After six months in our new apartment I can finally say the kitchen is
finished done enough to show people! There are still a few more finishing touches, but they are the less noticeable things and may take another six months to get done!
I had some in-process shots of putting the kitchen together but somehow they got lost. :( But at least I have some before pictures!
Before Left Side
Why yes, that is a bare concrete wall. With 12 outlets. Yes, 12.
Before Window Side
Look at that sink! You can't imagine how much trouble that thing was... but SO worth it!
This was the first apartment we have lived in that we had to install our own kitchen. It was a fun and exhausting process! We designed and ordered the kitchen components from Ikea. They delivered, but we (and a BUNCH of our friends) installed it.
First up we had one friend (Tony) who did all the tile work. Isn't it beautiful?!
I wanted those tiny tiles for the whole wall, but that was going to be prohibitively expensive, so another friend (Gudi) suggested doing the mosaic behind the stove and then the strips across the rest of the wall. I LOVE IT!!!
In a kitchen this small every tiny square inch of space is important. That's why I was ECSTATIC when Ikea came out with these toe kick drawers!
One of the crazy things about German kitchens is how TINY their ovens are!! Seriously! I can't believe they cook anything in there! We've been really lucky in our kitchens because our ovens were all on the large side. When we had to buy our own I literally carried my largest cookie sheet to the store to test all the ovens. The store employees may have thought I was crazy. But just LOOK what we found!
We got this kitchen island in the last apartment for extra storage.
It's great for eating, prepping food, homework...
And the one in the dining room too.
One last project - finally hung my quilt rack. It never made it on the wall in the last apartment, so I'm thrilled to have it up again!
Happy New Year everyone!!