My mad handyman skillz, cont.

And today I assembled two nightstands with nothing but my bare hands, a phillips head screwdriver, a set of incomprehensible directions and my wits.

Do you know how expensive nightstands are?  More expensive than you’d think.  The only nightstands I’ve owned have either been cardboard (true story) or thrift store castoffs.

For the past twelve years, four Rubbermaid tubs have served as master bedroom nightstands.  A stack of two deep tubs were just the right height . . . and sure, sometimes the lamps fell over because the plastic surface wasn’t exactly level.  Still.  This haphazard solution solved two problems:

1)  We had no nightstands.
2)  We had no suitable storage area for out of season (or out of size, who are we kidding?) clothing.

But enough.  It’s one thing to live with pretend furniture for twelve years, but it’s an entirely different thing to create a bedroom space that makes strangers walking through your house want to own that bedroom space.  (Please?  Don’t you want to own my house?)

So, I surfed over to Amazon, found suitable nightstands and bought two.

The boxes arrived this afternoon, so armed with my phillips screwdriver, I  began assembling.  The nightstand came in fifteen separate pieces.  And the kids complain you’ll never use geometry again after high school!

I only put two parts on backwards but no one will ever know if you don’t tell. So don’t tell.

And now, my bed is nestled between two actual nightstands.  Total cost?  $113.98.  Take that, Pottery Barn!

p.s.  Hey, wait!  Is that screwdriver a phillips head screwdriver?  Because that’s the picture that I found when I Googled “phillips head screwdriver” . . .

Unfamiliar with correct terminology, apparently

p.p.s.  I thought I was right about the screwdriver . . . apparently I’m smarter than Google.

6 Responses to “My mad handyman skillz, cont.”

  1. Kristen November 3, 2010 at 2:55 am #

    LOL – no, that is a flat head screw driver! Phillips have the star shape. Good on you for assembling the nightstands – I hope someone lusts for your house because of them! :)

  2. Peggy November 3, 2010 at 6:03 am #

    Heehee… my husband has taught me the difference in the screwdrivers, but before him I had no idea! Great job on the nightstands… going to share some pictures?

  3. Ginny November 3, 2010 at 6:37 am #

    That’s definitely a flat head screwdriver, not a Phillips. A phillips screwdriver has the four thingies, crosshairs, whatchamacall’ems. :-) But yay for putting them together – you’re not the first person to put things on backwards, says I, smiling sheepishly.

  4. Mariah November 3, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

    You go, girl! Amazing what we can do when we put our minds to it! :-)

  5. Vivian November 3, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    you have no idea how many times i have had to ask God to help…cause i couldn’t get something put together…everytime He has helped me.
    He is the great provider…!!! Looks like He is stepping in while the hubby is away.

  6. Esther November 3, 2010 at 11:07 pm #

    I’d say your experience putting together the lawn mower in your living room many years ago, was your training ground on making things come together. Now you should be able to get more pay – no longer a novice!


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