Half-birthdays, Ariana Grande hair and the non-seven year itch

If you’re not a teenybopper, you may have no idea who Ariana Grande is and thus be scratching your head in confusion at this week’s blog title. Don’t worry, you actually have ‘one less, one less probbblemmm‘ – all you need to know is that this past weekend my hair was sort of similar to her signature style. Except I don’t have extensions and she does. And hers looks professional and mine looks, well, messy. Thanks, Cape wind. (Click here to see hers and just scroll on down to see the pics of me below, or click on the first link to hear the earworm).

But I digress. As always.

It was a monster of a week in the Andrews household as we had my half-birthday (eep, yes, 30.5, gnash teeth, pull out grey hair, etc etc),  and to top it all, along came our seven year wedding anniversary… the one where everyone warns you of the ‘seven-year itch’. The Wikipedia page explaining the phenomenon isn’t too convincing though. Dustmites? Marilyn Monroe? Hmm. And then there’s the ultimate in ‘reputable journalism’, the Daily Mail – read this, it’s actually riveting!

But don’t despair, we’re made of stronger stuff than that. And if you think about it, we’re actually into our eighth year together. So wipe away those tears and join the celebration! Yes, a HUGE celebration is on the cards, pull out those streamers and party hats because… we bought a house, kids! Well, technically the bank agreed to buy one for us and we agreed to pay them back for it. But still!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014: Half-birthday present presented after longggg day at work (finished just before 10pm!)

Half-birthday gift from Husband and doggy children - my very own popcorn maker!
Half-birthday gift from Husband and doggy children – my very own popcorn maker!

Gorgeous, fresh popcorn! Not a drop of oil or butter involved!
Gorgeous, fresh popcorn! Not a drop of oil or butter involved!

Friday, 22 August 2014: Half-birthday lunch with Mum and Dad at Italian Club

(Half) Italian parents, back from Italian holiday, lunching at Italian Club for my half-birthday
(Half) Italian parents, back from Italian holiday, lunching at Italian Club for my half-birthday

I was there too (Friday was my day off last week as I worked the Sunday prior) - mmm gnocchi, my best
I was there too (Friday was my day off last week as I worked the Sunday prior) – mmm gnocchi, my best

Friday's also the day we got the good news: Look at that sold sign! It's for us! Eep! So proud/nervous/excited!
Friday’s also the day we got the good news: Look at that sold sign! It’s for us! Eep! So proud/nervous/excited!

Saturday, 24 August 2014: Gourmet Boerie lunch and sad, wet dogs

Fantastic coffee shake from Gourmet Boerie (our 'we bought a house' treat). It even came with a special twisty swirl around the straw. See the Ariana Grande hair
Fantastic coffee shake from Gourmet Boerie (our ‘we bought a house’ treat). It even came with a special twisty swirl around the straw. See the Ariana Grande hair

The is what we ate - mini boerie poppers with various dippy sauces, and the Mexican Boerie with guacomole and  skinny fries. Black Label bottle is just serving as table decoration
The is what we ate – mini boerie poppers with various dippy sauces, and the Mexican Boerie with guacomole and skinny fries. Black Label bottle is just serving as table decoration

Look at that face! Sad/wet/fluffy Bertie after he had a bath. Because he'd rolled his neck in something mucky, of course
Look at that face! Sad/wet/fluffy Bertie after he had a bath. Because he’d rolled his neck in something mucky, of course

Sad, wet Bassie also had a bath so she wouldn't feel left out (OK she doesn't really look sad here)
Sad, wet Bassie also had a bath so she wouldn’t feel left out (OK she doesn’t really look sad here)

Now THAT's a sad Bassie (No idea why this time. T'was hours later and she was dry)
Now THAT’s a sad Bassie (No idea why this time. T’was hours later and she was dry)

My sweet dog loves being upside down
My sweet dog loves being upside down

A custard kronut thing for supper! So yum
A custard kronut thing for supper! So yum

Sunday, 24 August 2014: lucky morning at Grand West Casino, lunch at Petiscos, beach ramble, tea at Mum’s

Our spoils from the casino! We never bet very much so are always ridiculously pleased with our winnings (More Ariana Grande hair)
Our spoils from the casino! We never bet very much so are always ridiculously pleased with our winnings (More Ariana Grande hair)

Dad and me displaying our drinks at Petiscos
Dad and me displaying our drinks at Petiscos

Lip-smackingly good Portuguese food.
Lip-smackingly good Portuguese food.

