The daily chaos

Today we cut the kitchen’s 3d worktop area. To our neighbors “enjoyment”.

Our kitchen is strangely shaped, like a weird U form, with one of the “legs” being shorter and narrower then the other.

Here on the left side, the wall is longer, on the opposite side the worktop had to be wider, and on the right side much narrower so we can have comfortable space to move around.

I promise I will soon make a lengthy post about the “quirks of our kitchen” and all the tricks we needed to do and figure out by ourselves in order to have it as we want it. They may not be the utmost perfect solutions, but since we didn´t had anybody to ask to come and help figuring out, and could not pay a carpenter to come and fix it for us, I am happy with the solutions we came up and how we managed to get them done.

Back to Our worktop: because this had to have 3 different widths, it was not an easy job to find and sort it out. Only one shop carried wider than standard worktop, and it was only butcher block type counter top. We choose the thinner one, again, price considerations, maybe a tad bit thicker would have looked better… To late for that now 😀

On the left side, the worktop is 63.5 cm, pretty much the standard worktop size. The wall from the opposite side of the pic, had to have a wider worktop in order to hide the washing machine. For this we bought a 80cm wide worktop, and cut it to 72-ish, don´t remember exactly. The third worktop is going to be narrow, only 32.5cm, this is basically just to use the 3rd smaller wall, to have some extra, although narrow storage for us.

Today was the day when we finally managed to cut this 3rd side for the worktop. We already cut the Ikea Metod module from 40 cm deep to be only 28 cm deep to fit under this mini worktop. To cut it down, we used a circular hand saw borrowed from our friends, some clamping tools and some guides. It worked well 😀 Another tool I fall in love and told my husband we NEED to have once we manage to buy a house, with a proper tool shed or garage!

The worktop had some smaller holes, and irregularities, I fixed it with simple white wood filler. Tomorrow I will sand it down, and have some wood corrector markers, will make them ¨gone¨as good as I can, and this part is going to be ready for the coating.

We use a “wood sealer” – NOT FOOD GRADE! – and a top coat, water based transparent mate. I never use the counter top to place food directly to it, we never did that back when I was growing up, and won´t do it now anyway, so for us, this is the better solution. I was considering oiling the worktop but I preferred to try it with this coat. The top coat will be probably Ikea transparent coat, some friends used the same in their kitchen and they are happy about it.


Our neighbors probably totally – and understandably – HATE US. We became the absolute worse noise makers. Although we do try to keep the noises only to the hours when we think it will bother the least but it still can be annoying. Hence the reason we surely NEED a house. I bought chocolate to one, and will help the other with some stuff… so hopefully they will forgive us!

We will need a house, with space around it, not to crammed and not to close to neighbors soon. Apparently the DIY personality within us is awaken and we start to enjoy the process more and more. At least I do!

Both me and my husband love power tools and mean machines like circular saw, table saw, standing drill.

Cutting the wood straight with the proper tool is actually easy!


Image by davidgast from Pixabay

If you use power tools, especially as an amateur DIY user like us, BE AFRAID, be sure to check, double check and triple check all the safety measures for yourself. These tools are mean, powerful and very dangerous. You have to respect them, and have to be aware just about everything what can happen around you when using them.

Read the label

About 7 years ago my husband was diagnosed with high blood pressure, high triglycerides, and while his cholesterol was not high, the doctor decided to write up statins for him, with about 5 other pills. We went home, unsuspecting anything and he followed the protocol the doctor set up for him. In about 5 days he got depressed, he lost his will to live and had deeply dark thoughts. We both got scared, really badly. He is not the type of person who sits in a dark room contemplating the meaning of life… and because pretty much everything was the same in our life, we started suspecting his drugs. So went ahead and as a “good normal”* we read the prospects that were within he medicine boxes. (*Ideally you should kind’a read it before even taking it… but who has time for that???) Much to our surprise in between the possible side effects we noticed “Depression“.

