So we ventured into IKEA today for no good reason at all. After looking through all the setups and figuring out what we’re going to pick up to redo the kitchen and bathrooms (which of course will be shared here), we went down to the bottom and perused the “as is” section.
If you don’t go to IKEA much you may not know this exists, but the ‘as is’ section can be a real goldmine. You may remember the focal wall that we built to mount our TV on. We actually found that brand spankin’ piece of butcher block in the ‘as is’ section with not a scrape on it.
So today, we found ourselves in there. There weren’t any ridiculously good deals that we could see, so we started walking out when we saw… a really cute dark brown Ekenas chair.
For anyone who is afraid of doing a little fixing, this probably won’t be something that you’re interested in. This was listed as ‘new’ on IKEA so my guess is that when it got shipped in, they accidentally cut the top with the box cutter when they were pulling them out for delivery.
Mind you- this was a $300 dollar chair. That was in the ‘as is’ section for $50. Here’s a before:
Since we don’t currently have a sitting area to read in the office (and only our huge desk setups) we thought it would be nice to take this in and spend a small amount of time stitching up the box-cutter wound. Other customers sang their praises on how smart of a move it was, considering the price, as we walked out. True story.
We also picked up a nice white throw and a colorful pillow (the Vilmie Ruta cushion) to spruce it up a bit.
Once we got it home, we found the perfect space for it. The brown goes great with the soft light green walls we have.
When all was said and done, we found a killer deal in the ‘as is’ section which will only take a minimal amount of love to be perfect, a throw, and a colorful pillow all for $67. I’d say that was a well spent Swag Saturday. :)