Building the Furniture
I love IKEA furniture. Once you get the hang of it, you can literally build anything IKEA within half an hour. Nothing better than the simplicity of an IKEA shelf. But finishing my sister’s room did not only require building furniture but also drilling holes into concrete walls. Drilling holes into walls of empty rooms must be the loudest noise ever. It was so loud, in fact, that my sister took my dog for a walk and would only return once I am done. Once she was gone, I started drilling the first on 15 holes, but I quickly realized that the drill I was using was dull. Trying my best to get the holes in as quickly as possible, I ended up busting the head of the drill. My dad, who is a mechanic, told me that that’s it, I needed to go back to the hardware store to pick up a new drill. Annoying!
The next day I went back to the store with my sister and my mum, right into the tool aisle. No one ever has a more disgusted look on their face than a man who sees a woman looking at tools. After being starred at for several minutes, I finally found the right drill and escape from the hell hole of toxic masculinity. Returning home, the drill went into the walls like they were made of butter. Get yourself new tools people, it definitely is worth it!
Finishing the Room
After securing and anchoring the selves to the wall, we could finally put all the newly built furniture in place. Finally, the whole place came together. The next few hours were spent putting all of my sister’s stuff back into her room and into her new furniture.
And finally, FINALLY, it was time to decorate the room – the whole reason why I agreed to help in the first place. I wanted to keep everything feminine but also clean and sophisticated. I hence decided on more roses, reds, beiges, and more neutrals. The very first thing I got for her, even before we had a look at new furniture, were posters.
I decided on shopping at JUNIQE, an online poster store that has a wide selection of posters in all styles.
I decided on these three:
I love them all, but my sister’s favorite is definitely the Minikin poster.
Next, I shopped online at H&M Home. I only got three vases, but they were on sale and match really lovely with her rose walls.
Here is what I got:
A Handmade Suprise
Last but not least, I wanted to get her something special, something especially made just for her. My favorite place to find unique pieces is Etsy. I keep browsing the shops for days until I finally found what I was looking for.
A beautiful macrame dream catcher, handmade by the wonderful Magdalena at Wishyouwereknot.
It will look so beautiful on the wall and I am excited to give it to my sister. Definitely check her out for some unique, handmade decor!
The Reveal (ft. my mood during all of this)
And that’s it, we are done. Taking into account all the decor pieces, the new furniture, the wall paint, the new carpet, and all the other bits and bobs, we paid around 1.000€. This may sound like a lot but regarding the fact that we did not have to pay painters or other craftsmen for any of this, I would say the price is just fine.