Because we had scheduled the next doctor visit for him, the best idea what we could come up was to ask the doctor. Obviously. And the doctor’s answer was: “Get used to it”.

This was the first time, when the “WTF” actually started to make appearance in our head. No, he cannot get used to the fact that he had suicidal tendencies, I think this is something that you SHOULD not just “get used to it”.

So… we were left with the choice of: constantly watching him, not to do something stupid. Hoping that this goes away. And wondering why he was even written up statins, when he didn’t had high cholesterol levels. His cholesterol were in the normal ranges all the time.

After a bit of debate, he decided not to take the statins any more. He somehow preferred to die later due to a possible heart attack than “soon” due to massive depression.

7 Years later… about NOW.

We now watch carefully what he eats. Mostly low carb, ketogenic, sometimes more on the carnivore side. He is medication free (blood pressure lowering medicine and all the others he had) and the yearly checkups always come back with excellent lab results.

We did pretty much everything how we thought we should do, not listening to doctors. Which actually breaks my hearth, because I do think that doctors – should – know better. But often I have to face with the situation that they actually DON’T. Or just don’t care and follow the damn protocol that could actually be flawed badly.

Do I suggest anyone to do what we did? Nope, I am a total nobody, no training in the field, nothing whatsoever to do with diet, so everybody should do what they think they should do. But Damn I am glad that we found this way of eating.

But this whole intro was needed to show you my discovery.

We bought some mince meat. Beef, and mix beef+pork. I admit, supermarkets are not the ideal place to buy meat. And also aware that mince meat is often the shittiest leftovers minced together. But it’s convenient. It’s easy. And it’s preserved, making them last longer without being frozen. Okay okay, there are a bunch of “chemicals” involved to achieve this, but as I said, I am not a “purist” and sometimes the easy way out is just that… easy..

I strangely never checked the full ingredient list for “mince meat”. Why would I? It looks like meat, what else can it have? And when I checked I noticed the ingredients.

Mixt mince: pork 48%, beef 32, water, vegetable fiber, soy protein, aromas, preservatives

Beef mince: 82% beef, soy protein 4%, vegetable fibers, aromas, preservatives, coloring agent

Bummer. Without knowing, I am eating unknown “vegetable fiber” and unknown amount of soy protein. All of this is possible due to the little word they have on the package: “PREPARADO”. This covers the ass of the meat makers, as I am damn sure about the fact that “preparado” allows them this percentage of extra “stuff” they put in it. Now the fun fact here is the following: in the next days I checked a few supermarkets in the area, and guess what: there is NO 100% miced meat available there. Nope. All of them are “Preparado”. All of them have various amounts of “cheap crap”.

Now that I am aware of this trickery, I am carefully checking the labels for the ingredients. Haven’t bought mince meat in supermarket for a few weeks now. And won’t buy it unless it’s a part of chicken, beef or pork I can recognize and see.

The only way to get real meat is to go to a butcher and point to the pieces of meat you want. Ask them to mince it in front of you. No other solution. To bad, we don’t have any butcher shop in the nearby. We do have plenty stores, but all of them come with pre-packaged meat.

I plan to make new photos next time. This particular brand of mince meat was the first one I noticed, and ever since I checked in other stores, the same pattern emerges.

January 2017

We spent the first day of January with friends, in a warm lovely house. Was a good and short relaxation, before we came back to our chaos. Was thinking of my upcoming birthday around the end of the month, and I come to the realization that the most probable birthday party like event will be in 1 or 2 years time. Oh boy! I was so optimistic 😀 You already know from the first posts – if you read it – that this “ride” began 3 years ago.

I already had some experience with renovating an apartment from a few years back when together with ex we had an attempt to paint the place we lived in. It was a 3 month hassle due to the age of the building, and the type of paint was used back than. Ugh… I had the memory of the mess, the cold and the misfortunes we had to endure with the old water stains coming trough the new layer of paint… and I knew it will be miserable!. When we bought the place, we estimated to need about 1 year to finish. And since we didn´t wanted any surprise, we instantly DOUBLED this time. And I think the most realistic estimation is going to be 4 year to completely finish it.

