How I Saved On The Kitchen Table-A Bit of DIY

We finally moved to our new place and things are getting settled slowly. Because of the Easter weekend, we had some delay with the delivery of the appliances so our life was more about surviving. So instead of cooking, there was a lot of Kebab, Pizza and other takeaway food (there was at least one person very happy about that fact). Finally, this has come to an end with the last equipment (the cooker) delivered today.

The decorating process has started and my first project was the kitchen table as we wanted to sit together as a family and enjoy the meal. Michal also needed a space to do his homework so it was quite important.

I like things with some character but l I have to stay in the budget so I decided to buy a used table and upgrade it a little bit. I see potential in things so when I saw this beauty on Facebook Marketplace I fell in love. It had the perfect shape and nice detail but it wasn’t my colour, it was worn out so it needed to be repainted.

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A picture made by the seller. This table was only 50 Eur. and it was in a set with 4 chairs which I did not intend to use (as I had my own vision for the kitchen).

The top has been detached from the base for the time of works.

This picture shows that the top was worn out and had marks o it. I gave all the parts a little bit of sanding and priming…

I put 2 coats of primer sanding in between, then 2 coats of brilliant white satinwood paint 

I decided to leave the brass feet untouched as it had already a nice patina. In the end, I gave the top a few coats of varnish while sanding in between the coats.

Then I bought the chairs I wanted, in a nice warm grey colour and voilà I have unique dining set for my kitchen.

 

There’s always a way how to save a few quids when decorating your house without compromise on the style. I bought a nice solid wood table for nothing and simply changed it’s colour. Buying second-hand furniture is a conscious and sustainable way of decorating. There’s still plenty of life in these objects and often the better quality than most of the new furniture.

And you, do you like to DIY or you prefer to buy new furniture for your beautiful houses?

Thanks for reading,

Gosha

 

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I Am Back With Some News

I haven’t been blogging for a while at first I was making a “career” in the coffee industry. In the beginning, I was really passionate about my new job and I enjoyed being appreciated and promoted but after a while, there was that voice at the back of my head telling me that this wasn’t what I wanted. When the voice became louder and I was overwhelmed with stress, I decided to quit. The stress triggered several health issues which happened to be an old Lyme disease. I needed time to recover and find the balance again in my life. All these things encourage reflection about what’s important and how I want to live my life.

I believe that everything happens for a reason. I have been working hard to save on a mortgage deposit but when I decided to let go and find another way to have my home I got a decision from the Local Authority that they will rent us a home. We got a beautiful tiny home in the countryside with a spacious garden. Everything is new and fresh, it is warm and sustainable… I couldn’t be happier. The rent is not killing us so I can spend more time with my family and be present… The time of the move has finally come and I had to face the ugly truth: We were hoarders! It didn’t look like in the famous TV show because we rented a large house and we had 2 spare bedrooms we didn’t use. How much clutter and things that “I might need in future” I’ve accumulated? This was a real battle with all the mess for weeks now. I ‘ve donated so much stuff and few sold for nothing but still, we ended with way more than we could fit in our new home. This was the point where I decided to become minimalist and very selective about things that come into my house. I’ve gotten a chance to start over and I will use it wisely.

So let’s decorate 😉

Take care Gosha

Michal’s bedroom 

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The mood board for the kitchen

My Top 5 Plants That Improve The Air Quality

In one of my previous posts, I wrote about the greenery trend which is evident in interiors this year. Placing plants in your living room not only adds more interest and texture to it but can also significantly improve the air quality.

In 1989 NASA was trying to find the cost-effective solution for the “sick building syndrome” which became a problem along with new energy-efficient buildings. Few of the symptoms of the syndrome were headaches, dizziness, nausea, eye and respiratory system irritations, skin problems and many more. They discovered that stagnant indoor air allows pollutants to build up and cause serious health issues. Adding plants to the rooms was one of the solutions for the problem and can be introduced in any interior, not only in spaceships.

In this post, I will give you my top 5 plants to use around the house that are relatively easy to maintain and hard to kill.

  • Spider plant– is very easy to grow and is a powerful filter that removes formaldehyde and xylene from the air. It likes bright and indirect light and requires watering 2-3 times a week depending on the season and humidity. spider plant.jpg
  • Dracaena– comes in more than 40 different kinds so it will be easy to find the perfect one for your room however if you have cat or dog you may reconsider buying it as it is toxic for them. It is able to remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene from the air.dracena.jpg
  • Peace lily– prefers shady areas, in summer it produces white flowers that may contribute some pollen to the environment. Refrain from having too many of them around the room or place them outside in summer. This rather small plant can remove ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from the air. It likes moist soil. Avoid overwatering your peace lily though because it will die.peace lily.jpg
  • English Ivy– this very expansive plant is not recommended to use in your garden as it will take over it very fast but used indoors can purify your air from benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene. Some studies have shown that it has the ability to remove also the mould spores. This plant loves well-draining soil, plenty of watering and direct sunlight (it will grow in the shadow as well).ivy
  • Snake plant– commonly called Mother-in-Law’s Tongue is one of the easiest to grow. Water it occasionally, it prefers drier conditions and not too much sun. It removes formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene from around the house.snake plant1.jpg

Adding these five plants to your design can significantly improve your well being through cleaner air but this won’t solve your problem with pollutants in 100 %. You may consider improving air circulation around the house through a better ventilation system, opening windows to let the fresh air or buying the air purifier. Better choices as it comes to the furnishings, cleaning products and even reducing plastic can benefit your general health as well because they emit harmful gases to the atmosphere. Take care of yourself by taking care of your home and environment.

Thank you for reading,

Gosha