Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pinning: Organized Garages

It's been a while since I've posted some pinspiration so I thought I'd share some ideas for our next project with you.

Our garage at the moment is a bit of a mess, to say the least. It's full of boxes from the move and from recently purchased appliances that are still on guarantee. So I was surfing Pinterest as I usually do for some nice ideas for our messy garage.


This is actually a really good idea, since most of our garden tools are scattered around the garden at this very moment (you can see our garden progress here). Plus, using PVC pipes in an inexpensive solution. 


This has got to be my favourite by far. I'd really love to have a workbench, where everything is this organized and projects can be done with ease. Maybe add a pegboard above the bench?


Oooh, this looks nice. I'm actually digging the blue colour for the garage. 


This seems like a really good solution for homes with kids and lots of sports equipment. I think these kind of storage solutions, without lids, is a lot more practical and they're more likely to put their stuff away. 

You can find more of my pins over on my Pinterest boards.

How do you organize your garage? Please share you thoughts in the comments below!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Miracle of Varnish

The doors in our home must be about 15 years old or more. With time (and pets) they seem to have lost their luster and were looking pretty dull. So I thought I'd pick up some varnish in a nice dark brown caoba and give them a little love.

I started with the bathroom door downstairs. It's still missing one side of the frame but that's a easy fix.

I took the door off it's hinges and sanded down the frame and the door so the varnish would adhere properly. As for the varnish, I used a small brush for the frame and for the actual door a sponge roller and a tray. I gave it a total of three coats, letting the varnish dry between each one about 30min (as said on the tin).

I was really wowed be the results:

Before doing the doors though, I tested the varnish on a smaller area, in this case the bannister. 

I'd like to do all the doors now seeing as how inexpensive it was to spruce up the downstairs hall with just a 12€ tin of varnish. 

I truely recommend using this easy method to give your home a renovated look for very little money. 

Have you varnished or painted any doors in your home? Do you have any tips to share? Please let us know in the comments below!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Garden Progress

Now that the weather has started to cool down (though we're still above 30ºC), we decided to tackle the garden. I really want to grow grass out there and make it pretty, though we're not sure it's going to grow very well. But, hey!, we're gonna give it a shot.

First of all, I have to share the before photos so you can fully understand the work that has been put into this backyard over the past two months.

As you can see, the garden was a complete disaster. It was full of overgrown weeds, old appliances, rusty metal poles and a lot more (as well as unwanted wildlife). We knew as soon as we saw it that it wouldn't be easy, especially not with the heat.

We started by throwing out all the things that didn't belong there and that we obviously, didn't want to keep. Then it was time to get rid of all those plants and weeds.

If we wanted to grow grass we needed to air the soil and flatten it down a bit, so that's what we did.

After about a month of hard work, this is what we have now:

Pretty clean, huh?

Wanna see an amazing before and after pic?

What do you think? Has anyone else been clearing out the garden? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!!!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Gotta Protect 'Em Chairs

Having a kitty is great, especially when she decides to curl up next to you on the sofa. But there's something not so great about kitty nails. You see cats tend to sharpen them on things they shouldn't such as our new dining chairs (please, Dad, if you're reading do not kill me).

So before further damaged was insued, I made two decisions: 1) kitty is not allowed in dining room/living room if we are not in there and 2) I'm going to have to cover those scratches now.

It was time to get creative and release the sewing machine in me (by hand, of course). We went to the Sunday market to buy 5 metres of beige sturdy fabric for all 6 chairs, after measuring of course. We needed about 2x1m per chair.

{my little helper, who's responsable for this whole project!}

After measuring and cutting each piece, I used sewing pins to hold the whole thing together. All I did was cut a rectangle of fabric and drape it over the chair, making sure it was properly covered. I then began to pin the back of the chair and the hem at the bottom. 

I found that sewing while watching TV is quite relaxing and doens't take very long once you put your mind to it (that said, I have still only finished one chair cover).

