Taking a solo trip to IKEA, for me, is much like taking a trip to the bathroom… I’m never allowed to go alone. Despite numerous visits, I’ve never left the store with more than a handful of small accessories. I guess I’d still qualify as an IKEA Newbie. That all changed Saturday.
My sister took my children with her and her family this past weekend to Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, NC to celebrate my nephews birthday. With the upcoming office project, operation “take back the play room” is in full effect. Step 1 – Figure something out to get the toys from the play room into the boy’s bedroom. Simple enough, except that the boy has so many trucks and tractors… ugh! Knowing I needed more than Target could offer, we headed to IKEA.
Silly husband. He thought a kid-free trip meant it would be a quick trip. No such luck! Do you know how packed IKEA is on a Saturday afternoon? It’s a wee bit insane.
That was only 1 of many lines that were a mile long. I knew what I was getting into though. After walking the showroom and weighing our options, we knew what we wanted for the boy’ room. With that settled, I could relax a little a do some office decor shopping! I picked up a few things, mostly things in my accent color (yellow), but you’ll have to wait for the big reveal to get the details on those. I also scoped out some decorative lighting options, but I couldn’t settle on what I liked best, and left with only photos and memories instead.
One thing we did come home with was a plant stand, but with no intention to use it as such. Since the girl’s American Girl obsession started, I’m always on the watch for something that can be repurposed or altered to fill an American Girl need. And there, in the outdoor furniture, I found this cute little plant stand that – to me – looked very much like an American Girl dining table.
I knew in picking it up that chair making would be on my to-do list, and well, I’ve already made a sofa…so, why not? For less than $20, I’ll have a full dining set for the girl and her dolls. It’ll take me a little time, but I’ll save a ton of money – and more importantly, I’ll make the girl happy.
While putting the table together took all of 5 minutes, that was not the case with this bad boy…
I had heard IKEA horror stories, so I was prepared for assembly to take me a while. What I wasn’t prepared for was my own impatience and inability to leave the boxes alone until the weekend. Instead, after rolling in from a 12 hour work day, I decided to tackle this beast with the assistance of a very eager 4 year old. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a kid more excited about a piece of furniture. He was busting at the seams to have somewhere to arrange all of his tractors and heavy equipment. He has quite the collection.
Assembly wasn’t near as bad as I thought it would be, even with my 4 year old assistant ‘helping’. I had about 90 minutes into the project. I still need to get the bracket to mount his tv (it’s going to look so tiny in there!) and add a few more bins, but we have almost moved everything from the playroom into this bedroom. If all goes as planned (and it never does!), I’ll be painting my new office sometime within the next week!
Are you an IKEA shopper? Have you scored any amazing deals there or seen any unbelievable IKEA hacks? I’d love to see/hear about them!