Monday, April 23, 2012

Kitchen Banquette ARGH!

I braved IKEA this weekend.  Yes...weekend!

I've been planning to build this banquette for I don't know how long now.  It was lust at first sight.  I planned and planned and planned it out -every item I need- down to the primer & paint for the lumber.

Then I screwed it up.

Let's start with what went RIGHT:

A Coat of Primer

I'm following Lindsay's DIY bench to the "T".  So, I got two 2x6x8's to lay down on the floor like railroad tracks.  Sanded, primed and painted them.  I, too, have a vent which isn't going to I measured to make sure one would fit behind the vent and the other in front.

Another RIGHT:  the trip to IKEA was uneventful. 

Even though it was a crowded Saturday morning, the salesperson was more than helpful.  Before I walked away with the back-room-list-of-items (kitchen cabinets are not self-serve), he asked me "Are you sure this is what you want?"  Ok, I've been planning this FOREVER.  "Yes!" I confidently replied.

Without double checking the item number on his printout to the item number in my notebook, I proceeded to checkout. (foreshadowing)

I got home and unloaded.

Heavy Boxes = 5 Trips to Unload

What went WRONG:

My husband handled kid duty while I assembled one entire cabinet -including doors- only to realize I got the wrong sized cabinets. 

These are 15" deep.  I need 24" deep. 


So, back to IKEA I go. 

After I ranted about how absentminded I was, Steve simply said, "Well, you've waited this long..."

Aaaaaaand.......I'll wait a little longer ;)


  1. Can't believe that happened to you!  After all that work and all that planning!!  Well, it'll be worth it in the end.


  2. Oh, my! I am sorry that happened. Perhaps that will be the only glitch! We have ben working on our old home for a few years - patience is one thing I have become familiar with - especially if you're a DIYer.
    I am happy to be your newest follower,

  3. wow - welcome & thank you for following!  my old home keeps me busy and i just love learning about it inside and out.  i never knew how much patience it would take!  stay tuned for more banquette fun soon...