IKEA Kitchen Update: Installation!

Eeee! Everything for our IKEA kitchen in the basement is coming right along, and I'm seriously SO excited! I wanted to make sure I shared updates and progress photos, because I had a handful of emails and direct messages on Instagram asking how everything actually works when you choose to go with IKEA kitchen plans and products. So I'm going to try to answer a few real quick!


Entryway Decorating Progress

I wanted to share my latest HomeGoods find that I decided to put in our entryway! 
I stumbled on it about 3 weeks ago, and immediately fell in love.
$400 for this grey, weathered, solid wood piece is a steal! It was labeled as a "TV console" but I knew I could use it in the entryway that I've been struggling to decorate😁
I wasn't totally into the dark, existing hardware which gave it a more "rustic" look, so I switched them out for these gold, glass, tube shaped handles from Hobby Lobby.
...after two broke😕... I decided that this particularly delicate handle, no matter how loose or tight I screwed it in, was probably NOT going to work for this little project. lol #trialanderror 
So... I went back and picked out these much sturdier, more geometric gold knobs for the top potion of the console, and some really cool brassy/gold hinged pulls for the bottom cupboards.


Our Basement Kitchen Planning with IKEA!

It's been a long time in the works, but we're finally moving forward with our kitchen in the basement, and I couldn't be more excited!!

When we were planning the basement and figuring out framing, we initially had decided on just a REALLY big family room. Then we moved onto thinking a small kitchenette would be super useful with teenagers one day. That snowballed into needing a microwave, dishwasher and bigger countertop... soooo why not just put in a full blown KITCHEN!? lol.
Needless to say, things escalated quickly. 😁

So this space below, was dubbed "the kitchen". Polished, white concrete floors went in and a little divider wall was built to hide away a fridge one day.
You can see more of the concrete floors in my post about my office space. We did the same treatment!

A few months later, we were able to team up with our forever friends over at IKEA Draper (eeek!), to get working on an awesome, custom kitchen layout!! Their designer Sean was SO great to work with. We wanted something incredibly functional, that would work for the kids we have now AND the bigger teenagers we'll have in the future. A modern but cozy feel, and also something totally different than what we had going on in our kitchen upstairs. Because... why not? Right!?

I loved the idea of the sleek, RINGHULT cabinet fronts. They're SUPER modern and typically something I wouldn't jump at initially, but the more I looked at kitchen plans and inspiration pictures, I knew I HAD to try them out! If I really wanted to try something different, than this was going to be my ticket.