Saturday, October 17, 2009

New project

Our lastest project was to assemble ou armoire/wardrobe. Oh what the fun it is to assemble a piece of furniture with your spouse ... The joy of getting frustated, yelling at each others, getting arrested for attempting murder ( I swear: it was an accident : the screwdriver just flew to his head all by itself ... )
This is a before picture ( I didn't take a pic with the suitcases with our clothes inside: I want you keep a good image of myself !!! ) So here is the empty space:

And this is the kit we had. It felt like a Dimensions kit: lots of stuffs and us trying to figure out what was going to be with what...

Then we checked the manual: 26 pages: felt like a HAED chart suddendly ... And to make things easier (understand get the client crazy) , they decided to mix the instructions for the armoire with 2,3,4 or 5 doors ... So each time, you do something you have to make sure you are assembling what you bought and not another armoire ... ( that you didn't buy and could not complete anyway ... ) And of course, no a written words !!! That would be too easy: you have to guess looking at the pictograms ...
Here are two examples: First we had to put the rails for the drawers and literally guess where to put some screws ...

And I love that one:
Be careful caveman handyman, take your screwdriver, use your brain strenght BUT not a lot and please, please, put down the drill that is in your hand ! The engineers who create that manual know their customers: cavemen who are just waiting to play with their drills !!! Must be something with the sound ?
Of course, we made some mistakes like putting the rails the wrong way Could it be that the manual was not easy enough to understand ???
Anyway, the next day we realized our mistake

Look after some hours, we got some results !!! You may wonder: why an armoire? Easy: we don't have a walk in closet ( ) so we had to buy this armoire to store our clothes but look: you can also store your kids if they misbehave:

AND ... it also works for your husband !!! He bothers you? Store him in the armoire !!! ( perfect fit I shall say !!! )

We had another mistake that made my hubby quite happy deep down inside him.
One door had a problem: the little mechanism to close the door was not built the right way so someone had to use his drill special little toy !!!!

And miracle : tadaaaaaaaa

Assembling time : 2 days (we had to wait for the drawers glu to dry)

Yelling at each others: few

Nails broken : 2 (mine)

Happiness at the end: lots !!! I have an armoire !!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah !!!!!!!!!

Despite my facebook addiction, I do stitch a little bit (but less than before ... ) So I started a Dimensions banner that I find very cute. I have only the chart so I use a conversion to be able to use my DMC threads.
And here is my first progress picture: The birdie is so cute !!! (I'm stitching the backstitch along the way because they are lots of it ... )
Thanks for your warm response to my latest finish : you made my day ladies !!! And don't forget I'll have a giveaway very soon !!! So stay tuned !!!


Ranae said...

Wow! your armoire looks fantastic.
Surely hubby and I would be filing for divorce, lol
You made a great start on the banner, love that little chickadee.
Check out my blog sometime and see if it works for you now, please!

Nancy M said...

Love the description of the armoire!!! Seems that after 28 years of marriage we have had the exact experience. Gotta love the big manuals! Your new dimension piece is very pretty and you're smart to backstitch as you go!

Carolyn NC said...

Congrats on making it through w/o being arrested. DH and I nearly got a divorce the first year we were married putting up curtains!! LOL

Mel said...

This was the funniest description of building something I've read in awhile! :)
The armoire looks good. And hopefully no one tried to call the cops. ;)

Cute new start. :)

Aussie Stitcher said...

I bet that you are glad that your building days are over. Congratulations on finishing your fucshias, they are beautiful.

Unknown said...

I had to laugh at your armoire story. My ex knew to stay out of my way when I was assembling furniture. His only role was to lift and hold. He wouldn't read (look at) directions, so I had a bunch of stuff that he had GLUED together with the wrong sides out that couldn't be fixed before I took over all assembly duties. :)

Dawn said...

That's huge wardrobe. Glad you got it done without killing each other. LOL ~ Dawn ~

Marita said...


You have a talent for writing, I just love how you describe assembling the armoire.

Congratulations on finishing it without murdering each other.

mainely stitching said...

We are a couple that tries not to build things together. Too much yelling. I should just be quiet and let him do it - and then snicker when it goes wrong. LOL. No, we will stay married much longer (and happier!) if we avoid these things!

Unknown said...

wow your armoire assembling looked a lot like our entertainment center assembly lol though it looks great now that you completed it! Congrats! Love your new start too!

Kathy A. said...

That was just too funny. What a great job you have done telling the story of the armoire. I loved it.
My Dh and I do not build things together. We are always both right and that just doesn't fly.
Nice new start.

Infarrantly Creative said...

OMG that is so funny. Is that from IKEA? I had similiar ones in my old studio that made me want to cuss out loud when assembling!

Carmen said...

Oh!!I had to laugh when i read the transition Dimension kit to Head pattern!,is so descrptive!!, and real!.

in the end,is a pretty armoire.

lvely stitching!,that is a cute litle bird.

Meari said...

Chiloe my dear... It's not the "sound" of the drill that men like, it's POWER! More power, more power! LOL Loved reading about your armoire adventure and glad it's put together with no screwdriver accidents to the head. :)

Annette said...

I overlooked this post :(...
What a work making a closet, but it a lovely piece, handy for keeping hubbies in
I love your new start, so cute the birds...

Faith Ann said...

What a great armoire... and what a HUGE project that was!!

Fuschia is GORGEOUS!! Congrats on such a beautiful finish!!

Sally said...

Nice new armoire Chiloe. I need one of those to put my hubby in when he annoys me! Lol! And if we'd built this together he'd be in it! lol

Lovely new start:)

Pumpkin said...

Chiloe, you are hilarious!!!! Love reading your posts :o) You make my day with your twisted sense of humor.

Lovely armoir though! It would be perfect to store my stitching stuff ;o)

Love your new start!