When people talk about redoing their kitchens for "only 20" or "just 40" grand I have to bite my lips to keep the sarcastic "Only!" back. It's just so damn far from our reality. Both financially and in terms of what type of kitchen my "cooking" really deserves to have. But recently, we manged to find a tiny amount of cash that we want to use to spiff up our crappy kitchen.
Currently, we are debating ordering cabinets from Ikea. Ikea cabinets are cheap(er) and very cute. We can either order ones with real birch doors and then keep them in the attic while we try to piece together the cash for the rest of the kitchen. (This may take a year) Or go with the cheaper version of laminated birch doors and actually be able to afford some slightly imperfect appliances from the Sears Outlet now.
So what I'm trolling for here are the answers to these questions: Have you ever installed Ikea cabinets in your kitchen? Laminate or regular? And how are they holding up?
I fear that if we opt with the laminate version it will end up peeling or dinging the second our dog slides into them with a rawhide bone. But I also fear that if we put those real birch cupboards up in the attic, there they will stay till we sell the house and are forced install them. After which I will enter that getting the house ready for sale phase where you lament that you didn't fix the house up real nice for your own damn selves.