Sunday, July 21, 2013

20 July 2013 - Playing host and IKEA purchases

Met up with one of his neighbours at around 11am, befriended on Facebook. She wanted to look at the workmanship which he had been crying about.

Met up with T for the membership card, had a quick brunch at the food court before going to the flat.

The guests were early, and he had to apologize for a bit.

Brought them into his house and showed them around. They had requested to take pictures of the finishes of the kitchen cabinet. Also showed them the paint works, the water heater trunking, and the tiling works. Apparently, she was interested in getting the same hood, and he advised that they should emphasize and document the specifications for the Fujioh FX900.

After they left, T hung around to talk about his renovation experiences, and also helped him moved things here and there, to get a feel of how to place things.

Oh, and just recalled that he had arranged with Dream Lights to get their installers to fix his lighting fixtures. 27 July, 9am.

Dad, Mom and Littlest Bro arrived at about 3am. Showed them around the house for a bit before heading to IKEA for an early dinner.

He had gotten a GOMMAREN 90 degree curtain rail from IKEA, but unfortunately, it didn't exactly fit. Luckily though, IKEA has a fabulous return policy. The refund was done in a form of a gift card.

At IKEA, they had 12-piece chicken wings and 20-piece meat ball for the party (forgot that it had beef, Dad stayed away from the meat balls). Coffee for Dad, tea for Mom, soft drink for Littlest Bro, and just plain water for him. Had a hard time finishing all the food, just because Littlest Bro refused to eat.

After that, they had a very tiring time in the store. Lots of walking, Mom and Littlest Bro just wanted to sit down at the settings and not get up at all.

Thought of getting a bench for the shoe rack. This BESTA shelf seemed to fit the bill. Maybe just throw in a cushion to soften the seat.

Saw another BESTA TV bench, able to stand on its own, and looks to be able to accommodate his NAD amplifier. Just that the shoe seat and the TV bench will look the same.

Checked out the BISSA shoe cabinet, but disappointed that it has to be mounted to the wall. Had been thinking about getting 2 of this side by side. And then setting up a mirror above it. Or, upright to check last minute dressing. Something like that. (self-edited) The top could be used to put keys, ornaments, while the settee could be used to put magazines, newspapers, or event slippers? Hmm. This will be on hold.

Bought 3 sets worth of SKULPTUR finials, BETYDLIG mounts, and HUGAD rods (up to 10kg, vs the thinner one at 5kg). These were going to be his curtain rods, which he'll try to negotiate with the Dream Lights installers to fix up. After coming home, he realized that for lengths longer than 140cm would require a 3rd mount in the middle. Looks like a return trip to IKEA very soon.

Also bought the BAREN glass shelf, liked it better than the GRUNDTAL one. And they are of tempered glass, as compared to normal glass in the hardware shops he visited. The mounts are a little different though, with the former looking more flimsy.

Earlier on, he had merely asked Dad if he owned any power drill, and level device. Did not expect Dad to just go ahead and get the extra screw and plug sets, and the level device itself. Dad even brought the whole set along to his new place. A misunderstanding, but sure made him understand again the term "blood is thicker than water".

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