Archive for May 27th, 2014

Meet our reimagined Ikea Tarva

In our blitzkrieg of a trip to Ikea, we ended up with a lot of furniture. But not enough furniture. Since that trip, we have had two more deliveries from Ikea (dressers and wall shelf), one from Overstock (rug), and one from Joss & Main (rug). We are expecting deliveries from Home Depot (outdoor furniture), Crate & Barrel (storage shelf) and Home Decorators (cart). We also bought four pieces of furniture at the antique mall and have taken numerous trips to Target. And we still *need* storage in the dining room and a rug in the family room and something to fill the dance floor in the living room.

Sigh. This is a big house without the built-in storage solutions of the condo. I miss you, condo! But I love you, house!

Ok, as you may know, our new bedroom is ginormous. I mean, big. Really big. Currrently, we have a king size bed, two small bedside tables, two dressers and a big antique shelving thing. And we could still fit a lot more. What do I mean by more? Like, maybe a bench for the foot of the bed, a fainting couch and a table. There’s a lot of room.

Kate, get to the point. Ok, so one of the two dressers in the space came from Ikea. And it came looking like this (after it was painstakingly assembled by AO):

Unfinished wood

Tarva: unfinished wood

Clearly, it could not stay looking like this. While some may say I should have spent Sunday doing a million of the other projects that need to be done, I couldn’t look at this unfinished dresser for one more second. So, with this and this as my inspiration, I headed across the street to Sherwin Williams and returned with four quarts of high gloss paint in four different colors. A few hours later, we had this:

Yellow

Yellow

That bottom drawer is way more yellow than orange, but you get the idea. I’ve been really obsessed with yellow lately, but I’m trying to be careful not to overdo it so that it still pops. What do you think? Yes, I realize I still need pulls. Cut me some slack, would you?

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