The skinflinting Thread!

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Re: The skinflinting Thread!

Post by LadyA » Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:34 am

Oh, the joys of second hand shops!!
I've been decorating. Very long overdue! What used to be our bedroom when my husband was alive (I found I couldn't sleep in there anymore after he had to move to a nursing home), had not been painted since we bought this house, 19 years ago!! And even then, we were skimping on paint, and had diluted a very pale green with white ceiling paint. It was very washed out by now! And full of holes, where my husband had a penchant for hanging things up. pictures, souvenirs, toothbrushes(!) etc. I found though that after he was gone, I just avoided even going into that room, and couldn't motivate myself to do anything with it. And then, suddenly, last week, I woke up and thought "Going to redecorate that room now!" and just got on with it! Odd, eh? I had to repair 17 holes in the walls, before repainting! Anyway, I got the painting done, with paint my brother had given me. They had bought it for their house, and after a couple of brush strokes, decided that they couldn't live with that colour! I love it though. It's a darkish, duck egg blue. Beautiful for a bedroom. I can't tell you how pleased I am! And the colour also goes perfectly with the curtains that are in that room. So that's good. Free paint, and no need to change the curtains!
But the room needed a new bookcase. And as it has an old fashioned feel to it, I didn't want a modern one. I did see one in a furniture place in town, but it was almost €300! For a small bookcase!! So I went to this second hand furniture/bric a brac warehouse. And got a lovely, old fashioned dark polished wood bookcase for €69. What's referred to sort of disparagingly by antique dealers as "brown furniture". Not "special", heavy and hard to sell. A good going over with lavender & beeswax furniture polish, and it looks really lovely in the room. Now I'm on the hunt for an old fashioned looking light fitting. They did have some in the second hand shop, but I'm a bit cagey about buying electricals there.

I'm on a roll now, and going to repaint the hall at the weekend.
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Re: The skinflinting Thread!

Post by Hen-Gen » Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:26 pm

Just got back from my annual trip to the big city (that's Lerwick) to buy some blankets from the charity shops to use as dog beds. £9 spent for six blankets. Beats fibre beds from Amazon which cost the earth. Used to be seen as skinflintery but can now be justified as recycling and ecological soundness. :D

Actually had to go to Lerwick to pick up a new ram from down south that arrived on the ferry this morning. No-one here names their ewes but for some reason rams often get names. He's big and black so welcome to Fetlar, Tyson! :D
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Post by bigyetiman » Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:55 pm

Nothing wrong with charity shops, we have bought some lovely things from them, lovely pine table for the kitchen complete with 6 chairs £30. OH got a hat for her brothers 3rd wedding £2.50 a couple of years ago to name but a few. When the m in law died just before Christmas we brought home a wall unit with a cupboard at the bottom and which was made by the OH's great grandad and has been passed down, and a more solid piece of furniture you would be hard to find, he must have been very proud of it as he carved his name on a small piece of wood and attached it to the back
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Post by Margaid » Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:04 pm

I use dusters but have to admit to using disposable dish cloths and also blue tissue in the kitchen, Partly a throwback to running an 18 bed B&B but also because if I soak a dishcloth in dilute bleach disposal of the water is a problem (private sewerage system.) I also ALWAYS use tissue to mop up fat so it doesn't (mustn't here) go down the drain. A month after we took over the B&B the drains blocked because of the "fatbergs". We used to pour the bacon fat etc into a fruit juice carton which went onto the bin once solid.

Came home today with two books and a very nice bag!
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Re: The skinflinting Thread!

Post by LadyA » Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:40 pm

I love charity shops, and a lot of my clothes come from there. My best charity shop bargains ever were a silver Tiffany & Co. pendant for €7 and a 9ct gold and diamond pendant for €20! I never wear gold, so that went to my sister, but I kept the silver one.
Margaid, I am with you about mopping up oil & fat! I have a septic tank system too, and it does keep you mindful of what you're putting down the drain! The very odd occasion that I've had to use bleach for something, I've poured it on weeds afterwards! I use old socks for polishing furniture, and damp dust everywhere else. I make my own toilet cleaner "bombs" and generally use either bicarb or washing soda for cleaning.

I will be glad though when this decorating work is done! I just hate it! But I just keep reminding myself that I was quoted almost €1,000 by a professional to do that spare bedroom and the hall! :o :o :o
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Post by LadyA » Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:42 am

Decorating is finished! I'm so happy! I put the final coat of cream satinwood paint on two small bedside units this morning. They were light brown mdf, but the surface had worn badly on one of them. And I finished the radiator yesterday. I'm really glad to have done with gloss and satinwood paint. That stuff gives me a splitting headache within minutes of starting! Last job now is to run to town for curtain tape. Because I've discovered that although the old curtains are fine, the tape is in bad shape, and as I was putting the hooks back in, the tape was just breaking. Luckily, the curtains are too long anyway, so I won't have to spend time unpicking the old tap. I can just cut the tops off the curtains and put new tape on.
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Post by bigjim » Sat Jun 23, 2018 1:59 pm

Can't stand glossing. My mum is a dab hand at papering. Everything I help her out I say I must learn how you do it cuz you're not going to be about forever.
Needless to say, my sister had her round last weekend to paper her bedroom.
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Post by Margaid » Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:06 pm

There are a number of different Chalk Paints available, some of which can be used for woodwork. The best makes need virtually no preparation and they don't smell. Are a bi expensive though ...
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Re: The skinflinting Thread!

Post by LadyA » Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:55 pm

Margaid wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:06 pm
There are a number of different Chalk Paints available, some of which can be used for woodwork. The best makes need virtually no preparation and they don't smell. Are a bi expensive though ...
I've used chalk paint before. Never again! Even after waxing, you have to be careful of the surface, because the paint marks very easily, and is impossible to clean! I dropped the snipped end of a candle wick (the burned bit) onto my cream, chalk painted dressing table. And when I tried to pick it up, it disintegrated and spread a dark stain which I haven't been able to get off!
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Re: The skinflinting Thread!

Post by Margaid » Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:53 pm

Can you please PM which brand it was Lady A, if you can remember. I was intending to chalk paint some furniture and there are three brands available round here ...
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