Dining area creation

Not all houses are designed to have dining areas and that is the case with our house. However, there was some space on the opposite side of the kitchen that had a door like thing hanging.

hanging door thing

hanging door thing

I thought that could make an interesting dining area and got thinking how I could pull it off. The door (lets call it that) needed support so it can work as a table. So the first step was to have a piece of wood measured to the required height. The reason for the simple wooden bar is to keep the space open as was. The wooden bar needed painting so it could blend with the cream background. I used what was left over from the bathroom paint job, which was butter yellow and I figured not too far off…

painting the wooden plank

painting the wooden plank

 

supported

supported

I then got the spray-painted plastic chairs and laid out cutlery and viola! A dining space was formed!

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Dining area

Dining area

 

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Spray painted plastic chairs

When moving out someone lent us two purple plastic chairs for the balcony and they were welcome. However, we left that house with a balcony and moved to another one without. And that is how the chairs found their way into the house. There was nowhere else to keep them and their purple colour kept looking off in the mostly orange, brown and white house.

purple plastic chairs

purple plastic chairs

Orange, white and brown house

Orange, white and brown house

I got Pinspired to try out spray-painting the chairs a colour I liked. And so it began, the affair with spray paint! I got some reddish-orange colour from the supermarket and got on with my project.

Spray paint cans

Spray paint cans

 

Spray painting in progress

Spray painting in progress

Note to any ambitious spray painters: Spray-painting MUST be done outside where there is plenty of air! The smell could make you choke and gag!

Each seat took a full bottle of spray paint. I left them to dry outside for the rest of the day.

Ochre plastic chair

Ochre plastic chair

Have you recently spray-painted anything? Do share!

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Magic Powder

You know about it. You might have used it. But you probably haven’t discovered how much more you can use it!

Sodium Bicarbonate is its scientific name (never thought I’d ever use these terms since I left high school, I really never enjoyed chemistry lessons). It is the main ingredient in baking powder and is also included in some cleaning detergents such as Vim, ATA, Morning Fresh, Pride, Nuru, Axion and other cleaning agents.

There is a wide variety of products on offer

There is a wide variety of products on offer

The chemical varies slightly when in baking powder and when in these other cleaning agents. But the effect really is the same. So you can chose to buy baking powder only or the cleaning agent only, but it is also ok to have both.

This ingredient has been put to use in various products which we use on a day to day basis;

  • It is included in some toothpaste brands and studies have shown that it has a whitening effect and plaque removal effect than in those brands without it. It is also included in some mouthwashes.
  • Sodium bicarbonate in combination with other ingredients can be used to make a dry or wet deodorant. It may also be used as a shampoo.( this i did not know)
  • It’s also gentle enough to wash your hands with and especially if you have odours (like onions, garlic etc).

Reason I call it ‘magic powder’ is because it does work like magic in the kitchen and bathroom especially. What I like most about it is that it easily cleans and removes odours without causing any damage on whatever you are cleaning. And you also use very little energy to clean.

In the kitchen, I mix it with some warm water and a cloth to clean the microwave and fridge. It removes all dirt and any odours in there. I use it to clean my cooker, hot water kettle, sink, table tops, scrub sufurias and always has amazing results. I have repurposed a spice bottle for storing it in the kitchen for easy reach and manageability.

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In the bathroom, it cleans the toilet, sink, tiles and those in between lines that can be grimy if left unscrubbed for a while.

Try it today and tell me how it goes!

What cleaning secrets have you discovered? Do share.

 

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Repurposed dishwashing liquid bottle

Does it bother you how cooking oil has the uncanny ability to leak out of its bottle even when you are being extra careful?? The mess it creates where you store it when not in use is not pleasant!

Well this bothered me so much I needed to get a solution! I had seen the bottles used by chefs in the supermarket but they were quite pricey! So a DIY solution was very much required!

 

I often think twice before I throw away any bottles, and that was the case when the dishwashing liquid ran out. As I mulled over what I could do with it, it occurred to me that I could use the bottle for cooking oil since it had the perfect nozzle to prevent leakage!!

So I cleaned out the bottle, then cleaned it out some more. I had to make sure the cooking oil doesn’t taste like soap! So I cleaned some more then I left it to dry.

Cleaned out dishwashing liquid bottle

Cleaned out dishwashing liquid bottle

However, when I got out the new dishwashing liquid, I realized the liquid had a similar colour to that of the cooking oil!! Imagine someone using the soap to cook or the oil to clean! Cringe!!

Similar colour!!

Similar colour!!

I removed the soap label and cleaned using my magic powder to remove all the sticky substance. Crisis averted!!

label-less

label-less

Once it dried out I poured in the cooking oil and viola! I am happy to report that it indeed works and I have a leak free cooking oil bottle!!

repurposed bottle

repurposed bottle

 

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