After grad school and summer in Seattle with Micah, I moved back to the DC area as he was finishing up at St. John’s in Queens. My parents came to visit shortly after I moved and were appalled by two things: no rice cooker and no dining table. I tried to explain that I didn’t eat rice everyday as I had during my youth and that sitting down at the table by myself seemed a little sad. I had just started a new job, so I could take off to hangout with them during the day. When I arrived home on the second day of their trip, there was a shiny new rice cooker waiting for me. It was the smallest one they could find.
On the 4th day of there trip they insisted we head out to Ikea to pick up a few things. My Mom and I wandered around and when we met Dadtractor at checkout, there was a large box in his cart with the word Jokkmokk on it. The next day a table and four chairs appeared in the apartment. The rice cooker? Not really that useful. The table? A great buy at $100 for everything. I used that table a lot. It was the scene of our very first Thanksgiving together. When we packed up to move back to Seattle together, the Jokkmokk table and 4 chairs came with us.
We enjoyed the Jokkmokk set for over 4 years in our old apartment. Again, it was the perfect size for our apartment and there were only a few times that it was too small for the number of dinner guests we had. When we were in the thick of the house building process, Micah and I finally decided to graduate to a big kid table. It’s beautiful and we love it like a child. I couldn’t let go of our Jokkmokk even with a new table on the way.
Before the actual move, we got rid of the chairs through Craigslist for $20 but we still had the table. I decided we had 4 possibilities for the table.
- I could use it in the craft room as a work table
- Micah could use it in the band room.
- We could cut the table in half, mount it against the wall and use it as an entry table
- We could cut the table in half and use it as part of the vanity in the main floor bath.
I was leaning toward options 3 and 4 until I realized that 3 wasn’t an option. The table was to deep and wide. I asked Dadtractor about option 4 and he said he’d try.
We came home on Monday night and found this:
And while I was making blueberry muffins for the crew (of 2), Dadtractor and Jose were busying installing our sink.
Jose trimmed the tabletop down so it would fit in the space. He removed the back two legs and instead mounted the table to the wall. We have some leftover white round tile from the shower that we’re going to use as a backsplash. We also have some of the mosaic cork left, so we might try to incorporate some of that too. Wait until you see the finished bathroom. It’s going to look great!!
So for $100 over 6 years ago, we got a table and four chairs. We used them everyday for 5.5 years and then sold the chairs for $20. Then we converted the table top into a vanity for our bathroom for $0. I’d say we got a great Ikea deal.
What piece of Ikea furniture turned out to be a great investment for you?
P.S. We have plans for the rest of our Jokkmokk table. They will be making another appearance at 4024.