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August 14, 2011 / mish

Numerar is finally here.

In July, we posted pictures of the Kitchen renovation, sans countertops. We had been waiting about 3 months for the Numerar countertops to reappear at IKEA. I probably checked the website at least once a week, and slowly the countertop had become available in other parts of the country, but not here in LA. Bummer.

But then suddenly last week, the magic words appeared – IN. STOCK.

The countertop comes in 3 different sizes. To buy enough for the three areas we needed to fill (2 for the kitchen and one for the laundry room), we bought two of the 96 7/8″ x 25 5/8″. Then cut them at home with a circular saw into the three pieces we needed.
As we have found out with a lot of projects, not all walls are built to be straight in our home. And even though the countertop was cut as a straight edge, there was a gap between it and the wall. A little joint compound on the wall fixed that problem right up, and below you can see how seamlessly the butcher block meets the wall now.

The small gaps were filled with a little wood filler to finish the job.

We went with the Numerar Ikea Butcher Block in Oak, and had purposely made the shelves in oak as well, knowing that someday we would be staining them both with Tung Oil to match.
We bought this Dark Raw Tung Oil by Real Milk Company online, and put the first two coats on this past weekend. We plan to do about five coats total on the countertops to help create a water resistant coating. It will be a few days till we can put anything back onto the shelves/counters, so check back soon for after photos!

** When doing research about other kitchens with Ikea’s butcher blocks, I stumbled upon this great tutorial by This and That. It’s definitely worth a read if you are thinking about doing this yourself.


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July 10, 2011 / mish

A Kitchen Remodel…almost.

I have been dragging my feet to post this one, since it’s not really completely finished. But since Ikea’s Numerar butcher block countertop is out of stock for “6-7” weeks (and that’s the same answer we got a month ago), I am not sure when we truly will be done. So here’s the update.

When we bought this house, this was the kitchen when we moved in. It’s a true before photo, except without the huge table in the corner. The seller’s took that with them. Oh shucks.

Then over the next two years as we were remodeling the rest of the house, it slowly got our touches, and a paint job. Here was our grand scheme kitchen plan:

We started the kitchen renovation by working on the refrigerator cabinet enclosure. We had to enlarge it a few inches to the right to allow more space for a new fancy fridge. In the process, we got rid of the cabinet and added a little open storage.

We also took down all the cabinets and drawers, sanded, painted them, replaced the outside hinges for hidden ones, and replaced the handles with IKEA Tyda Handles in stainless steel.

The range hood was the most difficult of all the kitchen projects. The space had to be reconfigured for the different size and the weight of removing the old one required a super heavyweight body building champion. Not the two of us.

We thought about ripping out all the cabinets and starting from scratch. But after going back and forth about the idea, we decided we liked the layout of our current kitchen and everything it had to offer. It just needed some new appliances, paint, and a lot of love. We also agreed that by ripping out the entire thing, we probably would never make that money back in the long run based on our neighborhood price range.

View to Hallway:

View to Laundry Room:

(Future) breakfast bar:
This still needs some work. The numerar countertop in oak has been “temporarily oversold” and we are waiting for the magical day that it reappears. These cabinets are from Ikea, we created an open cabinet for the microwave and cut the back of it for a custom fit. The whole kitchen will also be fitted with white toe kicks.
The breakfast bar stools were a score from our local Home Goods. Sadly, there were only two of them and I contemplated returning them, as three seemed to make more sense. But then we decided to slip the microwave into the mix, and now the recessed cabinets are a perfect fit for a little eating area.
The open shelves are made from two custom cut pieces of oak bought at Home Depot and the brackets are good ‘ol Ikea. Yes, I spent a good couple hours “styling” the shelves. And enjoyed every minute of it. We will be coating them with tung oil, as well as the countertops, so both will match.

So it’s not completely done, but there is the update. And we have cooked quite a bit in it and are loving all the new workspace. It actually feels bigger too. Not to mention our new loves, the refrigerator and dishwasher.

