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Tuesday, February 07, 2006


I am now in a kitchen frenzy. The only thing that I am lamenting is that I can not have a groovy island. Not enough space in my standard U shaped kitchen.

I could have named it Infertility Island (thanks to Mare). A barren wasteland of teeth-chipping, unrelenting, cold granite. Probably just as well I am not having one. I so wanted one though but this is where the knocking down of wall or building of house extension would have to come into play. Sometimes you just have to accept that everything is not possible.

If it is to be Ikea, I have narrowed it down to 4 door choices. The pics are a bit small but you can get the full kitchen dealio here.

Birch adel

White Stat

Oak Tidaholm

Yellow white Adel

The basic carcass is the same for all and it is only the doors and hardware that have to be chosen. Ha! I almost made it sound so easy there for an unfettered Libran who hates to make decisions. You wonderful internets are going to be called upon to assist me. I hope you are up to the task.

Of course, the resident kitchen queens Julianna and Millie and Amy are already the experts. I bow to the kitchen goddesses. I will need all their queenly help, just as per usual haha!


At 2:51 PM, Anonymous Molly said...

Oak. Well, it depends on what feel you are going for in your kitchen -- country, casual elegant, etc. -- but I think oak is the classiest.

At 2:52 PM, Blogger N said...

Ok, I feel called :-). As a self-declared Ikea-specialist and fanatic I give you my opinion (which you of course may dismiss directly):

1) I like the Tidaholm series, especially the oak ones. Oak = very fashy now (at least in Sweden)
2) Ädel is nice too. Ädel means sophisticated in Swedish.
3) I am not so sure what I think about Ståt...not my first choice.
4) To throw in something new: I love Abstrakt. Friends of mine just put Abstrakt doors on all frames in their rather little kitchen. It makes the kitchen look so much bigger and lighter as the doors are a bit shiny. My friends also have children....and the doors seem kids-prooved..easy clean, no scratches and all that. Maybe something to consider as well.

BUT then again - I love Ikea and all their kitchens are nice.

Good luck finding the right kitchen. I wish I was getting a new kitchen....dream....

At 3:04 PM, Blogger Fertility Faux Pas said...

I like the natural woods too, the Oak and the Birch. Very clean, very elegant, and they go with any color/type of countertop. Tough choice...Good luck!

At 3:54 PM, Anonymous mm said...

I like the white... modern, bright and clean, I say.

At 4:03 PM, Blogger DrSpouse said...

Birch. Not too cottage-y and not likely to get as dirty.

Just to make you more indecisive, our kitchen is from Magnet and we were very pleased with them. They recommended local tradesmen who were very good.

At 5:30 PM, Blogger Pamplemousse said...

The small pics are not too great but I could not link directly to the right pages. I have added another link to kitchen manna!

At 6:53 PM, Blogger amyesq said...

Ahh, the pressure! And for such a subjective thing! You must go with what speaks to YOU. They are all lovely.
Having asked for my opinion, although believe me, Julianna and Millie are far superior in their taste and experience, I must say I like all but the oak. First off, I am just not a fan of oak (which sounds strange, given my penchant for all things arts and crafts). Second, I believe it would do your spirit some good to have a mostly light colored kitchen, given you live where it can often be a bit gloomy. You may paint the walls in the rest of house in rich, deep colors to reflect your Scottishness, but it would be lovely to come into a bright, cheery kitchen. I love the white and the yellow-white (which would work well if you are a little frightened of pure white) and the beech would have to come in as my third favorite. I still like it, though.
Please keep us posted on your deliberations! Pro-cons, etc.

At 8:39 PM, Blogger chris said...

I guess I'm the only one who likes white stat, but then I really like the cottage look.

At 9:17 PM, Blogger Millie said...

Ooooh. How fun!! I loooooove talking about kitchens.

I don't think I can really give you an opinion until I know more about the rest of your place (overall style/colors/etc) and what you're going for with the kitchen.

Does your kitchen open up onto other rooms?

I'm also not a fan of the oak. I just don't like that much grain. Even though I wanted a kitchen to go along with the rest of my Arts and Crafts house, I didn't go with oak. (Now I looooove quarter-sawn red oak but that looks completely different to me).

In general, I love the birch and beech at Ikea (I think there's something else called Medium Brown, if I remember right). When I was looking at cabs there I also looked at the glass doors that went with each. The problem is that each cabinet style only has one glass door and I really disliked some of the choices.

I also like the white beadboard ones (not sure which those are).

At 12:12 AM, Blogger Beth said...

I love the warmth of Oak Tidaholm myself.

At 5:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the birch. It looks so clean and looks modern without being in your face about it. But it's up to you, and what style/themes you like in your kitchen.

At 8:19 AM, Blogger Sparkle said...

I like the birch best, don't mind the white adel.
Love the classic modern ... or whatever it's called.

At 8:04 PM, Blogger Donna said...

I also like the idea of the birch or the yellow white with a contrasting bright color on the walls.

At 9:17 PM, Blogger zhl said...

From what I can see of the birch I like it. What are you doing with the floor? Might want to consider how the floor will look with the cabinets.

At 10:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We've got the yellow-white Adel & love it & we inherited the Stat in our last house & it was very nice.


At 11:42 PM, Blogger fisher queen said...

I love the yellow white Adel, but you'd have to keep the floors very clean. Also, door styles and layouts really do depend on the rest of the house.

At 2:53 AM, Blogger Avonlea said...

We have an Ikea kitchen - I liked it much better than some of the other places and it cost less.

We didn't go for what we'd do if we were staying in the house - but I still like it - we did birch I think it's Faktum/Kalsebo, if it was a house we'd be staying in, I'd have gone with the Adel birch.

But you know you really have to pick your countertop, wall colors and floor if you're changing them - how I wish we had figured that all out first!

Be sure to open all of the packages when they're delivered and inspect them against your invoice - we were shipped the wrong cabinet - but didn't discover it until later, fortunately we found we could use it, but it was a hassle, and some of the hardware was missing but all in all, I think the kitchen turned out nicely.

The only thing I didn't like about the Ikea cabinets was that you can see the gap between the doors because they don't have the little lap over piece whatever you call it - so you might want to avoid double doors if you can.

At 5:46 PM, Blogger Beagle said...

A new kitchen is very exciting indeed. (warning: it can also be rather frustrating before it's done)!

I am partial to oak since that is what I have (we did ours this time last year . . . oh . . . but it was actually finished late summer! Hence above warning).

The birch Adel would be my second choice. Is your overall decor more traditional or modern? That would sway me.

Good Luck! It'll be a nice distraction.

At 6:59 PM, Anonymous thalia said...

I don't like the ikea Oak - it's the one that looks more like it's a cheap kitchen than the others, I think. I'd go for something that will open the room up, so one of the lighter ones works for me. But then I'm no expert, we just painted our cupboard doors white to avoid having to make any more complex decisions (and because we're out of money).

At 1:02 AM, Blogger Tazzy said...

oh, I like them all. (yeah. i'm indecisive AND infertile!)


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