Fitting the kitchen

Over the last few weekends we’ve been fitting our flat pack Ikea kitchen and it’s proving a lot more time consuming than we’d hoped!

Over the last few weekends we’ve been fitting our flat pack Ikea kitchen and it’s proving a lot more time consuming than we’d hoped!

It’s a long and narrow L-shaped format, with a Belfast sink under the window at one end and a range cooker and plenty of storage at the other. We bought it from Ikea after looking around at lots of different places including Homebase, B&Q, Wren Kitchens and Howdens – as it was substantially cheaper and just as good quality as the others. As for the style, we’ve chosen off-white units with brushed silver handles and solid beech worktops, which was more cost effective than real oak. In total, it cost around ?4,000 – including all the appliances – which was around ?5,000 cheaper than we found elsewhere!

At the moment, we’re in the process of installing it ourselves and so far have spent the last couple of days assembling cupboards, drawers and wall units – fairly straightforward when you get into it. All you need is a hammer, screwdriver and instruction booklet and away you go!

It hasn’t all gone smoothly though – some of the parts were missing and one cupboard had no holes pre-drilled into it, so we’re going to have to take it back to Ikea and exchange it – which is a real pain.

If everything else goes to plan, we should get it finished pretty soon – we’ll let you know how we get on.

Keep a track on our progress by visiting www.thepropertyproject.blogspot.co.uk