Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Day 1206 - Wordless Wednesday

How many Langdowns does it take to build a bed?

A Deep Fried carpenter?
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Well, it took all four of us.  And in four hours no less!

Today's post will be in pictures - it is after all an almost Wordless Wednesday. You know I can't stay completely quiet though ... there are bound to be some words. OK, there are bound to be a lot of words ...

Darby has had a racing car bed since he was two years old.

Goodbye red racing car bed.
Sold yesterday to a two year old boy who we are sure will love it.
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For his ninth birthday Darby wanted a new grown up boy bed.  He decided on a bed that had storage so he could get rid of the chest of drawers in his bedroom.  He decided on a bed that made him feel like his bedroom was his own private lounge room. We found the perfect bed. The Hemnes Day Bed from Ikea.

Darby's new bed - The Hemnes Day Bed from Ikea
How it is supposed to look after construction
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As with all things Ikea, the only down side to this bed is that it comes in a flat pack.  Which means we need to build the bloody thing.  First we had to unpack the three boxes and bring all the pieces upstairs.

Part of the materials required to put it together.
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Then we counted the screws and put them in piles matching them up with their chart in the instructions.

Building a bed by pictures.  Let's work out these instructions shall we?
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  Daddy commenced with step one while the kids observed.

Deep Fried Daddy getting the construction started.
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Daddy then went off to talk to the man who bought Darby's old bed.  It was not a simple matter of money changing hands and helping to put the red racing car bed on the back of the man's ute. No.  It turns out the man was a carpenter (helllooooo .... can he come in here and help me with this bed please?) and may be able to help us rebuild our back deck. They chatted for ages. That left me to take over bed construction.

Who knew I could be so handy?
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In a bout of complete role reversal, Daddy then suggested that he might cook dinner. A BBQ. Good idea Daddy. Leave the construction to the girls - we've got it covered.  Tahlia turned out to be a very handy partner (and a good advertisement for Bonds socks).

Building beds is easy peasy!
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After we took a break to eat we came back to get the slats done.  Daddy got back into the mix by almost building himself into the bed. Yes, that was awkward.

How to become part of the furniture (literally)
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Just when we thought we were getting to a point that Darby could actually sleep in the bed, we discovered that while the girls looked good during the construction process (did you see how brown Tahlia and I am?) we weren't quite as build-a-bed savvy as we thought we were. We put one of the support railings on the bed upside down so we had to take it off and start again.  This required someone who was small enough to fit under the bed (ie not Daddy).

Whoops! Let's try that again shall we.
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At around 10pm we decided to call it a night.  We've still got to put the drawers together (currently a bunch of wood, screws and instructions).

There's still a bit of construction to do.
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We may not be done yet, but at least Darby has something to sleep in!

Here is how we ended up last night.  Bed ALMOST done.
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Once the bed is finished Nanny is going to come across and paint the walls (we are thinking light grey) and we'll change the pillows to green, red and blue throw cushions, and we'll be done!

How many Langdowns does it take to make a bed?  It took all four of us, four hours to get this far.  But I for one enjoyed the process immensely.  There is definitely a tiny little Bob-the-builder inside me somewhere.

Happy (almost) Wordless Wednesday!


  1. Definitely worth the effort. It will look great when finished. Love the storage space.

  2. Despite all the great benefits of flat pack furniture, I really, really do not enjoy putting it together. If only the cool stuff came pre-assembled!

  3. wow thats pretty cool!!!

    definitely worth the effort!

  4. I forgot to mention that this bed can pull out to create a double bed! Yesiree, it's a very tricky and versatile bed. Happy campers. Still working on those drawers. BIG drawers too. Deep ...

  5. lol what a hilarious post! Must have been so frustrating at the time. Love the new bed though - very cool!

  6. Oh the joys of IKEA... Good on you though for giving it a crack!! Louise, a couple of years before she died, got behind a mini jackhammer, to lift the old tiles in the laundry... She wasn't afraid to give it a go either!!!

    I hope you enjoy the new bed Darby!!!

  7. I remember having to made an IKEA queen bed years ago when I was single and it took me about 5 hours! Great storage under that one of yours! Emily @ Have a laugh on me

  8. We sold our racing car beds too and have bunks as temporary beds.

    I love the IKEA bed you built. Well done.

  9. But look at how it turned out - fantastic! Dont worry Daddy, we've all built ourselves into a bed at some stage or another!
    Bloody Ikea responsible for more than a few divorces in the past I think thats why I only own 1 Ikea bookcase thus far, Im too scared to buy anything else that needs assembling!

  10. My daughter has this exact bed and luvs it :)

    ~ Jill

  11. Look at you go, Leanne! All sorts of amazing super woman that you are! :)

  12. Nice work!
    Having been on my own for so many years, I've been numerous items on my own over the years but none were as challenging as those I built with my current partner.
    This sure puts the Ikea relationship test to another level! ;)
    Hope your lad enjoys his new bed! xx

  13. I know the sort of words I utter when building ikea furniture!

    Well done!

  14. STILL working on those drawers.
    Looking good though.
    Ahh the satisfaction ...

  15. Now that's a very cool big big boy bed!!! Your handywoman skills are very impressive too, Leanne!


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