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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.
This is one of the first stencil paintings i have ever made.
I upcycled the old cabinet that we put apart.
Sold just recently – I believe i went for some kind of charity auction.
When I rented an apartment with a huge roof terrace I was really excited about organising there my garden. The terrace was completely empty – just bare grey concrete wall. It is also rather windy up there, so my plan to have a green flowery corner there proved to be challenging. Nonetheless, I made it. Step by step I was adding pots, plants, and then I more flower pots and more plants. One of my dreams was to have a picturesque green corner where I could have a coffee, read a book or just sit and relax. It was quite a challenge but I made it. Here is my balcony garden and climbing plants.
I had a bench and started thinking about the wall behind it. I knew I wanted lots of climbing plants, but how to fix them? As usually, I refused to by ready to go products (there was no trellis of an appropriate size anyway) and decided to weave my own trellis out of rope. I already had two hanging baskets. Their position was really strategic, as I fixed them so they could support my trails later on.
What you need to make a trellis:
Rope Scissors Yes – that’s it!
How to make the rope trellis for climbing plants on your balcony:
There are different techniques – I ll explain how I made my trellis.
1. First, I attached a long piece of string to the baskets, above the bench, across the wall. You can also use nails or screws to hold it, I as I mentioned used baskets to support the trellis. This will be the top end of the trellis.
2.You need more rope to start weaving. I cut 9 more pieces of rope. The length of each of them should be at least twice the height of your trellis. I would suggest adding another 20%, as some of this length will be ‘wasted’ for knots. Once all these pieces are cut, you go to the next step.
3. Each of these pieces has to be tied to the main supporting rope. Tie them at half length spread evenly. Once you have this you can start weaving.
4. I had had nine double hanging pieces of rope.Start tieing them together. The first row will have triangular shapes. All following rows will have a shape of squares. Keep going until your net trellis is ready.
Now you need nice climbing plants. I also need them to be strong to survive the windy conditions. Here is how my trellis supported climbers has grown over the last two years.
This is how my bench and trellis looked shortly after I weaved it and planted the climbers
Ant this is during the second year
Another way of making your rented apartment with random furniture a nit more like your own.
I had this ikea lamp with akredytacji quite worn lampshade. I decided to knitt this orange cover and have to say it werkend out really well. Looks great with the light on and also during the day.
rented furniture a bit more your own.
Finished a long time ago but never published. so I am sharing them today. The painting is already gifted.
Another item completed over this summer. I was working very hard to make my outdoor area colorful and cozy 🙂
We have a big table and chair but I had no small table that could be used when sitting on the bench. I found three small pallets and made this table out of them. I had to cut “legs” from – the bars at the bottom. I then used these bars I between two pallets – bottom one is upside down, then the bars from cut from the second pallet and the third one on the top. All elements connected together with the screws. Before connecting them I painted each of the parts with outdoor green paint and finished with the outdoor varnish. Finally I attached the wheels.
This palet table is super handy as can be moved around easily.
And this is the leg part cut off from one of the palets that I used in between two other palets to extend the height of the table.
I have finished this piece a while ago, but got quite busy over the summer months and never published the any photos. So here you go.
I found this lovely item on adverts and immediately had this idea of repainting it white. I decided not to get rid of the mirror part as I simply liked it better without the mirror.
It was a rainy weekend. The weather and greyness made me feel quite lazy, but it did not stop me from finishing a few projects. It was nice and fulfilling to stay at home and bring a few things back to live.
Lovely mustard-yellow fabric and chalky finish waxed wooden frame in graphite.
I have started the chair on Thursday afternoon from painting the frame, and I have completed renovating finished it over the weekend.
Renovated retro dresser.
Chalky grey and graphite finish with a silver coating at the countertop. All waxed and polished.