Sunday, August 1, 2010

My new kitchen

As I've already mentioned a few times, German apartments do NOT usually come with kitchens or other fixtures already installed, except the toilet, sink, and bath tubs. So, when you move in, you either buy new or bring your old kitchen with you. That's what I did....

Over ten years ago I had a small single bedroom apartment. The kitchen area was VERY tiny with only room for a sink and two cabinets... I had to use a counter top stop for cooking. Then I moved into a larger place and, since, the cabinets were from IKEA, all I had to do was add a few matching cabinets, as well as a proper stove. Now I've moved again, and again IKEA is my friend! hah!

This is how my kitchen looked during the first week...

Since Wheelie and I both had to work, leaving us only a few hours a week to hammer away, it took a while to get things done. But I am sooooo happy with the results! And it all goes to Wheelie's credit! He did a fantastic job!

Yes, I know the doors are different tectures. That's the only disadvantage with IKEA... over the years they may change companies that produce their stuff and the wood my be a different tone... and also the original doors darken after awhile due to sunlight. But I'm not finicky about that. If it really bothered me, all I would have to do is purchase all the doors new (which would cost more then it's worth actually). But I'm not complaining!

There are still some minor deco stuff to do, and the light on the ceiling isn't installed yet (yep, no preinstalled light features except in the bath rooms, either).

In some ways I really like having homes really naked when moving in, that way I can choose myself what type of kitchen, what lamps, etc. I want and not be satisfied with what some designer thought is best.

After days of torential rains the weather is now back to warm and sunny. Nice!


P.S. newsbreak: KCL should be up and running next week, maybe as soon as tomorrow (Monday)


  1. love the kitchen dorrie!! well done sis

  2. Nice. That would be incredible to have my tenants do the kitchen and bath...

  3. I think it's so interesting the difference in homes in the two countries. We had a kitchen when we bought our place, but I hated it so we pulled it out and had someone put in the one we have now. Same was with the bathroom.

    I'm ready to move though. We're just waiting til the market picks up a little bit so it would be a good time to sell. We aren't in a hurry, so we wait.

  4. It looks great! I can't imagine carrying my kitchen around with me whenever I move, but I suppose it is no different than any other furniture.

  5. That is a great looking kitchen. I just cannot imagine though having to bring a kitchen with me when I move. I have so much stuff and I do so much cooking I would have to have major installation of countertops and cabinets. But I suppose in apartment living that must be considered. Again, very nice looking place and you both have done a wonderful job putting it all together.