If you hire a kitchen designer they will do a lot of the work for you. They’ll pair your style of cabinets with flooring, give you backsplash options, scour the internet for lighting options and sink options, etc. It sounds like a dream, honestly, but we didn’t have it in the budget to hire a kitchen designer and the job also kinda sounded like fun! I was up for the challenge!
I’ll be completely honest, designing this space took a lot of time and I understand why people hire designers. BUT, if you have the time and love design, I think you’ll enjoy the process.
Before we started this project, I hadn’t really thought about what I wanted in a dream kitchen. Crazy I know, but I just hadn’t given it much thought. I learned a lot along the way so I wanted to share what worked for me and what I would do differently in the future. If I could go back, I still wouldn’t have hired a kitchen designer. The process was fun!
Spring cleaning is in full effect in casa cozy and if I’m being real, cleaning/organizational stuff is not my strength. I love for things to be tidy, organized and look like a Pinterest image at all times, but the truth is, cooking and shooting food makes a gigantic mess.
The kitchen looks like a bomb went off probably 80% of the time. At the end of each shoot/bake day, we clean up everything, but there’s still, like, grime on the hood and frosting speckles on the back of the tile, so today I’m showing you what I’m doing to do a deep clean for Spring in the kitchen.
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When I first started looking at kitchens, the ones that stood out to me the most, the kitchens I kept pinning and repining were all from Devol Kitchens. Their kitchens are so dreamy. I love the in-set cabinets that just melt into the boxes. I love how cozy and classic and rich they feel. And if you have the budget, Devol Kitchens will actually design your kitchen lay-out and ship a whole set of cabinets to you. They start at around 60k. LOLL. That was not in the budget, unfortunately. Not even close.
SO, I got a bid from a cabinet maker and it was closer to 20k for what I was looking for (shaker-style cabinets that had that in-set). That price tag still hurt, so I did some more research and came across Semi Handmade, a company that makes fronts that fit onto Ikea boxes.
Like everyone who was broke AF in their 20s, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Ikea. A few years ago, I vowed to rid my entire apt of anything Ikea so I was a bit timid when it came to this cabinet process. It’s safe to say that the cabinet process still resulted in a love/hate relationship! LOL. Still the same—nothing has changed!
So here is how the process went down (I’m including prices just to be transparent and informative but of course this will vary depending on the size of your kitchen):
1. Measuring Kitchen – If you’re getting custom cabinets, the process for it usually goes like this: demo, space is cleared out and then the entire space is measured and custom cabinets are built for the space. This is not a bad way to do it. Of course, this is why some kitchen renos take a ton of time.
With Ikea, they sub-contract a company that comes to your house and measures your kitchen space. These measurements then get put into your “profile.”
2. Kitchen Design Time– You have to make an appt with Ikea to design the space. There are also companies that will design it at your house in the space. This is the route I wished I had gone because it’s easier to imagine. Continue Reading