My husband and I cannot put together anything from Ikea without coming incredibly close to a divorce. It's not about the product, it's the process.
When I open the box, I take it all out and make sure all the parts are there. Down to the last screw. Because everybody knows sometimes Ikea leaves you a screw short and then you are screwed. When he opens the box, he flips through the instructions and gets annoyed. How can anyone possibly understand this? Words are said. Blood boils. Divorce...almost.
I'm the methodical step by step organizer. He's the results oriented, conceptual big thinker.
He just wants to get there. I like to enjoy the ride.
You get it.
So when it came to assembling the Craigslist bunk bed, I pre-empted the whole thing. "We will not get a divorce over this bunk bed." "If it gets to a point where we're both really pissed, we'll stop and walk away." "The kids can always sleep on the floor for another night." Hug.
That really happened.
And so did a successful assembly.
It was definitely pushing into dinnertime and definitely only-piddly-screws-left-that-one-man-can-finish-this-thing-up time. So, no, that wasn't an avoiding divorce comment.
|Done! For Now.|
But at least the bunk bed is up and the boys love it. #2 on the top, #1 on the bottom. It was a compromise. And it works!
So, no divorce. I even pushed my luck and did this on the weekend, too.
He called when he got to the loading dock and laughed at me. It came in a box (see the first pic) and we had to assemble it. What!? The loading guy wished him luck...after commenting how difficult it was to put together. But it turned out fine. I really took advantage of that no divorce talk.
So here's the table now.
|Before - Lack|
|After - Pi|
Especially the walnut in the niche around the black TV.
Just don't get too close to see all the fingerprints. Ahh! I'm letting go. We didn't get a divorce :)