Then I thought about my entry, which I felt had been bare lately. Yesterday I went out looking for a small table or chest. I saw a drop leaf table (unfinished), but couldn't get any sales help, so I left the store. At the next store I saw a TV stand with a shelf and two small compartments with doors where I could hide "stuff". So I decided to buy it.
Unfortunately, as is standard procedure with most reasonably priced furniture these days, it had to be assembled. Worse, I had to get it off the store's shelf, into my car, then into the house so I could put it together. I've assembled furniture several times (and vowed never to do it again), but I have the routine down pat. The box was so heavy that workers were warned not to pick it up alone, but as a team. They did not warn the customers.
Here's hint for moving heavy furniture or boxes. If you have hardwood or tile floors, put the box on a blanket or sheet and pull it to the desired spot. Once you have the furniture together, you can pull it to the desired spot in the house. One time, I had to assemble three six foot bookcases and used the blanket system andf pulled the bookcases up to the wall and lifted the blanket to lift the bookcase. But I digress.
I only made one mistake, and it's a very minor. The back of the unit is simple cardboard and I attached it upside down. Since I don't expect to put anything heavy on this unit, it won't matter. Here's the finished product.
The most surprising thing about this whole project is that I didn't get any help. Except for a little fight about the blanket, the cats stayed away from me the whole time. Neither of them even tried to settle into one of the little sections. And I didn't even break a nail or ruin my manicure.