{you can barely see the stitching!!}

Hopefully, it won't be long until all chairs are covered!!

How do you protect your furniture from pet paws? Please share your experience in the comments below!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Adding Some Storage

We have two bathrooms in our house, but none of them is particularly big. They both have a sink with no cupboard or drawer storage underneath, which makes putting things away pretty impossible.

We saw an offer at Brico Depot for a column storage cupboard for 59€ and thought it would be a quick and not-too-expensive fix for our short storage problem in the bathroom upstairs.

Like every piece of furniture we have bought until now, it was up to us to put it together.

And here she is! (this cupboard just feels like a she)

Now it's up to me to decide how we're going to organize the inside. I sense a future post on the way!!

It's been a while since we've seen a before and after pic:

How do you organize your bathroom? Do you prefer cupboards or drawers? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My New Best Friend

It's not like me to promote a certain product but this time I feel it's a duty. I've mentioned many times that the previous tenants had no intention to clean whatsoever. So when I saw the state of the cupboard above the hob, I was appalled to say the least. Don't believe me? Take a look yourself:

It was FULL of grease. Years worth of grease. And that stuff was not easy to clean off. It turns out my mum had sent me a bag of cleaning supplies when we first moved in, to help up with the process. In this bag she had sent me a bottle of Cif (used to be called Jif). I'd seen her use this a lot when I was growing up but hadn't really paid attention to the results.

After many failed attempts to clean the grease off, I thought I'd give this magical Cif a try (the bottle did say, gets rid of 100% dirt). And I was amazed. With little to no friction needed, those stains came off in a jiffy. Note: I did use quite a lot of water to rinse the cupboard afterwards.

Here's the door once it was done. You can definitely see the difference!

So while I may not promote products often, this bottle has now turned into my new best cleaning buddy!! If you have any tough stains at home I recommend you give it a shot!

Have you used this product before? Any opinions? Perhaps you have your own miracle cleaning mix? Please share in the comments below!!

Note: I have not been paid for this post and any opinions here are my own. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Planner!!!!!

I've been looking for a 6-ring binder planner for a long time, and to be honest I had seen quite a few nice ones, but I always chickened out as soon as I saw the price tag. Fifty or more euros for a planner?? You have got to be kidding!!

Before the school year starts, I start browsing planners for the following year. However, this year, with my work experience keeping me busy this summer, it totally skipped my mind...until I finished my planner. I usually buy an academic-year planner, which goes from September one year to July/August the next, so naturally, mine was up before the end of August. I have to admit, I kind of started to panic. Me with no planner?!

After searching a few different websites, I decided to order from Collins Debden's online store (since they do ship overseas). I found this great teal planner, personal size for 24 pounds (32 euros) which wasn't bad considering most planners I had seen cost double or more.
After waiting two long weeks...it's finally here!!!!!!!!!!!

It came with a week-to-view 2015 refill, card holder, personal reminder page, today ruler, 10 sheets notes pages, 10 sheets meetings pages (probably won't use these), 10 sheets finance pages, 10 sheets address, A-Z tabs and dividers. Pretty neat, ey? 

Of course, I've already started to personalize it. Check out the post-it's in the front pocket =P

As I said, my last planner only had pages until mid-August and my new planner has a 2015 refill (starting in January), so I made some quick and simple pages on Word that I'll be sharing in a future post very soon. 

With everything going digital these days, I wasn't sure if I'd need a telephone/address section, but now that I think of it, what if I lose my phone? Or it's out of battery? Sometimes it good to have it all on paper. So these tabs will come in handy!

I'm going to keep updating this planner; I'd like to add some monthly inserts, change the meetings section to "blog" and other whatnots that I'll be sharing with you here. 

I'm crazy in love with this planner but I'd like to know more about yours. What planner do you use? How do you keep it organized? What sections do you have? Do you buy or DIY your inserts? Please share in the comments below!!