The reasons are very simple: money mostly. And the fact that we need to work for money, to live in the same place, and we do 99% of the works. From A to Z. From plumbing, electricity, installing appliances, changing the windows, the doors, installing the kitchen furniture and so on.

I won´t lie: I was frightened about the whole building, dirty place, dusty area, and chaos that will surround us for the way to optimistically estimated 1-2 years and it will make me mental. I knew it won´t be easy, I knew there will be ups and downs…. but despite all the issues we had to face, fix and re-calculate, I ended up actually enjoying the whole process. And let’s not talk about the financial side of this… I had absolutely NO IDEA how we are going to make the money required to buy the materials, tools we needed. Because obviously one of the MAIN reasons we had to do it ourselves was the lack of funds to PAY some experts to do it for us.

Sometimes I am wondering if this isn´t the well known Stockholm syndrome? The place keeps us hostage, and we are enjoying being here? Or at least me?

After 3 years of renovation – others would have renovated an antique bridge by now – I can say that we made a lot of mistakes but we learned so much that we could never learn without this deep dive!

But let’s go back to January, the following big/small things happened during this month:

  • realized that the simple paint job won’t make us happy. The walls are paper thin (11 cm, between the neighbours) and 7cms are the inner separating walls, and in order to be able to live here without going mental we will need some sound insulation. To the walls that separate us from the neighbours.
  • installed the washing machine. In the small bedroom adjacent to the bathroom. The bathroom door was narrower than the washing machine.
  • was a period of constant spin between very happy, barely happy, crazy depressed, worried about the future, full with plan, loosing the hope and just wasting time and thinking about possible solutions.
  • found one “negative” trait of the village where our apartment is: it’s to quiet, from the school that is about 300m away we can hear the 1-2 idiot kids who scream ALL day while in school.
  • found a second annoying issue: our worst neighbor who is a breeder, has already 4 kids and one of them is a screaming machine. Hopefully he will grow out of this.
  • bought a bicycle. Was broken. Is still broken. Future project. Maybe in 2 years we get there.
  • survived the colder days in January by “doubling” the window with transparent strech foil.
  • moved one door 65cm in the wall. Originally was placed right near the other wall, making it impossible to install a bigger drawer.
  • had 14Degrees Celsius in our living room during the day. Was not that cold as long as we worked 😀
  • staged the bedroom with a bed frame that we later killed
  • removed the old tiles from the kitchen.
  • the quest to find a way to soundproof/sound insulate our apartment began
  • husband managed to fix the leak in the roof, and after a very heavy rain, we were “leak proof”!
  • troughout the whole month – and the following ones – I was on a quest to find HOW to install the sound insulation/soundproofing by ourselves. Here, the local forums, websites had almost ZERO information on it. There were a few “experts” offering the services, a few sites, offering some products, but a well put together tutorial with MATERIALS that were available here… nope. It was great to see the “sound insulation green glue” solution everywhere, but getting the green glue… would have meant a fortune on shipping from outside EU. Great.
  • for my birthday we went to a concert 😀

And repaired (temporarily) the rotten kitchen window sil

Kitchen window

The kitchen window was in exceptionally bad shape.

When we wanted to remove the old faucet from the wall, we realized that the little gap between the outside wall and the inside wall. Because apparently this part of the apartment had a secret “hiding” place.

The first picture, pretty much shows the window form the other side of the kitchen. It doesn´t even look that bad from the considerable distance 😀 But when you go and see it up close, the terrible state is revealed. The whole wood structure was rotten.

We went to a shop that sold ready made windows, but unfortunately the kitchen window was such an odd size, it had to be custom made. There was no place to put anything slightly bigger. One of the big regrets with this apartment is that the windows are not big enough, and while the place is not dark, it´s not exceptionally bright either.

