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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.

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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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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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Necklace made of Reclaimed Cotton or old T-shirts

Necklace made of Reclaimed Cotton or old T-shirts

This necklace is a very easy to make. Can be no-sew if you want to use a hot glue only, but I would say, that supporting the strips of cotton with a little bit of thread make them more durable. I, to make these two recycled cotton necklaces, used hot glue on the edges where I tightly wrapped the fabric around the hanging parts and then I sewn it a little bit.

This kind of necklaces can be made of ready cut recycled cotton that this days can be purchased at most of the craft shops and is accessible online, I, however, suggest to recycle old t-shirts. Cotton T-shirts are knited in the way that when cut into narrow (appx 1-1,5 cm ) strips, they do not rip and nicely roll into tube shapes. You can cut them wider if you want to give the cotton twists more body. Then you can decide on the length of your necklace – various dimensions can be used depending on whether you want it short or long.

You can also use a recycled cotton to make other accessories – so much more than just  necklaces. You can make anything from a necklace to a headband, a bracelet to an anklet, the strings in this scarf can be removed to make different accessories or color arrangements. They can be worn in a multitude of different looks to express your style.

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Upholstery DIY project – renovate an old stool

Upholstery DIY project – renovate an old stool

What is necessary to start this little upholstery project? To renovate and uplift an old armchairs or stools you need: manual skills old armchairs, chairs, stools or some other furniture that you can practice your upholstery on tools and materials for renovating   (The only tools I was using were a small hammer, upholstery stapler…






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Renovated retro chest of drawers – SOLD

Renovated retro chest of drawers – SOLD

I love finding old pieces of furniture and bringing them to life. I have lots of ‘garbage’ at home that just waiting to be renovated. Tables, chairs, armchairs… wooden pallets waiting to be painted with the stencils. This time I had restored a small chest of drawers that I found on the local ads website….






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Painting from Stencils – renovating a cabinet

Painting from Stencils – renovating  a cabinet

Yesterday I eventually  found  some time to finish this stencil and use it to paint our multimedia cabinet. You can find the instructions on each of the images. They picture pretty much every step of stencil making and stencil painting process.  In case you have difficulties to read (I know some of the inserts are…






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