Dream Craft Room (Phase II)

Sorry for taking so long to get this post finished. If you’re just joining us you can read about the “before” setup here.  After carrying the IKEA boxes downstairs (the tabletops were still in the garage), this is what I was facing:

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I should let you know that I actually love assembling furniture. I’m weird like that. So I just jumped in. Here are the first two pieces I tackled:

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The one on the left is the Alex Drawer unit and the one on the right is the Alex Storage unit. I was on a roll. Then I decided I needed to move my old tables out so I could put these in place as I assembled them. This is when a magic wand would have come in handy. Or at least another adult. But I didn’t want to wait so I forged ahead.

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Once I put the Linnmon tabletop on, I got another burst of energy so I tackled the Alex Drawer unit on casters. A few things to note:

1. I knew right away that I wanted a deeper-than-usual desk surface. I pictured putting things on the desk up against the wall while still leaving plenty of space to work.

2. Yes, I got white cabinets and a birch tabletop. I went to the store planning on buying everything in white but I really liked the slight contrast when I saw it in person.

3. I tried rolling the drawer unit on casters under the table in the store display area to make sure it fit. This is why the IKEA showrooms are so helpful.

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Awesome, right? Are you starting to see the plan? (Please excuse the horrible glow from the tv. John was watching Clifford and I didn’t want to move the tv until I was pretty sure where it would live).

There was one snag in the assembly process when I realized the second Alex cabinet had some damage. I don’t remember seeing this when I was at the store, and I actually waited a few days before assembling it. I finally decided that it wouldn’t show and IKEA is three hours away…

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So remember to inspect your boxes before you leave the store and be careful with them when you load/unload/carry them. I’m glad I decided to just go with it. And I should also mention that I did most of this assembly without power tools. Not such a good idea. The next day I could barely open my hand because it was so sore. Use a power screwdriver if you have one!

Anyway, after assembling the Alex furniture this was the result:

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If you spotted the Ekby Stilig brackets and Ekby Tryggve shelves, good eye! I figured I should get as many crafting supplies within arms reach as possible. As you can see, the Alex units on casters roll out so I can pull up a chair to work. The area on the left is for stamping and the right side is for sewing. There is still a lot of organizing to do, but it was fun to “unpack” my things into the pretty new drawers and cabinets.

Still to come:

1. How can I make this area even better?

2. What about all the toys that share this room?

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