We take over possession on thursday, so its time to make some decisions. First of all....the kitchen. I've have always wanted a white kitchen, with butcher block countertops and SS appliances....but after visiting family last week and seeing how messy/scratchedup/dented her SS fridge is after only 5 months in a kid-free home...we've decided on black appliances. We went shopping a couple of days ago and ordered Whirpool appliances..all in black. I am VERY excited about the ones we've chosen, but now am starting to worry that the contrast between white cabinets and black appliances might be a little too much. We plan on using black handles and drawer pulls on the cabinetry...helping to tie in the black. (At least...thats how it seems in my head..lol) Other choices we've made are a bamboo floor with a dark (tho not espresso) finish. How does all that sound to you guys? Should I maybe rethink the countertop choice? Should it be a darker mix of browns and blacks? And, does anyone have any pics of what I'm wanting to do?? I can't seem to find anything. Honestly, planning a kitchen was much easier BEFORE we actually had one to plan.
Oh...another question. How easy/difficult is it to install Ikea cabinetry? And....how long does it usually take? Paul doesn't have any experience with this sort of thing and wants to hire someone to install them. I disagree....and would rather save the money we'd pay for someone to do it for us. We have 2 weeks before we move into the house, provided Ikea has the cabinetry in stock, can two novices install a kitchen using just evenings and weekends in that length of time??? The kitchen is fairly small, 11' X 14'.