Fun note: We actually went on opening weekend when the Charlotte store was new (2008/09?). It was mayhem to the extreme! There were satellite parking lots with buses, traffic backed up 2 exits on the highway, cops directing cars, lines inside backed up past the warehouse. Crazy. But still fun. Another fun note: I went to the opening of the Woodbridge IKEA as well when I was a wee toddler Robin; my first ball pit.
This year we had a few "must buys" that we've been thinking up since moving into our new place. Also this years' trip had to be a little cheaper than previous ones. Honestly I seriously could spend way too many paychecks at that store given a big enough house, big enough truck and the means. Our 'must buys' were curtains for the living room and blinds or window covering for one kitchen window. Bonus buys were going to be a desk for me (Robin), a living room rug, accessories for office, more curtains for the office, curtain rod for other kitchen window, shelf for office, additional lamp for office and I could go on forever.
Guess what we got? Check out the before and after photos to I spy them.
|living room before|
|kitchen window before|
I also spy pinterest!
|living room after!|
cat not included
|kitchen window after|
As you can see we got some blinds for the kitchen window - nice wooden ones. We got cheap 2 panel curtains for the living room (2 pack of panels for $15) plus a super long black curtain rod for that room. We debated over the color choice of the curtains for a long time but knew we had a small budget and had to go cheapsies and went with one of the white patterns. Tony's fav was out of stock so we went with simple leafy pattern similar to this one. The install of both was pretty easy, just some screws (not included, WHAT?!) and a power drill. We also picked up a $20 rug that is probably too small for the large living room but I love the pattern and who can beat 20 bucks?! We'll upgrade in 3 years. Right..
|my fabulously dorky measurements|
what we should have taken a photo of is me with my own measuring tape in the store!
We also got me a desk! Yay! No more ReStore kitchen cart. That thing was all weird ergonomically and not my jam. Well technically we got me a table. It was in the desk area of the showroom but really its a cheap table top that you match with legs. Those legs are $3.50 each. Yep. You can mix and match lots of table tops with different styles of legs and bottom pieces for tons of fun combos. I chose the very basic in the smallest size. They now carry it in black/brown and white. I went with black/brown with silver legs. I debated going with black legs or red (haha just kidding!) but thought silver would be best. It also was an easy install with 5 (included) screws per leg into pre-drilled holes.