The coffee table story

When we moved into our first home two years ago, Mr.A. and I got some basic IKEA furniture to get things going. Dressing up our home has been such a fulfilling journey together. We still own most of those pieces, but some of them have gone through a transformation of sorts. Our coffee table, for instance, was the most basic design possible from IKEA’s ‘Lack’ series.

I came across hundreds of blogs featuring DIY projects on pieces from that series in particular. I reckon they come so cheap, there is no risk of feeling a loss, even if your project were to go totally kaput. We gave ours a face-lift by adding a dark wood top. Buying palettes from the local hardware store and coating them with varnish, we then screwed three of them parallel to each other to get a renewed table top. One can see the grain of the wood through the varnish, and I love the rustic, earthy look. We also removed the lower shelf to give it a lighter, more airy feel. We were super pleased how it turned out. As we kept searching for a new one to replace it, one that we both love and agree upon, in the meantime we enjoyed our little project very well!

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Last weekend we finally found a new coffee table, also from IKEA. Actually it’s a set of two tables. Best part about it? Mr.A and I both love it 😀

Off to India!

I’m off on a trip home for the holidays, all the way to India! So excited, I can hardly wait to get there. There’ll be three weeks of meeting family & friends, visiting my favorite hangouts, eating the choicest delicacies prepared by my Mum & Grandma. Going back to the childhood home I grew up in, the alleys I played in and the street food that can be matched by no other. Also on the list is a New Year’s Eve party with old friends from school, many of whom have been married since we last met, so there’s going to be new faces to see, and new friends to make. I visit Delhi, Akash’s home, that I have grown fond of over the past few years. Plus I take him to his first visit to Kolkata, the city of joy, and get a chance to show off and share a place that I am so thrilled to revisit. There is so much I look forward to during the next three weeks, I know they will pass by in a flash but I hope I can make the most of the time & bring back good memories to last me till the next trip home…