Apr 30 2011


Ok. I’m fully aware that this is not a very good picture. But bear with me.

Dave and I are always on the lookout for mid-century danish modern teak furniture. There’s a shop in Vancouver on Main St. that we love to go to that has beautiful stuff. WAY out of our price range though. We’ve recently chatted about getting a new bedroom set, but only if something came up. Right now our bedroom set is a mix of my old furniture, ikea, and thrift store. It works, but Dave’s dresser is falling apart and our bed isn’t doing too well. (I’m pretty sure it’s not going to survive getting moved again.)
Today we went to MCC (Um. Hello. My favourite thrift store.) I intended on buying a few picture frames for the new place. I had no idea that they were having a huge sale. “Great!” I thought. “My picture frames will be half off!” And I went on my way. I happened to pass this set, however, and my jaw dropped. This is exactly (EXACTLY) the kind of set that we’ve been wanting, but can’t afford. It’s all solid wood, teak…perfect condition. Five piece bedroom set…on sale for, wait for it….$296. WHAT? I sat there giggling like a little school girl for about 5 minutes trying to convince Dave. He loved it, but there is an issue of room in our new place. I ultimately left it up to him (I didn’t want to make a big stink about it…despite it being BEAUTIFUL and ridiculously cheap), and he decided that we should wait on it. I told the salesman that furniture like this sells in Vancouver for easily (EASILY) 5 times the amount. (Actually, I just googled something similar and it was selling for $8000. This is why we haven’t bought anything like it yet.)
So I went on my (not so) merry way and picked out picture frames and Dave wandered off in a different direction. He found me again and said that he found an old radio (in the silent auction) that he wanted to show me when I had the chance. When I went to find him, he was at the till chatting with one of the salesmen (whom we knew). I got closer and noticed that he was filling out a form. I figured he was bidding on the radio. Not quite as cool as a whole bedroom set…but still…pretty cool.
And then I looked on the form, and saw “Five piece bedroom set–to be delivered on Wednesday.”
Best. Husband. Ever.
I can’t wait. I will make it fit in our new place.

Um…Does anyone want an Ikea bed?


Apr 14 2011

the silence…

I know I’ve been silent for the last two weeks, but I have good reason. I promise.
I mentioned a few weeks ago that we’ve found a place to live. Well, we are now amidst huge renos at the place that need to be done by middle of next week. Eek!
Here’s a list of what is getting/has already been done:
- Paint the living room
- The bathroom is HUGE. And when I say HUGE, I mean…it’s the size of a bathroom plus a bedroom. (Er, because that’s what it is.) The owners at one time decided to extend their bathroom into the bedroom beside. Unfortunately now the bathroom has a bunch of wasted space. So we are making it slightly smaller by putting in a walk-in closet for the Master bedroom beside the bathroom and a small linen closet for the bathroom. I just finished sanding today and will be painting all the new walls on Saturday. Next week we will put the closet shelving in.
- The FLOORS. Oy. This has been one thing after another for the floors. Originally we thought we were just going to leave them. And then we found out we could get some wood to match a spot in the living room where the old stairway used to be (which has new unmatched floor). And then that didn’t work. And then we thought we could use the original hardwood from the closet that we built to fill in the spot in the living room. We ripped up the hardwood (that’s a whole job in itself)…and then decided against replacing the new hardwood, and now we are going to try and match it with a stain. Ahhh…So….we started sanding it with a big giant floor sander. Unfortunately, the people at Home Depots rental department are a bunch of dinguses and they rented us the wrong sander. They rented us a finish sander, which will NOT take the floor right down to the wood…unless you sand in the same spot for 2 hours. When Dave went back to Home Depot to ask them about it, they said they don’t like to rent out the *ahem* PROPER floor sander because it works too well. ie, If you don’t do it right you can sand divets in your floor. But hey! Why not just tell the people how to do it right, and then they won’t screw it up! No, instead you recommend the wrong sander and we spend hours upon hours sanding and sanding and not getting anywhere. Oy. OY! So…Dave has the right sander today. And it’s a million times faster. No joke. He’s almost finished everything in half a day when it took him 2 days to do half the living room.
But here’s the kicker: We still have to rent the finish sander now…again. Thanks Home Depot.
After we sand, we are going to try and match the new hardwood to the old hardwood with a stain (it’s a different type of wood from the old stuff). Then we will lacquer…and voila! The floors will be done.
Aaand…that’s why I haven’t blogged. I probably won’t again till we move. So I guess I’ll see you in two weeks!