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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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Cotton rope basket – crochet – FOR SALE

Cotton rope basket – crochet – FOR SALE

Cotton crochet basket for sale. Natural soft cotton rope was used to create it. The crochet stitch used made is sturdy enough so sides are not collapsing. It is lively sunflower yellow with a vibrant navy blue trim The dimensions are: Height: apx 21 Diameter: apx 40cm






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Hand knitted cotton rope blanket or a rug – FOR SALE

Hand knitted cotton rope blanket or a rug – FOR SALE

Another rug. This one is in calm colours – smokey grey, khaki and a dark grey cotton rope was used to produce it. It is knitted, entirely hand-made by myself.  All together around 650 meters of that rope was used. The dimensions are apx 110cm x 140cm. The rug is stretchy, so the exact dimensions depend…






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Edgy, funky baby and toddler clothing – hand painted limited edition

Edgy, funky baby and toddler clothing – hand painted limited edition

I have recently came back to painting on fabric. What I realised was that I have big collection of hand painted male t-shirts and many cool hand painted girl tops.  What I was lacking is clothing for  children.  So I decided to do something about this  gap. Here you can see the the limited collection…






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New cool motifs on hand painted womens t-shirts by ArtCave

New cool motifs on hand painted womens t-shirts by ArtCave

I am back from my travels. For the last couple of months, ever since I did this batik course in Java I couldnt wait to do something creative. I had so many ideas, so many concepts but I started with my old passion – painting on fabrics. As I decided to participate in one or…






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Painted Wine Glass Set

Painted Wine Glass Set

I have recently received an order for 13 pieces wine glasses set.  I had a very short deadline to paint it, but I made it in time 🙂 It is going to be an important decorative element at the First Communion function. I mean for the function table 🙂 I painted many pieces of decorative…






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Hand Painted T-shirts

Hand Painted  T-shirts

T-shirts with the unique manually painted motifs  are sagnificant element of my artistic portfolio. All motifs on the t-shirts are with hands,  brushes or sponges.  Special  paints for textiles and fabric are used for creating the original motifs. After drying, the painting is hardened by heating and cooling it a few times. As a result it is…






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