Today is the first gloomy, rainy day of fall. It’s also the first rainy day that I remember in months, which is kind of concerning. I’m happy for my plants because they already look greener and healthier from all this moisture.
I took advantage of the weather and finally built the shelves I purchased at IKEA over Labor Day weekend. These are the shelves I bought: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00278578/
Not a bad deal at $14.99 each. I bought two, because, why not?
Building the HYLLIS was pretty easy. It was simply four shelves and four rods that you screw into holes. All I needed was patience and a philips head. Building the second one was easier than the first; for some reason I couldn’t get the holes to line up on the first one so it’s missing 4 screws. It still felt sturdy so I put the extra screws away for something else.
Here’s the finished look:
I’m very satisfied with my purchase and the end result. There’s a place for everything, and room to expand. Eventually, I want to replace the laminate floor of my mudroom. You can’t see it in the photos, but it’s peeling up along the edges. That’s a someday project though.
While I was standing back and staring, I also thought the HYLLIS shelves would make really good shelves for houseplants. The reason I felt this way is that there is a lot of space between the shelves, so the plants would have room to grow. I think these shelves would also look nice if they were spray painted. They’re very versatile, especially for $14.99.
Tomorrow, or later if I catch the spirit, I’m going to start working on my TARVA dresser. I’m especially pumped for building this so I can take my t-shirts out of my closet and put them in a proper place. I want to have a drawer for all my school shirts (big dreams over here). Also, the TARVA is super-customizable. Once I post this, it’s off to Pinterest and Apartment Therapy to get some ideas.
I don’t understand the beef some people have with IKEA. Looking around my house, a lot of things come from IKEA and I think I have nice things. I mean, why should I spent twice as much or more on some shelves or picture frames when I can get them from IKEA? Now, that being said, I also have some investment pieces that I know I will have until I sell my house to retire. I splurged on them because I saw long-term savings. Sometimes, buying cheap items adds up over the years because they end up breaking. However, a lot of the things from IKEA do the trick. I would never turn my nose up at anything from IKEA.
What are your thoughts on IKEA?