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Stencil painting on reclaimed wood

Stencil painting on reclaimed wood

A quick stencil (painting was quick, not cutting the stencil) from last weekend.

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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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*SOLD* Stencil on Reclaimed Wood – €50

*SOLD* Stencil on Reclaimed Wood – €50

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.

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Trellis for your climbing plants – DIY

Trellis for your climbing plants – DIY

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!

Instead of rope, you could also use some wire. This would be even better as it would last longer

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

This is at the end of the first summer

Ant this is during the second year

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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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