Tuesday September 27th, 2016

A favourite product package became a magnet

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This is a very simple DIY project that took me about 5 minutes .

So, OK I admit buying the specific olives just for the packaging. I have already used it as a kitchen utensils holder and a pencil holder and now the time has come for it’s final spot in the house. There were already some magnets on the fridge (used to be part of touristy magnets that broke) so I just took 4 and glued them on the packaging with the hot glue gun.

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I know I will probably need to fix this mess of magnets on the fridge, but now is not the time. Or is it?

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Monday September 19th, 2016

7 tips for a cool renovation

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As you probably saw recently, I renovated (DIYed actually) my kitchen! During this project, that involved a lot of “wax on wax of” (that is, I couldn’t move my arm with all this painting) , I had plenty of time to think. When I did something wrong, I had the time to think what I could have done to avoid it. And when I did something  right, I thought that this knowledge might help someone else. So, I gathered all of these thoughts and I present it to you. Hopefully there is something in there that could help you on your next project.

  1. Find time (and set a deadline). Think of your project, calculate the time  you think is needed for it and then add half of that time. For this period cancel all your outings. You are not going anywhere until you’re done! Also, try to finish in time. Setting a deadline helps you get moving faster.
  2. Organize the space. Whatever the project is, organized space is definitely needed. Sadly though, the space doesn’t make it self, so you’ll have to take care of that.  For example: are you painting a room? OK, take everything outside the room. Place them somewhere in a neatly way in order for them not to take too much space. Make sure the space you put them is not a central spot of the house. In other words don’t block the way with stuff.  It may suit you to leave something somewhere/anywhere for a while but TRUST ME, it will blow up in your face. You could step on it, trip on it, fall, swear etc. Also, that’s a way to avoid home accidents. 🙂
  3. Make a list. Right after you have the idea on the project, get a pen and paper and write down all the things you will need. There’s nothing worse than realizing that you don’t have something you need, on a Sunday morning when all stores are closed. So think, think, think and get organized.
  4. Get good allies (aka tools). The tools are the most important thing in a project. Without them, we can’t do anything. Don’t settle with something that is “Yeah, OK, this will work too” If -lets say- you have a lot of unscrewing/screwing to do, a simple screwdriver isn’t enough. You will need to find a drill that will save you an incredible amount of time.
  5. Find your patterns.  Give time to yourself and find a way that works for you. Make your own patterns if the project it’s self needs one. Don’t waste time trying things. Find what works for you and get it done.
  6. Don’t take too many breaks. Try to set a target before going on a break and finish it. Especially if the break involves beer or something, you’ll see that setting a target makes you want to finish it quicker.
  7. Pick your battles. If something is too hard, you can’t do it, or it’s just not worth the work, then don’t do it. Or don’t spend too much time on it.

That’s it from me! Good luck on your next project!

Tuesday September 13th, 2016

Kitchen DIY renovation in the middle of August (and 2 give aways!)

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So, I didn’t go on vacation in August. And you know, August in Greece is a quiet month that gave me plenty of time to think. And what does thinking give us? Ideas! And what happens when you have a lot of free time? Ideas turn into action!!

The truth is that my kitchen, even though it’s big and all, it was so badly designed. No space to cook. And I really like cooking! So I was thinking to actually change the whole thing, and do a proper renovation (paid and everything), but that requires money. And there is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY that I could gather that much money! At that point (the point when you do the budget on such a thing), it hit me “What kind of a DIYer am I, that I can’t solve a problem on my own?” So, on a Friday afternoon I left work, went to Praktiker store and bought all I needed for my evil plan.

Let me show you!

The 2 main problems that made this kitchen a disaster, were these: First, it has no benches, so this made cooking a nerve wrecking thing. Second, the fridge was right next to the kitchen (not so smart folks) and that made it an ecological disaster. I mean, think how much the fridge (and my energy bill!) tried to keep things cool when the oven was on. So, the target was to face these 2 problems.

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The plan was to switch places among the bench on the left and the frigde. But that was not so simple because the bench was too big to fit and the fridge was too tall and didn’t fit because of the kitchen cabinets. But as a true DIYer, I wasn’t scared! I cut the bench and removed the cabinets so the fridge would fit (OK, the fridge is rather big but I love it and it’s not broken yet!)

After I made sure everything fits, painting process began!

