Friday, February 13, 2015

Storage Upgrades

New expanded Besta unit.With the arrival of kids we were acquiring more and more kid related stuff and our apartment was getting kind of buried under it all. Enormous piles of kid books, toys, board games, clothing and on and on and on. Something had to be done.

Billy bookcase full with kids' books.So now that Alёna’s mom is here we had a chance to go to IKEA without kids. The reason why we needed to go without kids was because we had to take out the car seats in order to convert our SUV into a load carrying truck. We wanted to do these furniture expansions even before we had our SUV, but there was no easy way for us to get this stuff home.

My work desk.We did two major things — expand our IKEA buffet in the living room into a full height cabinet and replace our half length book shelf into a full wall one as well. And that’s exactly what we did.

Books before.IKEA got rid of the red colored doors for some reason for their Besta sets, but luckily we had 3 already and 2 more in our hallway. So we used those to make it look nice and modern. Otherwise the big black brown set would look pretty gloomy. They also got rid of Billy color that used to be a perfect match for our bedroom, so we had to go with a darker one.

More books.Overall it all came out looking nice. We have a lot of new storage space, so we cleaned up our apartment and made it look cozy again. And Billy bookcase fit almost all of our books for kids. The rest went into my office desk that also got some new space from us moving all the non-book stuff into our new Besta.

Desk mess.And to finish it all off we put up new curtains in the living room. Alёna’s mom brought us a set from Minsk. They look really great and fit really well with our room design. We would’ve had to pay around $2,000 to get something like this here. The place is looking good.
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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Completed Diecast Cars Shelf

Diecast model cars shelf in our office.Today I attached mounting hooks to the shelf, Alena bought a set of wall anchors and we put it up. Finally those poor cars have a permanent place. It only took us year and a half.

Diecast model cars shelf in our office. Close-up view.
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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Model Car Shelf

Shelf for diecast cars collection.This weekend was a home improvement weekend for us. Yesterday we covered up our basement storage cage with some tarp (before it was see-through), found a place to make copies of all our home keys and weather-proofed our air conditioners for the winter (wind and moisture resistant covers).

Today we finally got around to building a shelf for my old diecast model car collection. It’s been sitting in a box for almost a year now. We were unable to find a shelf anywhere that would work for this purpose, so the only solution was to build one ourselves, just like I did the last time (old one broke a long time ago).

Shelf for diecast cars collection.We went to our local hardware store — Doody Home Center. I said it before and I’ll say it again — this is by far the best hardware store I have ever seen with the most helpful staff.

We picked out a set of boards and asked to have them cut to our specifications. Later on at home we glued and nailed them together and right now we’re in the process of painting the shelf with clear polyurethane. I have put several coats on, but I’ll probably finish it up tomorrow. So we figured we’ll post a couple of pictures of it now. Too bad we didn’t photograph the whole process.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

IKEA Billy Bookcases

IKEA Billy bookcase for our office.As I wrote before we went to IKEA this weekend to get some stuff for our apartment. Out of all the stuff that we wanted we didn’t find anything, but one thing — IKEA Billy bookcase, even though even this item was marked as sold out.

To our surprise we were able to find the right color bookcase and the glass doors for it at their warehouse. So that’s what we bought. I assembled it the same very evening and Alёna moved some of our books and a whole bunch of trinkets into the bookcase.

It’s came out like a micro version of my parents’ bookcase that I wrote about a while ago. But even though it is much smaller it looks just as good, or so I think. teeth
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