IKEA METOD Kitchen Gone Wrong

It’s 11.12pm and I can’t sleep. I’ve had a long day with the girls and by right I should be asleep but I can’t stop thinking about all the things that are going wrong in my kitchen.

When our housing loan was approved, Husband and I started shopping around for kitchen cabinets as we knew that regardless of any other furniture in our house, the kitchen needed to be done, and since kitchens don’t regularly get refreshing in the renovation department, we designed something simple and timeless that would stand the test of time, not to mention fashion trends.

We went with white cupboard units and wooden countertops. I wanted solid wood counter tops that if I wanted I could roll dough on. It was the one thing that I didn’t want to compromise on. And after lots of looking and asking around, we settled on purchasing our kitchen units from IKEA. It fitted our design expectations, and of course it was the best bang for our buck especially considering their 25-year warranty.

After a series of meeting with designers we finally settled on all the materials and of course the design. We made the purchase on 24/4/2017 and had it installed on 28/4/2017. Now don’t be too surprised as to how we got it installed so quickly; we had pre-booked (and paid) for our installation date 3 weeks in advance.

We got exactly what we wanted; white cupboards and solid wood counter tops. We choose the Hammarp counter tops and on installation day it was beautiful. I was busy running errands and Husband sent me photos of the progress. It ticked all the boxes in our design plus functionality list and we were happy.

Unfortunately, that happiness was shortlived. A week later, I noticed that the counter top at our breakfast bar area was not flat. And it was a nagging feeling until I took a contractors leveler ruler and measured it. True enough, the Hammarp counter top was bending and areas where there were joints, gaps began to form. And add to it a leaky sink, I was not happy. Honestly, I was (and still am, hence this blogpost) upset.

Just think of it this way, IKEA Damansara is full of people. Now navigate that with a baby and toddler in tow and it already sounds like a recipe for meltdowns. Multiply that by 5 (or 6) times and that is how many times we have had to trek all the way to IKEA to sort our kitchen planning and designing. Then add to all the above the money that we’ve paid; now you’ve got a mug brewing full of frustration.

Oh wait, it doesn’t end there…When designing our kitchens and talking about our kitchen splashback, we were recommended not to install it until after the kitchen cabinets have been fixed. And we did exactly that. Now, we are still waiting on the contractors from IKEA’s behalf (CTArt) to come and asses the problems so we don’t know what the verdict will be…

However, any way you look at it, the counter top needs to be removed and replaced. Removing the counter would then, most probably, damage the tiles that have already been put up. Everything I am talking about here, costs money: labour of removing tiles, labour of fixing tiles, buying new tiles to replace damaged tiles. It sounds like a lot because it is a lot of money.

The contractors are coming over on Thursday to asses but to be honest, with the string of bad shit happening lately, I am not keeping my hopes up. This doesn’t mean that I am going to give in to whatever they (CTArt+IKEA) decides but I have a feeling this might be a long and tiring fight.

I hope I am wrong.

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