Yesterday I made my first ever trek to that hub of furniture fiends on a budget: Ikea. In the car, I said “I have to take pictures of Ikea, I’m going to blog about it!” but of course I was so distracted that I didn’t take any pictures at all. Rest assured that I was there, approximately 1.5 hours south of Milwaukee at the Schaumburg Ikea. I browsed, was briefly enraptured by the cart escalators (escalators for your cart! why doesn’t everywhere have these??), and ended up cruising out with exactly what I’d already obsessively pre-selected online. Plus some curtain rod hardware! Go team!
We drove past the office building where my parents met (aww) and stopped for Chicago-style Italian beef at Portillo’s.
(I know it says hot dogs, but they do a mean Italian beef too!)
After this brief and delicious moment, it was back to Milwaukee for furniture assembling. Five solid hours of furniture assembling. For some reason, I was under the impression that assembling Ikea furniture would be easy. I was wrong.
But I did it! From box to an actual piece of furniture I can put my clothes in! (Yes, I did give up on putting knobs on the bottom drawers. I’ll be replacing them all soon anyway.) My arms and back were achin’ so I saved the rest of the construction until the next day…
Isn’t that little cart darling? It was also MUCH easier to put together. So, that’s the progress so far! One of the major reasons I picked the Tarva dresser was the unpainted pine – I’ve been wanting to try my hand at redoing a piece of furniture for a long time (why yes, it is on my life list), so I’ll hopefully be painting that and adding new knobs soon, once I decide which direction to go in.
And thus, my Ikea adventure draws to a close. The store was just as cool as I’d hoped – I would love to go back and really snoop around, since this time I went with a clear mission in mind. There’s so much there, it’d take a good long while to take it all in!