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…
Photos: Instagram, Javier de Riba
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!
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…