Monday, August 27, 2007


If anyone's interested (and I freely admit that this is a slim possibility) here are some before and after pictures of my new ikeahacked bedside tables, laboriously stained and varnished to match the rest of my bedroom's woodwork.

room of doom

I think it looks much better. Of course, that may have something to do with the fact that I vacuumed before taking the photo this time.

bedside table left
left bedside table

Besides the stain and the varnish, I've also added a plant and my antiquated iPod. Hopefully neither of them will die in the near future.

bedside table right
right bedside table

Nothing much changed here. Move along.

plate o' crap

A couple of commenters asked how I would stop little bits and pieces falling between the slats. As you can see, I have a glass plate to hold all of my important odds and ends, like my iPod Shuffle, phone, cuff links, bookmarks, interesting pebbles and the absolutely vital red plastic horsie I found on the road.


Anonymous vague said...

Looks really nice -- I was wondering about the slats, but your plate looks like a good solution to that. I like the bug art, too.

I am going to my local Ikea next week sometime -- my bedroom has been empty (but for suitcases) since I moved into my new place. Time to get some furniture happening, I think.

2:32 AM  
Blogger Jege (Jen) said...


I love it.

9:03 PM  
Anonymous ultrabert said...

Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father [on that red plastic horsie]. Prepare to die.

1:17 PM  
Blogger Blandwagon said...

Wait... did I kill him while I was on the red plastic horsie, or while he was on the red plastic horsie?

I kill so many people, it's difficult to keep track.

2:09 PM  
Anonymous ultrabert said...

You know very well his was a turquoise mount, thou dissimulator.

2:56 PM  
Blogger MC Etcher said...

Very nice staining job!

Wow, cuff links. I didn't know folks still wore them. How ignorant I am! Do you also own spats?

10:41 PM  
Blogger Blandwagon said...

MC, my favourite shirts are only available with French cuffs, so cufflinks are something of a necessity.

It sounds even more impressive when I say that I have two pairs; one gold monogrammed pair inherited from my maternal grandfather, and one jade and gold pair inherited from my paternal grandfather.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Laziest Girl said...

Cufflinks are usually good but sometimes tragically bad. I once went out with a guy who wore little aeroplane cufflinks. The cufflinks effectively killed any idea in my mine of ever seeing him again.

And the bedside tables are lovely - far superior to our cardboard box bedside tables.

10:07 AM  

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