Today was a very exciting day for Oscar and I, my husband Stephen was home from work which meant fun things in store for the both of us. Oscar got to go to his favorite place in the whole world – Angel Woods, and I got to watch Steve assemble our daughters new dresser – The Bily Barcelona Flat Top Dresser. A dresser that we got a great deal on!
3:00pm – Stephen began unpacking all of the pieces to our new and beautiful dresser,
both of us gasping at the large pile of small wood pieces that emerged from the box. For a minute I thought to myself, Uh Oh! Where’s Marlena?! Marlena and Stephen had assembled a change table last week that practically required a degree in furniture assembly to understand. In the end though they pulled it off with flying colours! Unfortunately for Stephen I’m not as handy in assembly as his sister, so my role today was to watch and document his progress – a role that I assigned myself 🙂
3:30 – Two large and two small drawers already assembled, Stephen still looking as cool as a cucumber.
3:34 – May have spoken too soon, we can’t find the back of one of the little drawers! I’m
hoping that it’s hidden behind another group of parts waiting to be assembled.
3:45 – hmmm another piece seems mis-sized for the dresser… Problem solved 3 minutes later. Stephen looking much happier!
4:23 – Almost together now! Although we still haven’t found the back of a small drawer and the bottom of the cupboard section, then the front got a little banged up. Were now hoping that we can order extra pieces from the company directly.
4:48 – Still going strong, Steve starting to get frustrated because the back must be screwed on, rather than nailed on like most assemble it yourself furniture. Also the drawers don’t seem to fit flush to the unit.
Our final review: (2 stars on 5) Assembly wasn’t terrible, the paint is horrible, chips and shows black underneath anywhere you are screwing pieces in. Not a big deal on the darker “Chocolate” version, but really annoying on the “Cotton White’ version that we purchased. All the drawers have an awkward fit, and either don’t roll smoothly or show gaps where they should be flush. If given a second chance we would pass on this unit and buy something more expensive and of higher quality. If you do end up buying a similar unit, don’t forget to buy touch up paint!
Currently Reading: The Happiest Baby on the Block – By: Harvey Karp M.D.
Only 280 pages left to go – got to get going on it, no chance of finishing it in time for it to be useful after the baby is born. The book focuses “on ways to calm crying and help your newborn baby sleep longer”.