Sunday, May 2, 2010

Ikea Weekend

Jonathan and I spent the day at Ikea on Saturday.  A couple years ago we updated a bunch of our fixtures and household things in our old house from there and the stuff was really affordable, so since we needed a bunch of fixtures for our new house we thought we'd take a day and go up there.  It's about an hour and 45 minute drive so it's not horrible.  Well we went through the store and had a full cart and that was without any of the furniture we had found.  So we checked out with all of the small things (we always stock up on energy efficient light bulbs and batteries because the prices are soo good) and loaded them into the back of my SUV.  We did have some decorations and rugs, so we decided that we wouldn't be able to fit any furniture. 

We went back in the store to write down all of the item numbers so we could have them for next time and then we just got a crazy idea to go ahead and rent a van (they have that service there) and get everything that we were thinking we might want in the future so that we won't have to rent anything again.  So yes, I now have a dining room set...well two pieces to the set are up and the table and six chairs are still in flat boxes:).  Whoohoo for that since I didn't think that would happen for years!  And we got a mattress set!  We've needed a new mattress since we got married and we HATE to mattress shop, so we haven't gotten a new one.  This was one thing on my priority list since I figure that I'm going to have enough problems sleeping while pregnant.  The price was surely right on their mattresses.  Let's hope it is as comfy as it seems!  Here are some pictures from the weekend.

This was last night around 10:30 pm unloading the rental van to get back on the road to return the van and get my car!
Yes, that is a king sized mattress shoved in there!  A lot of boxes = lots of work!
We didn't get back home until 2:30 AM and it was raining, so I got this picture as we unloaded this morning.
The kitchen light above the table - before... (I couldn't take it down fast enough - gold is not me!!!)
My wonderful hubby hard at work!  Not my dream light fixture, but it was cheap and will work until we find something we love!  Anything had to be better than builder grade gold stuff:)  (please don't look at the mess in the background!!)
My laundry closet light fixture - before... this thing was soo old and barely gave off light! this from the 60's?
After Jonathan's handiwork!  Looks nice and gives off tons of light!  Makes me want to do laundry... um...yeah.
The like a LOT of pieces!  A bit overwhelming!
It's starting to look like something!!!
Yay!  Finished!  I LOVE it!  (Don't mind the mis-matched decorations and the plastic wrapping still on the mirror.  Had to get a bit of the mirror effect:)
China cabinet finished!  LOVE it!!!
Installing the legs on the box springs!
We still have a dining table, 6 chairs and a desk to put together, plus two mirrors to hang.  But I'm so thrilled with everything we got accomplished today!  YAY!  What a great weekend.  But, will we ever just have a relaxing weekend when something doesn't need to be done any time soon??


Heather said...

Girl, I love your IKEA buys!! You guys got a ton of stuff in your car!! Your right, they do have great prices on their items. I am loving your new light fixtures, it sounds like it really paid off to go!!

Murdock's mama said...

WOW! You did get a lot of stuff! I love what I see so far! :) IKEA is such a great store! Adorable, affordable stuff! It looks like you guys got a lot accomplished in one day!

Sue said...

Whoa... what a trip to IKEA!! I bet you were exhausted when it was all said and done but it sure looks like you had a ton of fun!

I'm with you on the mattress shopping - hate it!! How are you liking your new mattress? I find shopping for a mattress almost as hard as shopping for bras or bathing suits - hee hee.

Hugs xo

Katie Kermeen Swisher said...

Don't you just LOVE that place? It's my favorite...thanks for sharing pics of your haul!

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Egads, you can rent a VAN???? Good thing I didn't know that!! Bad thing I know that now. :) LOVE it!