Once again, we’re keeping it real and bringing you all along for the ride in our kitchen “reinstall” journey. As you know, we’re working on designing a kitchen using IKEA cabinets (more about that here and here). Since we are the type of people that want to do a lot of research before making a huge decision, we’re doing just that: research. After all, the kitchen is the “heart” of the home and it’s super important to us that we do this right — the first time. As you know, we’re pretty set on doing IKEA cabinets (read about our decision here). We love them and we’re welcoming the challenge. However, in the spirit of Research, Friday afternoon, a kitchen designer from Lowe’s, a super fun guy named Gaylord, came out to take a look and measure our “kitchen” (even though we totally feel like we’re cheating on our beloved IKEA). He also brought an installer with him to take a look…

Isn’t it sad looking? We have yet to put the old dining room table on Craigslist. At the moment, it’s serving as a good “catch all” surface. Anyway…

Gaylord asked a lot of questions about our needs, wants, how we cook and entertain, how many people we have over at one time, and what’s on our “ultimate wish list”. I actually found the whole process kind of fun and it made me think through some things that hadn’t crossed my mind yet — like a stainless steel hood vs. a “cabinet front” hood. Which, by the way, we’re leaning towards a stainless steel hood at this point. We also explained how we have been thinking about doing IKEA cabinets and even showed him what we came up with using the IKEA Kitchen Planning software.

The entire meeting process took only about 45 minutes but I feel we covered A LOT of ground in such as short time and Gaylord has a really good idea of what we’re looking for in a kitchen. Yesterday (only 48 hours later), we got a phone call letting us know our design was ready for us to look over. So, later today, Greg and I are meeting with him to go over the nitty gritty details.

Some of your may be wondering if we are totally throwing out the possibility of IKEA cabinets. No, absolutely not. We are simply weighing all of our options and gathering ideas from other professional kitchen designers before we go load up a rental truck of cabinet pieces.

We’ll be back tomorrow with how our meeting went and give you the low-down on all of the information we’ve gathered. Decisions, decisions…