I’m so glad you can’t smell/hear me as you read this, because I’m sweating buckets and panting worse than Toby – and that’s really saying something. No, I haven’t just finished an intense gym class or a morning of rampant sex if only). No, I spent the best part of 2 hours trying to reassemble a piece of flat pack furniture we rescued from down the street last month. Yeah, great idea, Connor…
So, long story short, I spotted it out by the canal when I was walking Toby, and decided that, since there was nothing wrong with it, it would be perfect for in the spare room. Especially since all of my grooming products to try were crammed on a tiny shelf (and across the floor). But there was one problem – it wouldn’t fit in the lift to get it up to the flat. So since we’d carried it for what felt like 3 miles (but was really about 500 feet), we decided to take the whole thing apart and reassemble it later.
Which, of course, had been left up to me while my boyfriend’s away with work in California. Standard.
Well, off I go with the spare parts that Ikea finally sent to us, and my array of makeshift tools: a (genuine hickory) Wilko hammer, pliers made out of scissors with a cloth over the blades, and a bread knife in place of a saw. How masc, I know. And no, I don’t make life easy for myself. Anyway, after multiple close calls with the scissors while removing dowels and several near-misses with the bread knife near my wrist, it’s finally up – and the spare room’s looking less like the back room of Oxfam.
Why did you bother? I hear you ask… well, the unit itself retails at around £150, which is a decent saving. It also matches the two other square units we have in the flat, so it seemed like the ideal find. And to be honest, I don’t know what it is about the people that live near me, but they’re always leaving decent things out – either in the foyer of the building, in the garden or out on the street – to be taken. It’s quite marvellous.
Always on the hunt for a bargain, I’ve swept in on some pretty good finds. I’ve had a TV stand, ladder shelf, standing mirror, director’s chair – and even a huge letter C that was once on the side of a building. It’s quite marvellous, and I’m painting it up ready for when I launch my YouTube channel later this year.
But I do think that, in the climate we’re in, where we’re all trying to be more conscious of the environment, cut back on waste and help save the planet, recycling and upcycling is the way forward. I mean, think of all the things we throw out that are perfectly fine – we just don’t want them anymore. I really am passionate about keeping things in rotation – whether it’s selling them online, donating them to charity or even just leaving out for neighbours. I love to see people getting use out of my old things – and there’s no better feeling than stumbling over a new bargain find.
Now I’ve finally managed to catch my breath, I’m off to celebrate the fact I’m still alive (just) and make the most of the long weekend. Whatever you’ve got planned, I hope you’re all enjoying the weather as much as I am! Unfortunately, Toby’s struggling to keep cool – but we have shared a couple of cold showers over the last few days. I’m not sure whose enjoyed them more tbh!
Ps. Let me know if you want to hear more about any of the products on the shelves. They are all on my list to be tested and reviewed, so leave me a comment below if there are any you want to hear about first!