Household maintenance

Hello Dear Reader,

I really like the current shabby chic trend for painted furniture. There is nothing that can’t be transformed with a tin of Farrow and Ball eggshell paint. I have a small lamp table in the living room; I painted it last summer. Having already painted it; I can dig out the same can of paint and simply refresh it with a coat of paint. I keep up with general maintenance, although I have to admit that Dearly Beloved does most of it. I can swing a paint brush around so I do try and do my bit occasionally. I’ve checked curtains and made sure they are all hooked, and not unsightly and in the spring they will be taken down one set at a time and washed and hung out to dry.

My home is almost entirely furnished with second hand and the homemade; I even buy white goods that have been ‘reconditioned’. I can’t think of any thing more hideous that buying something mass produced from an out of town retail store. I love flea market and junk shop finds and then tidying them up, or painting, or re-covering them to personalise them in some way.

As ever, I’ll hand this over to you, what can you just not imagine or even stomach the thought of buying new?

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxx

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12 thoughts on “Household maintenance

  1. We tend to buy most of our stuff second hand too, the best place for bargains is the local British Heart Foundation furniture shop, we've bought dining tables there and my mum got her massive TV there, it can't be beaten and is always our first port of call.

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  2. Its only in the last 3 or 4 years that we've bought second hand furniture but now I wouldnt do any different. I have a teenage son that doesnt do vintage or old as he puts it so he has Ikea in his room but thats the compromise we have to make. We bought a solid pine welsh dresser for £85 from Emmaus, painted it leaving the surface and knobs in the original wood and people dont believe us lol When our washing machine goes I'm going to look at reconditioned as my very first fridge freezer was a reconditioned one and I only replaced it because I needed something bigger, it lasted quite a few years.

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  3. I am now of the mind that I will only buy new if I can't find what I'm looking for (or make it out of something else)anywhere else.

    New is the last resort now.

    If you look at all the gorgeous old wooden furniture that looks amazing once painted (see Tonya's comment….a new Welsh dresser would set you back hundreds of pounds and be nowhere near the quality of hers) or recovered AND lasts twice as long (if not more) than the newer stuff.

    What would I not touch secondhand for the house…..I can think of nothing at the moment. I've had lovely quality bedding from the charity shops, just needs a good hot wash first time and it's good to go.

    Sue xx

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  4. I rarely buy new books. I buy loads of secondhand towels to put in the car for travel emergencies, beach use, for floors, porches and dogs. I buy used dishes and sheets to cut up for rags and cover furniture when painting. With a single nice plate from the thrift store, you can take when you are bringing food anywhere and if you don't get it back, no big deal.

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  5. I always seem to buy my appliances used. Bought a like new range at a yard sale for $10. it was nicer than what I was using and matched my fridge. I buy my washer & dryer used, they seem to last as long as new.

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  6. Well, I just hate particle board and other cheap materials that all furniture seems to be made of. It's hard to tell if something is really hard wood or if it has a veneer. But the old stuff I have in certainly wood. My fear of buying crap generally keeps from doing any real furniture shopping!

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  7. I don't buy second hand in order to be frugal (although it is frugal), I buy second hand because most of the time it means I can get better quality than I could afford new and I actually prefer my furniture to be a bit tattered. I regularly visit auctions, boot sales & second hand shops and am then amazed if ever I visit a new furniture outlet whilst out with friends or family that people will actually pay the price for new furniture which, to my mind, isn't as good as or as characterful as old furniture. I also buy second hand bedding, crockery and clothes … and don't get me started on old kitchen equipment, I get a real high from using kitchen utensils that I know have been used by other people before me – I always wonder about the life that went on around these objects; the cakes that an old spoon has stirred, the conversations that took place over my old “brown betty” teapot and the family meals witnessed by my old, bone-handled knives. You just can't beat second-hand for being green, frugal and stylish as well as for feeling you're taking your place in a continuum of domestic history.

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