You got the besta me: IKEA Besta Cabinet installation

I ordered a new television recently (see HD 2.0)  and, of course, didn’t think I’d be satisfied with just sitting it on a stand.

I was thinking it’d be good to just mount it on the wall with a mounting frame, but wiring (especially after new insulation) might present a few challenges. And Christy didn’t want any big holes in the wall.

In our many trips to IKEA we took note of the cool media cabinet configurations they had, so we thought maybe we could just get a new stand and mount it to that. That’d be a lot easier than drilling holes, routing electrical wires, and attaching a recessed box for a wall-mount, right?


Actually, this project was probably one of the biggest things we’ve underestimated. We should have known when a guy at Ikea commented on our car-loads of Ikea boxes with, “It took me two weeks to assemble some of their closets. Good luck!”

What we thought would be a weekend project turned into about 3-4 weeks of daily tweaks and finagling.

We should have first realized this when just figuring out what to buy (what would fit in the room) required a Google Sketchup of the place.

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Take me to your master (Master Bedroom remodel)

In our remodeling frenzy, we decided to start attacking the master bedroom.

We are throwing around a lot of ideas here, and have some big ideas for more major renovations but for now just want to take care of some of the essentials.

1. Repainting over that army / commando color scheme

2. New bedroom furniture

3. Putting up more modern curtains

Surprisingly, I don’t have a lot of pictures of our master bedroom before we started the painting phase.

But to give you an idea of what we were working with, here’s some shots of the bedroom from our viewing with the realtor…
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