Exciting things are happening in my apartment. Mainly, I’m rearranging the furniture, and overall it’s been a rather thrilling and empowering experience, but last night I hit a regrettable hurdle. You see, as part of my apartment makeover, I’ve wound up moving a filing cabinet from the depths of my bedroom into the living room temporarily. The original plan was to just scrap of the ol’ Ikea EFFECTIV modular unit, but once it was in its new, temporary home, I realized that it could actually be repurposed as a nifty bar. The upper shelves could house martini, wine, and shot glasses while the lower drawer could provide storage for all my booze. All I needed to do was remove the filing cabinet apparatus on the bottom and replace it with two doors that could swing open. Easy as can be, yes?
Here’s the hutch. It works quite nicely as a place for bar ware. Formerly, this portion of the unit stored office supplies like paper, paperclips, CD-Rs, and other boring junk. (Also, I’m aware that the shelves are in need of dusting.)
Here’s the unit with all its doors open. As you can see, I’ve managed to remove the filing system from the bottom section and attach doors instead.
But here’s the thing: while Ikea is normally very good about placing little holes for our dowels and screws, when it comes to affixing knobs to doors, we’re on our own. We must drill our own holes. And thus the source for my folly.
Last night, I carefully measured out the exact placement for each knob by copying the measurement of the knobs on the doors above (those doors DID have designated holes to screw the knobs into). And yet despite my meticulous measuring, THIS happened:
Yes, my knobs are 100% janky. The one on the left is fine — except for the glaring veneer chip that I caused when my drill bit pierced through the wood. Ugh. The knob on the right, however, is all sorts of horrific. It’s too far up and too close to the edge. It looks ridiculous.
Truth be told, the knob on the right should be repositioned, but doing so would leave a gaping hole in my door.
So now I ask my dear readers a question. Which will look more janky: two uneven, massively unsymmetrical knobs? Or two charmingly aligned knobs… and a gaping hole. And yes, I’m aware that all this talk of knobs and holes sounds vaguely dirty. Please try to focus. I HAVE A MAJOR ISSUE TO DEAL WITH.