Who would have thought it would take all night to assemble a bed and a bookshelf?! Ugh! We thought it was going to be an easy task … but we didn’t count on the pictures not telling the “whole story“.
We tackled our son’s new loft bed from IKEA first (the one I bought on Black Friday for $12). It would have been simple enough … except we were almost done with the frame when we realized there were different sizes of hardware we were using … and the difference was a 4th of an inch, if that much! So, we had to go back and check every screw we had inserted to find the 6 smaller ones we were missing! OK … frustrating, to say the least! Then, we discovered that it DID make a difference which “foot stoppers” went in which end. We looked through all the pictures and they showed both types the same way … so we took a 50/50 chance … and, of course, guessed the wrong way (I’m awful at 50/50)!
So, my husband and I were not talking by the time it was over. I was tired of being blamed for not handing over the right pieces (I was following the pictures the best I could … AND he conferred with me before starting)! BUT … even after all that, we got the bed put together and I helped our son put the bedding on … so now he has a nice new bed with his TV and PS2 set up underneath for his own little “gaming area.” And, just coincidentally where is he sleeping you may ask? On the couch in the downstairs living room! His older sister is staying at my sister’s and the younger two are on a mattress in my floor as we prepare their room … so he didn’t want to sleep upstairs alone! *~*SIGH!!*~*
Oh well, my husband also put together a bookshelf my sister snagged at IKEA on Black Friday for next to nothing as well. We seriously were the first ones to hit the IKEA “as is” section on Black Friday because all of this merchandise was already marked down half of for being “as is”, then another half off for Black Friday, and then we each had a $10 off coupon on top of that. So, we left with lots of stuff before we realized we were in a minivan and didn’t really have room for it all! We had to tie down the hatch door and make a drop at my parent’s house before we were able to continue our day! It was cool … yet crazy!
Anyways, I came down and watched Shrek the Third for the umpteenth time with our youngest and left him to do that one on his own!! I guess it turned out OK … he didn’t mention any problems!
Fortunately, I believe everything else we got this Christmas came already assembled … other than a few toys … which we’ve already put together. Our son has a cool new room that has tons of space now that his bed and gaming center … including his cool new audio rocker … have been combined into one! Aww … once more … the joys of a commercialized Christmas!