Monday, 21 August 2017

How to: Contemporary Mirror Wall

Getting a new week started! This morning I felt like Phil in the movie Groundhog Day (1993). You know how he wakes up and it is always the same Groundhog day, same people come across, same activities. It was just yesterday when I woke up and it was Monday and now again. Some people love routine and predictable days with repeating schedules. I have to admit that I am not one of those people who love the so called everyday life. I do like to do plans but I just prefer that I have different plans for different days. I don´t mean by this that I would want life to be constant party and celebrations. More that I could work with variable tasks, take a walk to different direction than yesterday, hobbies that offer new challenges etc. Sure this is something that I can effect myself 99%. Still some days are Groundhog Days because you have to get up every morning, brush your teeth, eat your porridge and drink a cup of coffee not to mention other possible morning, midday, afternoon, evening tasks that keep you alive. Maybe I should buy a toothbrush for every day in different color and use Wednesday brush on Sunday. Excitement!

When I was still studying I worked in a same place for three summers. It was great place to work, work colleagues were fair and practice was clear. Absolutely nothing to complain. What I felt challenging were the routines. Days were quite alike because work included repeating tasks. On third summer I could not tell which summer some things had happened and I sort of lost years in my counting when I tried to remember. If I think my high school years (I might be getting old because I start recalling past things :) I come up with an image of early morning in a bus reading my homework. All three years were the same early mornings in a bus. Going to University was my thing, no routine, no repeating schedule, new ideas every day. Now I am having these Autumn thoughts two years after the graduation. Maybe it is because of the beginning of a new school year for some that makes me think about these. Last week I got it settled that I will go to some lectures and I am super enthusiastic about that. I have big hopes for this new season. I made a plan for this week to be more productive and organized (hope it shows on my blog). Weekly plans and writing BuJo makes it easier to do things consciously and remember what you have been up to some weeks, months and years ago. It also breaks the path of repetition as seeing the past helps to make plans for the future.

Last week I got a three part blog post series done and I hope this week will be equally as inspired and active. I have got ideas listed for the week's posts. New season shows in my home decor as I have wanted some change to mark the Autumn started. Some weeks ago I went and painted the big wall of my apartment. I have had the same wallpaper for almost two years and I was not 100% happy with it. After painting the opposite wall dark grey the white flower wallpaper started looking old. I had planned to put my 2017 quilt on the wallpaper wall but it did not fit, so I painted the wall so it would match better. The new light grey paint was so beautiful that I did not want to cover it with the large bright quilt. Finally the quilt found it's place on the other wall and the newly painted wall was left empty. I remembered a pile of old eighties mirrors in my storage. Mirrors could be a luxurious and light wall element for a small apartment as mine is. Going all eighties and putting the mirrors to a grid was not my thing. I wanted the mirror wall look more like wall art and contemporary. I made some drawings and thought that harlequin pattern made with mirrors and empty gaps might be simple yet stylish solution.

For this project you will need:

A wall
9 Square shaped mirrors
Strong tape that is made for attaching mirrors
Strong cotton yarn
Masking tape
Small weight (like scissors or stone..)
Tape measure

Step 1. Measure the mirrors you are using so that you know how big space you need to arrange on your wall.  Clean the wall and the mirrors. Take a piece of yarn that is well over the height of the three mirrors going on row. Attach the weight to the end of the yarn and use masking tape to hang the yarn to the wall as seen in the picture. This yarn will show you the middle row of mirrors and you have to attach the mirrors so that the two corners go to the line (=you get the mirrors straight).

Step 2. Take the first mirror and put strong tape to four sides like in the picture. Attach the mirror according to the yarn line seeing that the two corners go to the line. Also remember to consider the height so that there is space from the ceiling plus other two mirrors have space under the first one.

Step 3. Attach the rest of the mirrors of the row. Pull off the yarn from under the mirrors.

Step 4. Use one mirror as a measure to get the place for the next row. Put it to the space that is going to be a gap and make a mark to the outer corner. Do the same to other gap. Now you have two marks and you use these marks to set the line with the yarn. Hang it again so that it goes through the marks.

Step 5. Attach the first mirror of the second row so that two of the corners go to the yarn line and third one to the corner of the middle row's first mirror. Attach the rest of the mirrors similar way.

Step 6. Now it is time to go to the other side of the middle row and repeat steps 4. and 5. Polish the mirrors.

Now you have harlequin inspired pattern made with 9 mirrors. In case you have bigger wall you could use more mirrors. It is easy to attach the mirrors with the help of the yarn line. 

