Pete + I spent a nice long weekend in D.C. sightseeing and visiting with friends. I did take 255 pictures, although 249 of them were with my iPhone because I was too chicken to carry the Rebel around in case I was jumped (I watch too much Criminal Minds). Fortunately, we brought the slimmer, easier to conceal G12; unfortunately, the battery died after I took one photo at a scenic overlook in Pennsylvania on our very first restroom break. (We stopped at a Best Buy, Radio Shack, and Target in hopes that someone carried a compatible charger… no luck.) So, the iPhone is completely unsatisfactory in comparison, but here are some of the better shots (click to enlarge and see in gallery form to keep this part of the post short and quick):
Of course, this really is a post about seizing the opportunity, and that opportunity is IKEA. We’re often saddened by the fact that we don’t have a nearby IKEA. Burlington, Ontario (Canada) is an option two-some-odd hours away, but in order to bring back anything of substantial value through customs, you have to spend the night (or bring 3 friends along for the ride to claim on any goodies you just needed that exceeded your $150 daily limit, yes it’s really that strict). While living IKEA-free puts a major damper on home decor shopping in Western NY, it makes it all the more exciting to leave the state.
Fortunately for us, the College Park, MD IKEA was right on our way back to NY (with a Starbucks conveniently on our path as well), so I did some planning the night before to plan for buying…
A new bathroom vanity! And lots of other goodies that we didn’t have any business buying on the fly but just because we were there… why not.
Of course, I don’t even think I’ve shown what the current vanity looks like (I’ll save that for another post) but all you need to know is, it’s basic, it’s white, it’s something that was likely found in the cheap-o section of Home Depot 10 years ago. Maybe longer. It’s basic, it’s formulaic, and it wasn’t doing anything to improve the space.
I didn’t have an 2011 IKEA catalogue, so I took photographs of likely candidates (again, with the iPhone, and since it was a computer display please pardon my moire). I really liked the idea of a wall-mounted vanity that still had storage built-in, and these models came in an assortment of depths and lengths to get me close to the <4.5′ long and <22″ deep measurements I desired (and carried around with me on an iPhone measurement list that I’m anal about maintaining). I was even considering doubling up my sink count and making it a double-wide for the hell of it. Note: If you click on these photos, they’ll open up like the above gallery and you’ll be able to see more product detail than you can in these thumbnails.
So, post-Starbucks stop, we arrived at the store right as the doors opened. Pete immediately identified his desired man cave. I like.
And then he vanished in the maze and I was left to my own devices so I gathered enough RIBBA frames to last me until summertime.
By this time in the excursion, I was still dead set on getting one of the previous mentioned vanities. That, of course, was until I arrived at the bathroom section of the store. And I fell in love. With a sale vanity. And it’s sale partner-in-crime side shelving unit. You all know how rare it is to find a non-damaged legit sale find at IKEA, right? Right.
The photo shows two sets of sinks, but I only bought 1. Think of it set up with the left-most vanity and sink, with the three drawer cabinet snuggled beside it just like it’s shown here. The measurements are actually 4’long (when the two units are side by side), and only 18″ deep, so it fits perfectly within the maximum parameters I had previously measured. The big vanity was marked down to $79 and the small shelving unit was $69. The sink top itself, which is a mid-depth but looong open dish was a “splurge” although still pretty damn good considering what it is, priced at $129. While I’m still considering wall-mounting, I did buy the aluminum framing to support from underneath (I’d rather have them and not use them than need them and not have them). Oh, and the faucet ($89, but oh, the faucet!):
So, yes! I’m starting to prepare for an upcoming bathroom renovation! I’m not exactly sure when it’ll happen (because getting the driveway refinished is a higher priority) but it’s nice to know one big thing has been bought and is ready to go when I am.
More to come on what I’m going to do with 14 million RIBBA frames. No, not making another collage wall.