So now that all the boxes are sorted and organized, it’s assembly time. Having received them flat packed, (ikea style) we were able to save money by assembling them ourselves, but with RTA we didn’t have to sacrifice the quality. The cabinets are made with solid birch and even have the soft-close drawers, unlike our swedish friends. Not to knock you Ikea… we did get our countertops and our sink from you (which I love)!
Here is a peek at our kitchen starting to come together. To see what the kitchen originally looked like look here.
So here is how I designed our little kitchen from across the country. I laid out the walls in Adobe Illustrator using a 1 mm to 1 inch scale and with the RTA cabinet catalogue in hand I started drawing up the kitchen, picking and choosing which cabinets fit where. I started with items like the sink cabinet, the range, and the refrigerator since they don’t have as many size and placement options and then placed cabinets around them. This drawing was also very handy when the bazillion flat packed boxes got delivered to the cabin so that we could easily sort which cabinet went where.
Here is another look at the raw sagging plywood that was the ceiling when we first bought the place. It is also the first thing that we tackled when we arrived this trip. I picked out some 1x4s from good ole menards that we cut to size and then we trimmed out, caulked, and painted the ceiling.
Oh, and we also happily said goodbye to that not so attractive track lighting.