The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

And We Have Lift-Off – Or Is That Lift Up!!

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With the countertop for our laundry area ready to go, we were now in the market for wall cabinets. We were pretty certain Home Depot carried a small amount of stock cabinets, so we headed into Niagara Falls on Tuesday to check them out. Without any trepidation we headed to the right department but were disappointed with what we found. Nothing at all of what we had in mind; only smaller-sized single cabinets or a grouping for over a refrigerator. Naturally any bathroom cabinets wouldn’t be deep enough, so after a small discussion we decided to head over to Virgil to check out the Home Hardware store. We knew it was a bigger store than what was in our area and being that much closer why not check it out while you can. Again, disappointment. Nothing even close. We ended our search by returning home, grabbing a bite to eat and weighing any other options or stores we could check out. We decided Ikea was going to be the place, so we scanned through the catalogue we had on hand, decided on a single wall cabinet that measured up to our expectations, made notes of what we needed, etc. and would head out first thing on Wednesday.

With the rest of the afternoon remaining, I managed to put the final decorating touches in the bathroom. We found the perfect little glass shelf at Canadian Tire and along with a photograph I had found online and framed, and a couple of knick-knacks, the blank wall above the toilet was complete. The new blind in the window also worked out perfectly. The bathroom is now finished and if I do say so myself, looking pretty spiffy!!

Wednesday morning saw us up and on the road to Ikea Burlington by 9:00 am. Upon arriving we’re always amazed at how many cars in the parking lot by opening time at 10:00. We had a quick meander and look-see around the store before stopping in the kitchen cabinetry department to look for what was on our list. The store had gone through some major changes since we were there last and as it turned out the ‘design’ we had in mind was no longer being carried. Apparently our 2009 catalogue was now outdated! So we consulted with one of their staff and found a comparable cabinet that would suit our needs. With the list of items she gave us to pick up in the warehouse, we headed downstairs and grabbed a cart. Never being one to make our trip to Ikea completely fruitless, I had to pick up my supply of their coloured napkins. I use them all of the time and love them, and it didn’t hurt that I also found some nice looking green candles for our new bathroom shelf!!

Our experience in the Ikea warehouse was not one of our best. Nat and I have never shopped for one of their cabinets and from what we were discovering, they kept you busy picking up all sorts of odds and sods! Being flat panel shopping everything had its own little package or container and our cart was getting full. We were buying two cabinets, so everything was doubled, from sides, tops, backs, hinges, hinge sliders, wall rail, shelves, etc. Frustrated by the lack of help, we had picked up a very long box containing what we thought were the wall rails, but discovered once we reached check-out that we had enough in that box to hang 12 to 15 cabinets!!! No one around to tell us that you had to take “one” from the package!!! Who knew!!!!?? The check-out clerk was quite nice about the whole mater and agreed that the store should at least separate the rails for their customers. However, the whole affair worked out and we were soon on our way home none the worse for wear. We still agreed that we couldn’t beat the Ikea price for the two cabinets and they were going to look good.

This morning (Thursday) saw Nat up ‘n at ’em and ready to install the cabinets, after some assembly was completed!! Asking if he needed any help, and knowing that the two of us working together would sometimes lead to very “testy” moments,  he said “No thanks”. So I headed to the kitchen and put some bread in the oven, along with completing the record conversions. Every now and then I would peak my head in the bedroom door to see how the assembly was going, and he was doing just fine. There were a couple of moments where he questioned the number of bags containing screws and doodads, but everything was complete and Nat had the cabinets assembled in no time. After lunch he tackled hanging the cabinets on the wall. Finding studs, electrical wiring and measuring the proper height were little things that kept Nat busy for an hour or so, but once everything was discovered and measured, the rail went up lickity-split! The cabinets would hook and hang onto that rail and I assumed he would need help lifting up the cabinets to reach the rail. However, by the time I turned around Nat had them hung and they looked terrific. Much to my wonderment, dear hubby had done it again. He may have a lot of questions along the way, but once he gets the hang of things, he goes to it!! Of course, once hung, we realized that we had a little bag of door handle screws, but no door handles/knobs!! Not being on our list of items to pick up it never donned on us to look for any. However, it was for the good as we would have a better selection at our local hardware store.

The cabinets look terrific. The laundry area looks a thousand times better and I can’t wait to get things organized. Having a bit more storage room is a real treat and will make my life easier. Nat still has to install the countertop over the washer and dryer, but he assures me that’s an easy job. This is getting to be a real “Martha Stewart good thing”!!!!


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Author: Twila

Born and raised in a small town in Ontario, Canada, with 5 sisters and a brother. Now retired, my husband and I travel, play golf and am slowly renovating our new (old) home. After my kidney transplant in 1999, we've learned to enjoy life to the fullest. Nat and I have driven across Canada, taken an Alaskan cruise and drove home via the Northern United States. We've also been to Mexico, the Caribbean, the East Coast of Canada and Cape Breton. We've done the "Snowbird" thing, having lived in Destin, Florida for a couple of months of the year. In 2007 we changed our travel plans in order to move into and renovate our new "old" home, but hope to someday get back on the road again. We also love returning to Scotland (Nat's origin of birth) to visit his family and tour the Highlands and surrounding Isles.

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