Summer Cottage Kitchen Renovation Update: Getting There!

In paid partnership with Bosch
I thought it was time to share a little more about where we're at with our summer cottage kitchen renovation . Per and I have been working like crazy over the past few weeks and it's really starting to come together - phew! Here's a quick round-up:

1. The floor
Having stripped back the plastic laminate floor a few weeks back to reveal a cheap wood floor, we felt the best thing to do would be to sand it down and paint it white (using Flügger hard floor paint) - thank you for all your words of encouragement to do this!

2. The walls
After a LOAD of plastering, Per gave the walls a fresh lick of matt white paint - it feels so much fresher now!

3. The cabinets
The IKEA METOD units were delivered to the cottage and I collected the VEDDINGE fronts from Swiss Metod in Malmö who did a great job spray painting them (read more about the colour samples I tested here). We then spend what felt like forever screwing them together with the help of a MASSIVE pile of IKEA manuals - such an immense job -and not without a few mistakes!!

We'd read a lot about whether or not it's possible to install an IKEA kitchen yourself. To be honest, without Per there's no way I'd have attempted it, but with a lot of patience, the IKEA chat room and you tube, it's starting to take shape!

4. The appliances
All the Bosch appliances arrived - including the fridge-freezer, dishwasher, oven and fan and I had a field day unwrapping them. It felt like Christmas had arrived early!

Feeling super proud with how far we've come, but there's still lots to be done.

Have you ever installed a kitchen? If so, I'd love to hear about your experience!


*This series is in paid collaboration with Bosch. However, all words and pictures are my own and I only ever work with brands I love and think you will too.


  1. Hi Niki,
    I love how your kitchen is shaping up. Gorgeous view from your deck (the last photo). I had to smile when I found out your husband's name is Per. I adopted a dog from Spain and her name is Pera (it means 'pear' in Spanish).
    I have installed my Ikea kitchen with the help of my neighbour but I assembled all the cabinets myself. I found it extremely easy and it was fun, actually. Once you assemble one cabinet (and I see from your photo that your cabinets had an identical assembly method) the rest was repetition. I really like that Ikea now uses the rail for the bottom cabinets (and I regret that I did not think of it myself) because then one doesn't have to worry about uneven floor etc.
    I cannot wait to see your new kitchen, I know it will be spectacular.

    1. Thank you so much Alena! I never thought I'd hear myself say this, but it's been surprisingly therapeutic putting the cabinets and drawers together (once I got the hang of it). I must tell Per about Pera!! In Sweden Per is a version of 'Peter'. He's been brilliant with the installation I must say (no way I'd have been able to do it by myself!). Loving the rail too, it was so helpful as our cottage is a bit wonky (which I guess, most old houses are!). Fingers crossed it all works out well!

  2. Love following this project! Thanks for sharing. Nice to see the process and not only the perfect pictures..

    1. Thank you so much for your positive feedback! It's definitely a first from my side, but I'm thinking of showing more projects in the future if it's helpful / interesting to see the process.


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