DIY Palette Furniture

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Pinterest is my happy place!! I can spend hours on end ogling and saving stuff in the very many categories i have created. Follow me @hazelkirigo

One particular obsession i have on Pinterest is palette furniture! Oh the possibilities!!

I also happen to believe in the words of Paulo Coelho in one of his most popular books The Alchemist, the world listens to your hearts desires and conspires to make it come true, or was that The Secret? Oh well, the principle is the same.  So the universe responded to my desire to make palette furniture and a delivery was made to our office and there were palettes left behind and they were not going to be used!! When the Universe speaks, you listen! I quickly whisked all four palettes in my car, thank goodness for station wagons with expandable boots! So this past weekend i decided to go for it.

What i used for this project:

  • 4 Palettes
  • 1 small (3×6) mattress cut to fit the palette
  • 2 big cushions
  • Masaai blanket

Step one

Putting together the palettes to form a seat. I placed one at the back and stack the remaining three pieces.

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Behold we have a seat!img_20170909_141750.jpg

Step Two

Next was to place the soft furnishings. Mattress covered with the masaai blanket as the seat and the big cushions as the back rest.

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The final look of the balcony.img_20170909_143151.jpg

Gladly the weather has improved and we can enjoy some sunny afternoons and even some evening drinks in the balcony!! No plants yet, those will feature later, my daughter will happily much away the plants and soil!

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No Bake Biscuit Cake

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Has someone come to visit you and bring you something that leaves you wondering;

a) Does this person actually think i like this? and

b) where they got it?

Someone brought me a box of biscuits. The above was what went through my mind…But i am not one to look a gift horse in the mouth and so i chose to make the most of it.

Google away i did. Seriously, what did we do before Google and YouTube tutorials?  I looked for recipes that could help me make use of my carton of biscuits and i found one that was not intimidating and that i could easily pull off.

 

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It required only four ingredients: Biscuits, chocolate syrup, whipped cream and dark chocolate.

The next step is to crush the biscuits, mix in the chocolate syrup. Because i love coffee, i added coffee to the chocolate syrup.  Put the mixed crushed biscuits in the the baking tin, or a glass container ( so that its easy to come off).  Boil the whipped cream, and pour over the dark chocolate and stir, let it cool. Then spread it over the biscuits. I added a little extra peanuts that i just crushed and spread over the chocolate. Refrigerate overnight and viola! You have got cake!

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Before going into the fridge

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After refrigeration.

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Yum. Yum. Nom. Nom.

Here is the video.

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Home made granola

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Is it just me or is time flying? It was January just the other day! Oh well, I really wish time would move in slow motion during the weekend.

The cost of living is on the rise and one of the things i am working hard to do this year is to save as much as possible. One of the ways i am doing that is by making some things that i would ordinarily buy.

My mornings are usually a crazy rush of getting ready, chilling with baby and preparing her meals for the day. This combined with my love for sleep…i rarely have time to sit and have breakfast but i know its the most important meal. So i eat on the go. One of my favorite things to munch on is granola or muesli. And these things cost a pretty penny in the supermarket.

Cue my DIY persona!! I now make the granola at home! Which is nutritious, filling and saves costs!! Today i will share how i do it…

The Ingredients: Weetabix, Oats, peeled peanuts,sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, golden raisins, (not in the picture)sugar and olive oil. All these ingredients are available at Chandarana Supermarkets

You can be creative with the ingredients and introduce any cereals or nuts you like. Some of the other ingredients i have tried are black raisins, apricots, cornflakes and raisin bran.

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. I measure the quantities using a measuring cup you could also use a serving spoon …or your eyes!

I don’t take honey. An alternative to honey is syrup. Since i am saving money, i made my own syrup  by boiling some sugar (2 heaped tablespoons) with 180ml water. Boil until it starts to bubble.

I then mixed the sugar syrup with the dry ingredients using a spatula. Pour the syrup or honey little by little to the dry ingredients as you mix. The ingredients should only be slightly soaked by the honey/syrup. The mixture should not get gooey.

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I then spread one table spoon of olive oil on a baking tray and spread the mixed ingredients on the tray. Popped it in the oven at 200 degrees for 10 minutes. The oven was pre-heated for about 5minutes.

The final product is dry and can easily crack in your hands. Place the granola in a tin for use as you please. You can have it with milk or yoghurt and fruits. It is also a nice snack to much on…It is full of nutritious goodness!!

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What is your go to breakfast meal?

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Acrylic paint crazy

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Do you have that item that you have always had and you use it very few times because it lacked appeal? And you always wondered how to make it more appealing? How to give it a face lift? That a little change will help you appreciate the item more and that it will make you use it more?

This item could be anything really  clothes, shoes, a handbag, accessories, furniture.

I have this pair of shoes that i like, they are basic black and are rather boring. They honestly could do with a bit of character.

After reading this piece on pineconeshelf i decided to try it out on the shoes. I got the bronze acrylic paint and some paint brushes from Text Book Centre for about Ksh500 and Ksh200 respectively.

