“Do by self”

October 13, 2010 at 7:40 AM 17 comments

The favorite saying for my nephews and niece that are in the 2 1/2 to 3 years age range is, “do by self.”  Wether it is taking the cap off of bubbles or turning on the water for a bath, everything must be done by themselves!  Well since DIY is just that: do it YOURSELF, I decided it was high time, I didn’t squirmishly ask my husband to come in and save the day on a particular DIY project.

This DIY project was an Ikea desk.

To be fair, most DIYs, I do by myself, although some with about the skill of a newly independent two year old. However, when it comes to Ikea – I always turn to Graham.  I think he likes to flex his home improvement muscle every once in a blue moon.  And I have always enjoyed it when someone else will put out the sweat and tears, while I simply toss over a screwdriver every now and again.  But this is an all together different Ikea story…

Screwdrivers from Alice Supply Co

Yesterday, I took the thrilling drive over the bay bridge to Ikea, wandered the confusing maze of a store, picked out the perfect piece, searched rows of boxes for the correct box, haphazardly put the box containing my desk in one million pieces onto a rickety cart, stood in a line for days, paid an obscenly large bill for Ikea, brought my engorged car over to the loading zone, helped a man put a 150 pound box into the trunk, which he dropped on the tips of my fingers, and drove back home in traffic: all by myself.

Now folks, a solo trip to Ikea is hardly a topic to write about.  However, putting a desk together unassisted, now that deserves some writing (that and I can’t think of any other topics today).  It took me 5 hours, four swear word sessions, three “oh that’s what I did wrong” revelations, two bruised fingernails, one callous and zero helpers, to put the desk together.

Here is the Besta Burs desk in gray, which I’m using as a console for our dining room.  I didn’t use the chrome hardware because I thought it looked too industrial for the room.  The foo dogs will reside on top (with new lamp shades), our fancy wedding silver in the drawers and a painting will be hung above.

(Image taken with I Phone at night – please excuse the poor quality)

What I learned…Ikea didn’t just happen to mess up and put the holes in the wrong place – I was simply not doing it correctly.  If something was particularly difficult to screw in – I was in the wrong.  However, my biggest lesson learned is that it’s a serious pain to assemble Ikea furniture; so find someone else to do it and kindly offer to hand them the screwdriver when needed.  “Do by self” – ha – that’s something I got over at about 3 and a half.

Have you ever built Ikea furniture?

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17 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Camila  |  October 13, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    I love it! What a great find. I had never noticed it at IKEA, but now I want one!

    Love the artwork too!

  • 2. Jill  |  October 13, 2010 at 8:39 AM

    Oooh- assembling furniture is my favorite activity! It’s like solving one BIG puzzle – with SO much more satisfaction than math. Way to go on this piece – it looks great! Can I help next time? 🙂 Sadly I’m not putting anything together again until we move out of this place. Plus it would be more fun to “do with friend”!!! 🙂

    • 3. katecollinsinteriors  |  October 13, 2010 at 8:42 AM

      I do have to admit that it was fun at times and Graham even called me a “burly chic” which I loved. You will be on my speed dial on my next Ikea purchase!

  • 4. katecollinsinteriors  |  October 13, 2010 at 8:40 AM

    Thanks, Camila! It is lacquered and it comes in white, black and red as well. All last night, I kept thinking that I should have bought the white but I’m learning to fall back in love with the gray. Thanks on the artwork; that was on super sale at an Anthropologie store – it was used as display.

  • 5. Glynnis  |  October 13, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Well the result is lovely Kate. Can’t wait to come and see the apartment, having seen the “before!”

    • 6. katecollinsinteriors  |  October 14, 2010 at 9:29 AM

      Thanks! We’re getting there. It’ll be quite the transformation.

  • 7. Miles  |  October 13, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Love the shoutout to the nieces and nephews. I hope that when you got frustrated you didn’t throw a tantrum!

    • 8. katecollinsinteriors  |  October 14, 2010 at 9:30 AM

      Ha ha. No tantrums just some use of words that could not be used around those nieces and nephews.

  • 9. Katy  |  October 13, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    The table with the cool lamps and funky artwork looks awesome! I love the grey and think the white could have been too much. The grey is neutral, great choice. And BRAVO on your burly chic work – Ikea searching and bay bridge traffic included! I’m sure you feel very accomplished!

    • 10. katecollinsinteriors  |  October 14, 2010 at 9:31 AM

      Thank you! It was fun. I’m so happy you love the grey! You’ve convinced me.

  • 11. Ann Simonson  |  October 13, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    Love it! Looks amazing with those lamps and the artwork is great. Grey is my favorite color so I am partial. And yes, I’ve put together IKEA furniture before and it is AWFUL. Bravo!

    • 12. katecollinsinteriors  |  October 14, 2010 at 9:32 AM

      Thank you! So great to hear about the grey – I’m back in love with it. Glad you agree on the Ikea furniture!

  • 13. Beck  |  October 13, 2010 at 10:18 PM

    It’s great getting peeks of your new place bit by bit. I can’t wait to see the finished product.

  • 15. Steve Home  |  October 14, 2010 at 8:24 AM

    I wish I can find this stuff here. What a pity, to reach the nearest IKEA I have to fly for an hour. Sigh… 😦

    • 16. katecollinsinteriors  |  October 14, 2010 at 9:33 AM

      Wow! You have to fly for an hour! Man, that is rough. I have two Ikeas each about an hour away from me. I’m very spoiled!

  • 17. natascha armleder  |  April 14, 2012 at 3:51 AM

    I have assembled tons of IKEA furniture, but this desk is a NIGHTMARE!!


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