See? We made a heart, with our hands. True love, that
See? We made a heart, with our hands. True love, that

Pretty flower spotted when we went on a beach ramble
Pretty flower spotted when we went on a beach ramble

Fields of flowers! Who cares if they're weedy, that looks like the first signs of Spring to me
Fields of flowers! Who cares if they’re weedy, that looks like the first signs of Spring to me

The mountain! With 'crashing rocks'! (What I tend to call rocks that waves crash over)
The mountain! With ‘crashing rocks’! (What I tend to call rocks that waves crash over)

He watched, he listened, then he jumped in, as he does
He watched, he listened, then he jumped in, as he does

Dunked and tumbled! I'd have called for help if I couldn't see he was still actually standing safely and not being swept out to sea
Dunked and tumbled! I’d have called for help if I couldn’t see he was still actually standing safely and not being swept out to sea

Ariana Grande hair gets very windblown if you live in Cape Town
Ariana Grande hair gets very windblown if you live in Cape Town

Pre-anniversary kisses on the beach
Pre-anniversary kisses on the beach

Peppermint Crisp cupcakes at Mum's! Just because!
Peppermint Crisp cupcakes at Mum’s! Just because!

Monday, 25 August 2014: Seventh wedding anniversary – half-price sunset curries at Inside, Big Bay

Anniversary drinks!
Anniversary drinks!

Anniversary curries!
Anniversary curries!

Anniversary Kinder Joy from Mum and Dad :)
Anniversary Kinder Joy from Mum and Dad 🙂

That’s all, folks! 🙂 Looks like another sunny weekend on its way…

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Silver food swans and how much sugar it takes to sweeten a Wimpy Mega coffee

Ah, life. It has a way of getting ahead of itself, making you focus on certain things when others are more important, making you wait endless days for some things and bombarding you with a flood of others with seemingly little rhyme or reason.

Despite the typical ‘mid-year’ exhaustion setting in (anyone else notice August tends to be a particularly long, change-filled month? New offices, new workload, lots of birthdays, lots of financial admin, all over and above the usual?) we still managed a good few photo-worthy moments for your viewing pleasure since my last update. See below…

Monday, 11 August: Half-price pizzas at Col Cacchio, Big Bay

Tired as we were, we continued the extend the weekend feeling by eating out on a Monday to enjoy the wide range of Winter specials on offer.

I look tired but boy did that drink go down a treat! It's a 'Toblerone' - all sorts of chocolatey, caramelly flavours.
I look tired but boy did that drink go down a treat! It’s a ‘Toblerone’ – all sorts of chocolatey, caramelly flavours.
Husband looking pensive with our drinks. It was quite a wait for the food...
Husband looking pensive with our drinks. It was quite a wait for the food…
But well worth it when they finally arrived! That's my Norm's Pralina, and Husband's Half-half Butter Chicken/Ribs combo. Delicious.
But well worth it when they finally arrived! That’s my Norm’s Pralina, and Husband’s Half-half Butter Chicken/Ribs combo. Delicious.

Tuesday, 12 August: New offices and longggg train-bus commute home

View out the front office window (nice birdie in action)
View out the front office window (nice birdie in action)
Me on the train home from work. Great way to relax/unwind/nap, lol, especially if you're wearing sunnies
Me on the train home from work. Great way to relax/unwind/nap, lol, especially if you’re wearing sunnies
Go home Woodstock MyCiti station, you're drunk. (See how wonky it looks?)
Go home Woodstock MyCiti station, you’re drunk. (See how wonky it looks?)

