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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: 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!

 

 

2 In Before & After

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.

 

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Deliciously Ella’s pink beet soup

I’m not a cooker. Not at all. I don’t find too much joy spending time in the kitchen, unless it has to do something with designing it. But I love food, healthy food that makes me feel I did something good for my body. It’s been 4 years since I had decided to turn gradually to being vegan. I wanted to do it my entire life, but it took time and one big decision. I must say I feel so much better now, even better than I felt ten years ago. And as a bonus, my conscience is clear too – No dead animals on my plate.

The biggest difficulty with the process of becoming a vegan, is not the food – I have no cravings at all. Ones you imagine the face and the life of the wonderful creature you want to use as a hamburger / shnitzel / whatever, there will be no cravings. The biggest difficulty is people, nagging you with their questions, and opinions, trying to have a debate when you just want to have a proper meal and shut the fu@# up for a while.

Anyway, as for not much of a cook, I found it hard to survive mainly on eating outside and fixing myself a sandwich. And as a mother to a 2 year boy, I must cook. So, what do I do? Because cooking habits need to be changed, and new ones have to be learned (like, replacing eggs in recipes) I find my new recipes on blogs. One blog I discovered recently is Deliciously Ella which has lots of easy to make and yummy to eat recipes there. The first one I wanted to try was the Roasted Beet Potato Soup recipe which I had to admit, was very alluring mostly for its hot pink color.

Here is Ella’s amazing pink soup… Just look at it!

Photo source: Deliciously Ella Blog

Although I don’t like cooking, I have the basic skills for simple recipes. The soup, was very easy to make. I had to improvise a little, because my oven didn’t roast the beet properly, I went to my plan b, and boil it instead. It was really good, with a creamy texture and a lemon sour taste.

So, what do you think, did I nail it? (Sorry for the poor quality, I know need to buy a new camera, soon!)