To emergency repair the kitchen window we used a piece from a door frame. Luckily the cuts, edges and everything was a near to perfect fit! In fact it was such a good fit, that it kept the rain outside for the next few months.

In the last picture you can see the repaired window sill, and the fairly big gap behind it.

We decided to remove the tiny inner “wall”, which was basically there to make the kitchen wall straight, and keep the gap. It was a good decision, because now the gas bottle is almost not using up space in the kitchen, as it resides in this tiny “additional” gap that we had no idea about 😉


Our apartment is sandwiched between 2 others, with only 11cm wide walls between them. There was an absolute ZERO insulation, zero soundproofing, so anything said in the other apartment was heard almost as being there in ours and vice versa! Initially we thought the neighbors are very noisy, but soon after we figured out that nobody lives on the other side… we realized that the “noisy ones” are just living and unaware how super annoying they are. As how super annoying we must have been for them as well.

Either way it was something I could not accept without at least trying to come up with a solution. I checked the videos I was able to find on youtube, read as much as I could and basically spent a few weeks chewing on the problem. The final conclusion was: we are fucked and we will have to live with this forever, as all the youtube experts and soundproofing wizards out there were telling us: what you want to do is useless, just a waist of money.

Fuck the experts… again.

I do understand if a company comes and offers me a soundproofing solution, with the results I got… probably some people won’t be to happy. But I didn’t wanted a perfect, professional solution, all I wanted was a reduction of day to day noises to an acceptable, bearable level. And my friends… this solution does EXACTLY that.

Now we can watch TV at night, at normal sound level – we can hear what they talk in the movie – without the neighbors banging on the wall. We can hear the neighbors pushing the furnitures around – why the hell do they do this a few times a week it puzzles me – but we CANNOT hear the normal level of speaking in the other room.

We can hear if somebody is very sick, and coughing like a donkey, but even that is coming from “far away”, compared to before, when we got waken up by the “somebody is coughing here” sound!

Yes, it was worth every cent, and all the effort to figure this out. We have 2 different solutions.

Solution 1, more expensive, not sure if it’s worth the difference

The Chova Viscolam, glued to the wall. (glue is in the can)

Materials used:

  • Membrana Autoadhesiva Chova Viscolam 120x100cm 4mm Espesor – glued to the wall (bricomart)
  • Maestra 80/15mm 3m – screwed to the wall, on top of the membrane, every 60cm (bricomart)
  • Banda Acústica Autoadhesiva Para Perfil Elastoband70 7x100cm – glued to the metal elements (bricomart)
  • Panel Poliuretano 80kg/m3 Multiaislante 200x100cm 4cm Esp – just slided them between the plasterboard and wall (bricomart)
  • Placa De Yeso Laminado Acústica Placo Pph 2500×1 200mm 13mm – plasterboard, screwed to the metal elements. (bricomart)

The outside wall was insulated as well, with a layer of “Poliestireno” (the thinner we could find), and some plasterboard on top. We had no idea if this will work, we tried it in the hope to create a “barrier” between the exterior and interior and keep the walls dry, without mold. (It worked, although we switched the heating to infrared panel as well – dry heat)

We put up a fake ceiling too, in order to have all the electrical wiring going there, and not having to cut the canals trough the walls, and we also put a layer of insulation on the top of the plasterboard. It may not help to much, who knows, was not expensive and same logic followed: must be better than nothing! (about 5° Celsius was the difference between the bedroom (insulated) and the living room (not insulated)

Solution 2

Since the above solution is not perfect, but it does work to bring an acceptable level of comfort, for the next areas we tried something else. These are not so sensitive areas, basically there is a small office, a very long corridor, the living room and the kitchen that require soundproofing. The small room is the only one without any common wall with neighbors, so that was only insulated a bit.