 Wednesday, 13 August: team dinner at Mondiall, V&A Waterfront

 Of course new team starting at new office means team dinner. This is what we had

Sparkling water and pretty candlelight while perusing menu
Sparkling water and pretty candlelight while perusing menu
Look at that hot chocolate effort! Brimming with cream and flaked almonds, AND a cookie on top means it gets top marks (and at R45 it's not too bad if you factor in the Frangelico)
Look at that hot chocolate effort! Brimming with cream and flaked almonds, AND a cookie on top means it gets top marks (and at R45 it’s not too bad if you factor in the Frangelico)
Look at my burger! And chips! And hummus type spreads with olives that I ate with fresh bread, as a starter!
Look at my burger! And chips! And hummus type spreads with olives that I ate with fresh bread, as a starter!
See how much more 'swan-like' the silver (leftover food-filled) swan  at the other end of the table looks than mine?
See how much more ‘swan-like’ the silver (leftover food-filled) swan at the other end of the table looks than mine?

Saturday, 16 August: Wimpy breakfast and Fat Cactus lunch with parents and bestie

Husband explaining something while buttering his breakfast toast
Husband explaining something while buttering his breakfast toast
See how many sugars the Wimpy staff assume the Mega Coffee needs? Seven. I only used two :)
See how many sugars the Wimpy staff assume the Mega Coffee needs? Seven. I only used two 🙂
Puppies celebrating the return of Granny and Grampa, after their Med cruise (the parents' cruise, not the puppies').
Puppies celebrating the return of Granny and Grampa, after their Med cruise (the parents’ cruise, not the puppies’).
Husband and dad at Fat Cactus, Mowbray (yes, we all wore our Croatia/Italy souvenir tee-shirts)
Husband and dad at Fat Cactus, Mowbray (yes, we all wore our Croatia/Italy souvenir tee-shirts)
Me, mom, and my Espresso shake
Me, mom, and my Espresso shake
Rib basket, with amazing chipotle sauce
Rib basket, with amazing chipotle sauce
Full family shot! Mum, Shells, me, Husband and Dad around the table at Fat Cactus for mom and dad's belated birthday lunch
Full family shot! Mum, Shells, me, Husband and Dad around the table at Fat Cactus for mom and dad’s belated birthday lunch

Sunday, 17 August: Doggy beach walk, lupper at parents

While waiting for me to finish my Sunday shift, Bassie told her dad she'd like to go to the beach
While waiting for me to finish my Sunday shift, Bassie told her dad she’d like to go to the beach
So go to the beach we did!
So go to the beach we did!
Bertie happily pranced on rocks and got completely soaked in the sea
Bertie happily pranced on rocks and got completely soaked in the sea
Bassie managed to cover her nose in sand...
Bassie managed to cover her nose in sand…
And grinned the whole way home!
And grinned the whole way home!
Husband cooked and ate two mussels 'caught' at the beach
Husband cooked and ate two mussels ‘caught’ at the beach
I made the parents their very own Bassie and Bertie as part of their birthday present(s)
I made the parents their very own Bassie and Bertie as part of their birthday present(s)
Birthday scones, made by mom! Nothing nicer :)
Birthday scones, made by mom! Nothing nicer 🙂
Mom and dad celebrating their (by now very belated) birthdays :)
Mom and dad celebrating their (by now very belated) birthdays 🙂

Monday, 18 August: Spur, Bayside’s two-for one burger special

One way to perk up a long, late Monday? Spur's Amarula hot chocolate!
One way to perk up a long, late Monday? Spur’s Amarula hot chocolate!
Accompanied by the two-for-one Monday Spur burger special, obvs.
Accompanied by the two-for-one Monday Spur burger special, obvs.

