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Before & After: My son’s room gets a makeover

It’s hard to believe how quickly time flies… It’s been a year since we moved into this apartment, and whether I’m sure about this place or not – we all should feel at home. My son Noam just celebrated his third birthday, and it’s about time his room will get a special treatment.

When people move into a new place, the first thing they usually take care of at first, is the most visible areas of the house, such as the living room, kitchen etc.  Or, it’s just my excuse for neglecting his room for such a long time? (Bad, bad mommy).

Before & After

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After desk frog clock

cat

bunny

As you can see, I used things I already had around the house: The Russian frog clock, The desk I renovated a few months ago, and pictures I didn’t hang.

The Raccoon and fox were bought about a year ago from the wonderful Honey and the hive.

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DIY Inspiration: How to make patterned tiles using stencils and spray!

Wow, I really love what this talented artist does. It’s the perfect example of how creativity can make everything out of nothing.

Painted tiles are my favorite kind of flooring, I just love it. If you follow @ihavethisthingwithfloors on Instagram, you probably suffer from the same disease. I know whenever I will decorate my future dream house, It would have decorative tiles (black & white in the shower!).

Javier de Riba, an artist based in Barcelona, creates fascinating works that look like real, beautiful tile floors. Instead of actually tiling, he paints on them with stencils and spray paint.

de Riba, makes his art in abandoned buildings, which makes me so inspired to see the potential hidden in any material, and encourages me to try and dare a little more. You know “Where there’s a will there’s a way”

 

 

 

And some yellow too…

Javier de Riba

Photos: Instagram, Javier de Riba 

 

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BEFORE & AFTER: A Retro Desk Receives a Second Chance

Do you have any idea about what I’ve been up to In the past month? Well, I’ve been quite busy on a small project – a vintage desk makeover.

Ok, I know I do it quite a lot – Whenever I find a piece of nice old furniture, I just got to take it, or else, it will pinch my heart for days… This time, It was different, because it was my first professional work, and I’m very proud of it.

BEFORE & AFTER: A Retro Desk Re Makeover

I was looking for a retro desk. Something I could work on, and put my laptop on it, (instead on the dining table). A friend of mine sent me a photo of a vintage desk for sale. This desk had the perfect retro shape, but it looked like it already had a terrible makeover, with a very girly pinkish colors. So basically, I wanted to buy the desk and restore it to its original shape. The seller was a professional furniture renovator who runs a 4 day course in her own house. I figured out I had a lot of work to do on this desk, and that maybe it’s about time I’ll take a course and work like a pro. I bought the desk… And my place on the workshop.

Nope, I couldn’t restore it

As I said, my intentions were to restore the desk to its original shape. Unfortunately, the wood underneath the paint was not in a good shape, so I decided to paint it again.

I was a bit disappointed, revealing the wood condition. However, participating this workshop taught me a lot about doing the right procedure, without giving up on any stage. The results were really satisfying and I know my next furniture will get a higher standard of work.

Retro desk makeover

Showing You How it Was Done: Step by Step

Phases of the makeover

1. Pulling off the upper wall paper cover

2. Learning how to work like a pro

3. Glueing the old drawers

There’s a cat on my working area!

4. The final coat of paint

5. Almost there…

Retro desk makeover

 

A drawer

 

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Vintage Desk Makeover – Part 1

This month I was busy, searching for a vintage desk. Right now, I don’t have a space I could call “my office”, so I work on the dining table. It’s messy and I have to hide my laptop in a drawer and take it out only when I want to write.

A friend of mine sent me a photo of an old painted desk. It was exactly like the image I had in my head, except it was terribly painted in a shabby chic pinkish style. What Kirstie Allsopp would probably call “More shabby than chic”, and I couldn’t agree more. But you see, this desk was up for sale by a woman who runs a carpentry workshop who specializes in… Furniture renovations. Well, lucky me (-:

I talked to this woman and ask to buy the desk from her, and also participate in the upcoming workshop. She explained this desk was renovated so many years ago, and belonged to her niece, who grow up and didn’t want it anymore.

Vintage desk

The work on this desk will take about a month to accomplish, because the workshop is taking place ones a week, for a month. On the first day, we talked about wood types and materials and in the rest of the time we were sanding and glueing things up.

 

During the day, I reveled the wood under the paint. To my disappointment, there is not going to be a restoration to its original look, like I wanted in the first place – just another makeover. The wood is in a bad state, and will need to be covered all over again – This time, with my own design.

Can you guess what it’s gonna look like?

TO BE CONTINUED…

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Before & After: Restoring a large mid century cabinet

At 2011, I’ve made my first furniture renovation. Until then, I only painted over a few chairs, (and even managed to destroy one) but nothing serious as this one.

As you probably know, finding a good piece of vintage furniture, in a good condition and a reasonable price is not always easy. But This one, was actually a miracle. Just when we were looking for a specific size cabinet for our narrow living room, someone dropped this baby on a nearby abandoned turkey coop.