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I wanted to create lines on the tip of the shoe, so i cut out and stuck some masking tape, painted it and let it dry for a day.

So  i was left with some paint  and it was at this point that i went a little crazy and decided i might as well paint a few more things. I got this mason jar which initially had marmalade in it, cleaned it in and out. Also i got a sufuria which was rusted and i still had had plans for it in a future project.

At the end of the day i had painted three things and i loved the results! The shoes pop with character and I wear them more now! The mason jar now sits on my desk at work with pens in it. The sufuria is yet to be used but soon…

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Try out the acrylic paints and be creative with the application! Don’t for get to share your end results!

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Personalizing generic furniture

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With all the furniture stores sprouting all over, we have an influx of generic furniture that tends to lack personality.  Don’t get me wrong the furniture is as useful as they come, but when in your space, you want it to look like yours, no?

From the Mombasa Flat Update, i found one such piece of furniture at the dining area.

The dining area before

The dining area before. The cabinet is used to store cutlery and also as a bar.

I got some decorative paper from Nakumatt Nyali (the matt paper quality and NOT the shiny version), some glue, a pair of scissors, and a ruler to take measurements.

I took out the glass, luckily the cabinet had grooves that the glass would roll off from. This made the project so much easier. I took measurements of length and width. Measured out the paper and cut out.

Cut out paper

Cut out paper

With the glue i carefully stuck the paper at the end of the cabinet.

finished product

Finished product with a pop of color

With some rearrangement of the cutlery and some artwork at the top, it was done. I chose not to put back the glass,  wells ave for the bottom one which refused to come off. I thought it looked better without.

What are your thoughts?

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Mombasa Flat Update

I got a request from a friend to do ‘something’ to her flat in Mombasa to make it better looking of course on a budget. I gladly accepted the ‘something’ challenge.

Here are the before pictures.

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With some cleaning and sprucing up, painting, new curtains, and some new furniture it was a go.

Here are the after pics.

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For the bedrooms, i rearranged the furniture to create more space. Painted the walls a color from the Crown Paints collection called Ash, its a soft  and calm grey. Also got curtains in the colors available from Nakumatt Nyali.IMG_7400 IMG_7404

For the living room, painted two colors i absolutely loved from the Crown Paints App. Yellowed Leaf (the greenish yellowish one) and Perry Blue (the bluish one). Traded-in the old furniture for the corner seat and bright pillows. Also got rid of the carpet, it’s so hot in Mombasa a cool tiled floor is so much better….

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For the dining area, got rid of the carpet, i think it looks so much neater without it. Got new curtains and painted the Yellowed leaf and Ash colors. For the cabinet, i brightened it up with some wrapping paper (not of the shiny variety) see the project here.IMG_7410 IMG_7412

For the kitchen some cleaning up, arrangement of utensils, dish rack and curtain did the trick.

Disclaimer, i hired someone to do the painting this time round. Also, do download the Crown Paints App it really makes colour selection so much easier.

What do you think of the before and after?

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Painting picture frames

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Pictures. They speak a thousand words. They immortalize moments in our lives. They tell the story of who we are, where we have been and who we have become.

Growing up, taking pictures was an annual family event and the images would end up in the family album. With the increase in camera ownership, many more memories were captured and stored in the album. I still love looking at old family albums and yes i have two in my house. In today’s world of selfies and phone cameras, not many people ‘preserve’ life’s memories and no Facebook, Instagram, snapchat and all those others don’t count…not in my books.

This weeks project was painting some picture frames i got from Tuskys Supermarket for Ksh200. They looked very drab and unappealing, but hey with that price, they were screaming my name!!

The frames

The frames before

To paint them, i removed everything so that i was only left with the frame. The back had some strange nails at the back and i had to figure out a way to remove them without damaging the frame.

The back of the frame with the small nails holding the glass and paper

The back of the frame with the small nails holding the glass and paper

 

I had to get creative with how i removed the nails....i used a nail cutter. This damaged the nail cutter...but was worth it.

I had to get creative with how i removed the nails….i used a nail cutter. This damaged the nail cutter…but was worth it.

Next, i sanded the frames down to get rid of the slight varnish it had. Sanding it makes the paint adhere better.

sanded down frame

Sanded down frame

And then it was time for the fun part. Paint! I had some left over black paint from a previous paint job.I used a small brush, that was part of a set i got from Game Store at Garden City…by the way this place is a DIYers heaven!!

My tools. I used the smallest brush, the orange one

My tools. I used the smallest brush in the pack for this project, the orange one

Painting is messy and taking pictures while painting was an uphill task. However, what i did was lay out an old newspaper on the surface i was working on to avoid getting paint on the tiles…although some of ended up there!

After painting, i hang them out to dry. Like literally hang them. I used your everyday paper hooks to hang them out to dry for 24 hours.

Hanging them out to dry

Hanging them out to dry

The frames are now ready for the next step….the photogallery. Stay tuned for the next episode….

Any projects you have carried out lately? Let’s hear about it.

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