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A Wagon and a Wall

Last weekend, we left Chicago in our Corolla and came home with a Subaru (more on that in a bit) and the long awaited media wall. We spent two days in our friends Ross and Patti’s insane wood shop, dined on the Queen City’s finest pizza (plain cheese LaRosa’s, hooray!), and even squeezed in time with family and friends. It was the good kind of exhausting, and we’re still recovering from thinking so hard – which may explain the weekend recap on a Thursday. Here’s a photo whirlwind of our time in the shop – pizza lunch included – where we used every tool imaginable, many I had never seen in my life – but some Scott pretended to (I kid!). Click on the top photo or any thumbnail for a full slide show (and P.S., check out my sweet glasses):

Of course it’s like us to pack in as many things as we can, and I mean that literally and figuratively. For one, we managed to buy my Vargo-in-laws Subaru wagon, and through miracles known as the tax return and family discounts, we paid in full. This was most definitly not a spur of the moment decision, as we’ve been in need of a big-boy car for years now. Scott’s been researching Subie pimping like mad lately (no insane lift kits – ha!, but surely a better stereo system), and it really is just a better fit for us overall. With Jack in tow, dumpster diving, and frequent hardware trips, the roomier inside made more sense while giving my man an excuse to tote tool bags and boxes with ease. And two, we planned our Cinci trip in such a way that the new car would be our way of transporting a whole wall of storage back to the Windy City.

Holy shmoly; it fit. All 6+ feet of hundred pound MDF and oak, paint bins, and every last accessory, tool, and squeeze bottle of Skyline hot sauce. And with room to spare!

No one believed we’d be able to pack it all in (okay, me included), but we did. This meant driving 2 cars back, but would you believe me if I told you we were so lucky to have sold the ‘Roll dog last night? Not even 2 days on Craigs, and the sweetest lady scooped it up faster than 3 other bargain talkers. Again, holy schmoly.

All the painting, poly-ing, and final touches will be done in our casa, but this includes an insane juggling act of painting the wall, lowering our television mount, and shuffling records, blankets, and sequin bunnies to other rooms during the work in progress. And because we’re being extra cautious with prep and dry times, this could take a week. Or so. We’ll see. And kudos to Ross for being so patient with us; he’s really the brains behind our soon-to-be addition. More to come!

  • Amber @ Amber, Dom & Baby Make 3! - March 31, 2011 - 9:24 AM

    Guys! This is GORGEOUS! I can’t wait to see it all installed!ReplyCancel

  • Jane @ The Borrowed Abode - March 31, 2011 - 10:28 AM

    This is very exciting. It looks awesome!

    Now where did you find those perfect little round legs?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 31, 2011 - 10:34 AM

      Jane, we bought them at our local Menard’s – but I can’t seem to find a link to them on their website. You can also find them on Amazon though, and you have the freedom to stain them whatever you like!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea B - March 31, 2011 - 12:39 PM

    Pretty amazing! Can’t wait to see it up. :)ReplyCancel

  • aleksandra - March 31, 2011 - 3:11 PM

    i could hardly be more jealous of that workshop! and the media unit is gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - March 31, 2011 - 5:37 PM

    Looks great! Can’t wait to see it installed!ReplyCancel

  • Susan @ Jubilee Furniture - April 1, 2011 - 7:41 AM

    LOVE what I can see of the new media center! Can hardly wait to see it finished and installed in your beautiful home!

    Kim – you look gorgeous even in geeky goggles!

    Pizza also looked yummy!

    Hurry, finish, photography and share! *smile*ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 1, 2011 - 10:04 AM

      Thanks, all! I’m covered in paint today, so it’s definitely coming along!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Our Humble A{Bowe}d - April 5, 2011 - 9:53 AM

    So, I finally got a chance to look at all the pics, and I LOVE the design! It’s so sleek and clean, but the two tone design will be warm, too. Love it so far. It looks like you guys had a great time using the tools, too.ReplyCancel

  • Blair - December 26, 2011 - 1:10 AM

    Hi Kim, any chance you’d be able/willing to share the plans for this portion of your media wall? I’d love to build something similar.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - December 26, 2011 - 7:36 PM

    Hi Blair! We didn’t give very specific instructions on everything, since it was so custom to our particular space. You can, however, see the Sketch-Up model with measurements on this post:

    http://www.yellowbrickhome.com/2011/02/04/let-the-planning-begin/

    We worked closely with our friend Ross, who was amazing and helped us piece it altogether with his awesome wood shop. Sorry we can’t be of more help, but perhaps you have a handy friend who can collaborate with you using a few photos of our wall? We’d love to see any results you come up with!ReplyCancel

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