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Charming DIY using old cutlery

Cutlery is part and parcel of our daily lives and used in preparing, serving and eating food. The most commonly used items are the knife, fork and spoon.
Let us look at some Do It Yourself (“DIY”) utility out of these regular items. Say old forks and spoons; which can be bent and reshaped to be reused as a total new product.

Here are three different ideas :
1.Hang on Hook: Get your stainless steel spoons and fork. Flatten one side of1430426716-spoon-hanging-planters-de
the spoon and clamp the other side to a rolling pin. Slowly keep turning the spoon around this until you get a required curve. This could be screwed to a pallet board or even nailed to the back wall near you garden or balcony to hang planters.

2.Key chain : Saw off the head of a spoon or a fork. Now bend the sawed end halfway inwards making it a circle. Slide a key ring in this half circle. Now close this circle into a loop. Slide in your keys into the rings.

gallery-1430426175-vintage-fork-placecard-holder3.Name holders: Bend the forks below the head using pliers. The base of this fork should be flattened to stand on its own. Now pull the two centre of the tongs a little behind to stick the name tags with its support.

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A wooden dining table

Image courtesy of  arztsamui at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Recent times have seen the proliferation of dining tables made of glass. On teh other hand, wooden ones have been there for centuries. So while buying a dining table, should you take a wooden one or one made of glass?

Wooden tables are strong, bold and long lasting. Wooden tables may be expensive with good quality wood but they are worth as your investment is for a long period. Dining tables are not something that we purchase or replace frequently. Glass dining tables are sophisticated and delicate; you need to handle them with care to avoid breakage, cracks, scratches and chipping of the glass.

Teak, cherry, chestnut, butternut and many more are the types of wood are used to make tables. Every wood has its unique natural color that can be retained to get a classic and more natural look. A wooden table can be constructed in different shapes and sizes, adjusting it to the dining hall. The classic shape of the wooden dining table is round or rectangular, which allows easy flow of conversation and it can accommodate more people if required. Image courtesy of criminalatt at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Glass tables can be dangerous if you have children at home, and for heavy use. Glass needs to be tempered so that if it breaks it does not cause major injuries. It is also difficult to maintain a clean table-top as glass attracts more dust and dirt.

Unlike glass tables, wooden dining tables can be made with a drop-down leaf or an extra adjustment to make them bigger whenever required which helps to save the extra space. Portability is one of the advantages of the wooden tables. They can be made according to the size of the room to prevent appearing too big and too small.

Image courtesy of  photostock1 at FreeDigitalPhotos.netWooden tables can be made giving them a modern and sophisticated look to gel with the modern world. Nowadays, they are available in different shapes, sizes, colors and even customized table-tops. They are also available in a completely synthetic look with polished color and matte finish. Wooden dining tables are made out of solid wood to give them a smooth and clean finishing and s scratch-free surface. Glass tables, on the other hand, are either dark or transparent; the variety is restricted and the designs are common.

The beauty of a wooden table is that it can be changed over time to give it a second, third or fourth life i.e., it has a modifiable look. By sanding, staining, or painting, you can transform the wooden table and give it an entirely new look.

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Eating in the kitchen

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A breakfast table doubles up as a work table as well

“Eating in the kitchen” is something we have to deal with in small apartments as well as in large houses. Small apartments have the challenge of space, and it may be smart to snuggle in a small table within the kitchen for a quick meal. In large apartments or houses, a table in the relatively larger kitchen will save time walking to another space where the dining are is, especially during rush hours like breakfast. There are a few clear advantages of such a table.

1. A small table, with four seats or stools has the added advantage of doubling up as a secondary preparation table in the kitchen.
2. Often when guests are invited for a home cooked meal, the hosts may have to spend time in the kitchen. During such times the costs could invite the guests in to the kitchen, and they could sit there and keep on conversing.
3. Many find it convenient to put down a laptop on the kitchen table and check emails with a cup of coffee or soup. Image courtesy of all-free-download.com
4. Mothers can supervise their children’s assignments while cooking by making them work on the kitchen table; or generally keep them busy with some activity, surely a better way then making them watch TV.

Such a table can even be foldable and be pulled down from the wall, thereby freeing up space, especially in small kitchens.

Bon appetite!