WHAT I WOULD CHANGE ABOUT OUR IKEA KITCHEN
I feel the need to preface this post with my semi unhealthy obsession with all things Ikea. There are so many reasons as to why this is hands down my favorite interior store, but today I'm going to discuss one thing I would change about our Ikea kitchen. I'm also hoping this post is insightful to you if you're currently in the market for a kitchen reno.
Our sink. When we renovated our kitchen three years ago, we had never tackled a project THIS big. Keep in mind we we're working with a sore sight. For reference, here's a before and current. (There are a few things that have changed in the current photo, but I'll update that on a separate post).
As you can see there was room for improvement. If you want full details of our kitchen reno, then definitely check out our KITCHEN GUT for all the grimy, gross photos you can handle. One of the things I was most excited about was our sink.
Flash forward three years later. We had no clue that just after three short years Ikea would discontinue our sink. If you think that's bad, not only did they discontinue our current sink, BUT they replaced it with one that would essentially force us to reconfigure our entire kitchen. NOT HAPPY.
So basically Ikea "upgraded" the Domsjo sink with the new Havsen sink. Not only is this DRASTICALLY smaller in size, note that it doesn't have the back soap bar, but it's extremely shallow. The shallowness is one of the reasons why it's rated so poorly. Because the size differs so much, and it eliminates the bar soap bar, we would have to completely redo our counter tops, after we made the HUGE investment in them three years ago. I'm sorry, but you shouldn't have to replace your counter tops after THREE YEARS.
The main regret we have regarding our sink, is we wish we would've done a little more research in regards to under mount sinks. An under mount sink would have given us more options if say something were to happen to our sink, you know like get discontinued. We probably would've gone with a stainless steel sink vs the porcelain, as ours has already cracked after three years.
HOWEVER, in saying all of this, Ikea still registers as one of my favorite home stores. The odds of us using them again for a kitchen is pretty slim, though.
Also note that the faucets are different, and that's because the threaded Ikea faucet we had before BROKE, and we replaced it with this Ikea faucet. Pros and cons? Our previous threaded faucet had the pull down option making cleaning the sink easier. We opted out to avoid that same problem, and now it's a pain to clean the sink. Frustration all around.
Ikea. If you're reading this, which you probably aren't, stop discontinuing your products. If you are planning on discontinuing products at least have the decency to make a note in the kitchen section during planning phase to let customers know that their kitchen they're investing in may or may not be permanent. Sincerely, a very disappointed, spent all my money, wasted all my money, on my Ikea kitchen.