Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Island Fever

Matt, the cabinet guy from Ikea came the other day to give Virginia's kitchen a new layout. In the process, he crushed my hopes and dreams of using this island. He "claims" it's too big and would run into the wall creating a walking hazard. Whatevs, Matt.

He did give Ginny a nice new look though, even without the island. We're going with the Lindingo cabinets in white. I'm pretty pumped about them.

Here's a few pics Matt sent me of the new layout. Not what I had originally envisioned, but I think it's going to look pretty great.

We're making a few minor changes, like adding glass doors on the cabinets above the dishwasher. Jodee told me she was watching Baby Mama, and they used all glass in their kitchen and it looked incred. Besides, it's like I've always said, "If it's good enough for Tina Fey, it's good enough for me." That, and my kitchen is pretty small so why not open it up?

I'm still up in the night on what to do for counter tops. Laminate? Solid surface? Granite? The cabinets are ringing in a tad higher than we hoped, so I'm not sure I want to pull out the big guns. I've toyed around with doing butcher block (WAY cheap), but Matt said they're a lot of upkeep. I mean, I'm pretty busy...especially with fall tv starting.

Any suggestions? Anyone know a guy? Help Virginia out.


  1. Um, I really like stainless steel countertops, but I've never used them so I don't know how practical they are. Love your white cabinets. My bro-in-law owns a carpet/tile/countertops/other housing things store and may have some advice if you really need it. I never listen to much he says (he is as loud as Floyd is quiet), but he might know about good deals.

  2. When we were building our house, we were going to do this, but the builder said there wasn't enough time. Little did he know, all we'd have was time(thanks to him). Anyway, I digress, we were going to get some big pieces of granite tile from a home store, make the necessary cuts, and butt them up against each other to make a fairly seamless granite counter top. I've seen it done in multiple homes I've gone to, and it's beautiful. You have to look closely to know that it's not one big slab. And, the best part is, it is tons cheaper than a big slab of granite.

  3. I don't know if you know this or not, but Dan remodeled our entire kitchen in Dallas. We used some white Ikea cabinets and the butcher block countertops. It looked great! I have pics if you want to see it some time. I didn't think the countertops where a lot of maintenance. You do have to apply a sealant on them and do it every 6 months or so, but it is not hard or time consuming.