Posted by Susan on October 29, 2014 at 12:17 pm
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James and Susan here – As many of you know, life has become very complex for us over the last few years – LOTS of changes – but we haven’t let that get us down! The silver lining is that Susan lost over 140 pounds in the process and changed the entire family’s way of approaching food and health. Just like when we started IKEAFANS, we realized that we have a desire to share this experience and to grow a community around our new passion for healthy lifestyles. With our friends – like you guys!
Over the last nine years, we’ve enjoyed helping fulfill dreams of awesome IKEA kitchens, and it feels like a natural step to move into developing recipes, discovering new foods and continuing to share our real-life experiences with our like-minded peers. It’s what we love. It’s what we want to do with our lives. But it’ll be more about LIFEstyle, less about DOORstyle, if you will.
While we love the community and content we’ve built here together, we’re ready to jump into the future and we’d love for you to come see us – initially at CultofHealth.com where we will continue exploring good food, great health and positive lifestyle changes, and soon – TravelingKids.com where we’ll document our (possibly insane) decision to go full-time on the road in an RV with our two tweens by this time next year. I know, nuts. Tigger will surely be customizing and there WILL BE PICTURES. We love pictures. ;)
Thanks for your inspiration and contributions to IKEAFANS.
James and Susan
Posted by Susan on July 30, 2014 at 3:30 pm
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IKEAFANS member Pominique posted an ingenious solution to a common problem in kitchen remodeling: how to handle the laser level and ensure a level line for hanging cabinets.
“I am currently installing my first IKEA kitchen (90% complete). It is a large kitchen (13 x 17) with cabinets in a U shape on 2 1/2 walls. We are having quartz installed, so I wanted to support the base cabinets on a ledger board under the rear of the cabinets instead of just using legs. I found a cheap way to get a level line for the ledger board using IKEA parts I had on hand.”
This method will work for any level line you need to strike, whether it be for base or wall cabinets, or for hanging framed art or photography in a gallery! Read on to see the whole assembly and more tips and tricks to installing IKEA base and tall pantry cabinets… Read More …
Posted by Susan on July 18, 2014 at 7:04 pm
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Photo Credit: Marie-11, Creative Commons License, Some Rights Reserved
It reads like a love story … no wonder we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this winning entry from our friend and fellow IKEA Fan, Ann P., whose winning entry came in just in time!
My life before discovering IKEAFANS consisted of things like removing the door from a drawer I bought in the As-Is department by brute force. LOL! Big splinters on the back of that piece! Thank heavens I soon discovered your wonderful site. The amount of help I’ve gotten has just been incredible.
I needed to do my kitchen on a budget, so that meant slowly gathering materials as they appeared in the As Is. Which meant, there were never instructions, etc. So I came to depend heavily – and gratefully! – on all the instruction pdf’s you make available, many for discontinued items, as well as dozens of postings of other folks dealing with various issues.
One of the most amazing occurrences came when I scored a lot of discontinued AMB glass doors and needed to replace the glass in the lower ones with wood. How in the world to do that? Well, incredibly, IKEAFANS has a page, “How to remove the center panel of an AMB door.” I’m telling you, it don’t get much luckier than that!
So while I was slowly accumulating supplies, I had plenty of time to plan my kitchen, and IKEAFANS was like my brainstorming committee. My own personal Think Tank if you will. I spent hours looking at all the wonderful members’ finished kitchens, reading their suggestions and warnings, and going “ooh! I like THAT!” more times than I can count.
So I ended up with a narrow broom closet that is the envy of all my friends; a pull-out drawer dedicated to the trash can; and a pull-out spice rack hacked from a 30″ drawer turned on its side. I found out how to install the Ferrari hinges on hacked over-fridge cabinets that were originally intended to be verticals. And one thing I’m grateful for EVERY day, was the idea of putting a rod under the sink, about halfway down, on which to hang spray bottles. Glory be! I get happy every time I re-hang a bottle without having to stoop over!
So that’s just the kitchen; I’ve also found needed info on a couple of wardrobes, a Billy with glass doors, a desktop with legs, you name it.
And besides all that, as if it weren’t enough, the FRIENDLINESS of the site is absolutely inspiring – what a wonderful example to set in the world! The staff’s answers and comments are consistently upbeat, encouraging, and patient. You really go out of your way time and again to find links, answer queries, and make your own suggestions.
And my goodness, there was one birthday when IKEAFANS was the only one to send me greetings till late in the day! It just made me smile.
So I’m sure I’ve forgotten a lot of things I could mention, but that’s the gist of it right there. Were I a poet, I’d write a sonnet that would go down in history. As it is, I’m just a big IKEAFANS FANGIRL and proud of it!
The love is mutual, IKEA Fan Ann! Thanks to all the entrants – we loved reading through all the entries and are humbled by your generous words.