This glass hall table was great for the position we had it in in our Burwood unit some eighteen years ago. Likewise this shelving unit served its purpose very well, originally with a corner piece and it ran along two walls and we reinforced one of the shelf supports to carry a large and heavy old crt tv. In Balaclava I spray painted the black metal work silver.
R has nagged for a long time about replacing both, so we have. The glass table had a chip and we chucked it in a friends garage sale a couple of weeks ago. It would not fit in the car well, so R sat in the back seat and held it with it hanging out the boot while I drove very slowly to East St Kilda. We didn't get much for it, but we did get rid of it to a good home.
Sister wanted the shelving unit so we took it apart and managed to fit it into the car but again R had to sit in the back seat but least the boot lid closed and he did not have to hold it. Just as well as this time we had to travel to Sister's on the Bellarine Peninsula.
Now there is one thing that can quickly lead to the ruination of a long term relationship and that is partners assembling flat pack furniture together. I could not do anything strenuous so I left it to R and a fine job he did too, after a few puzzling moments and some taking apart. We had bought a $30 electric screwdriver to help. We should have bought one years ago. Just once he asked me for some help and after a couple of minutes, I could see things weren't going as I would like and opened my gob. Oh dear, this won't end well. I am outta here One person assembling is better. The delivery man asked R if he was assembling it himself. When R said yes, the delivery man rolled his eyes skyward.
The shelves came in four packs, two packs to make up one shelf unit and each pack weighed an amazing 40 kg. The rear foot pads were sitting on the carpet straight edge, so R removed them and used some of the polystyrene packing at the back so that they sat level. Then we bought and screwed in a plate at the top to keep them together and with the supplied straps and our butterfly bolts, we strapped it to the wall so that it won't fall forward.
We will use the cupboard for extra storage. But an easily accessible power point to turn on or off five lamps is now behind the cupboard. I'll leave our solution to that one for another post.
There is little in the highrise that is older than fifteen years, except the human occupants. Oddly the desk where I am now sitting is of that age, and the chair I am sitting on and the filing cabinet next to me, but little else. Murmurs have been made about the desk, but I don't like the options.