Compared to the national average cost of remodeling a kitchen, our budget is nigh non-existent aka -very- modest. Shopping smart was definitely a must for us, and after looking at a number of budget-friendly options (cabinetstogo.com, Jaxbargainplywood.com and even stock cabinetry from the blue/orange box) we settled on a kitchen from IKEA. It gave us the most bang for our buck and except for the cabinet knobs it was a one-stop-shop experience to boot. Viveka from the kitchen department at IKEA Orlando took great care of us and despite a small hiccup in regard to the communication with the delivery department that lead to a 3 day delay in delivery, all things went as smoothly as possible.
Last week, the truck rolled into town and dropped off a load of boxes at the Ugly Duckling. 77 items, to be precise, from cabinets and doors over hinges and toe kicks to counter tops and filler panels.
Anyways, first order of business was sorting the various pieces into cabinet piles consisting of a cabinet frame (either wall or base), appropriate door/doors and organizing element (drawers, etc.). Hinges, door and drawer dampers and feet I kept in a separate box. That way I could simply reach into it and pick what I needed without running into danger of losing smaller pieces.
[One cabinet finished & the 2nd in the making]
All you need to put these cabinets together successfully are a hammer and a Phillips screwdriver. Drawers are "plug and play" and click together and the only thing that had me stumped for a bit was when I attached a drawer face upside down. Thanks to google and the internet, this issues was resolved quickly (and funny enough, it appears this is a common happenstance) and everything progressed smoothly from there.
[One last picture for those who offered to swing by for a cabinet building party; this was all the free space I had. Crammed between boxes, countertops and more boxes, not to mention any finished cabinets, it was all a bit ...tight.]