Pinterest vs Reallife – The oil & vinegar wood restoring trick

As promised in my previous Pinterest vs Real Life post, I have another one of my experiments to share with you. 

This time I’m testing out whether or not you can treat scratched woodwork with just a bit of Olive Oil & Vinegar 

My dining room table is OLD!! It’s solid and structurally has nothing wrong with it just looks like it could use some serious TLC. So yes the perfect candidate for this experiment. 

The original Pinned post suggested you use 1 part  vinegar to 1 part olive oil. I only had white wine vinegar rather than distiller vinegar so made do with that and an old tea towel. 

All you then do is is then dip the tea towel in the mixture and rub it into the table. 

No here’s the answer to that question, does it work? 

To a certain extent yes. There is quite a big difference between the before and after picture. This isn’t going to result in brand spanking new looking furniture but the result is worth the elbow grease put in. 

The only thing I will say is the vinegar stinks. I had to burn a candle after to get rid of the smell. It’s not enough to put me off doing this again when my table is looking sorry for itself.

So This weeks Pinterest was another win for real life. Result! 
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The £3 Mason Jar Candle from Primark

Candles, they’re can be a bit like Marmite, you either love to have them around the home or you hate them. I am very much the former of the two and have a weakness for candles in cute containers and pretty shapes. It’s a good job there isn’t a Bath & Bodyworks in the UK. Perhaps that’s my excuse for getting a bit too excitable every time I spot an affordable cute looking candle.

Queue my latest purchase from Primark.  How cute is this mason jar inspired candle?

Primark Candle

Priced at £3 this was such a brilliant purchase. The Zesty lime fragrance is strong yet not overpowering, and when lit it has a great throw. Secondly, it burns evenly so no product is going to get wasted. The packaging also claims up to a 40 hour burn time, not bad for a £3 product.

If lime is not your thing then there was also an orangeade scented fragrance. I’m guessing that these candles are themed around soda flavours which I love. I’m wondering if there are any other scents available from other stores?  A pink lemonade one would be awesome. Have you come across these in your local Primark store? If so are the scents the same as in my store?

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A little peek into my home 

Hi guys! 

Today I’m going to give you a little peek inside my home. I feel my home is a reflection of my families personality. 

Our home is a 1920’s 3 bed terrace, it’s nothing fancy, but it’s home. When we moved in it was a bit of a mess, but with some care and attention our cozy home began to emerge. 

I know for a lot of people the kitchen is the heart of the home, however in our home it has to be our living room. My kitchen is not that big so this is the place where we gather.  


As you can see it is a very multi functional room, we eat our meals here, the boys practice their guitars, homework is done here, games are played and we watch TV.

  If you asked my to describe my interior style, I would have great difficulty picking one. It’s very eclectic, with a mix of modern and old pieces.  


This dining table we purchased from a family friend, I couldn’t tell you how old it is other than my nan has a very similar one. I love the spindly legs. 

The chairs belonged to my husbands grandparents, I never met them as they died before we met one another. It’s nice though that there is a connection to them within our home. I have reupholstered the seats with some bright fabric so they now have a modern twist, mixed in with the old. 

Usually I have flowers on the table, I had just thrown out the ones there when I took this picture, they were looking a bit sad.  These are my current ones though. 


My favourite feature in this room has to be the fireplace. When we moved in it literally was  a hole in the wall. My husband did an amazing job of building this one. He created the hearth by tiling a a chunky piece of wood.  

I think you can agree that he did a great job.  


All the little nick-nacks have some kind of special meaning, be it that they are a holiday momento, or something the kids have picked up on family outings. I like to group them around photographs. 


This large shell heart was a decor feature on our wedding day. 


My father-in-law made this food warmer for my birthday out of bits of scrap metal. He is very talented and can turn his hand to most things. Funny though he doesn’t do wallpaper, that’s my mother-in-laws domain. 

I have a little bit of a love for A.A Milnes, Winnie the Pooh. Let’s just say I have built a bit of a collection over the years. I have created a bit of a gallery wall to display them. My daughter is a bit of a budding artist so we have some of her work displayed here as well. 


So there you go that’s my families living room. The only thing it’s missing though is a rug. I have been checking out Modern Rugs, they have a huge range of rugs available. I really like this cream fluffy one HERE.


 I’m sure it’s what my living room is missing. What do you think? 

Bye for now, Katy 🙂

P.S this post is part of a compition entry, I have not been paid for this post.