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Repurposed coffe and tea cans – stencil painted 

Repurposed coffe and tea cans – stencil painted 

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.

  1. 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.


3. As we are in the duo lingual home, I made my stencils in two languages –  Polish and English


4. Cutting stencils took me a while as I had to make lots of them – each tea and coffee type in two languages.


5. Nicely organised cans. They can be displayed like this.


6. I also painted the lids so I can stack them horizontally – this way I  have easier access to everything on the shelf.


7. No more mess or confusion as what tea is in each can 🙂


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Spray painted wicker laundry baskets

Spray painted wicker laundry baskets

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…






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Upcycled Ikea Tray – Chalk Painted 

Upcycled Ikea Tray – Chalk Painted 

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.

ikea-tray

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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wax is not water or heat resistant, but I just love the look of waxed chalk painted surfaces.

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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.

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And now I have a lovely orange and yellow tray to serve my teas coffees and biscuits 🙂

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Repurposed IKEA stool- chair turned into a coffee table 

Repurposed IKEA stool- chair turned into a coffee table 

Ikea stool turned to coffee table.











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IKEA coffee table hack – reclaimed pallet wood cover

IKEA coffee table hack – reclaimed pallet wood cover

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.

reclaimed pallet wood table
reclaimed pallet wood table
reclaimed pallet wood table
reclaimed pallet wood table
reclaimed pallet wood table
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reclaimed pallet wood table  reclaimed pallet wood table

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Ikea lampshade hack – knitted lampshade cover

Ikea lampshade hack – knitted lampshade cover

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.

ikea lampshade knitted cover

ikea lampshade knitted cover  rented furniture a bit more your own.

ikea lampshade knitted cover

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Another renovated armchair – magic colors and quality fabrics.

Another renovated armchair – magic colors and quality fabrics.

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.


This time I had a bit more work as instead of stapling everything, I decided to sew some elements of upholstered chair cover.


Everything that you see on the surface is sewn,. I stapled only the back ad underneath of the chair.


The chair looks amazing with the matching cushions sewn with the same fabrics as parts of the chair.


The fabrics have vibrant colors and are amazingly soft.


Made with attention to detail,.


And passion. I wanted to sell it, but it loks so amazing in me living room, that it is going to stay here 🙂

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*SOLD* Upcycled white vintage dresser €200

*SOLD* Upcycled  white vintage dresser €200

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.


  
  


  
And this is how the dresser looked like before. 
  

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Very productive weekend of renovating furniture and upholstering armchairs 

Very productive weekend of renovating furniture and upholstering armchairs 

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.

Re-upholstered armchair.

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.

Renovated dresser / sideboard. that was in my hallway.

It was in my hallway and looked quite boring and dark. I decided to brighten it up a little bit – bright grey chalky finish with metallic elements.

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