Mum's eagle eyes spotted these lovely dining chairs in one of Melbourne's hard waste collections. Now they weren't looking exactly like this at the time, but she could see the potential and whipped them in to the boot of the car. My step-father did a wonderful job of attending to the fixing and painting and they're breathing some fresh air into our house. The paint I chose was from Taubmans - Green Imp and Violet Eclipse. I wonder what their old owners would say if they saw them now?! Or how much they would pay for them if they saw the chairs for sale in a shop?!
And this child? He will give you an idea of how delighted I was to hear our washing machine finishing a cycle only moments ago. It flat out refused to work on Friday and I've had the technician tinkering with it this morning - for what will probably be the last time, unfortunately. We've had the machine for over eight years and I've never been entirely enamoured of it, but I'm not quite ready to see it go. I asked for brand recommendations and our technician said he doesn't really give them these days, as everything is so bad! At a pinch, if you were going for something cheaper he would say LG, if not, it would be Asko or Miele... roll on tax refund! It's sad really, as I can see the connection between throwing out two perfectly repairable chairs and whitegoods that are really made to break down so you buy something new. I see little point in introducing carbon taxes and other environmental initiatives when you know, at heart, it's not going to make any difference to the poorly made goods out there... In the meantime, we will fix and recycle what we can, but it's pretty disheartening all the same.