Time for an update on the guest room. As we mentioned last time around, my grandparents are coming to town in March to stay with us for two whole weeks. We’re super excited, but before their arrival, we’ve got some major work to do in the guest room.
We made a trip to IKEA to check out the kitchen cabinet options. Those of you who have been to IKEA know you can’t go without checking out the entire showroom. First of all, it’s not a dash in / dash out kind of place. Secondly, if you try to do that, it would be just wrong. Before making our way to the kitchens, we came to the bedroom furniture. On the back wall, I spotted an ultra comfy-looking bed:
It was simple, understated, and you couldn’t beat the price: $179 for the entire kit and caboodle. Not bad; not bad at all. It was love at first sight. Without much apprehension, we grabbed our little IKEA pencil and jotted down the bin numbers so we could pick up the pieces in the warehouse on our way to check out.
After a little more browsing, we came upon a dresser. THE dresser. When Greg and I first laid eyes on it, we simultaneously said, “Oooo.” Yet another “love at first sight moment”. Coming in at just $299, the price was absolutely right. We were sold. Unfortunately, I failed to take a photo of it in the showroom. I guess I was just too excited to think straight! Fast forward 24 hours, and it was assembled and in place in its new home.
One thing we love about the dresser is the size. First of all, it’s tall (38 1/4″ to be exact). Greg has an appreciation for tall furniture seeing as how he is 6’7″. The dresser also has eight good-sized drawers for storage. Another big selling point for us was the glass top. This will protect the dresser top and even make it more kid-friendly. If the glass gets scratched, we can just replace it and move on.
We’re loving the size and durability of the dresser but it could use a little personality (that may have been why we fell for it so hard). New hardware or maybe some paint details come to mind. We’re holding off on making those decisions until after we’ve picked out the bedding, accessories, etc. One thing that doesn’t need sprucing-up is the inside of the drawers which are decorated with canary yellow pinstripes (love!).
We’re loving how the bed fits in the room. The headboard and footboard are going to be fun to work with when choosing the right bedding.
It’s not too snug but just large enough to make the room feel cozy–like a little pocket of comfort. Well, it doesn’t look comfortable yet (but hopefully it will in time for my grandparents’ arrival). There’s a perfect amount of walking space between the dresser and the bed, as well as ample room for bedside tables.
As of this moment, two of the five major furniture purchases for this room have been made. The jury is still out on the other three pieces: two side tables and a reading chair or desk. Overall, we are super happy with the furniture purchases and can’t wait to add some sparkle (and a mattress!) to the room. When we headed out for IKEA that day, we hadn’t planned on finding furniture for the guest room. Sometimes it’s the spontaneous purchases that can prove to sometimes be the best. Lesson learned.