Materials used:

  • Chova Placa absorbente acústica ChovACUSTIC 65 (bauhaus) – is basically a 2 -in – 1 solution for the inner layer. We glued this to the wall, a
  • Maestra 80/15mm 3m – every 60cm, screwed on top of the absorbent layer (bricomart)
  • Chova Cinta de insonorización Elastoband bajantes – instead of buying the “Banda Acústica” from the Solution 1, we went with this and cut stripes. One big roll will be almost enough for the entire apartment.
  • Placa De Yeso Laminado Acústica Placo Pph 2500×1 200mm 13mm – plasterboard, screwed to the metal elements. (bricomart)
ChovACUSTIC 65, maetras, Cinta insonorization, Placa yeso Acustica

Ah… and the quirks of our apartment: we had to cut each plasterboard right in the middle. Our staircase is so narrow and small in the first 2 turns, we could not fit in a full sized plasterboard! I mean … we could, the very first one, took us about half an hour to bring it up between 2 people and we managed to smash all the corners as well.


Not a perfect solution, but it’s way way better than it was before.

From “solution 1” side we cannot hear any normal speaking, light coughing or the click from turning on/off the light. We can hear some coughing once in a while, but it’s faint, coming from “far away”. We can of course hear all the banging noises ( sometimes I have the impression they are not aware they have walls), banging of the doors or shutting the windows violently(I know, our windows had to be forced shut to close before as well), and when the talent is on the youngsters, we also hear some of that.

From solution 2 side – we usually don’t know when the neighbors are at home – only notice them when the open the balcony, no normal speaking sounds come trough, the wall stopped from vibrating even from the lightest touches, again, massive improvements.

Solution 3

We still have the living room to be finished where we will have tv and entertainment system. Here we have some other ideas to maybe improve the insulation/soundproofing a little bit more, however I am not sure if it will worth the effort. There won´t be a perfect solution anyway, and while I am super happy with what this type of solutions offer, I don´t want to spend hundreds of euros to experiment and be disappointed at the end.

Solution 4

Move away to a house that doesn´t have neighbors and has a fair amount of land around 😀 My favorite one. To bad we don´t have a budget for this one. I would start over the whole renovation tomorrow!!!

Kitchen – the before

The above gallery is the kitchen “before”. This is how our kitchen was when we bought the place. The “kitchen furniture” was made probably at the same time as the building, the old pipes were coming out from the wall, and somebody badly butchered a tile job over the old tiles… The kitchen window was rotten, the electricity was missing entirely (from the whole house anyway)

Bedroom “staging” and killing of the furnitures

In the above image you can see bits of a bed frame we got as part of the furniture donation we received. Prior to taking this at home, I watched a bunch of “how to paint and restore old furniture videos”. I was eager to start, and had massive high hopes about how amazing and wonderful this becomes when ready.

And now I can say… this is the only memory I am left with this furniture. We killed it at the end.

And here are the reason why, without any particular order of importance:

  • Our mattress is 150cm wide, this bed frame was made for 135cm. I tried to think of a simple way to make it wider, but it would have been required woodworking tools, wood and a lot of patience. I had non of it.
  • the headboards decoration was broken, we didn’t had the missing bits. I had the idea to remove and make brand new decorations, but that would have required to make the same decoration for the other side as well.
  • it smelled quite badly. Old wood, mixed with years of smoking, this would have went away with the paint, so it’s just an excuse to have more on the list.
  • we didn’t liked the color
  • I changed my mind, wanted something simple
  • paint was excruciatingly expensive
  • I feared the job will only become a “botched” ugly duckling instead something really nice
  • the neighbors would have killed me if I turned into an amateur carpenter

No matter how lovely this headboard and bed frame “could have been”, about one year after we took it home, bought it up in the apartment, and had it in our way for way to long, I decided I don’t want it any more. So we killed it off.

We still have the 2 night stands, painted white tho…

The whole staging was a good idea. This way we saw how the bed will look when it will take up all the place, how and where to put the sockets and the switches and so on.


