Wordless Wednesday – Flatpack Kitchen

by Deb on December 15, 2010

We already seem to have every tradesman in town working for us to get our house renovations done, so the kitchen has become our job.  From the original design and much emailing and phoning, to trucks, trains and finally our ute and trailer, it arrived on Monday night.  It’s holidays and I got both girls into daycare on Tuesday, so this is what we did all day.


We had already stripped out the old kitchen, including each tiny eggshell piece of tile.


This is it, the kitchen minus the oven and dishwasher (Yay!).  It was beautifully packed but too heavy in one load so we had to split it over the ute and trailer.  Have I mentioned it’s an elevated house and it all needed to be carried upstairs?

drawer pieces

The pieces for just one set of drawers.  We are very lucky we have all sorts of tradesmen floating around – one of them explained how it all goes together!


We put one together to work out how it should go.  Then it was lunchtime.

Shells in place

Ater we’d worked it out it was fairly simple to put together the carcasses (seriously, that’s what they’re called).

We needed to get that done so the plumber can get in today and know where it’s all going.  Today will be fiddly with levelling everything and getting it square, putting in the panels, attaching it to the walls, adding the kickboards, cutting out the holes in the benchtop for the sink and stove, attaching the benchtops, assembling and hanging another cupboard on the wall, putting together seven more drawers, hanging four cupboard doors and getting 21 handles in exactly the right place.  At least the girls are back at childcare on Thursday!  If you are ever doing a flatpack kitchen and don’t have to worry about transport, get it pre-assembled.

I know there is a lot science in construction, but I’m too tired to work it all out.  How about you help me (and show how much you’ve learned this year :D).

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Marita December 15, 2010 at 10:56 am

You are far braver than I! Just assembling a set of IKEA bookshelves pushes husband and I to the edge of divorce.

Bit of a giant jigsaw puzzle getting it all assembled I would imagine. Good luck. I look forward to photos of the finished product.


amandab December 15, 2010 at 11:43 am

Oh, wow! You are busy! And at the busiest time of year too. I don’t know how you are doing it.

Happy WW 🙂


Deb December 15, 2010 at 12:27 pm

This is our best time – hubby is a teacher so he’s on holidays. But every tradesman in town is flat out :s
Usually we go away for Christmas but it’s really nice to stay here this year.


Comedy Plus December 15, 2010 at 12:22 pm

You’ll be really happy when this is all done. You’ll love your new kitchen too. I can’t imagine having to put all this together though. Yikes.

Have a terrific WW. 🙂

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Deb December 15, 2010 at 12:28 pm

We can’t wait, we’re getting French doors, a deck, air conditioning and a new bathroom as well – the kitchen is the easy bit!


Nanny December 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Your going to love it once it’s all finished and the 2 of you can be proud that you have done it all yourself. I think your a very brave woman.
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Bob @ Cat Illnesses December 15, 2010 at 7:53 pm

This sounds a lot of hard work, but you will be really happy once everything is finished.
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Ash December 15, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Good luck for tomorrow! I’m dying to see the end result – and you can be so much prouder of it than if it arrived all done for you 🙂


oilerblue December 15, 2010 at 11:45 pm

You are doing a great job of putting it together. I think my hubby and I could pull that off but it would take some time.


Trish December 16, 2010 at 10:53 am

It will be worth it to have a shiny new kitchen.
My hubby has done flat kitchens before and IKEA cubey bookshelves …fun but pulling it off leads to a angst.
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