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When I planned to visit my sister in law and she asked me for help with upcycling a small pallet she had. Upcycling? No problem! I ordered all necessary materials beforehand and with everything ready, within three hours built this small seat on wheels. It even fits under the coffee table so if it is not used, doesn’t take space unnecessarily.
If you happen to use the waterproof fabric its a perfect seat for outdoor areas.
Hand painted glass christmas tree decor is an amazing alternative for everywhere available cheap plastic christmas tree bulb
I recently made som candles and recorded the process of making on the video that I would like to share with you. Watch that video if you want to quickly learn how to make a candle with a lovely decoupage. It is easy enough and you don’t need ant special equipment or tools.
For that occasion, I used napkins with flower motives, but I now am looking for napkins with Halloween motives to make my Halloween centrepieces. The technique will remain the same.
Before you start a piece of advice – I would always use try to match the colour of candles and colour of motives on the napkins. In these case I had orange and green candles and I found napkins with similar colour scheme. Thi way candles look more natural.
What you need:
- Paper napkins
- Baking paper
- Adhesive tape
- Hair dryer
- Decorative ribbon
I had many empty coffee cans and quite a mess in my tea and coffee cabinet, so I decided to paint them and have them labelled.
Here is how you can repurpose old coffee cans by turning them into tea and coffee containers and keep the shelves organised.
- You can make your own stencils or download them. If you search online, there are plenty ready to go labels but if you have lots of different types of tea you are better off making your own stencils. After printing cut them out.
2. Clean the cans from the dust and grease. Paint them in one colour. I painted my cans in black. Then, using adhesive (a tiny amount) , fix your stencils to the cans and spray over. Let it dry a little bit and remove the paper to allow drying completely. If there are any aces of adhesive left, remove them gently.
Who doesn’t like a nice brekkie at the weekend? Something that marks this time as special and makes us feel like we receive a special treat. I do 🙂 I love that sweet smell of freshly baked pastries and freshly brewed coffee. But who wants to spend hours in the kitchen baking first thing on Saturday or Sunday morning? Not me. So I cheat a little bit. I bake, but to speed up the process, I use ready made rolled croissants pastry. And here is a short video how to make croissants with apples. Enjoy!
Another project finished and ready to share. We wanted to refresh our bathroom and after having it painted in gray, I decided that the two laundry wicker baskets there, also deserve some uplifting. Before painting anything you have to remember to clean it thoroughly. The baskets were a bit dusty so I dusted them with…
I have to admit for a hundred times that I am addicted to changing things around my home -upcycling, recycling, repainting, upgrading. Giving items their second life. This is an example of a third life I gave a simple IKEA tray.
Originally it looked like this; I bought it for €5.
Then I painted it green with some black stencils. When I stopped liking it, I decided to do a little bit of decoupage (I used printouts of vintage papers).
When I decided to change it again, I had to remove the decoupage first. Then I cleaned it thoroughly and sandpapered every bit of tray. Clean everything with a damp cloth and let it dry.
Apply two coats of chalk paint. After the paint had dried, I sanded it with a very fine sandpaper. I also used steel wool at the end.
I decided to paint the side edges and the handles in a different colour. The blue masking tape helped to make the lines on the edges straight. When dried, I followed the same procedure – I treated it with some sandpaper and steel wool.
When everything was dry and clean, it was time to apply something to preserve the paint. You can choose a varnish; I decided to go for wax.
Wax is not water or heat resistant, but I just love the look of waxed chalk painted surfaces.
Following the instructions, I applied two layers of the wax. I let each of them dry, and polished with a soft dry cloth giving a tray a beautiful shine.
And now I have a lovely orange and yellow tray to serve my teas coffees and biscuits 🙂
Ikea stool turned to coffee table.
When you rent a apartment and you sometimes don’t want to rely on the furniture that is there. You can’t give the furniture back as it came with the flat and the landlord would not agree to that but you want it to look different, be more in your style. Over years of living in rented accommodation I figured out many ways of adding my personal touch to the rented furniture – obviously without making permanent changes to the furniture pieces.
One of them below – an IKEA coffee table cover. What you need to make it is a saw, hammer, some nails sand paper and wood wax. The wood is from reclaimed pallets. It is reply important to dry the pallets before using them. Otherwise if they are still damp the planks might become skewed and the table surface not even.