Stay off from pinterest and youtube videos that show how easy is to restore furniture. Usually it’s not that easy!

Electric water heater, limescale and the magnesium anode

If you live in an area where the water is hard… you better know this things 😀 Limescale WILL be your biggest nightmare, and proper maintenance of your hot water producing devices is going to be crucial. You may not be interested to clean and remove the limescale from your own water heater, but you will know to call somebody to do it. (Unless it´s to expensive and it´s actually cheaper to just replace the whole damn thing #savetheplanet or wtf? – will get back to this later )

In 2016 December we installed a brand new, 80liter electric water heater. Shortly less than a year later I had the feeling that the heater was running way to much. We have differentiated electricity, meaning we pay less for the electricity used at night, (when the general demand is lower) so our water heater was set to run overnight. But because I was working quite a lot for many nights, after a while I had the feeling that the heater is running “all night”. I wasn’t entirely sure, just a hunch that bugged me. Hence we decided to take it apart i 2017, end of November.

I remembered, that my dad many years prior this explained to me how limescale can “grow” on the heating element, so I suggested my husband to check it. He was a bit in doubt, but agreed. We had not to much idea how to do it, but since there were screws in the heater bottom area… it was not that difficult.

First step for us was to turn off the water heater a day before, and use up the hot water.

Second step was to turn off the main water tap, and empty the whole system.

Third step is to remove the pipes and than take off the water heater from the wall and open it up.

One year of running:

I have to say, we were truly shocked. The heating element was full with encrusted hardened limescale, no wonder it had to work overtime to heat up the water! The anode (not visible in the pictures) still had “juice” on it.

The clean up was fairly easy. Removed as much limescale from the heating element that I could, and carefully I soaked in a cut off 2 liter water bottle with a mix of hot water and vinegar, let it stay like that overnight. Before we installed it back was again shiny and almost looking like brand new.

To FIX this issue, there is ONLY one thing you can trully do: install a water softening system. It’s not a cheap solution, and also requires space and maintenance.

We opted for a poly-phosphate crystals dosificator, very cheap and easy solution, basically a little “cup” with crystals in it and the water passes trough it. This is NOT WATER SOFTENING, it’s called “Water Conditioning” (and it won’t remove anything from the water) and the theory behind it is the following:

As untreated water passes through the water filter descaler, a small amount of poly-phosphate dissolves very slowly in the water stream and changes how the calcium and iron react in the water.

2 years after the first clean up:

For some totally unknown reason, we forgot to do the “one year after”. But we did the 2 year after, and this is what we noticed:

  • the limescale is present, although it seems less for the 2 year period of time, compared with the 1 year amount.
  • it was not so badly tied to the heating element, was falling off much easier.
  • still needs overnight soaking
  • the anode – which usually has a warranty of 2-3 years was almost completely “eaten up”. this is NORMAL and to be expected, even the alternative name “alternative name of sacrificial anode” suggests the role of being “chewed” by stray currents in the water. If there is no anode installed in a water heater, the stray current will “find a way” and generally the result is a leak somewhere in the body of the water heater.

The Magnesium anode

This is a small Magnesium anode, probably from a smaller water heater. It was the ONLY one available.

You would think people are more aware of this things, how they work, how can it be changed, especially here where the water is extra hard, where the most used water heating system is this. But to my utmost surprise, even SOME people working in plumbing and specialized hardware store were not aware of the existence of this things. I completely understand if most housewife don´t know what´s happening inside a water heater, but I would expect a store clerk to have at least the faint idea what they are how they work and on which shelve they keep them.

Store one person one was looking at us like we asked ice cream in the meat section. No, I have no idea what you are looking for. Luckily there was a brighter guy there, who joined us and quickly was able to bring out one. It was not for the right type of screw, but at least HE knew what the we were searching for.