Things to still do:
install wood countertops on fridge side of kitchen
install countertops on stove side of kitchen
install new stove
install new sink and faucet
install backsplash
install toe kicks
stain shelves and wood countertop with tung oil

Source list:
Refrigerator – Samsung 23.0 cu. ft. Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator (Model RFG237AA)
Dishwasher – Samsung 24″ Tall Tub Built In Stainless Steel (Model DMT400RHS/XAA)
Range Hood – Maytag 36 in. Convertible Range Hood in Stainless Steel (Model UXT5536AAS)
Microwave – Panasonic Prestige 1.2 cu ft. Microwave Oven (NN-SD688S)
Handles – Ikea Tyda, Stainless Steel
Paint – Glidden Misty Moonstone (Wall) & Benjamin Moor Aura White Semi-Gloss (Cabinets)
Light Fixtures – Ikea Fado
Cabinet for Microwave – Ikea Akurum Base Cabinet
Cabinets for Breakfast Bar – Ikea Akurum Base Cabinets with Rubrik White/Aluminum Door Fronts
Floor – Everstone, Durastone Porcelain Tile, Steel Grey, Matt Finish, 12×24 in.

June 19, 2011 / mish

Kitchen Floor, a review in pictures

It’s been a while since I have made a post – sorry! A lot has been happening in the kitchen lately, here’s the update on the kitchen floors! We continued the grey porcelain tile from the laundry room throughout, here is a review in pictures…

We cut and laid all the tiles prior, and then stacked them to the side. Then put the mortar down, and laid all the tiles out in their positions with 1/16 inch tile spacers.

Before and Afters!:

So far, the floors have been fairly resilient. And the choice in grout color has been great for covering dirt and dust. We are now on the hunt for the perfect mop, any suggestions?


May 18, 2011 / mish

Happy Birthday Grandpa Jeff.

You know how in the movies grandparents are usually portrayed as the most perfectly wise, generous, and loving people in the world? Well, that’s what I grew up with. Even if I feel at my worst, he always tell’s me I am looking my best. Whatever I do, he tells me it’s right, whatever is his is mine, to whomever he can brag to, he does.

Happy Birthday Ded, we have a lot in common, but mostly our love for each other…

May 18, 2011 / mish

The dishes are done, man.

I didn’t grow up in a house with a dishwasher, I never had one during my college years, and I never had one in any of my rental apartments. Moving into this house was the first time I got to experience the joy of not having to wash every. single. thing. The smell of dishwashing liquid escaping the steam when you open the door after the final dry cycle, it’s blissful. And I think I’ve had my fair share of washing dishes by hand, so I’m going to stick every plate, utensil, cup, and pot into this thing and let it do all the work.

Best Buy emailed us to let us know our order was ready for pick up, so we drove over to get our new toy. Here’s just a little sneak peek.

I always picture THIS when I talk about washing dishes.


May 16, 2011 / mish

this is what i’ve been saying all along but nobody believes me.

Source: imgfave.com via Michelle on Pinterest


May 12, 2011 / mish

Our dishes are gonna be so clean. And our food, oh so fresh.

So last night we went and got all sorts of crazy.

We went online shopping and ended up with two appliances in one evening.

We’ve been researching for several months now – bookmarking, comparing, reading reviews, emailing each other links, scanning the sales, and going to the appliance section of the big box stores every time we are there. We are at Home Depot or Lowe’s an average of 4 times a week, so that’s a lot of time spent in the appliance aisles.

Since the tiling is complete in the laundry room, Michael has continued working on it into the kitchen. And as of last night, the kitchen floor was about 80% complete. And we can’t put old appliances on a brand new floor, right? Because that makes total sense, we went shopping. Online shopping.

And here’s what’s coming next week…

Samsung 23.0 cu ft. Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator
Model: RFG237AA

Samsung 24″ Tall Tub Built-In Dishwasher
Model: DMT400RHS/XAA

And yes mom, we did use coupons.:)