Grateful for a Handy Husband

Now that my girls are getting older, we decided to get them new beds. The bunk beds were fine for when they were younger but we felt that they now need a more substantial mattress and a more ‘grown-up’ bed. We took a trip to IKEA and decided on a bed that we all liked.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
Getting ready to build. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Once the flats had been delivered, my husband set out to build the beds. He used our dining table to set out the things required to join the planks.

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Building a drawer. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

We chose beds that have three drawers at the bottom thus giving the girls more space to store their clothing. My husband began with these before building the frame of the bed.

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Working together. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

My youngest daughter was my husband’s assistant for the day. Not only did she hold planks in place but she learned the task of figuring out how to put the pieces together.

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Reading instructions. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

My daughter became quite adept at reading the pictorial instructions that IKEA gives to the customers. She also came to enjoy the task of screwing the wooden pieces together.

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Screwing the planks together. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I am grateful to have a husband that is handy – and who enjoys doing these tasks around our home. In addition, I am thankful that he is willing to show our daughters how to tackle the task of putting furniture together.

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(Join me and share something that you have been grateful for in the past week. Link up with my post and feel free to use the badge my daughter created. )

Thank you for last week’s contributions. I enjoy reading what others are grateful for – the posts make me think of other things I am happy to have in my life. 

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36 thoughts on “Grateful for a Handy Husband

  1. That is some weird coincidence, we bought the same bed a few years ago now for my daughter. Her choice and she still loves it.. I can still remember the day putting it together.. smiling. 😉


    1. My husband put together two – one for each of our girls. They are loving it. The bed has become a space on which they can cuddle and read their books – and just relax.
      As for putting it together – let’s say my daughter’s ability to correctly read IKEA’s pictorial instructions came in handy 🙂


  2. 🙂 same here, lucky Colline… mon cher et tendre is a rocket&satellite scientist, but he can do, fix and make everything at home and around, last but not least: just like yours, he does enjoy it… 🙂


  3. I love it!! Family and projects. So many times in life we take the easy way out. Opening a large box of furniture from IKEA can be disgustingly disturbing when you accidentally break open the entire kit of screws. Home handymen/ handykids are way underated and most of the time not used enough. As a professional handyman I encourage all to learn. Anytime I can help please ask. God bless you and your family.


    1. My husband takes extra care when opening boxes, cutting wood, and choosing the correct size of nails. He should have been a carpenter as he enjoys working with wood and building things.


  4. Fabulous 🙂 I hope she will be happy with her Ikea bed. Lucky girls to be given the opportunity to choose and help build their new beds. Yesterday I bought a new camera cause my previoius young one (only 8 months old) had died. Instead of being miserable for its death I was grateful I could afford a new model even if it means paying it off over three year period 😉


  5. I love Ikea. We could have used his help when we put our bookshelves together. That was comical. No one will ever call my handy 🙂 Have a great weekend!


    1. It can be a bit challenging at times – especially when you misinterpret the drawings. Luckily it has not been too often we have have to take pieces apart and re-build them 🙂


  6. Cheers to IKEA … and to the patience assembly requires (at times). Grateful for the week? … The return of DWTS …. and more importantly, even with all the bad news in the world, I still believe the majority of the world is good.


  7. I didn’t see an Allen wrench in any of the pictures. That’s surprising! It seems like anything I’ve ever bought from IKEA that required assembly included the handy dandy little Allen wrench. Handy husbands are wonderful to have around, especially when they are willing to teach as they work. I’m grateful that my husband has been that way, too. He’s taught our sons, and he’s taught me a few things, too. 🙂


  8. Oh, I can so join you on this one Colline. We are blessed to have our ‘handy hubby’s’ for sure and whoever said that girls shouldn’t know how to be ‘handy’ themselves? My sons know how to cook, bake, clean, sew and iron. 😆

    Love the photo’s hon. Looks like everyone had a great time and I can’t wait to see what the finished product will look like. Wonderful, I bet! 😀


  9. Great team effort all round, your daughter will appreciate it all the more knowing her efforts contributed to the end result.
    Unfortunately for me, being a handyman is not one of my fortes, opening the envelope with the instructions inside is quite a problem.
    Emu aka Ian


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