Life Moving

Life around a kitchen table.

I’ve had my current kitchen table for close to 9 years.

It’s been moved 3 times, hosted many dinner parties, board game nights and had countless things spilled on it over the years. It’s herd some great conversations and some not so stellar arguments. It’s even held all of the immigration paperwork for Anto and I. It’s got some great memories attached to it.

But with all good things come time for change.

I’ve talked about getting a new table and chairs for some time now. Our current table just wasn’t suiting our needs anymore. It was time for something bigger, something a bit more square.

I’ve loved IKEA for as long as I can remember, so with the help from our good friend Matthew we set off to IKEA to look for a new kitchen table.

Later we would realize this would be the first of three trips.

Our first trip was excellent despite Anto being a bit grumpy! We where your typical three friends at IKEA messing around, like one does when they go to IKEA.

Pro Tip:
Bring a friend(s) to see how a full table sits together
Make sure you have purse snacks for boyfriend when he gets hungry.

Now I had my heart and budget set on was the LERHAMN Table and 4 chairs in Black-Brown for $299.00. Although at the time this particular table and chairs wasn’t on display. Although  it very much in our budget. But that didn’t stop us from sitting at many tables and in chairs all over the store.

After spending about an hour we found a great alternative our original table choice.

Dark Brown
Matching chairs (sold separately)
It sat four people comfortably
Best yet, it extended to hold more people!

The EKEDLEN extendable table only $279.00. It was of course out of our budget, with the chairs, but not entirely. We decided that we would get it, move some of the extra money around and we would take the plunge.

Anto, Matthew and I did have a bit of a challenge figuring out which box was the one we where suppose to pick up. But we got our table, four chairs and headed to the checkout.

Anto and I bought a new table together and it felt FANTASTIC!

Once Anto and I got home we posted our current table & chairs to the internet to try and sell it. However, I was having some reservations about the new table.

Was it really the right color?

Turns out we bought the light brown and not the dark brown table. Normally this wouldn’t be a problem, however, everything I own is Dark Brown.

Lesson learned:
Don’t horse around well you try and figure out IKEA codes to which aisle holds what part of each piece to what table.

Trip number two:
The exchange of the table for the correct color. Also, for more hot dogs and ice cream.

A few days after making the exchange at IKEA for the correct color table, well still trying to sell our current kitchen table and chairs. Then it happened.

We got the notice from our landlord that we needed to move out.

It felt like someone pulled the rug out from under us. But that’s another story for another post.

After much debate with Anto, we decided that if no one wanted our old table and chairs by later that day, we would pull the ad and return the new, unopened, IKEA table and chairs.

So off to IKEA for the third time!
Again with the help from Matthew we set off to return the table and chairs with my original, return and new color table receipts. The conversation went very much like this:

Reason for return?
I want to keep them, however we just asked to move out so the adult thing to do is return them because money.

Have they been opened?
-Looks at still sealed boxes-
No they have not.

You have your credit card?

In the end we made 3 trips to IKEA, I bought 4 chairs, 2 tables, made one exchange and refunded all of it over the course of two and a half weeks.

So it looks like my current kitchen table will be with me for another few years to come and will hopefully survive one more move.

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