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First Aid Kit Essentials

Having a first aid kit in your home or car probably isn’t something you’d classify as an essential, until something happens and you find your without it when you need it. I had one first aid kit in my house; there was one in my car but it needs replenishing. Here’s is one of mine: Fun but practical 🙂 I’ve been a qualified first aider for 3 years now, following are my recommendations / first aid kit essentials for your home first aid kit using the knowledge I’ve gained from my training and occasions I’ve needed to use my skills. Read More…

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Restoring a vintage wicker shelving unit

This wicker shelving unit has been in my parents house for as long as I can remember. I’m not sure how old it is, but it was my Gran’s. It used to be in my parents living room, then when I moved out, made its way to my bedroom for storage. I’ve always liked it and was told take it or we’re binning it (!) – so I did. 🙂 It was in good condition, but needed some TLC… and a clean lol. First I vacuumed it with a small bristle brush attachment, then went over the smaller nooks and Read More…

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Dining room chairs restoration

Remember the dining room chairs we reupholstered? We finally got around to re varnishing / staining them. 🙂 First we removed the seats from both chairs and sanded them down with a hand sander, we focused on the legs, front, back and sides. The details (e.g. the 3 planks of the chair back) were sanded with sand paper, which very hard and time consuming. It started to rain while we were sanding which slowed down progress as we were working between showers – you can see some rain drops on the chairs in the photos. We opted not to sand Read More…

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Reupholstering a vintage ottoman

Our second project over the Bank Holiday weekend was reupholstering and restoring a vintage ottoman. The ottoman was given to us by my mum and has been in my family for at least 60 years, so approximately the 1940s. We learnt from the reupholstery we’d done on the two dining room chairs and I think we’ve gotten better at it. 🙂 To begin we removed one of the trims that was attached to the upholstery and removed the lid so we could clean inside the ottoman. While I cleaned, Artur went ahead and removed the old tatty material as well Read More…

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Wooden storage box restoration

Artur and I have been busy this weekend with two restoration ‘projects’. Here’s the first: This storage box has been stored in Artur’s previous garage for years, it was damp and cold. As a result, there was water damage! My mum nicknamed the box ‘Rover’. Before picture: First we removed the door and sanded down all the damaged areas. Both on the box itself and the door. Once sanding was complete, we then gave the box a rub down with a damp cloth. Ensuring we didn’t get the box too wet. Next we treated the wood in a deep mahogany Read More…

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Re-upholstery

Artur has had two dining room chairs for a number of years, the seat covers desperately needed maintenance and the wood needed a re varnish or staining. We got some quotes for the work on the two chairs (always best to shop around 🙂 )but ultimately decided to do it ourselves. Artur has a project in mind to build his own motorvan from a van and this is a good starting point, here’s a few pictures of the reupholstering we did – excuse the mess in our kitchen! Before reupholstering Taking the seat out Fitting the fabric Finished! 🙂 The Read More…