   They are gorgeous, and have so far been very easy to keep clean!   I haven’t had an issue with stains, and if anything sits for too long and leaves a mark, I just spray windex on the surface, and let it set for a minute or two and it comes right out.  I have had no issues with the light color.

Cabinet Door Siding for cabinetry

Cabinet Door Siding for cabinetry

On the side of the cabinets, we purchased extra cabinet doors and mounted them as side panels.   It gave the kitchen a custom feel that only added a couple hundred extra dollars to the final bill.

IKEA Kitchen AFTER remodel photos, cabinets built-in over fridge

IKEA Kitchen AFTER remodel photos, cabinets built-in over fridge

We added a custom built-in cabinet around the refrigerator.  This also gave the kitchen a custom feel, and is a great way to add extra storage above the refrigerator.   We chose extra tall cabinets above the refrigerator and throughout the kitchen.

IKEA Kitchen AFTER remodel photos, Ramsjo Cabinets

IKEA Kitchen AFTER remodel photos, Ramsjo Cabinets

Overall, I love my IKEA Kitchen.  The cabinets and countertops cost around $5,500.  You can’t beat that price!  Most quartz counter tops will run you close to that.   The cabinetry has held up beautifully over the last year.  It cleans well!  All the drawers are soft close, which I have not seen in much more expensive homes I have been in recently.   We purchased the kitchen at IKEA at a 20% discount.   They have special sales about 3 times per year.  If I had to do it again, would I???? Absolutely!

My only complaint was the length of time that it took to have our counter tops installed.   IKEA contracts out the counter tops at the lowest possible price, and so you are getting a great deal on quartz–better than I have seen at even the big box stores when they are running their best sales, however, you get stuck with their installation timeline.   We were without countertops for almost a month!!!!!   We finally wised up, and rigged the old sink over the new cabinets with an old piece of countertop….I wish I had done this from day one!!!!!!  But like I said, it was all worth it!.  You can’t beat the price.

I would like to give a shoutout to my main squeeze for doing all the manual labor!  He is a champion!  The only thing he didn’t do was install countertops and the gas line–he didn’t feel like blowing up the house ;-).

We still might add crown molding, and if we do, I will add that as another post later on.

Before IKEA kitchen remodel

Before IKEA kitchen remodel

IKEA Kitchen AFTER remodel photos, Ramsjo Cabinets

IKEA Kitchen AFTER remodel photos, Ramsjo Cabinets

Gingerbread House Icing

Gingerbread House Royal Icing

Ikea Hack Gingerbread House, Royal Icing

Ikea Hack Gingerbread House, Royal Icing

 

 

Gingerbread Houses with Royal Icing Recipe for the Cement

A little over a week ago, my family headed over to a friend’s house to decorate gingerbread houses.  Believe it or not, it was my first time decorating a gingerbread house.  I used a kit that we bought at IKEA when we there purchasing Billy Bookcases for our entertainment center IKEA hack.   I wonder…because the gingerbread house was from IKEA, does that make it a Gingerbread house IKEA hack???

When making gingerbread houses, its important to use a really stiff frosting.  I used a basic royal icing recipe and it turned out great!  Royal icing is also what I use to write phrases on cakes or when I want a really stiff decoration.  Although, in my opinon, it doesn’t taste very good.  You wouldn’t want to use it on entire cake.  Buttercream frostings are my favorite tasting frostings for a cake, and I use royal icing for minor details—mostly because of flavor, but also because royal icing dries very hard—making it the perfect cement for your gingerbread houses.

This royal icing was more than plenty to decorate two small houses!   After decorating the houses, one thing I realized was that I should always use a pre-boxed kit.  I don’t think I have the skill level to build one out of regular graham crackers.  The kit made things fairly easy.

IKEA Gingerbread House Kit

IKEA Gingerbread House Kit

As for candy, I found Christmas Candy Corns.  They worked great for the shingles.  My husband draped his roof with frosting in a really neat patter—I didn’t have the skills for that.  His turned out great as well.  Here is a sample of all the candies we used.

Gingerbread House Candy toppings

Gingerbread House Candy toppings

Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House

This  is recipe we used for icing.  It was great, and we had leftovers after completing two houses!  I hope you can make time this holiday season to build a gingerbread house!

Royal Icing

Royal Icing

 

 

 

Gingerbread House Royal Icing

1 ½ Tablespoons Meringue Powder *(you can find this in the cake decorating section at Walmart)

2 cups powdered sugar

2 ½ Tablespoons warm water

Beat for 10 minutes on high speed with whisk attachment.  Frosting should have a glossy appearance similar to meringue.  Use immediately or fill into piping bag, as frosting dries out and hardens quickly.

Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House

 

Just in Time for the Holidays-Before and After IKEA Hack

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Ikea Hack built-in fireplace entertainment center, billy bookcase

We finally did it! We got rid of our outdated, ugly fireplace, and updated our living room space with this gorgeous built-in entertainment center. It’s an IKEA hack! So, how did we do it!

Here is the before picture of our outdated corner fireplace. This particular setup in our living room made for really tight quarters!

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Corner Fireplace Before

The only setup for our living room furniture was to parallel our staircase—which created a cramped and narrow space. It was awful for entertaining, and having company! So, in order to maximize our living room space, we needed to change the fireplace. (Ignore the woman and child doing laundry) :-).

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Corner Fireplace before

Corner fireplaces in older homes, especially our living room setup, can take up a lot of space. Look at all the wasted space behind the fireplace in this photo—plus, it prevented us from rearranging our furniture in a more appealing layout.

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Corner Fireplace Gutted

We decided to go with an electric fireplace for this project for many reasons. It is a 50 inch moda flame electric insert.  Here is where we ripped out the fireplace and the surrounding wood and sheetrock. It was a gas fireplace. I have never like running the gas because of the spike I would see in my energy bill, so instead of going with another gas fireplace, we opted for an electric insert. Electric inserted fireplaces are becoming more and more popular. They are energy efficient, and can heat a very large space. In addition, you can just run the “flames” without running the heat to give the room a nice ambiance….which is what I like to do!  We also folled this video tutorial for a DIY Beam fireplace mantle.  We used a dark ebony stain to complete the look with a satin polyurethane finish.

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Billy Bookcase Remodel, Arctic Ledgestone

We used IKEA billy bookcases, and added molding and trim work around the top, bottom and sides, plus, recessed lighting across the top.  In addition, we added this gorgeous crown molding, and opted for a city-scape look by making the center-rocked section a few inches taller than the bookcases. The stone we used is an Arctic Ledgestone from Lowes. The color of the stonework blends with the marble backsplash I ended up doing in my kitchen. So the kitchen flows nicely into the living room. We also added lighting to the tops of the bookcases. I have vaulted ceilings in my living room, and so the extra lighting was a nice touch!

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Ikea Hack Entertainment center fireplace remodel, crown molding

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DIY Ebony stained Beam Mantle

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Lowes Arctic Ledgestone

 

We taped off the interior of the bookcases, and just sprayed the outside with a white, semi-gloss paint. I didn’t want to have to worry about paint peeling off the interior of the shelves or books sticking to the paint, etc. on the shelves. It has worked out nicely, and I am really glad we decided not to spray the interior of the shelving.

The project took about 4 days, and cost around $1,700. Most of the expense came from the stone, and the cost of the fireplace. It’s completed, and just in time for the Christmas Holidays! Check back in to TheEverythingHousewife.com in a few weeks when I will be posting my IKEA kitchen remodel!

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Finished Ikea Hack Entertainment Center