A friend and I went to Ikea on Wednesday. I love and hate Ikea. I can sit and daydream with a catalogue in hand, imagining a comfortable sofa, tons of clever storage, bright colors, and a happy family. And then I get in the store and find what I thought was cute is actually really cheaply made (thus the $30 price tag) or it's not the color I thought it would be or there's no way it will fit in my car.
However, I had a specific list of things I knew I wanted, so the trip was pretty fast and fun. Having no kids along was an added bonus--I saw all the other moms with screeching kids yelling "stop touching that! Just keep your hands off!" and I sighed a contented sigh and went back to my leisurely browsing. Suckers.
I got some Expedit shelves for our dining room. They look so much better than the cheap Target bookcases we had before! I got some baskets for the top, too, that have cleaning supplies I had nowhere else to put. Now the top of my refrigerator is bare! It's amazing.
You'll notice my trim is still not painted. I intend to remedy that this weekend.
If I can find a dining room set I even kind of sort of like I will get it and then the dining room will be done. I have not found a thing I like though. Boo.
Other fun items purchased at Ikea were curtains for Ingrid's room, measuring cups, wooden spoons, and food storage containers. I am so old and out of it that it is a happy day indeed when I have new wooden spoons!