Two kind of amazing things happened this past weekend.
I went to pay our bills, as Kyle's paycheck arrived last Friday, and I was tinkering with our budget to find a little wiggle room for things like a full grocery trip instead of half of one. I went to pay the mortgage and realized that the enveloped it came in was stamped with TIME SENSITIVE MATERIAL OPEN IMMEDIATELY and I was all, how now brown cow? because no one likes to see that on their monthly mortgage statement, you know? It's slightly panic inducing.
So I open it and it's our yearly statement (since we bought this place in September) and the statement is all CHECK THE NEXT PAGE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR ESCROW ACCOUNT and dread fills my stomach as I remember this notice from the last couple of years, how the bank is all "you don't have enough in your escrow account for snarffblatts and dinglehoppers so you owe us more each month now kthnxbai" and it jacks our budget and we've very angsty pretty much up until our tax refund shows up.
With a deep sigh I look at the next page and try to make sense of it until I see a little statement -- that federal law requires them to disburse excess funds beyond $50 above the maximum projected amount and blahblahblahdinglehoppersnarffblattblahblahblah please see the attached check and deposit within 180 days of reciept."
And sure enough, we had an overage in our escrow account. A decent one, to be sure.
*Cue happy dance*
So I ran outside to Kyle (who was playing with the kids) and showed it to him and we both got all excited and promptly went out to dinner (after depositing the check) and then went about taking care of things like my brakes on my car that had been scraping for a while (meaning unless it was necessary, I wasn't going places which more than sucked since my car is the one with the car seats because they were that bad) and generally taking care of some business that we hadn't been able to otherwise.
And then, then Kyle asked me if I wanted to go to IKEA.
Didn't matter that I'd had some summer flu thing all week or that my sinuses were trying to explode, for once, we had a little extra to address an issue that was bothering the crap out of us, so I rallied and with the brakes brand new and ready to go, we made our pilgrimage to the Promised Land.
We also use IKEA like a giant playground for our kids, but that's really just an added bonus. Our kids love beds, what can I say? And half of their toys come from IKEA, so it's familiar which means we have fewer meltdowns.
Since it was Labor Day Weekend, they had some deal about crediting the cost of any food from their cafe to your overall purchase (which is awesome because it's an hour away from us and when we have the littles we HAVE to eat at some point in the adventure) and we also had some stuff to return that didn't end up working for a project like we'd hoped, so we knew we had a good chance at getting a deal regardless of the insane crowds all taking the long weekend to do the same thing we were.
Anyway, our main purpose at IKEA was to procure this:
So we picked it up and a couple of randoms (as you do at IKEA, like a french press and popsicle molds) and made our way through the insane lines and spent about half what we expected to and then happily headed on home to put the kids to bed and build this beast.
And, of course, there was a snafu.
We grabbed the wrong size leg base. It's like three inches too big.
So this is where the question comes in.
This cabinet is mountable to the wall. And actually, if you decide to use the leg base, you're supposed to screw it to the wall anyway for stability because if this thing fell on you with that mirror door, you'd be crushed.
Here's a photo of just the mirror unit without the legs or the side shelf:
My question is this -- is it worth the two-hour round trip deal to exchange the base for the correct one (which will probably be a while before we can get down there again, so we'd be in limbo for an indeterminate amount of time) and then mount everything, or should we just hang this beast on the wall and call it a day?
Honestly, I'm more in the hang it camp and Kyle is in the wait-for-the-legs camp, so I need input. It would go on a wall we built (so no plaster) and the center of the cabinet would be mounted straight into a stud.
Thoughts? Votes? Bueller?