The Ikea kitchen planner has taken over my life.
We’re thinking about remodeling our kitchen. This might seem odd because we rent. I won’t do the big song and dance about why this isn’t so weird in New York, aside from saying renting is normal and long-term in NYC.
However, our apartment isn’t the greatest. The location is pretty good, but our bathroom tub is about a century past its prime, with its enamel flaking off. Our kitchen is mostly functional after we added an Ikea island for more counter space, but the appliances are ancient. The cost of materials for the remodel would be the price of a security deposit + first month’s rent, so basically the math goes like this: instead of moving and upgrading apartments, which has high up-front costs and the increase in rent, it makes more financial sense to just fix our apartment’s kitchen; hopefully negotiating with our landlord, because when we move out, there is no doubt our kitchen will be remodeled.
The catalyst for all these days spent on the Ikea site, though, is the reemergence of roaches in our apartment. We had very, very few sightings up until this winter, when the steam heat or the cold outside or a hoarder forced them from their gross little dwellings and into our apartment. I scrubbed the kitchen, laid new traps, but all I could imagine was a hole in the wall behind a cabinet, from which all the roaches pour forth. Such is my nightmare.
So I want to tear down all of the cabinetry, pull up the linoleum, and properly seal every crack and/or gaping hole from hell. Then of course it’s my opportunity to swap out the linoleum because gosh it’s awful, replace the fridge since it’s an energy suck, and hang new cabinets. I have to look on the bright side.
Now we’re trying to figure out if we can hang the cabinets ourselves. What do you think, DIY or hire out? We know it’s theoretically possible to do ourselves, just that with the complications of plaster walls, Ikea cabinet boxes, and me having the strength of a frail child, we wonder if this is best left to people we pay.