Repurposed dresser!

I hate it when manageable articles have to die an early death because they went past their likeability date. If you look around, you’d find many such things at home which can be revived or given a new lease of life, simply by tweaking it here and touching up there. My husband has a transferable job and every new house we move into has its own share of old creaky problems and hand-me-downs. Most of than not, people like to get rid of old stuff or stuff they don’t have any use for and put it away in a spare room or garage.

But like energy, old things too, never get wasted; of course, if they haven’t rotted away or have been splintered into nothing. And I love resuscitating and tailoring them to suit my needs. I am a Houzz fan and also an avid follower of Good Housekeeping and Martha Stewart. But as someone researching them for a long time now, I can assure you that they make it look easier and snazzier than it actually is. The finish of the product, when you ‘do it yourself’ at home may not be as perfect as it looks in them glossy magazines. But then, when did DIY mean perfection? You do what you can and as long as it serves your purpose well, you’re a winner. (At least, that’s what I tell myself!)

I recently made good use of an awkward dresser into a media centre. Houses on our side of the globe usually do not have the kind of wall where you can easily cut or punch a hole to hide in the wires. If you don’t understand what I mean, check this video:

We do not have walls made like these. And you cannot cut through cement, without creating a huge mess. So, either you mount a board before you mount your TV that will cover your wires or put a tall media centre in front of it and hope, that it covers at least the ugly lengths of wires that run long and far. So I did just that and managed whatever I could to hide the wires.

I wish I had the Before photos because the After might not look much without it. For a hint, my old dresser looked something like this –

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20170213_070319463_iosAnd, here’s what I made of it. The top gap had two drawers and the gap below had two sliding doors that stuttered every time I tried to open them. I added the three little drawers on the left because the previous version of the table-top protruded a little (notice the extra wood on the tabletop), making the dresser look uneven. Now I store CDs in them. The two doors at the bottom replaced two sliding doors that were there before, so it was easier to open.

 

 

 

 

 

From Scotch holders to Watchmen!

Like many other homemakers, I hate a mess. I don’t think I have OCD yet (though I cannot rule it out completely) but there’s just so much I can take when it comes to a shabby room, a dresser in disarray, a mishmash of clothes or other articles etc.

My husband loves watches and more often than not, will either buy one or get it as a gift. Not surprising therefore that there are a lot of them, lying around aimlessly on my dresser. I used to have a small bowl to hold them all but well, it broke and now the watches have nowhere proper to go. Hence, a mess.

The other day, while I was about to throw away some old 100 Piper bottle cases, I thought of innovating them to hold the watches. So here’s a peek into what I did with them:

First, I peeled off the branding paper and cut them lengthwise, about one-inch and two-inches wide, to form a long window. Then I stuck them to an orphaned wooden block lying in the garage, with Fevikwik and let it dry. You can also use wrapping papers if you want, but because I didn’t have a decent looking wrapping paper, I painted and dried them in the sun.

The left one helps me as a charging point and the right one (the watchman!) holds my dear husband’s darling watches. See…


Do you have any organising ideas that you’d like to share? I’d love to know.

New stories for my old stuff!

If you’re a homemaker, you will have made use of an old thing instead of throwing it away. Or maybe given it a facelift just to break the boredom. The planter on the left chipped on the side when someone hit it off my living room table in a drunken stupor. Before I could be devastated, it found a home here, thanks to good ideas! The keys actually belong to three separate sets. I was supposed to mark just three of them to make it easy to detect which is which. But who stops oneself from colouring? Out came the old nail paints and splash went the colours on old keys!

The chair legs were reaching the end of life by the time I decided to change them

This corner of my house was stuck in a bad relationship with chipping wicker chairs for years. My picture doesn’t say it all, but the chair-backs were way too reclined and the chair legs had started to give away slowly and made sitting on them rather precarious. So, I decided to get a fresh and more sturdy wicker set, something that could seat you straight and painted them golden yellow. Bah, you’d say! But sometimes I am adventurous, I  won’t deny it.

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So here’s my much-rejuvenated corner now. I have always loved ‘eclectic’ decor. I believe it somehow reflects my inner hidden self, the one that doesn’t always find expression or opportunity. Even my living room, despite its ‘contemporary’ incline, is steeped in bits and pieces of pop culture. But that is for another day.

This is where I am myself. I blog, read, listen to music, chat with close friends, make pending calls, wait for hubby to show up after work and sometimes on special nights, share a glass of wine. Before you ask me, no, I don’t have a cat!