Before: Mid Century Cabinet

I worked on it on a daily basis – every evening after work. The condition of the wood was surprisingly good – I only had to cover some holes, polish and paint it with the color of my choice: light cream and black.

After: Mid Century Cabinet

 

 

 

4 In Before & After/ Make

Ikea LATT Table Hack: From Invisible to Exciting

Ikea LATT Table Hack From Invisible to Exciting - Used Luck

My son never uses the Ikea LATT table I bought him about a year ago. This table became absolutely invisible to him, and for some time, it just stuck in our living room, looks bland, pale, and totally useless.

I love the idea of “Ikea Hacking”, but never got to do it myself. However, the Ikea LATT is a good product to start with, because it’s relatively easy, and the ideas are numerous. I chose to mix up between a chalkboard he could paint on, and a table to play on.

In case you didn’t notice, I really like yellow. Bright and bold. I can’t be intimidated…

I used acrylic paint. It was one of these deceptive tasks which looks like a “piece of cake” and ends up to be A LOT of work. The table and the chairs needed at least 4 coats of paint! It looked like I’m going to paint it forever – over and over again.

For the chalkboard, I used “home made” chalkboard paint. This one also wasn’t easy, and I will dedicate a separate post to it, very soon. If it’s the first time you try to make your own chalkboard paint, make sure to try it first with a small amount to get to know the textures and the amounts needed, before mixing it in a project.

The result: The table was a huge surprise and went from invisible to exciting!

 

 

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Hate it? Paint over it! ( A Small DIY)

I don’t remember how long I have this floral metal heart. It’s not exactly my cup of tea, but I didn’t want to throw it away. It’s a heart, and it’s hangble. I mentioned before how many times we moved in the last two years. As the result of it, my son’s room looks sad and neglected. I’m not at my best right now, five days after surgery, but this little heart helped me begin this room makeover.

Here it is, and the materials I used:

1. A simple brush  2. Acrylic paint 3. Mod Podge sealer

After painting over this small heart, I remembered I had some tin retro style photos that used to be in the kitchen, but now they didn’t fit anywhere in the house. I made a collage in front of his bed, and that heart looks like it was made to be there. Two plastic boxes and his favorite furry friends, makes it a happier spot in the house. I hope I will feel better tomorrow to finish this room. Will keep you updated.

 

 

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I have a new “Sing Your Life” wood sign

I work at a company, and from time to time they treat us with a perk, to help us clear our heads and spend  time together. Last week, we went to a workshop. The task was to make a hangable wooden statement sign. Actually, I was a bit disappointed, because there was nothing to learn – no techniques. They just gave us a board, acrylic paint and letter molds. Even for people who doesn’t  do DIY’s, it was way too simple.

Anyway, I took the lime and made some lemonade. I wanted to write something that would make me smile every time I would look at it. Something positive. The thing I came out with was “Sing Your Life” – one of Morrissey’s songs I really really love. The color palette I’ve seen in my mind was:black letters over cream background, and gold or yellow for the edges. Well, they failed on this one too. They didn’t have black! I really couldn’t believe my ears. No black? Seriously? Well, forget it. I used their colors (dark gray was the closest to black they had), and at home, I covered it up.

With the colors they had in the workshop (dislike)…

And after covering it with my chosen colors (and filtering the photo on Instagram)…

And of course, Sing Your Life…

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Restoring a sewing machine treadle leg

While posting this, I must admit these photos were taken a few years ago, back in 2009 at the old house. I have some “pre-blog” nice DIY’s photos I had done in the past, and are worthy of posting here.

This Singer leg was left to rust at the back yard and looked like there is no hope for it at all. But me, I can’t see things like that, without feeling a bit sad every time I pass near it. But What can you do with a rusty old treadle leg? Some people would rather leave the rest as it is, but for using it as an indoor decoration, it’s not clean enough. Therefore, I decided to restore it with oil paint and use it for decoration.

I think it was worth the ½ hour of my time…

2 In Before & After

DIY: Plastic Planters Makeover

There’s a lot to do in the new apartment, but these weeks are dedicated to the porch. I don’t know why I decided to begin with the exterior – maybe it’s just easier. It’s a small space, rented (can’t go crazy with it), and with no soil – so plants could make a big difference here. And as for the colors, I can already see it in my head: White, gold, a dirty light pink and small touches of black. But before we get to the whole project, a small and easy DIY: How to make a dull, white plastic planters look like something that belongs to the house and not to the store it came from.

This one is so easy. You’ll gonna need just three things: a gold (or a color of your choice) acrylic paint, a medium brush, and some Sellotape.

First, mark the upper border with the tape (you can make stripes too). Paint the desirable area with the brush. Two layers of paint could do. I waited 20 minutes between one layer to another, and then, another 20 minutes before I took the tape off. That’s it.