He sent us to a different store, not to far away, where to my joy and happyness a lovely young woman greeted us. We explained her what we need, and it took her about 30 seconds… to go to the shelve, and bring out the little anode. Without any hesitation…

The thing was good, in terms it was the same screw size, just a bit smaller. For temporary replacement is better to have it, like not have it at all.

In meantime, we can now put together the water heater and find an ONLINE source to order the right size, because changing it won´t require us removing the water heater form the wall.

Some conclusions:

  • if you live i n a place with very hard water, you need to take the maintenance of your water appliances very seriously
  • adding a poly-phosphate “filter” will help at some degree, but it´s not a magical solution to the problem
  • everybody talks about “saving the planet” but generally NOBODY really cares to have small, consumable parts easily available
  • if my dad would not have told me about this things, we would never opened the water heater in the first place, and would probably ended up buying one in short perid of time after the warranty is expired due to some leak produced by the missing less than 10 euro passive part.
  • the water heater companies don´t give a crap about the environment (no surprise there) or to produce any replaceable passive part according to the same standard. I mean… I completely understand to need different length for the 30l, 50l, 80l, 100l water tank, but still can´t understand why each brand has to use different type of screws – making it incompatible between them (rhetorical question, I do understand) Because if we were “average” consumers, who have no clue, would have looked for a replacement “magnesium anode for Feroli”. And guess what, they are not so easy to find, and not everybody knows that the same type of “magnesium anode” will work from any other brand IF the screw at the end of it will fit our tanks other screw.
  • just quietly wondering how many times completely good, already produced devices are thrown out due to bad maintenance
  • also quietly wondering what % of parts are thrown out… because they are never used up and they are incompatible with any other brand´s device
  • In our case, I also wonder how much a generally simple task of changing the magnesium anode or cleaning up the water tank would cost if we were in the position to “call the expert”.

A final note 🙂

My dad used to tell me: lucky for those who have no idea what´s happening in the pipes. He told me this when he fixed the water pipe in his sister´s house, who had a nervous breakdown seeing the junk and dirt getting out from the old rusty pipes she had.

And as you can see from the pictures… we also had quite a lot of shit. Most of it is limescale, but we also have some sand. When there is very heavy rain, we often have muddy water for a short period of time.

The short story of a wall

For some unknown crazy reason, all the doors and windows in this apartment are installed way to close to the walls. Unfortunately I don’t have a “before” picture that shows the situation, but I have the after. We had to build a 60 something cm wall in order to be able to put a normal drawer in the bedroom.

We measured it and the two smart asses decided that 70cm should be enough. After all, the standard drawers are 60cm deep. What we forgot is the insulation planned to be put on the wall… which would have required an 80cm deep wall for everything to be perfect.

Well… it won’t be. And I won’t buy the 60cm deep drawer either. Will only buy a 40cm deep, (or maybe 50) and pretend it was planned this way!

(Very)Poor woman’s window insulation

The windows in this apartment were about 45 years old. The whole area above the window where the window blinds was basically only a half cm thick plywood board and pretty much nothing else. No wonder it was cold in the room, especially at night! In order to reduce the cooling down, we used some old rags to fill in the void around the window blind box , insulating it as good as we could. And we used a shrink wrap to add a second layer with the hope to have a somewhat better insulation.

Not sure how much is visible from this picture, if you look at the right top corner, you can see the think plastic film layer over. I don’t know if this actually helped or was more a psychological thing, but after installing the foil, I had the feeling that it’s warmer in the room.

On the internet, there are various products sold under the “plastic shrink wrap window insulation kit” hence the idea to use “regular” shrink wrap we bought as a big roll for 3 euros to package things when needed… For me was way to expensive to spend 10-15 euros for one or two windows. I needed a temporary solution that is really not expensive. We used some sort of spray glue to glue it on, and was there for the remaining life of the window. In our case, the windows were so bad, the renovation was totally out of the question.


Should you do something like this? Yeah, probably if you don’t want to spend to much on this, if it’s a temporary solution, and especially if your plan is – like ours – to REPLACE the whole windows soon.

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