Ohhhhh boy! This past weekend was spent doing an insane amount of work to get our new PAX wardrobe together. For those of you who follow me on facebook or instagram, you’ve seen pictures of our progress along the way.
These things always take longer than you expect them to take, and we pretty much spent a full three days getting this thing together.
For LACK* of a better idea…let’s raise the bed!
*God, I love me some IKEA puns!
It didn’t help that we started (and completed) another project in the middle of this process: raising our bed! When we got the PAX frame together, we realized that getting a wider bed may not be a good choice for us at the moment, especially with a baby coming and either a co-sleeper or a crib will be coming next to our bed.
But we did realize that the LACK floating shelves we had were exactly the same width as the foot and head our bed frame, and we had the idea of raising the bed to get that under-the-bed storage without buying a new bed! After one frantic trip to the Baumarkt 20 minutes before it closed, we had the shelves cut and the supplies needed to screw it all together.
We’ve slept for a few nights in our “new” bed and it’s pretty sturdy, although we will be stopping by the Baumarkt one more time to get some more metal plates to reinforce it even further.
It’s funny though how you can just feel you’re up higher, even with your eyes closed! I love it! And it’s so much easier to get out of bed than it was before, especially as my belly is getting bigger! Plus, it’s really nice to stay in bed and look out the window, watching the trains come in at the station. It feels like an entirely new room!
Let’s get industrial
Also somewhere this weekend, the idea of tearing down the awful Raufaser wallpaper behind the bed to make an industrial-style accent wall also popped into my head. I mentioned it to Tobias, and he was on board.
So far I’ve showed it to my sister-in-law and my friend Laura, who both said it wasn’t really their style, but I like it. Especially with the white glass and mirror doors, our room feels a whole lot brighter and whiter…and this wall keeps things from feeling too washed out. And we can always paint it whenever we change our minds!
I wonder, though, why the workers put such a long line of spackle across the wall? What were they covering up?
Isn’t it funny how sometimes things can turn into a much bigger project than when you first began? Putting together our new wardrobe turned into a whole bedroom makeover! New closet, new bed, and new look!
We now have enough room for a crib next to the bed and for a changing table next to the wardrobe. So it looks like the baby won’t have his own room for quite a while still and we won’t have to (/get to…) convert the office into a nursery anytime soon. Makes me feel a little sad because I really want to decorate a nursery! But living in an apartment provides far less space, and if we can have the baby in our room to begin with, it’ll be more practical anyway.
Lots of people assume we’re going to have to look for a new apartment when the baby is here, but I don’t think that’s necessarily the case. 82 square meters still seems like quite a lot of space for our little family, and I could imagine staying in this place until our next kid is a toddler.
Besides, we’re not allowed to move anytime soon! Not after putting together that PAX wardrobe.
I will rue the day we have to take that thing back apart, move it, and put it back together again.