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It reads like a love story … no wonder we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this winning entry from our friend and fellow IKEA Fan, Ann P., whose winning entry came in just in time!
My life before discovering IKEAFANS consisted of things like removing the door from a drawer I bought in the As-Is department by brute force. LOL! Big splinters on the back of that piece! Thank heavens I soon discovered your wonderful site. The amount of help I’ve gotten has just been incredible.
I needed to do my kitchen on a budget, so that meant slowly gathering materials as they appeared in the As Is. Which meant, there were never instructions, etc. So I came to depend heavily – and gratefully! – on all the instruction pdf’s you make available, many for discontinued items, as well as dozens of postings of other folks dealing with various issues.
One of the most amazing occurrences came when I scored a lot of discontinued AMB glass doors and needed to replace the glass in the lower ones with wood. How in the world to do that? Well, incredibly, IKEAFANS has a page, “How to remove the center panel of an AMB door.” I’m telling you, it don’t get much luckier than that!
So while I was slowly accumulating supplies, I had plenty of time to plan my kitchen, and IKEAFANS was like my brainstorming committee. My own personal Think Tank if you will. I spent hours looking at all the wonderful members’ finished kitchens, reading their suggestions and warnings, and going “ooh! I like THAT!” more times than I can count.
So I ended up with a narrow broom closet that is the envy of all my friends; a pull-out drawer dedicated to the trash can; and a pull-out spice rack hacked from a 30″ drawer turned on its side. I found out how to install the Ferrari hinges on hacked over-fridge cabinets that were originally intended to be verticals. And one thing I’m grateful for EVERY day, was the idea of putting a rod under the sink, about halfway down, on which to hang spray bottles. Glory be! I get happy every time I re-hang a bottle without having to stoop over!
So that’s just the kitchen; I’ve also found needed info on a couple of wardrobes, a Billy with glass doors, a desktop with legs, you name it.
And besides all that, as if it weren’t enough, the FRIENDLINESS of the site is absolutely inspiring – what a wonderful example to set in the world! The staff’s answers and comments are consistently upbeat, encouraging, and patient. You really go out of your way time and again to find links, answer queries, and make your own suggestions.
And my goodness, there was one birthday when IKEAFANS was the only one to send me greetings till late in the day! It just made me smile.
So I’m sure I’ve forgotten a lot of things I could mention, but that’s the gist of it right there. Were I a poet, I’d write a sonnet that would go down in history. As it is, I’m just a big IKEAFANS FANGIRL and proud of it!
The love is mutual, IKEA Fan Ann! Thanks to all the entrants – we loved reading through all the entries and are humbled by your generous words.