Sunday, April 11, 2010

Weekend Project

One of the things listed on the “to-do” list for my re-decorating project was to demo the kitchen desk. You know the kind of desk that is built into the kitchen but does little more than take up space. It was never really very functional. I stored a few toys underneath. I hung cork on the wall behind it to try and utilize some organizational space. There was never a chair there because that would have only gotten in the way of the bar stools at the island right next to the desk. The surface did nothing more than collect clutter, quite well I might add.

The demo part was not that bad. The wall needed some small repairs and the floor molding needed to be pulled out and replaced. There was a 2 inch section missing once the desk was gone so removing the old and putting in new was the easiest thing to do for a wall that is only 4 feet long. Once it was all painted it looked great but empty. There is a cabinet hanging on the wall just above where the desk used to be so something needed to fill the space below.

I found a freestanding cabinet on the Ikea web site. Thankfully, we have a store not too far from where we live. One evening last week we made a trip out there to purchase this fine cabinet. This very heavy, needs to be assembled cabinet.

After pulling back into our garage I hopped out of the van and opened the back hatch. There I stood until hubby realized I wanted the box pulled out tonight. We managed to get it onto a dolly and rolled over to the basement door. It was there that I came up with the good idea to take the pieces out of the box and carry them individually up the steps to help lighten our load. Then I went upstairs to give the kids a bath. Seven trips up and down the steps and hubby had the whole thing all unloaded. Lucky for me I can’t hear him from the bathroom.

Here’s the content of the box.

There was an instruction booklet too.

A 20-page booklet.

It shows 32 steps but does not have one single word printed.

It’s all just pictures.

But look, you only need 4 simple tools.

And a friend.

Am I the one with the hammer or the pencil. Hmm?

Did I mention that there was a lot of hardware? 104 pieces but who’s counting?

Awe, look. We got a little extra help. Good little helper.


And not one bad word uttered all evening. It only took us 2 hours.
So far it’s still standing.


Mimi Babs said...

Ta Da Great Job Ju bop! Mimi

Teaching Heart Mom said...

Wow, that is really nice. This made me laugh... I think you are the one holding the pencil! So you replaced the desk with this... What a great idea. I want one.

Intense Guy said...

How cool! I think those nifty instructions are better than having the ones with 30 languages in them!

Hmm... hammer or pencil... I'm thinking you are more like a pencil. LOL!

The end result looks spectacular!

Liz Mays said...

Hey now, that looks really, really nice!!!

Beth said...

Love this Rebecca! So adult; no stickers on it, decals, Dora magnets, or reminders for class field trips...

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Wow not one bad word! Ok I'm taking tips :)

LOOKS amazing love it!

Heather said...

Too funny. Those are perfect engineer instructions though. We never want to read them - problem solved. Awesome job!