That’s all for now, folks! Lots more to update on, such as my half-birthday this past Wednesday and our seven-year wedding anniversary (gasp) this coming Monday. Plus other exciting news to share soon, so watch this space! 🙂

Fat snactus at Fat Cactus and discover the best brunch setting

This blog post should be subtitled “Showing some of the best of CT to my oldest bestie”, so consider it done!

My oldest, dearest friend (yes, she was my bridesmaid 7 years ago and yes, we’re going on 23 years of friendship now, jeepers that makes me feel like a wrinkly prune) was on our shores last weekend and it did my soul good to see her – especially as it was both my parents’ birthdays and they were still out at sea! Sob! (They’re home safe and sound now so you can dry your tears at least). More on that in next post.

The weather must have heard Shells was coming as it was on its best behaviour, all twinkly seas, light breezes and shimmery skies, so we did a spot of sightseeing too…

Saturday, 9 August 2014: McD’s breakfast, lunch at Hout Bay’s La Cuccina, drive along Chapman’s Peak and late-lunch at Fat Cactus, Mowbray

I know, I know. I’ve said before that we like a good quality weekend breakfast. But we also plan ahead and have a cheapie if we have a big weekend lunch or dinner on the cards. And so breakfast from our closest McDonald’s drivethru was exactly right – a cheese McMuffin with free coffee for R16.50 is certainly a steal.

Breakfast drinks! The ever-essential morning coffee and a citrusy juice to get Husband's day off to a sunny start
Breakfast drinks! The ever-essential morning coffee and a citrusy juice to get Husband’s day off to a sunny start
Hashbrown hashtag in the bright sunshine
Hashbrown hashtag in the bright sunshine
My sweet treat after the eggy breakfast - pear and almond tart washed down with 'hot cross bun chai' at La Cuccina, Hout Bay
My sweet treat after the eggy breakfast – pear and almond tart washed down with ‘hot cross bun chai’ at La Cuccina, Hout Bay
Husband looking rather pleased with himself after finishing a plate of hot food from the harvest table buffet
Husband looking rather pleased with himself after finishing a plate of hot food from the harvest table buffet
Then we drove to see the sea - just look at it! Perfect champagne day along Chapman's Peak
Then we drove to see the sea – just look at it! Perfect champagne day along Chapman’s Peak
Magical water, look at that colour!
Magical water, look at that colour!
Suspiciously contemplating his Iceberg at the Fat Cactus - a Castle draught topped with floaty frozen lime margerita
Suspiciously contemplating his Iceberg at the Fat Cactus – a Castle draught topped with floaty frozen lime margerita
Cautiously taking a sip...
Cautiously taking a sip…
Eyes closed to fully savour the flavour (delicious, I say, he says once was enough)
Eyes closed to fully savour the flavour (delicious, I say, he says once was enough)
Going onto my best milkshake list - gingerbread flavour! Scoop it out of the mixy shaker yourself!
Going onto my best milkshake list – gingerbread flavour! Scoop it out of the mixy shaker yourself!
And then... Sloppy Joe nachos, perfect for sharing
And then… Sloppy Joe nachos, perfect for sharing
To celebrate dad's birthday eve, we lit a Chinese lantern and set it off across the sky toward the sea, in the hopes he would see it from the Med. (Sadly he didn't). Bertie was VERY interested, as you can see from his glowy eyes
To celebrate dad’s birthday eve, we lit a Chinese lantern and set it off across the sky toward the sea, in the hopes he would see it from the Med. (Sadly he didn’t). Bertie was VERY interested, as you can see from his glowy eyes
He then stood at the gate to watch it float far, far away - it's the little light you see in the sky
He then stood at the gate to watch it float far, far away – it’s the little light you see in the sky

Sunday, 10 August 2014: (dad’s birthday!) Breakfast with Shells at Durbanville Hills

