now I fully understand why IKEA has such low prices. when we opened up the boxes containing the pieces for our Edland dresser, I just laughed. it was either that or start crying. I'd already printed off the 32 pages of directions and knew it was going to be a process, but until actually looking at all the pieces laid out in front of me I didn't realize just how much of a pain in the butt it was going to be.
mind you, we (really Joey) had already conquered the crib, which went together relatively easily, so we're feeling good about our assembly skills. I left Joey to work on the dresser while I got some clutch orders started. figured it was a safer bet than standing in the doorway and watching him get increasingly frustrated. good call, mckay, good call.
after a couple of hours and plenty of stripped screws later (seriously, cheap hardware, Joey was hand screwing these suckers in and the tops still just disintegrated) it was time for a break. realizing that sometime before we got the 300+ screws in place (no joke) the furniture would be in the garbage, and my husband would have lost his sanity, I decided to look to the professionals.
found a retired handyman on craigslist, paid him $75 and he and his son came over yesterday and put it all together in about 2.5 hours. 2.5 hours with 2 people that build IKEA furniture for fun would have equated to at least 4 days and a couple heading for divorce if we had tried to finish it. best money I've spent in a long, long time. :)
see the hint of baby bedding in the crib? can't wait to share all the finished photos of that soon!