bend it like bekvam

I hope you caught my latest pistachio-filled post over on Anilia’s blog A Little Inspiration.

We are super, super busy taking apart furniture, wiping down cabinets in the new condo, and squeezing through the maze of moving boxes in our apartment.

You were right (FBI agent Mr. John S. was indeed the first to guess) that we do not have a microwave in the new place—and, no, I would never sacrifice the counterspace for one. We’ll live. We will also live without phone, cable, and internet due to the massive Verizon worker strike. (September 7th update: we are still without virtual connections to the outside world—Verizon estimates 7 weeks to installation—hence the lack of gorgeous food on the blog. We have, however, been eating plenty in the new, fabulous kitchen).

Some consolation: I’ll be too busy to surf the net unpacking all of my kitchen goodies and interpreting the Sweedish instructions to assemble BEKVÄM, the kitchen cart on which I finally landed. It’s smaller than what I would love to have both counter and storage space. But to fit both a mobile work station and my cookbook shelf (aka a great piece from Andrew’s childhood bedroom), this is the best bet.

(Click here to see the new kitchen where Bekvam will reside next to Prickles and Rocket, my new plants).

Your turn:

Does anyone have experience staining birch? Spray vs. paint primer? Techniques? It’s not an immediate goal, but would be fun to stain this at some point to make it a classier home for my mixing bowls and kitchen tools.

Do any readers own Bekvam or have any experience with IKEA kitchen products? IKEA would not be my first place for furniture, my upcoming trip is primarily to load up on affordable ceramic pots for the abundant greenery I picked up at Peppers yesterday. Our new kitchen has two bright windows with generous ledges already filled with arugula, chives, cilantro, parsley, and rosemary. We have no furniture in there yet, but the greens are already flourishing!

I must rest up before tomorrow’s big and rainy move, but I will report back on kitchen things (and my herbal survival rates) when I sneak back to the apartment for internet connection [to you].

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