Christine and Pierre's Kitchen: Assembling the Cabinets

Renovation Diary

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Starting to look like a kitchen in here.

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Name: Christine & Pierre
Type of Project: Kitchen remodel
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Type of building: Ground floor apartment of a triplex, 1,100 square feet

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This week was our cabinet construction week. This was definitely something I underestimated, time-wise. I thought we could hammer it all out in a weekend, but the construction of all the cabinets, which required several IKEA hacks, was super time consuming.

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Hack #1, to go around the post. Was easier than I thought.

The cabinets themselves are pretty straightforward to put together, and once you've got the hang of it, it goes pretty quickly. I had a few friends come over and help me assemble drawers on Saturday, which sped things up a lot.

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Sink cabinet, cut out for the plumbing (which was installed right at the back corner of the cabinet!)

But we also had to hack a few cabinets. We modified the cabinet that goes around the support beam, trying to preserve as much depth as possible, as I'm hoping that we can squeeze a pull-out trash in that space with some non-IKEA hardware down the road. This was actually not too difficult, as I'm pretty comfortable with a circular saw! It just required a few cuts and a couple of scrap pieces of wood to reinforce it. We also made some cuts in the sink cabinet for the plumbing.

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Left: Pierre's structure to support the end of the counters. This will be screwed into the wall and drywalled over. Right: Structure #2, for behind the sink and dishwasher.

Meanwhile, Pierre spent the weekend building support structures for the open span of countertop at the end of the run, as well as the deeper area behind the sink. Honestly, we're probably going way overkill on the stability of things. The structure he put next to the dishwasher is kind of huge! But we're erring on the side of caution.

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Giant pantries assembled and ready to be installed.

I assembled all of the cabinets for the pantry wall, so they would be ready to go. We are planning on building out the pantry wall another 6 inches so that our regular-sized fridge sits flush with the rest of the wall - another structure will have to be built for that, and that project will have to wait until next weekend.

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Molding starting to go back on the window.

In my very original project plan, we were supposed to be done at this point. Hah! Completion feels tantalizingly close, and yet there are still a million details to be finished before the end.

Estimated time for project: 16 weeks??
Time remaining: 4 weeks

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us next week for #16 of Christine and Pierre's Diary.

(Images and diary text: Christine Zoltok)

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