For starters I had to sand down everything. EVERYTHING. Ask my neighbors, they’ll tell you! After that I had to prime the wood. I bought Praktiker primer.  I thought I would need more, but the small box was just fine. For painting I used enamel paint, Praktiker again since it’s cheeper than all the rest (enamel paints are rather expensive) and I used it for Andriana’s tables and I really liked it. I had a white sugary one and a retro mint green mixed. To tell you the truth, the original plan was to use the sugary one for the whole thing, but when I ran out of paint and had to get some more, I decided to experiment! You should definitely experiment with colors, it’s so much fun!

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Somewhere between the process.

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Besides the kitchen, there was the dining table. I wanted to make it a little more “posh”. I had painted it years back with enamel paint, but I got a little bored of it so….

Paint remover my friend. Pay attention to the instructions!

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After I removed as much paint as I could, I sanded it.

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And finally, I polished it with coloured polish.

That’s it! The renovation took me 4 days and the table 1 day. All in all, costed less than 50 euro, and that is something! Cha ching!!!

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(OK, I have to fix the wall above the fridge, but I can’t right now, I am soooo tired!

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I used an old ladder of bunk beds we had for hanging towels. I’ll paint this too at some point.

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At night!

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I don’t know, maybe it doesn’t look much, but to me, it has made a huge difference. The bench problem is solved and now it’s so much more comfortable to cook in. Also I love how the colors brightened up the place. And finally, I’ll admit it: I am so proud it Did It Myself!

And, as promised, Praktiker and JUST DIY have a contest for you! 

  1. You need to become a fan of JUST DIY on Facebook as well as Praktiker.
  2. If you want you can also follow the JUST DIY Instagram account. If you don’t want to, it’s OK. I still like you.
  3. Write your comment below (hopefully a good one!) and please give your name correctly
  4. Win Praktiker vouchers of 50 € to buy paints and accessories. <3

The give aways are 2 checks of 50€ from and the winners will be announced here and on the FB page, next Tuesday (20/9) in the afternoon.

Best of luck to everyone!!!!

PS. For the foreign readers, kindly note that the contest is only valid in Greece. 🙂  

Monday August 29th, 2016

Things are happening!

LISTEN UP! LISTEN UP!

Yes, yes, marvelous news! The blog is renewed! It’s renovated! And is now sunnier and airy! It’s got new features, new categorization, (check on the left the images and the occasions) and… ENGLISH! Yes! The blog is now bilingual! 😀

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This has been a very busy August.

My beloved cousin mrpc,  set up the new blog and made true all of my thoughts and more that that! There are more changes to been done but I couldn’t wait one more day!

I translated a good percentage of the posts in English. (more to follow though)

I renovated my kitchen. I’ll have a post soon about the most epic DIY I have done and also I’ll host a competition!!

I have activated the blog’s intagram account

and…

I’ll participate in the Berlin Maker Faire with Dremel on the 1st of October!  4 people from Europe (Italy, Finland, Germany & Greece) will be making a project during the Faire and there also going to be live streaming so you don’t miss a thing! Check this out! http://dremelmakerday.net/ 

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I don’t want to reveal anything about the project, but I am soooo excited! 

That’s it from me. I hope you like the new blog and all the news. Stay tuned.

Tuesday May 31st, 2016

How a kid’s drawing can make you change the deco! (part 2)

Part two! (if you haven’t read the first part, find it here )

So, where were we? Yes, so I was trying to find a spot for my nephews masterpieces. I thought about it and decided to put them above my home office. BUT it was a complete mess… so move A, I finally cleaned up the chaos and move B, started decorating. (all of these things happened in 3 hours on Thursday night)

Here it is. 🙂 In the center, above the screen you can see Leonardo.

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The second one, the one with Jack Skellington, took its rightful place in the Tim Burton Display Cabinet.

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You see, the home office is the first thing you see when you enter the house. So, when it’s a mess it messes you up too! And, since I am speaking about a messy and bad mood… After I was done with the home office and was so excited it about it, I suddenly turned around and saw…………………….

THIS.

(well, when tidied up it looked OK but it was tidied up around 3 times a year…I don’t wanna lie to you, it had to go)

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My decisions were fast (and a little furious). Remove the old hanger from behind the door. Paint wall half white. DIY simple bench. And placement of white little hangers on the black part of the wall. I started Friday night with the wall painting and was done with the whole project by Saturday evening. Not bad, right?

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Apart from the fact that we now have more space, one of the advantages of this change is that I am forced to tidy up my stuff, and not just leave everything everywhere!