Monday, October 24, 2011

That Was Easier Than I Thought...


So I finally got around to bringing the Expedite bookshelf home.


Before I could lose momentum, the unpacking and assembling began, with a glance at the directions. Have you ever built anything from Ikea? Am I the only one that finds their "text free" directions to be sometimes puzzling?


Well, luckily not this time around. Easy peasy, even Max pitched in. 
{It's time to start teaching him how to build stuff...besides Lego!}




A movie in the background later we were done.


The next morning, complete and in place, ready to be filled!

But hey, don't think I've been busy refinishing chairs; these were brought up from the kitchen nook to see if I liked the style here. Shoot, I do. 

This means I now have to follow through on my plans to refinish these four. As you see, I haven't made one ounce of progress since talking about the project here. Good thing I'm not going anywhere.

39 comments :

  1. ikea directions are confusing, but so worth the price of the furniture!

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  2. I always think...couldn't they write a few words??? Throw me a bone. I guess that's how they pass on the saving. Lol

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  3. I've never bought anything from IKEA aside from a few vases.
    Your bonus room is coming along. Can't wait to see your new shelves loaded & accesorized.

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  4. That's one of the only reasons I dread getting furniture from Ikea, Janell. Although, I always counter myself with "that's why it's so much less expensive". I am finding though that a lot of stuff gets put together these days. I just spent three days with hubby putting together a desk, a television stand and a ladder shelf. I think it's looks great, especially against the brown wall. I love seeing that wallpaper again in the background. Such a good idea that was!

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  5. Good thing you had your little helper to work side by side with you! Things are really coming together in this room and that wallpaper is to die for!

    Cathy

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  6. I love this bookshelf, It's so pretty! It looks great where you have it set up, and so does the table that you fixed up a few posts ago :)

    Have a great day!

    Lauren

    http://laurensweetnothings.blogspot.com/

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  7. Love your progress so far! Can't wait to see it styled and accessorized!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  8. Oh Yeah!!! Love the bookcase against that wall!

    Now get busy on those chairs:)

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  9. Maybe I've put together so much IKEA furniture over the years that I'm used used to their wordless ways, but I think the directions are pretty easy to follow! I've found it helps to have an official direction reader instructing everybody else what to grab.

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  10. Those little fat alien men on the instructions as utterly confusing as are their arrows and wordless directions. But I have assembled many a BIlly bookcase - so much so, that neighbours and family comes calling! The key to keeping a Ikea bookcase stable is to use wood glue!

    I love how your room is coming together. I have projects that I keep putting on the back burner too, glad I am not alone!

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  11. I had to laugh at this post! I have one of those bookcases sitting in a box waiting for a 'construction volunteer'. I think I'll have to bite the bullet and put it together myself.
    Love those chairs with your table!

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  12. My hubby thinks the "no text" instructions are fine...They make me SCREAM! MEN, they are visual, I guess! Oh, and aren't they from Mars too! The bookcase looks great, and how did I miss those chairs...they are wonderful, especially with your G-MA's table?. I think that is who's it was...Have a great day!

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  13. Janell, I love the dark brown walls with the white bookcase. Can not wait to see it styled.

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  14. I've been eyeing these smaller Expedit shelves and look forward to seeing yours filled up.

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  15. That's a great shelving unit. It will look great filled up with books and baskets... fun project!

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  16. I have an unhealthy love for the Expedit. I love the white in that room. Enjoy styling it and filling it up!

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  17. This room is really coming along! It's been fun following the process. The Expedit looks AMAZING.

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  18. Looks great! I would love all the extra storage space - can't wait to see how you fill it up!

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  19. Maybe they don't use text because they'd have to do so many languages?? don't know, but I am loving the way the room is coming together :D

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  20. I'm loving the rish color and bold pattern in this room. So fun to watch it unfold!

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  21. Just love this room... cannot wait to see your finishing touches!

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  22. After many years and many pieces I've learned that the key to success with Ikea is slow and steady. Grab a coffee and put on some good music 'cause likely you're going to be at it for a while. Glad it worked out.

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  23. WE have had some experience with those bookshelves. Once they are up!! it is so nice to have all that storage space!! Love the chairs, sorry, more work for Janell!! Have a great Monday and the rest of the week too, xo Kathysue

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  24. Question about the Smart Strip---I am refinished a full size Jenny Lind Bed frame and would like to try the Smart Strip. I had no luck with the Citrustrip from Home Depot. How much do I need? Will a quart suffice? 2 quarts? A gallon?

    Thanks for any advice!

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  25. I have had experience with ikea from when I lived in London as a child..one quickly got used to "reading" the assembly instructions. Bookshelf looks great against the wall color.

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  26. Yup, assembled two filing cabinets from there and probably looked like the guy in the drawing with the puzzled look on his face and question mark over his head. But somehow the drawers actually slide in and out so I guess I did ok. Your shelf is looking good :)

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  27. I LOVE putting IKEA furniture together. I put together this exact Expedit while I was 9 months pregnant. It helps to have a rubber mallet to gently pound the pieces together sometimes. The instructions have no words (like LEGO) so they can be used in any country. I don't think it's a gender thing, as I'm much better at putting them together than my husband. Must have been all those LEGO sets as a girl. :)

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  28. Ikea stuff isn't really all that hard to put together. My daughter put together her sofa in her college apt. Now Target stuff....that's another story!

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  29. I have a desk that needs putting together. May I borrow Max for a few hours? It looks great, Janell! You'll have fun arranging everything and styling it. Love the table and chairs in that room!

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  30. Ikea directions give me a headache! I'm glad to know that this was an easy assembly, though I'm not convinced it would be for me.

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  31. Looking great! Well done, and I love the chairs and the styling in the last pic.

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  32. So great...now show us how you filled it up and styled it, bet it looks amazing!

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  33. Well done! The room is looking more and more ideal as you progress.

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  34. Glad to hear it wasn't too hard. I would like to get one of those for the playroom. I can't wait to see your finished room!
    -Shelley

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  35. The Expedite bookcase is my favorite Ikea product. I have been a fan of them since my daughter was born. I especially love them as an attractive way to stow toys/books for little ones. Yours looks fabulous. Can't wait to see how you style the bookcase. XOXO.

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  36. We used to have one of these and the husband declared that would be the last one he'd ever put together! :D

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  37. can't wait to see how you style those shelves!

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  38. Ikea is a paradise for storage solutions and I love to visit it to fulfill my storage needs. However the catch is to ensure you have fixing skills if you are buying their range of furniture. That is the catch you have to endure with but you do get compensated with really low prices.

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