Teehee, love this :)
Teehee, love this 🙂
See? Best breakfast scenery!
See? Best breakfast scenery!
You can tell who ordered this by the fact that it's being thoroughly Tabasco sauced. He flipped a coin and decided on the springbok carpaccio version of eggs bennie
You can tell who ordered this by the fact that it’s being thoroughly Tabasco sauced. He flipped a coin and decided on the springbok carpaccio version of eggs bennie.
Only realised now there was a cactus on the table under the sunnies - funny as we're meeting Shells again this weekend at (drumroll please) the Fat Cactus.
Only realised now there was a cactus on the table under the sunnies – funny as we’re meeting Shells again this weekend at (drumroll please) the Fat Cactus.
What's a birthday without cake? A sad day indeed. So even though dad was bobbing about on the sea many miles away, we thought of him (and put up the family birthday banner) while eating a cinnamon twisty thing and spicy cinnamon tea
What’s a birthday without cake? A sad day indeed. So even though dad was bobbing about on the sea many miles away, we thought of him (and put up the family birthday banner) while eating a cinnamon twisty thing and spicy cinnamon tea
The weather was just calling us to the beach, so we went. He dunked himself, I did not.
The weather was just calling us to the beach, so we went. He dunked himself, I did not.

That’s all for now, folks – it’s been a busy week so we’re going to have another relaxing weekend, watch this space!

Click here for the Mowbray Fat Cactus menu (you’ll see I can’t take credit for calling it fat snactus at Fat Cactus, teehee) and click here for the Durbanville Hills menu. And yes, if you were paying attention, I did wear tops with big cats on them the whole weekend 🙂

Airport goodbyes and dogs that eat wood

Last weekend was a bittersweet one as we took my parents to the airport for their much-anticipated, well-deserved Mediterranean cruise to celebrate Mom’s 60th birthday this coming week – shh! Don’t tell her I told you! 😉 So while we were super excited on their behalf (especially as Husband is quite the aviation fanatic, as I’m sure you know)… it was also sad for us – mainly that we couldn’t go with, but also because we’re so used to seeing them every few days and having them just a WhatsApp message away when advice is needed (and this week LOTS of advice has been needed… but that’s a topic for another post).

So Saturday was all about the airport – Husband even took a video of the parents’ plane taking off for Johannesburg, where they spent a night with mom’s sweet family before flying on to Paris and Italy – click here to see it!

But before that was a wonderful late-Friday farewell work lunch with my fantastic current colleagues before we went our separate ways – and as luck would have it, we ate at the Fireman’s Arms, which I already knew made a marvellous Dom Pedro, so Dom Pedro I did:

Kahlua Dom Pedro. Of course I munched on the garnish, too
Kahlua Dom Pedro. Of course I munched on the garnish, too

And to eat? An enormous bacon cheese burger with fries (I ate EVERY. SINGLE chip/speck of relish and polished off the burger… in fact, that’s all I ate that day!)

Look at THAT for a burger! Actually had to smoosh it all together to fit in my mouth, and in the end even that didn't work so I ate the bottom bit of roll separately to save on mouth-space, lol
Look at THAT for a burger! Actually had to smoosh it all together to fit in my mouth, and in the end even that didn’t work so I ate the bottom bit of roll separately to save on mouth-space, lol
Just look at the striking clouds on my commute home last Friday
Just look at the striking clouds on my commute home last Friday
You know I love me some pretty pink clouds - this is what I saw when I got home
You know I love me some pretty pink clouds – this is what I saw when I got home
Sun-kissed streaky clouds above my palm tree
Sun-kissed streaky clouds above my palm tree

Sunset skies are the perfect start to a weekend. And then the weekend began! Here’s what we did, starting with the airport:

