We’re getting down to the wire now… not that we’re on any actual schedule, but I’m eager to get another room knocked off my list.
Our new light fixture arrived on Thursday and was breeze to put up since there was actually a properly installed electrical box AND modern wiring already in place. Madness! The only issue was the electrical box protruding out of the ceiling about 2-3 inches. We just ran with it and added a collar to make it look a little more intentional.*
I also tackled some IKEA assembly. I picked up 2 BRUSALI cabinets to use as buffets flanking the window. They were inexpensive, a good size, and provided useful storage for some of our extra kitchen gear. Only problem? They’re not actually white. WTF Ikea? You call them white, couldn’t you call them “distressed white” or some such thing so people don’t get a nasty shock? Ugh. I wish IKEA would keep it’s finishes more consistent, this is just as bad the Stockholm series that’s a funky dirty beige color. Oh well, that’s what paint is for, right?
It’s also what IKEA beer is for….**
These are one of the more obnoxious IKEA I’ve ever put together, and to put that in perspective, I think the MALM dressers are pretty easy. We managed to slightly damage both in the process, nothing (too) visible, but it wasn’t hard to do. That and the fact that they’re fairly wibbly-wobbly does not make them one of my favorite IKEA pieces ever. Scale-wise they fit the room pretty well though and they were pretty darn cheap so ultimately I’m feeling pretty good.
After I got them in place the distressed-ness of the finish wasn’t terribly obvious so I’m holding off on painting them for now. I am on the hunt for some fancier hardware for them though… although I can’t find anything with the same hole spacing (and I’m sort of in love with these) so I may have to paint them just so I can the patch the holes…
What’s left now you may ask? The final prettifying*** is yet to come. I need to pick up some final accessories, our rug should arrive sometime this week and then it’s just styling and staging. And the room’s not really done until it’s properly accessorized. If all goes smoothly we should be done within the next week!
*Not gonna lie, the fact that the seam on the shade is on the most visible side ever drives me a little bonkers.
**Ok, so 1) It’s not really IKEA beer, they just styled the labeling as an IKEA spoof and 2) I’m not a beer drinker so wine was my comfort of choice. It was too fun not to pass up!
***Whoa, spellcheck says this actually a word! I thought I was making it up!