I haven’t talked about how terrifying it is to pick things out in a while. That’s mostly because the last 6 months have been about putting together things that I had already picked out. The kitchen ceiling was one exception. I knew what I wanted, but had to figure out exactly how to put it together. I’m happy with the way it turned out. It was about problem solving. I wanted my cabinets to run as high as possible because my house doesn’t have that much storage space. But going within 2 inches of the beams would leave awkward, narrow gaps between the cabinets and the ceiling. And the ceiling is so crooked that the level cabinets might look weird. The drywall soffits give me a sane, square space to put the cabinets up to. I think they help to bridge the level with the crooked nicely.
But they also meant committing to the layout of the cabinets right away. The fridge will be 30 inches wide. It will slide into that pocket in the wall so it looks counter depth. And there will be a 24 inch deep cabinet above it. It’s pretty obvious that I couldn’t move it or get a bigger one now even if I wanted to, I think.
The soffit is built to hang exactly 3 inches beyond the 12 inch wall cabinets (because on the sink side the beams forced me to do it that way) and the 24 inch fridge cabinet. Picture cabinets covering everything behind the red line.
As for the cabinets themselves, I’ve been putting off making decisions. The Internet is filled with advice, but you’ll get 32 different opinions from 30 different people. But in the end, I decided that I’d go ahead and use IKEA cabinets with custom doors… that I may have to live without for a couple of years. IKEA cabinet hardware is great, the cabinet frames sound like they’re pretty well made, and they’re more stylish than what I saw from most American brands. I was leaning towards this but didn’t want to actually commit to it until I absolutely had to. And then that’s what happened.
IKEA introduced a new line of cabinets on Monday, February 2nd. They promised more modularity, more flexibility, more sizes. I waited eagerly, expecting everything in 3 inch increments like other American cabinet makers. Currently, there are a few sizes missing
Instead, they made the wall cabinets in 5-10 inch height increments, kept the same widths from the old line, and… they increased the depth of wall cabinets from 12 to 15 inches! Gasp. The new cabinets are incompatible with my soffits. One of the IKEA associates suggested that I rebuild the soffits to suit the new cabinets. I said “No no no no no no no no no, absolutely not.” Instead, I scrambled to buy the discontinued AKURUM cabinets, shelves, hinges, and hanging rails for all my wall cabinets. I will be cutting a few of them to sizes that IKEA never made, and later I’ll go back to buy the new SEKTION cabinet frames for my base cabinets. Much to my relief, I got everything I needed of the ones they don’t make anymore.
So… I’ve committed to custom doors. IKEA will discontinue the doors to the cabinets I bought for the walls and I could never get off the shelf doors for cabinets I cut down. So I’m committing myself to that future expense, but at least I can keep procrastinating on committing to a look! We’ll talk about tentative options sometime soon.