I got the idea in my head that I should try a DIY kids kitchen made out of a dresser/table from a second hand store and then attempt to sell it.
A project of my own, to spend some of my free time on.
The search started at 2 Switch, a second hand store close to John and Inge’s.
There a tv stand was found for 3€😁
We had to check the other stores before purchasing it just to be sure it was the best option and it was but we were too late deciding to go pick it up that day with the required van.
A van was borrowed a couple of days later and the tv stand made its way closer to getting its makeover.
Mike and I spent almost a whole Friday looking for items I figured I needed for the project. Paint, brushes, a countertop covering, handles, a sink and tap and something to use for elements 😬
Maybe I set my sites too high for tasks to accomplish in one day but after the paint was found, the rest of our time searching felt like a waste and we didn’t score any more needed items until the end of the day.
We made it back to the house and I felt a little better about the whole thing, compared to the start of our day when I was considering counting the paint cost as loss and skipping the whole idea… so many emotions with DIY 😜
Saturday was spent entirely on ripping apart the tv stand and rebuilding it into my imagined shape and design.
Oma and Opa had sent over two sink taps we were allowed to make use of and we were going to but then we found a brand new one on sale for only 5€ and decided to go with that one instead 😊
Door knobs, handles and screws were also found at that store.
I chose ‘Annie Sloan’ paint after an advisory from my mother ☺️
I searched out a store 25 min. away and the lady there helped us chose the amount required and a finishing wax to go with 👌🏻💙
Provence blue, perhaps I gravitated to that due to my prairie roots? 😉
Paint brushes retrieved from Action, a very cheap store with slightly nicer selection then an actual dollar store 😋
Self adhesive, marble wallpaper was found for the countertop and Mike suggested cup coasters to use as elements and that turned out to be quite bright of him 😋
A bowl for the sink was found for a whopping 2€ and Mike later went and got some specific items for his desired ‘tweaks’ 😏
Two are better than one.
So says Mike😘
As said before, I was finding this DIY process more emotional than I had at first thought it would be 😜
When Mike and I began the real first steps of the project it was a lot more technical than I expected, a lot more deconstruction and reconstruction was involved and it would have been impossible for me to do by myself.
I was feeling useless and pouting and wondering what my point even was and feeling like I wasted Mikes entire Saturday.
I know every wife says this at some point or the other but my husband really is a darling.
He decided it was the perfect time to try to cheer me up and tell me how two are better than one and how I should instead be happy that he was capable of the building bits and that I was capable of the imagination and creating parts and instead of feel badly that he was building it all, I should watch and learn.
Sounds simple enough now but then in the heat of the day his pep talk was required, sweet and applied to the mind-set 😁
Golden energy (like a no name energy drink) was much welcomed caffeine courage to soldier on during our Saturday👌🏻💚
The majority of the work was done Saturday, Mike taking a few extra hours upon himself to ‘perfect’ everything that was bugging him and add in some shelves. (All the extra shelves, ledge and pieces used came from the original tv stand, no extra boards were needed and we salvaged something from every piece.)
His work was much appreciated and needed but I can’t say I look forward to any large, real life projects in our future since they will have to meet Mikes perfection levels 😜
Painting, waxing, wall papering and putting fixtures on was finished by me on Monday and the end result was worth it all 😄💙💪🏻
A special thanks goes to John, without him and his tools this project would not have been possible! (well, it would have been but it would have made it a lot pricier and even more time consuming 😉
For sale : 100 euros, dishes not included.