One fun part of the IKEA experience is the names they give to each of their products. To those of us English speakers, some product names seem humorous and even unpronounceable. I decided to learn about the names and entered them into Google Translate. Vebjörn translated to “web bear” and Havsta didn’t translate. Hmm… Then I asked Google about how the products are named and came up with this explanation. I hope my Scandinavian visitors will jump in and help if I’m off base here.
The explanation called the naming system “brilliant in its simplicity and scalability. Each product is named after Swedish towns and villages, humans, and other applicable Swedish words. … Each category of products is assigned a specific type of name.”
My Vebjörn desk was given the name of a boy. Living room furniture is named after places or boys, so I was not surprised to find that my Havsta cabinets and shelves were named after a town west of Stockholm.
Last week’s work on the Havsta cabinets and shelves concluded when I found that I had some pieces missing. They have arrived (that is, I cut the needed pieces).
I added the shelf fences and the cabinet base molding.
To finish up, I sanded, painted all the new wood and exposed areas, and coated all the pieces with the wax that is used to seal chalk paint. Once I buffed the wax, I mounted the doors with pin hinges. The door pulls are the smallest size of map tack shortened to just go through the thickness of the door and attached them with super glue. I am so glad I bought the hinge pin setting tweezers from Smaller Than Life because this is the best tool for holding onto tiny nails and pins while pushing them into the holes.
This is a temporary setup using all the IKEA furniture I’ve made so far. You will recognize the Kallax bookcase, my first furniture project cut with my Cricut. Good thing the room is temporary because once I assemble the third Havsta components (in the boxes at the lower left), they won’t fit in this photo backdrop.
It will be so nice to have a craft room with a place for everything and everything in it’s place. See the sewing machine prototype from the sewing center for my daughter and the Cricut Maker from Marie?
By the way, I also looked up Kallax bookcases. Bookcases are typically named for either boys or professions. But I found a place called Kallax at the north end of the Gulf of Bothnia. That caught my eye because my Swedish-Finnish great grandmother, Ida Maria Blomqvist, came from the Ostrobothnia part of Finland right across that body of water from Sweden. Although her home town of Nykarlby was in Finland, the people and culture there were Swedish.