I finally finished my chairs!
Here’s how these chairs looked when I found them next to the garbage containers.
And here’s how they look now:
A big improvement, isn’t it! I removed the flaking veneer from the edge using a knife and used wood filler to make the edge smooth again. Then I sanded the chairs lightly and painted them. Easy and didn’t cost me anything! (I already had wood filler and paint)
Here you can see them in our kitchen:
I’m so happy that I have these chairs! They are so sturdy and now that they have been painted, they also look good. A great find + a bit of effort = affordable decor Love that!
Ps. I’m hopefully making some progress soon with my industrial style lamps (see part 1 here and part 2 here)… They’ve been taking longer that I expected. I have the concrete and the molds, but I still need to find time to make the bases. I already tested the concrete and made something of it… and I will show you soon what I made (and maybe after that my finished lamps).
Today is my 22nd and NimiDesign’s 1st birthday! Yay!
I’m just relaxing and enjoying my day today. Had an amazing brunch with my husband earlier and now I’m finishing up some projects.
I’ve been busy lately and would have wanted to have something nice to show you today, but instead I’m only showing some work in progress: dining chairs sanded and ready for paint!
Paint is drying as I type so hopefully I have something new to share soon…
This was my first time using chalkboard paint. I wanted to make a big chalkboard from a piece of MDF I had leftover from our upholstered headboard. I painted the MDF two times with a foam roller to make the the chalkboard as smooth as possible and then let it dry. Fast and easy!
Here’s how it looks in our living room:
I like the texture and look of the empty chalkboard so much that I haven’t written anything on it yet. Now it’s like a big piece of abstract art and looks so soothing. Maybe I’ll find a nice quote or something to fill it soon…
I’ve had this lamp for a few years and it started to really bother me a while ago. It sort of looked boring and too light colored for our living room (it’s also too small for our living room, but I still haven’t found a better one). So an easy makeover was necessary. And this really was easy.
I took it down and cleaned it really well and used acrylic paint to paint it dark grey. I chose acrylic paint because it’s easy to mix the exact color I want and also because it dries matt (also used acrylic paint for my vintage suitcase makeover). Because the lamp is not touched everyday, it didn’t need to be super durable.
I used painter’s tape to protect the cord and the white underside. My painting trick was to use a foam sponge to apply the paint (I posted a sneak peek photo on Nimidesign’s facebook page). The first coat of paint I dabbed on the lamp with the sponge. I used a small brush to paint the parts the sponge couldn’t reach. The second and the third coat of paint I sort of brushed on using the sponge (like adding makeup foundation with a sponge). This technique leaves no brush marks. The result is a nice industrial style lamp with a bit more character. Here’s more photos of the finished lamp:
Looks a lot better, doesn’t it!
PS. We just came back from a day trip to
a very rainy and cold city Stockholm, Sweden. It was a great place to do some shopping (well, that’s pretty much all we did because of the weather) and I wish we could have some of the same shops in Finland too! I will show you what I bought in a few days!
I bought this bamboo tray from a thrift store a while ago. It definitely needed a makeover since the paint was chipping away.
I decided to make it a bit more graphic so I added a geometric pattern to it with black paint. First I sanded all the chipping paint away. Then I made a triangle template and used it to cut pieces out of dc-fix. I then taped the triangle pieces to the bottom of the tray and painted everything black. After the paint was dry, I removed the tape and applied a coat of clear lacquer on the tray. Here it is finished:
I’m really happy with the end result! I didn’t even own a tray before so this will be useful..