Against my better judgment but in an effort to save money, I ordered the 36" x 6'+ cabinet from Wal-Mart. It arrived damaged, of course. It also weighed 145 lbs! I felt so bad for the little FedEx driver. All he had was a dolly to get this monster up 3 steps and into the house. He was also one of their older drivers, not one of the young, strong guys. But he managed it! A few days later we open the box and there's a big dent on one of the doors. Ugh. Not enough packing material to protect the thing. Long story short, I had to argue with Wal-Mart about sending a label and having it picked up - they wanted us to take it back to the store! WTH? Um, no. They finally had it picked up and about 3 weeks later I finally got a refund... that's the end of my Wal-Mart shopping.
So, I decided to just go Ikea all the way and forget about a cabinet with doors. The Billy bookcases cost a little less than the stupid Wal-Mart cabinet anyway. The plastic folding tables I had in here were nice enough, but they were beige-ish and looked a little dirty against all of the white drawers, so why not get the white Ikea tabletops and legs, too? Oh, and since I have to take everything out, why don't we just paint the room? It was contractor white, we never painted it when we moved in and it was looking a little sad. Painting it won't take long. It's a small room, after all - it's only 12 x 11. Famous last words.
The painting only took 3 or 4 hours, it was actually kind of fun. I did the cutting in and hubby was in charge of the roller. It's what came after that nearly did me in! Putting everything back! Oy! What started out as a week-long project ended up being a little over 3 weeks, but I love the way it turned out. So I will shut up now and just show you a little before and after. Funnily enough, the paint color I chose is called Craft Brown, from Home Depot's Marquee collection.