Today I thought I’d be posting a finished DIY IKEA hack.
Instead, I’m showing you what nightmares are made of.
It’s made up of a unsteady IKEA IVAR bookshelf paired with 600+ feet of tough jute and not enough hot glue gun sticks.
It ruins your manicure, makes your fingers sore so what you see above is an hour one day, and another hour another day. I wish my mom were here, she’d help me and we’d be done with this so fast.
I text to a few friends a progress photo and wrote, “I hate this.”
And then it happened…
The sudden realization of – OH MY GOSH AM I MAKING A CAT SCRATCHING POST?
Don’t mention it when you come over, OK? Just say how much you love it. Especially since I’m not a cat lover – I’m horribly allergic.
The first night I laid in bed really upset and told Benjamin I was more than OK with throwing the whole bookcase away or using it as a storage shelf. $200 wasted was fine opposed to 80 hours of labor wasted in my opinion. I value my time immensely. Then I had an idea – maybe I’ll just finish to prove it to myself I can finish something – like college. It’s like when you look back and you’re not sure what the heck you did because it was so much work (and fun) so it’s a blur but you managed to show up and earn your degree.
I’m totally earning this rope bookcase, dang it.