Waiting patiently with my Spur breakfast (there was more to it than just jammy toast, obvs) in front of the plane that would whisk the parents away
Waiting patiently with my Spur breakfast (there was more to it than just jammy toast, obvs) in front of the plane that would whisk the parents away
Husband demonstrating just how many mini-margarine tubs we were given for our Airport Spur breakfast (Just enough to properly butter 4 slices of toast, in case you're wondering)
Husband demonstrating just how many mini-margarine tubs we were given for our Airport Spur breakfast (Just enough to properly butter 4 slices of toast, in case you’re wondering)
We waited and waited and waited... and then we saw them! My parents! Heading through the walkway onto the plane! Mom in front and dad following, as you can see
We waited and waited and waited… and then we saw them! My parents! Heading through the walkway onto the plane! Mom in front and dad following, as you can see

Sunday was a relaxing day filled with warm-feeling-flooding-your-body things like a wine farm breakfast at Poplars Restaurant in D’Aria Wine Estate (which is where we did our very first wine tasting when we first moved down, click here for a reminder), as well as afternoon cake and lolling about in front of the fire as it turned rainy, as you’ll see below…

Just to show you how cold it was, based on my Ugg-ly outfit (and I was still cold, should have taken thick jacket along)
Just to show you how cold it was, based on my Ugg-ly outfit (and I was still cold, should have taken thick jacket along)
Delicious breakfast cappuccino at Poplars, the restaurant at D'Aria Wine Estate on the very outskirts of Durbanville
Delicious breakfast cappuccino at Poplars, the restaurant at D’Aria Wine Estate on the very outskirts of Durbanville
Tabasco-ing his Eggs Benedict. Note: This Tabasco sauce-fetish (we go through a bottle a week on average at home) is the reason our doggy is named Tabasco and also why I've always suspected he's not of this world (fans of the TV series Roswell will understand)
Tabasco-ing his Eggs Benedict. Note: This Tabasco sauce-fetish (we go through a bottle a week on average at home) is the reason our doggy is named Tabasco and also why I’ve always suspected he’s not of this world (fans of the TV series Roswell will understand)
Love the expressions on all three of their faces as they warm themselves in front of the fire! Teehee
Love the expressions on all three of their faces as they warm themselves in front of the fire! Teehee
Your eyes do not deceive you. Bertie decided the firewood was delicious and started gnawing it while his dad was adding logs to the fire.
Your eyes do not deceive you. Bertie decided the firewood was delicious and started gnawing it while his dad was adding logs to the fire.

That’s all for now, folks… looks like we’re in for a few summery sunshine days so expect lots of happy pics in my next post!

Staycation 2014 week 2: The R90 DIY ‘shades of grey’ chest of drawers make-over

Hello, crazy kids! I bet you’ve all been twiddling your thumbs and impatiently refreshing my homepage to find out how I spent my second week of staycation as the first dose was so riveting! (Remember? Lots of hot chocolate, half-price pizzas, etc).

While there was still an abundance of sweet treats (I should rename my blog ‘She of the sweet tooth’ or some such), there was also lots more relax time. Like this…

