The other day my husband and I were out shopping with a friend when we came upon a piece of furniture that seemed to solve a problem we'd been having. I've been wanting something to serve as a bookshelf for the baby's room, but something that was going to "grow" with her. We were in Kmart (of all places) and we came upon this great bench with an open front with the perfect place for books. It matched the furniture we already have in the room, and since it served as a bench WITH storage, it seemed ideal. So we go grab one (assembly required) and haul it home.
Last night we decided to tackle our assembly project. It actually seemed to tackle us. We had some serious trouble putting this thing together. The directions weren't so hard to follow, despite having been printed in China; the pieces just didn't seem to want to go together the way they were supposed to. After the first 4 hours, Paul said that he thought maybe the whole thing was in fact designed in China, and sent to America as a strategic preemptive strike against us, to confuse us and keep us distracted. :) He's so funny.
Eventually we got the silly thing together, after about 5 hours. It looks good now, and it really WILL be the ideal piece to serve it's purpose. But I won't EVER buy another piece of "assembly yourself" furniture from Kmart!!!