If you're only shopping IKEA.com then you don't really know IKEA. There is just so much more in the store. I keep forgetting how overwhelming it is to take the tour. The one I go to is three warehouse stories tall and I-don't-know-how-many city blocks long.
Upon arriving, visitors are guided to an external escalator in a Disneylandesque ride to the top floor. Thus begins the tour of a lifetime.
In true Freeepeace fashion, I started at the bottom, where bathrooms, food and all the do-it-yourself furniture is located. I never even made it to the top floor - the showrooms. I was afraid I'd buy an entire living room or bedroom set that I don't need.
Instead I eyed all the stuff I could use. I have a difficult time making a decision when I have more than three choices. So I stuck with the basics. Additional shelves for the units I had bought this winter. Lamps for extra lighting. And a few miscellaneous items that I couldn't pass up. Like a toilet bowl cleaning brush for 99 cents and of course, more blue bags.
There's a shag rug I can't get out of my mind. Perhaps in a light pink, or sage green. But I'm shopping around for a sofa instead. I can wait on the rug. Our floors are carpeted.
I also got a set of six red wine glasses. A little token of love for my Merlot-sipping roomie. When she arrives next Friday night, she'll have a proper glass from which to sip. And one of the extra shelves is a wine/bottle rack. Looks pretty cool too.
Later I got (happily) lost in Home Depot. By the end of that quest, I left with a super duper sturdy big-girl power drill. I was hoping to spend less, but this came with all the drill bits and sockets, an extra battery and a stud finder. My theory is, if I had a stud, I wouldn't need a stud finder in the first place. So this little contraption eliminates the middle-man (literally). Girl power. Roar.
The shelves I had from IKEA aren't exactly bookcases. So I bought wood from Home Depot to nail into the endcaps of the shelves et voila, they are now functional bookcases. Sure they still look a little industrial. But with some paint, maybe a fiberboard backing and a little love in the form of books-n-things, it'll change the whole look.
Today I'm hellbent on finding a sofa. Most likely I'll buy a used couch and slip cover it. Thus making it a sofa. Ha. It's all in the attitude.
I'm still not fully unpacked. Twelve boxes down. About ten more to go. Oh, and yes Robbie, I've done plenty of laundry so far. And I love it. Folding clothes and towels while watching reruns of Roseanne. I've even gone to bed while clothes were still in the dryer -- just like old times!
Okay, gotta see a man about a couch, both literally and figuratively.