On Wednesday I went back home via B&Q Farnborough, where I picked up various bits and bobs, including some wood and some tools. Wednesday evening was then spent labouring on some shelves. Before I started the labouring, though, we went to B&Q Reading (yes, two B&Q shops in the same day, mental!), where we bought a free-standing shelf-unit.
The labouring then involve sawing some lengths of wood to use as supports for the shelves and then putting them up. It's a tricky job to put shelves up in an alcove supported by lengths of wood at their end. Get one side slightly wrong and the shelf will rock or go exceedingly out of alignment. The alignment was pretty good when we were finished. This was partly down to luck.
DIY items bought included:
- Orbital sander - much cheapness
- Mitre sawing block and saw
- Surform for taking the excess of the shelves
The free standing shelf erected, we sat down with popcorn and watched Hellboy.
It was only a matter of time, with all the DIY and talk of setting up home. We went to Ikea. It was the first time that my girlfriend and I had visited the Swedish temple of the flatpack together. Apparently that's a milestone in our relationship. It's certainly a bigger deal than it used to be when I lived in Newcastle a mere 5 minutes from the nearest Ikea. The nearest one to Reading is in Wembley, so there was much driving to do to get there. Given that both of us are trying to lose weight, we couldn't even have the obligatory celebratory hot-dog when we were finished.
However, despite the fact that we only went in order to look at possible future furniture purchases, we still managed to emerge having paid the "Ikea Tax", a fee of approximately £15, which is levied against the random shit you have to buy in order to get out of the store. Normally this is something to do with tea-lights and maybe some decorative sticks. Yesterday, it was glassware and hangers.
Some late-night reading and it was time for the sleeping.