Look at THAT for a hot chocolate! This is how it's done at Petit Fours in Blouberg - cream and Flake on top, with two marshmallows on the side. You can do what you want with them - I elected to dunk them into the mug so they mushed into pink fizz.
Look at THAT for a hot chocolate! This is how it’s done at Petit Fours in Blouberg – cream and Flake on top, with two marshmallows on the side. You can do what you want with them – I elected to dunk them into the mug so they mushed into pink fizz.
And look what I ate! They were out of bananas but I didn't mind. This is a wonderful waffle with carmel sauce, melty chocolate and enough nuts for every block of waffle
And look what I ate! They were out of bananas but I didn’t mind. This is a wonderful waffle with carmel sauce, melty chocolate and enough nuts for every block of waffle
Dad pleased with his 'double up' sushi at Catch22 - (on Thursdays you get double the amount of sushi you order. Tis a lovely thing.) The bright light behind him is the sea, I kid you not
Dad pleased with his ‘double up’ sushi at Catch22 – (on Thursdays you get double the amount of sushi you order. Tis a lovely thing.) The bright light behind him is the sea, I kid you not
The pinkest pink milkshake I've ever had to drink I think. Plus you can see my cream cheese-stuffed jalapeno poppers, AND the R35 'bowl of soup and roll and coffee' deal I helped Mom finish. Am very helpful when it comes to food :)
The pinkest pink milkshake I’ve ever had to drink I think. Plus you can see my cream cheese-stuffed jalapeno poppers, AND the R35 ‘bowl of soup and roll and coffee’ deal I helped Mom finish. Am very helpful when it comes to food 🙂
Some quiet time with the doggy children. Yes, they're BOTH sitting on my lap. Glasses are on  (mine, their eyes are fine) as this was in the midst of my Glee season 5 marathon
Some quiet time with the doggy children. Yes, they’re BOTH sitting on my lap. Glasses are on (mine, their eyes are fine) as this was in the midst of my Glee season 5 marathon
Now both dogs pretend they are cats - if you read my last Staycation blog post you'll know what I'm talking about
Now both dogs pretend they are cats – if you read my last Staycation blog post you’ll know what I’m talking about

Nom-nom-nomming and resting aside, the ‘staycation’ was also very productive. First up, I tackled the very last of the very hefty filing admin, as we learned the hard way a few months back that slotting all the paperwork of everything from the everest of ever into a skimpy, flimsy little concertina file is not the answer (read: it broke apart all over my head when I lifted it out of the cupboard and turned our spare room into the messiest mess that was so embarrassing we permanently kept the door closed).

Until now, that is… behold the tidy organised-ness:

ALL the filed paperwork from the everest of ever! With file dividers and sticky tabs and all sorts of organisational skills!
ALL the filed paperwork from the everest of ever! With file dividers and sticky tabs and all sorts of organisational skills!
A selection of the Husband's framed certificates, diplomas, etcetera etcetera.
A selection of the Husband’s framed certificates, diplomas, etcetera etcetera.

And while that was quite the achievement ( as well as FINALLY framing some of the academic certificates Husband’s had for decades, as you see above), what I was most proud of was the little DIY project I set myself.

See, our ‘medicine/loose wires/wrapping paper/all and sundry random objects’ chest of drawers was starting to look a bit tired. More than a little tired if you must know, as some of its pully-knobs just plain fell out along the way. And (more disconcertingly) it was a boring brown, which doesn’t quite match my black-and-white-and-silver colour scheme in the slightest. So it was a big colour clash mish-mash and overall eyesore, truth be told. So what did I do? I plotted and planned, flipped through magazines for inspiration, and finally found it (albeit in pink instead of grey) – a lovely ombre effect that’s easy to achieve by simply making each drawer a different shade of your colour of choice by blending different amounts of paint together… nothing to do with the 50 Shades of Grey book ‘n movie franchise, alas.

But wipe away your tears and bask in my pride by having a looksee below – and let me know what you think! It’s by no means perfect, but only cost around R90 to complete (R35 for a tub of black paint, R35 for a tub of white paint, R10 for 2 small round wooden doorknobs, R10 for brand new paintbrush). This is the before shot…

The 'before' shot. Poor thing was missing knobs and had misaligned drawers and its top was used as a general dumping ground.
The ‘before’ shot. Poor thing was missing knobs and had misaligned drawers and its top was used as a general dumping ground.
Ta-daaaa! A little over an hour later and this was the result. Bonus? I used waterproof paint so could happily get myself as messy as I liked and not suffer the turpentine-fumey consequences
Ta-daaaa! A little over an hour later and this was the result. Bonus? I used waterproof paint so could happily get myself as messy as I liked and not suffer the turpentine-fumey consequences
From another angle
From another angle

I know, I know – it’s only 6 of the stated 50 shades of grey the book promises, so there’s bound to be more DIY coming my way 😉