I went to a traditional yard sale in Helsinki a few weeks ago with my husband. It was a sunny and warm day and the atmosphere was lovely! I found this old letterpress set for 5 euros from one of the sellers. Love at first sight. It’ll be an awesome tool for creating art or making cards. Though I still have to find a good stamp pad for the set to use it.
Awesome, isn’t it!
PS. I’m now on my summer holiday so I don’t know when I’m going to post next time. BUT I have one great project that will start next week. Last summer we got an old wooden trunk from my husband’s grandmother and I’ve been wanting to remove the paint from it ever since. I just run out of time then. Here’s how it still looks now:
Next week I’m going to remove all those layers of paint and see what’s under there. Very exciting! If the wood looks good I will just restore it, but if it’s in a bad condition, I will paint it. Hopefully it will look awesome anyway! I will show the progress I make, either here on the blog or on Nimidesign’s Facebook page, so don’t go too far!
Have a lovely beginning of summer everyone!
The long search is over: I finally found the perfect mirror for our entry!
It’s old and worn, the perfect color and just the right size. It’s so old that even the backside is solid wood! I believe it was once attached to a vanity, because it has holes on each side. I found it while we were touring different thrift stores in Tampere. This was the first thing I saw when I entered the room… And the best part: it only cost 22 euros! I think it was so cheap because somewhere along the way someone had attached an ugly pineapple transfer sticker to the glass (?!?). But I was able to remove it with a bit of paint stripper and scraping (phew!).
Is’nt it so pretty?
Me and my husband were at a nearby flea market today when he noticed these chairs 10 euros per chair. They looked so good: black faux leather and black metal legs. We turned them to see if there was any manufacturer mark on the bottom. There was…
It says Lukkiseppo Oy, —— Suomi Finland, Tapiovaara design. Tapiovaara?!? For real??
Ilmari Tapiovaara is one of the most famous finnish designers of all time. Many of his designs are classics these days and can cost a fortune. These chairs were 10 euros per chair. What a find! Of course we took them home with us. We would have bought them anyway, even if they weren’t Tapiovaaras designs, we liked them so much.
I tried to google these chairs but didn’t find much. I guess they were designed for some public place or that these chairs are rare and there’s only a few pieces in the world. Both would explain the lack of information about these chairs. Hopefully we will be able to find out what they’re really worth and what’s the story behind them…