The (not so) Entertaining Center

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Remember when I mentioned that we had ordered our entertainment center and planned to travel to Woodridge that week to pick it up? Well…things didn’t quite go according to plan. (I know, you’re all shocked, I’m sure!)

That Thursday night was a wonderfully stormy evening and the hubby and I had both had very long days at work. All we wanted to do was go home and curl up on the couch and watch a movie. But we’d I’d made an appointment to pick up our entertainment center and we were I was determined to make it happen.

So after several calls to the warehouse to confirm that the pieces would fit in the car, during which I was told that they couldn’t tell me what sizes the boxes were, but that they weren’t bigger than the individual pieces (well, thanks for that Sherlock!), we proceeded down to Woodridge in our small but powerful sedan.

On the way we wandered around (iPhone GPS wasn’t our friend that evening) and finally found a Menards RETAIL store (rather than the warehouse that the phone first directed us toward) and purchased a tarp, twine and utility knife because we wanted to be sure the boxes stayed dry on the way back, since we figured we might have to tie one or two on the roof or sticking out of the trunk.

Finally, we showed up at the warehouse a mere 15 minutes before it closed and waited for them to pull our order… which came out in four GIGANTIC BOXES!!!

The guys looked at my husband and I like we were completely crazy when they wheeled out four boxes each the size of the individual sections of the entertainment center. Yes, you read that correctly, these suckers were fully assembled and wrapped in cardboard. Needless to say, there wasn’t anyway we were getting these puppies home.

So on our way we went, sans entertainment center, back to our condo to restrategize just how exactly we were going to get our entertainment center from the warehouse to our living room. After discussing the option of renting a U-Haul or other truck, we finally decided to just suck up the delivery charge and have the store bring them to us. So today, while I was out with the sister in law for a dress fitting for her wedding, my husband and his dad received the entertainment center and put it together. (Well, put the pieces together into the grouping, since obviously each piece was already fully assembled!)

Now we have this:

Instead of this:

 

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Slowly Moving Forward

We’ve been trying to chip away at our to do list and have managed to make some progress.

Project 1: Wardrobes/Chest of Drawers

We purchased our wardrobes from IKEA and thanks to a friend of ours, got them home safely. (Who knew those boxes would be so HUGE?) I assembled them and started filling them with clothes. And, several weeks later, they inspired me to buy all matchy-matchy hangers, so we now have coordinating hangers in all of our closets and wardrobes. I’ve got to admit – as geeky as it sounds – this makes me really happy.

In addition, we took on a rather large project when we purchased an unusual set of drawers that were originally intended as a sideboard, to become our chest of drawers in the bedroom. I just loved all of the drawers and the glass fronts on the top drawers. But the color wasn’t quite what I wanted, so I worked on stripping and repainting it. It took longer than expected, but I’m really happy with how it turned out. The before pictures are posted above and to the side. I’ll add after photos once I get the last handle attached.

Project 2/3: Office and Guest Bedroom/Kitchen Nook

Still no progress here, unfortunately. We’re continuing to look for desks that will work in the spaces – one black for the guest bedroom and a white one for my kitchen nook. We may end up having to hack something (I’ve got an idea for an IKEA hack for the kitchen one), but we’re still looking on Craigslist and everywhere else to see if we can find something less expensive.

Project 4: Living Room/Entertainment Center

We’ve finally ordered an entertainment center! See the photo of it on the left. I think this will be a great piece that will be functional (look at all those drawers for storage!) as well as really nice in our space and go well with my old world/new world mixture of design. I’m really excited about it and we get to go take a trip to the burbs (Woodridge, what!?) to pick it up on Thursday night!

Project 5: Patio

Unfortunately, while we do have a lot of great ideas for the patio space, we’re going to have to wait a while to implement these. This is mostly because… the patio is going to be destroyed. Yep- the structural damage that we knew about when we were looking to buy the place is maybe, finally, going to be fixed. Which brings with it, the lovely and large special assessment that we’ll have to pay, along with all of our neighbors, in order to fix it. So, we’ll be paying for improvements on the balcony, they’ll just be of the necessary kind, rather than for fun.

Project 6: Ceiling Lighting

No progress in this direction whatsoever. We’re still suffering from the evil and cheap lighting that was here when we moved in. Someday, hopefully soon, we’ll get them replaced. I’m really getting tired of the lack of a chandelier in the dining room and the ugly light in our bedroom and ceiling fan in our living room. Anyone else dreaming of new lighting fixtures like me?