We did a quick trip to IKEA this month, which I would like to say despite all of my IKEA photos on here, is unusual for us
Last year we didn’t go for over half a year and believe me when I say that’s rare coming from someone who used to meet up with friends and our kids for breakfast there. When we moved, we moved pretty far away from our favourite IKEA store (yes we are spoiled rotten having four IKEA’s within reasonable driving distance from our home even though two of those would take well over an hour to get to) so when we go now, there’s usually a purpose because the drive there is a pain in the rear. This time it was to get more shelves and to get the LAGAN wood counter top as part of our half kitchen update that we want to take on this year.
We started off in Kitchens where I immediately noticed their nice new turquoise coloured cabinet doors. The RUBRIK APPLÅD is what they’re called and this crappy iPhone photo does it no justice.
Then I went straight to the counter top samples.
Hmmm. What’s missing in this picture? Perhaps the LAGAN wood counter top that if you do a quick Google search on is just about every DIY homeowner’s dream inexpensive wood counter top to work with for kitchens, bathrooms, desks and other fun crafts.
It was gone.
I checked the computers and it said contact Customer Service. Well IKEA was insanely understaffed that night, so much so that I couldn’t find anyone to cut me some fabric that I wanted to take home. Now before I get onto the rest of the visit, let me jump forward a bit and state that when I got home I emailed them to ask them about the LAGAN’s status.
This is the reply I got:
Thank you for contacting IKEA Canada. After verification, we regret to inform you that the LAGAN countertop has been discontinued since October 2012. Please note that it is no longer available in any of our retail stores or warehouses.
Dear IKEA, why is it gone is my next question? Is it coming back? Is something replacing it? And don’t say the NUMERÄR is still there because it’s twice the price the LAGAN was. The universe obviously does not want us to update our kitchen. If you read this and know the inside scoop, let me know before I start taking money out of our grocery fund to pay for the NUMERÄR.
In Canada the NUMERÄR is currently $199 for the 73 1/4 x 25 5/8″ length. In the United States the same one is $129.00. Told you, almost everything is more expensive here.
So no counter top, no fabric. It was going to be a very short visit.
Oh look a distraction. The NORDEN bench that I have been wanted forever.
Then the Bedroom section really tried to uplift my mood because “it” is finally here in Canada.
By “it”, I mean the FJELL bed frame.
This bed is all kind of gorgeous. I stared at it and tried to avoid looking at its price tag of $499.
I. Love. This. Bed.
And because apparently inquiring minds wanted to know what the inside of the FJELL wardrobe looks like, here you go.
The wardrobe is $449.00 and the dresser is $249.00. Canadian that is.
On that note, when did IKEA get so expensive?
Is it one of those things that was bound to happen and I should just deal with it because compared to the Restoration Hardware’s of the world, it is still cheaper. Remember you still have to take this home and put it together. Or is it just because the items that I love the most in the store happen to run more than their average Billy bookcase budget.
Again, love that bed. Anyhow…
Walking past the Office section I noticed this. The VIKA FURUSKOG table top. Also temporarily oversold. Is it a conspiracy? Does everyone want a wood counter top?
Onto the Children’s area.
The KALAS tableware got a makeover. So if you have the old line, I tried to warn you in the Rainbow Party post that they weren’t going to be there much longer. It’s probably my fault because I own the other versions. If I own something from IKEA and I show it on here, there’s a high probability it’s going to be discontinued. I’m apologize in advance. It’s a curse.
Then on our way out as we were getting the shelves that we came for, my husband noticed these shiny new aluminum shelves called the EKBY MOSSBY. He still can’t stop thinking about that one and while we wound up getting the white versions, he is contemplating going back for that one (we used two EKBY shelves and made a floating TV stand out of them for our DVD player and PVR).
Oh and did I mention that there’s a good chance the KARLSTAD sectional will be coming over for a permanent visit to our home in the next month? Never mind the fridge, apparently we’ve outgrown our old couch in size. That is by the time we’re all piled up on our little formerly fit perfectly in our condo sectional, there is barely room for one adult and the kids nowadays. Apparently kids get bigger in size. Why wasn’t I warned?
Dear LAGAN, we could have had something great…like better blog photos of my attempts at baking vs my current world’s ugliest kitchen counter top that shows up in all my baking tutorials. We miss you already.