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Kitchen Renovation Oslo

While living in Oslo I renovated a house from 1954. It had not had an update since the 70-ies. The first project was the kitchen.

white kitchen, flat kithcen fronts

I used kitchen cabinets from a Danish company, HTH.  Now IKEA has similar kitchen fronts with no handles in Europe (not offered on the US market unfortunately). The lamps are from Finnish company Artek (www.finnstyle.com).

Kjøkken2 Oslo

I used a white quartz counter top which I loved, as it is virtually stain resistant.  The cooktop was from an 80 cm induction top from Siemens, as were all the built-ins. I especially liked the built-in microwave to free up counter space. Beacuse I had space for so many drawers I didn’t miss more wall cabinets.

Kjøkken3 Oslo




Office renovation

With the help of Rakks shelving system, some oak planks from Home Depot and IKEA butcher blocks my father and I built my husbands new desk and shelving for his home office for less than 500 USD.








First I replaced the carpet with oak flooring that was stained ebony (Minwax-2 coats) and sealed. I then painted the wall and baseboards white. Because the baseboards had ben sealed with polyurethane I used an oil based primer in them before the top coat to make the paint stick.


The hardware for the shelving is from rakks.com and I used red oak planks (1″x12″) that i picked up at Home Depot for about 8USD per foot. I sanded them lightly and eventually will use a white-pigmented wood oil to finish them.

I started with wall standards that were 6 feet tall, mounted to wall studs.

To attach the desk to the same system, Rakks sells counter support poles that are 24″ deep like in the picture below.



I sanded the oiled IKEA oak butcher blocks (it came that way) and then used a white pigmented stain on it (I used 2 coats) before 2-3 coats of  satin polyurethane


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The white file cabinet below  is on wheels and is from IKEA.


This is how I attached the side piece that supports the end of the desk.


Wall support-made sure it was attached to a wall stud as well.