Christmas is almost here, we’ve moved(again) and work on our new and amazing apartment is ongoing. Trying to find some inspiration for some DIY Christmas decorations to create myself from old scraps or what else we have lying around at home I took to the internet. And I found this easy to DIY wreath made from paper scraps.
I myself used old computer paper scraps and the result is great! A white christmas wreath for our quite ugly apartment door.
For instructions, follow the link.
We bought this old cupboard from Swedish Craigslist and I started of sanding it and painting it with a couple of coats of a basic white shade and then finished it with painting it in ‘antique white’. The backside inside of it I decoupaged with some polka dotted napkins. I really love this cupboard and I think it turned out great. I used environmental friendly paint for this job. I think it’s important to be aware when it’s possible. Anyhow, this turned out to be a great upcycle!
We’ve finally managed to finish the Style Cure as well as clean it and manage to take descent pictures. I was determined not to publish the pictures before we had finished the shabby chic cupboard. So we’ve painted the walls whit a basic white shade and covered it with a ‘eggshell’ shade. The color of the cupboard is called ‘antique white’. We wanted the kitchen to be brighter and more inviting, that kind of kitchen that feels cosy and at the same time is colorful. We bought fabric from IKEA to make some curtains and they turned out so incredible ugly and kept the light from shining in so we had to make some new ones.
For the new curtains I actually used some old white regular curtains that we bought a long time ago from IKEA. I just sewed them off to a shorter length and broke off a thin branch from a willow tree to use in the bottom of it to make it sturdy.
The new grout makes the tiles look amazing and fresh and we’re so happy with the choice.
Here are the before pictures.
And here are the after:
I’m so extremely pleased with the result and even our landlord thinks it looks really great so that’s a good grade. What do you think?
Ok not really. Or well, yes almost. We’ve been painting the walls for like forever and they’re finally done. It looks great, bright and very country-esk. Right now we’re struggling with painting the cupboard I wrote about here. When the cupboard is finished we’re going to start moving everything into the kitchen. Hoping for tomorrow or the day after. Tomorrow I’m also making(or fiancé depending on who has the time) the curtains for the windows. I ordered some pink ones but they were way too pink. So instead we bought fabric on IKEA and we’re making them ourselves. It’s hard having two babies and re-styling at the same time.
This is the kitchen right now:
Remember the before-pics of the kitchen? Here they are.
This is the cupboard so far:
Stay tuned for more updates!
Ok, so I don’t really want to admit that I like the shabby chic decorating style. I think people can go overboard with the patina, making things look too old and worn. I also think it can be too much, too cute. And also, people are spending way too much money on stuff that are new but made to look old. I don’t like that. I like stuff being upcycled and recycled. But my eyes DOES love to look at everything shabby chic. I love everything cute and especially pink and polka dots. Anyhow, I’m so jealous of those people who created their own dreamy cupboard. Something like this:
So I want one of these myself and as a part of Apartment therapy’s Style Cure this month I’m going to make one. After searching Swedish Craigslist “Blocket” I finally found a cheap cupboard to revamp to my shabby chic dream. This is my cupboard before(this is actually the picture in the Blocket-ad. Funny you can se the guy selling the cupboard in the glass haha..):
I’m hoping that I can publish the after pictures tomorrow or day after tomorrow. It’s a lot of work sanding and fixing everything.
I love to reuse and to upcycle. Glass jars is on of those items that is great for upcycling purposes. Make sure you clean them carefully, I use acetone to remove the stickers properly and then I love to decoupage the lids to make them cute. These adorable ones I decoupaged with mod podge and napkins and covered them in varnish.
Well, I’ve been working hard these last couple of days with putting new grout between the kitchen tiles. I have no idea why I hesitated, because the kitchen looks great! It’s brighter, cleaner and just looks so fresh. And the tiles are popping!
What I did wasn’t actually putting new grout, I just covered the old dark on up with something called grout finish. A couple of layers and finally it’s done!
I can’t wait for the whole kitchen to be style cured.
This is the tiles before as you probably remember:
These are the tiles now with new grout:
What do you think?
I love cleaning. I’m probably one of very few who loves that activity. The reason I love cleaning is because it’s change. A good change. I’m always so curious to see how big the change can become by something being cleaned. I love the before and after. A room looking like it’s newly painted just by it being clean. Anyhow, Apartment therapy’s Style Cure this weekend is about cleaning the room that we’re styling.
Since we moved into our rented house in march we haven’t cleaned the windows. And they were so dirty. Clean the windows is the first thing I normally do when moving into a new home but this march I was crazy pregnant and we only lived here one week before being hospitalized to try keeping the babies from coming waaaaay to early. After that we were still in the hospital caring for our premature twins and since then we’ve been new parents stressing about taking care of babies for the first time. So, no window cleaning until now.
And the room is almost like new. Almost like we don’t need to repaint the kitchen(well sort of..).
And of course I have before and after pictures:
It’s so funny because you can actually see the colors of our beautiful nature now!
Are you cleaning this weekend?
Yesterday was my brother in law´s 30th birthday and we had a huge celebration. It was also the first time we got to meet the twins´ cousin Joanna so naturally we made some gifts for her. And I really love wrapping presents. Unfortunately I didn’t have that much time to wrap them so I just made som simple wrapping.
Thanks to Lauren I updated this post:
So me and my fiancé are wondering about the tiles in our kitchen. The tiles are very old and the pattern on them is so interesting. Fiancé wants to cover the patterned tiles with turquoise decor film but I wasn’t sure. And now many of you seem to agree with me that the tiles as they are should stay.
But.. Should we refresh the borders between the tiles and make them white from the dark greyish color that they’re in now? (A little photoshop to help us decide..)
And also as mentioned, thanks to Lauren, me and fiancé tried to put up that decor film on the old tiles just to see what it looks like(we just used some thack-it adhesive). I’m not really digging it. Are you?
So, should we put the decor film on the tiles? Leave the tiles as they are or maybe just make the border white instead of that dark grey?