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Monday
Jun042012

IKEA Karma!

A trip to IKEA always seems to bring on a small sense of dread.  I love IKEA for their modern, affordable design...but a trip there requires sometimes days of mental preparation.  I managed to get out of it by sending Mr. Q :)  Thanks!

We (I) decided on this 8 drawer Hemnes dresser for the girls new room.  We need a LOT of storage, as our home has very, very minimal closet space.  & we all know that babies accumulate a ton of crap (something we're trying hard to avoid).  The top will also serve as our changing table.  The height is perfect for both of us 6'+ tall people.

We brought the packages up after opening them up in the car to make things lighter.  I think it took 8 trips total?  Anyway, pieces were laid out, the screw bag procured & directions (finally) found.  Only to discover that it was this dresser.

Cue tension & stress.  I called to make sure we could return it, even though the boxes were torn open.  We could, yay!  We (yep, turned out I couldn't avoid an IKEA trip...) take it back down to the car & head to the highway.  There are 2 IKEA stores each appx. 40 minutes away.  We decide on Schaumburg, then get into the wrong lane and end up heading towards Bolingbrook.  Fine, whatever.  The drive was fast (no traffic!) & the return was painless.  Mr. Q and I decide to head straight to the flat pack aisle to pick up the correct dresser when we pass the As-Is section.  I've never found anything here before, but I always look.  

Imagine my surprise when I see this greeting us:

I don't get my hopes up just yet, as I assume it must be gouged, covered with questionable stains &/or the drawers aren't functional.  This is not the case!  The dresser is perfect and I didn't see so much as a smudge on it's surface.  And it was marked down.  We wondered if this beast would fit in our car & decide that we'll make it fit.

I felt drunk, I was so excited.  The only dresser we (I) wanted for the room, in the correct color, in perfect condition AND (most importantly) PUT TOGETHER!  That is totally worth the hassle of the unpacked wrong dresser debacle.  & I'm really thankful for getting in the wrong lane and ending up at the IKEA that we didn't want to go to.

And now, check this out.  It fit like the Rav4 was made specifically to hold assembled Hemnes 8 Drawer Dressers.  sigh.

Mr. Q's friend came over this morning to bring it upstairs and it is perfect.  It looks especially nice against our Jamaican Aqua walls - more on that later!  

I am so ridiculously excited about this that I had to share right away.  I couldn't stop smiling!  All over a dresser.  But when you learn it's an IKEA dresser that is ALREADY ASSEMBLED, you begin to understand ;) 

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YAY - an already assembled IKEA dresser is a magical unicorn....

June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPenny

Wow that's an amazing find! We're going to buy the same dresser for our little one's room too :) I doubt we will be as lucky as you and find one that is already assembled. And I'm impressed that fit in a Rav 4.

June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I love the as-is section! Yay for your awesome find!

June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

We have the same dresser for our little guy and it is a great change table too (we're also 6+ feet)! Looking forward to seeing the rest of the room.

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaurel

I love the hemnes series!! I can't wait to see how the room comes together :)

June 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commentere.louise {Liz}

I was just trying to determine if one of these would fit in my rav4 and I found this in a Google search. You aremy hero for posting this :)

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

Hannah - that is hilarious! Glad I could help :)

June 16, 2014 | Registered CommenterKristin

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