Ok, so a bit of long winded title for a post that is basically just a revamp project, but I have turned a old storage box into something that you could find on the shelves of Oliver Bonas. After getting a bit DIY happy with my decorating project, which has now extended into surveying the state of the walls and woodwork, I’m getting carried away with this whole house revamp. I’m going to end up skint, but with a beautiful home to sit in a whilst I eat beans on toast. When I moved into my first apartment in the UK, it was the first time I moved out properly and I was severely lacking in storage. A trip to Ikea for necessities led me to a plain wooden storage box with nine pull out drawers which back then, I used for my makeup storage. Seriously, I had that little back then. I’d already spent time customising the box way back then with some rather garish zebra print paper but once I’d settled into my neutral and pastel colour palette, that soon was stripped away.
The box itself was in really good condition, except for being a tad dusty and having glue marks where I had stuck the old paper onto it. A quick clean up with some sugar soap and a buff down, it was ready for its makeover. With a open pot of gloss paint, I painted the box in white and left to dry whilst I concentrated on the drawers. This season, pastel hues are so popular and Wilkos have a huge selection of tester pots of paints for just £1. In the colours Pearl Grey, Mint Crisp and Pink Harmony, the emulsion paints covered the wood easily and dried quickly. A total of three coats of paint were added to the fronts of the drawers with two coats of gloss to the box.
I think this £12 box (which unfortunately isn’t available anymore), looks to be a lot more expensive than the £3 that I’ve spent on updating it and I now longer look at it thinking how scruffy it looks. I’ve used the box to store all my jewellery inside, and due to the nine drawers, I can have an organised system for all my DanFrank Jewellery, Pandora collection and still have room to display my watch collection on top.
My watch collection has grown increasingly over the last few years and as I have to wear a watch for work, I find myself feeling slightly naked when I don’t wear one when I’m not in uniform. I have loads of fast fashion watches, with a preference for Sekonda and Seksy for both work and day to day. My JORD wood watch* is one of the most unusual pieces that I own, but lately I’ve been thinking of investing in a designer piece. As my disposable income wouldn’t really stretch to a brand new Patek Philipe, one can only dream of owning such a timeless brand. A pre-owned watch would be my best bet which makes making owning such a high value item within my reach. Cartier? Chanel? Ooh, I can’t decide!
I love giving a new lease of life back into those things that would otherwise be cast aside, and the same goes for taking something something that someone else has fallen out of love with such as a watch. It’s definitely making the forgettable, unforgettable.