As much as I like to get work done, there are just things that are more important. The DIY project at Chez Pick has been going on all weekend. Steve has been home for four days and we’ve used the time to get things done.
First, the couch was successfully built. It took five hours and a lot of anger before he finally got that thing put together. Not only did the couch not have Velcro on the frame, rendering the extra couch cover we bought useless. Then the cover for the cushions was too small (there’s no way you can smash a leather cushion with a wood back into a pillow case). But the kicker was that the chaise lounge had no instructions in the box. We tried to call IKEA but they were closed. During lunch break (Steve needed one by then) he found the instructions online — for the American store. There were differences that he had to figure out on his own. Thanks, IKEA!
Anyway, the couch is lovely and Steve did a great job. The chaise is big enough for us to both sit on and watch TV. (The cat fits too.) We got to relax Saturday and Sunday with movies and hanging out in our cosy living room.
Today we painted the bedroom. There was blue wallpaper that had been painted a dark red (the seller’s choice) and we had to get that changed. While we could have taken the paper down, we just painted over it to give it a quick make-over. (I’ve posted the before and after pics on Flickr.)
Now that this weekend’s family time devoted to making this place more homey is complete, tomorrow will be back to work for us both. I neglected my walking a lot this weekend too (not that the cleaning and painting doesn’t count as exercise) so I’ll out and about tomorrow. Then it will be time to get myself back at the desk.