Huh??? Do you speak IKEA? Or Swedish?
It’s a happy day here in Pittsburgh Grammy’s house. It only took us a little over three hours and we totally constructed our Hemnes (aka Sideboard or Buffet), in case you don’t speak Swedish.
The house we purchased and moved into this August, has a pretty open floor plan on the main floor, with the kitchen and dining room basically flowing together as one room. The kitchen has all of the cabinets along one wall, with only the refrigerator sitting across from them.
We not only needed a bit more cabinet space, but also wanted to somehow make a separation between the kitchen and dining area.
At first we thought about having a kitchen island custom built. The cabinets in the kitchen are from IKEA, however, the styles and wood finishes have changed since the kitchen was originally installed. We were not looking to spend a small fortune on something custom made that wasn’t going to be a perfect match anyway.
So while strolling through our Pittsburgh IKEA store, we came across the Hemnes, which at $299 was a total bargain and would suit our needs currently. I loved the fact that there are 3 center drawers, 2 shelves behind each of the doors on either side and it has a very nice butcher block type top to use as additional serving space.
We are having Thanksgiving dinner here in a few days and had to get this piece put together before then. We procrastinated for a few weeks, but decided it was now or never to just get it done.
As you can see from the picture, it came in many pieces, which at first was quite intimidating. But I must say, it was not as painful as we anticipated.
Hubby and I worked as a team, with me reading the instructions, staging and placing the proper screws/pieces of hardware with the pieces of wood that they needed to be attached to.
Besides getting ahead of myself in the directions and attaching a piece before it was supposed to be attached, and missing a step of inserting the stops for the doors, it went smoothly and painlessly.
We were very impressed with the quality of the piece and inclusion of all necessary parts (screws, etc). We also LOVE how it looks and are very happy that decided not to spend the extra dollars for a custom built island.
So it truly is a Happy Hemnes Day for us.