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DVD Organisation

I’m a DVD/Blu Ray collector. I like to own physical media over electronic copies of anything, including books and music. However, my growing collection has taken over the living room. Here’s one of our bookcases – the tidiest one! Problem is, even though our bookcases are generally tidy. I can never find the DVD or Blu Ray I want to watch. There’s no organisation. When we moved into this house, we simply piled them on, along with our books. Resulting in some shelves like this: I had thought about putting them into DVD binders or into filing boxes, after reading 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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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…