IKEA Trip Winter 2016

IKEA Trip Winter 2016

Ikea is one of my favorite places - Maxx and I usually make time to stop at the store in New Haven on our way back from trips to Connecticut but the closet Ikea for us in Vermont is actually in Montreal - Yup that's Montreal, Canada. Since we weren't planning to be passing an Ikea anytime soon we took advantage of the good exchange rate and headed north!

Here are the big ticket items we took home -

  • 4 IDOLF - Chair, black
  • 1 BEKVÄM - Step stool, beech
  • 1 NORDLI - 3-drawer chest, white
  • 1 Pair MATILDA - Sheer curtains, white
  • 1 OSTED - Rug, flatwoven, natural

Here is where it's all going - The chairs are a much needed partner to the DALSHULT / SLÄHULT dinning table we got our last trip. Very excited to sit and have dinner at a table :) The dresser is for my stuff that has started to spill over into Maxx's drawers. Everyone can use a little more drawer space and it fits perfectly into the funny little corner in our bedroom. The curtains are going in the bathroom (If we ever get around to finishing the bathroom window trim). The flatwoven rug is going in the entryway and the stool is still finding a spot. I can definitely use it in the pantry but I'm also anticipating needing a boost up to the high storage shelf we plan to put in the entryway. 

There were a few items that were on my list that didn't live-up to expectations in person. I was really looking forward to seeing the new MOSSLANDA picture ledge but it was pretty underwhelming and I came to the conclusion that it would be an easy DIY project. The other project I was hoping to shop for was a storage unit for the dinning room. The FAUXDENZA DIYs are so popular right now (my favorite is this one from The Brick House). One thing I couldn't find online was how much a FAUXDENZA projects costs and when I started adding it up it just didn't make sense. I estimated for our space all-in we would end up spending around $500 dollars if we went with the BESTÅ Ikea cabinets - not in the price range. So then I started thinking about doing a low built-in bookcase along the back wall in the dinning room. I checked out the three shelf version of the BILLY bookcase to use as a base - at $150 dollars for three units it was a lot more appealing on price, but it was just so incredibly cheap in person. So I ended up going home empty handed on the dinning room storage project. 

After we were back in the states the real work started - bring out the directions. I love the Ikea directions cartoons :) Can't wait to finally finish some rooms and post reveal pictures. So satisfying when it all comes together.

DIY Apothecary Style Bottles

DIY Apothecary Style Bottles

Always Fighting the Yellow - How to Stop Painted Wood from Yellowing

Always Fighting the Yellow - How to Stop Painted Wood from Yellowing