Hope this tutorial was helpful. This is one example how different old things can look when you decide to arrange them differently instead of the ordinary way. It feels like the mirror wall has doubled the space and the Egypt posters I have on the opposite wall reflect to the mirrors. It is like Narnia when you look your home through the mirrors not to mention the dancing hall effect when it is evening and no one is looking ;D

You might also like these posts: Furniture makeover ideas and new style for living room and Garbage Treasures: Trendy Magazine Stand.

Have a great start for the week!


Friday, 18 August 2017

Decorate Rattan 3. Boho Flowerpot Basket

Friday at last! Bohemian style flowerpot basket is to close my Decorate Rattan theme week. In case you haven´t seen parts one and two check out the tutorials here: Colorful Coasters / Party Ready Glass Cozies.  Baskets that I have painted today are both from thrift store, 3,50€ per one. In bigger thrift stores it is easy to find a pile of different baskets. Challenge is to go through all and sort the best and most suitable for painting project like this. The more simple the basket is the better the paint and shells will look in it. 

You will need:

-A basket
-Acrylic lacquer paint in two colors
-Cotton yarn
-Small/ Medium brush
-Two needles

Step 1. Choose two colors you want to use in your work. You can use more but I noticed that  the safest way to succeed is to narrow the amount of color because the pattern already makes the basket stand out. Look closely the basket and how it has been woven to see the pattern. Decide which areas you want to paint. In case you have similar baskets you can make all look different just by painting different parts of the woven pattern. 

Step 2. Paint parts of the woven pattern and leave some unpainted. In case you have small details to paint choose smaller brush. Let dry. 

Step 3. I painted two baskets and twined shells to one. Here is how to ad shells. Making a hole to a shell: Take a strong sharp needle, tongs, hammer and  cutting board. Keep the needle with tongs and hammer like a nail to the shell as shown in the picture. 

Step 4. Take yarn and needle. Make a knot to the end of the yarn and come from the inside of the basket to the outside. Take a shell to the yarn and go inside to the basket same route. Repeat coming outside every 3 cm (or depending the size of the basket/ shells you are using) and taking a shell and going back in.

Step 5. The yarn you use to attach  the shells goes neatly inside the basket. End the yarn when you have attached shells around the basket. Place a plant that is in a pot to the basket.

I was surprised how great yucca trees look again. Few years ago I couldn´t have imagined to buy one and now it looks so fresh and new! Quite many eighties trends are now in style. Maybe a bit transformed but still very recognizable.  Rattan, indoor jungles, mirrors, colors not to talk about clothes fashion and music. When trends repeat themselves there is a great chance to use recycled materials and make the original items update to current style. I enjoy this eighties comeback a lot because it allows to use lots of materials, patterns and colors instead of minimalism. Yet I think after this trend minimalism might be the next big thing. Nowadays though, there seems to be few big trends going at the same time so I hope that when one of them is minimalism the others will give a chance to us maximalists :D I have given up with the ideal of finding my own style that would keep year after year not depending what the trends say. For me trends are important source of inspiration and I love to forecast what is coming next. It is fun to get new ideas and find out how to create the same trendy atmosphere with less using upcycled materials and making by myself instead of buying all new from store. Bohemian and DIYed would be great words to describe my style even though colors, materials, patterns and furniture designs might change.

How would you describe your style through the years? Have you found a style you keep no matter what new trend might occur? Or are you more like me and love to participate the trend game?

Have a peaceful and relaxing Weekend! More DIY projects coming next week :)


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Decorate Rattan 2. Party Ready Glass Cozies

Hello Friends! Tuesday and time for the second rattan DIY project of my three part series. I like to have a theme week. I did a series of theme posts last Easter and it was quite fun way to work and create new material to blog. I shall have to think more themes for Autumn, feel free leave suggestions to my comment box what kind of themes you would like to read from my blog. Also if you need special tips for some project or makeover ideas, I am happy to take a challenge!

Even though I was little bit of an Autumn mood yesterday today's project is still summer oriented. I had rattan glass cozies that I bought some DIYing in mind. These are from thrift store like the coasters I did in last post and cost 50 cents per 8 pieces. Rattan products are relatively cheap at thrift stores which is great for us crafters who can ad that 2017 style self. These glass cozies are a perfect match with kitschy straws and colorful napkins. Why not have a backyard party or Birthday celebration with fun beach theme?

You will need:

-Glass cozies
-Acrylic lacquer paint 
-Fun colorful ribbon
-Small brush

Step 1. Paint a stripe to the edge of the glass cozy. Let dry. If you want you can use different color in every glass cozy so that everyone can tell their own glass. I used pink in all :)

Step 2. Measure the ribbon so that it goes around the cozy, cut and glue under the painted stripe. Let dry and you are finished. So easy!

Have a Wonderful DIY Week Everyone! Next and last rattan project is coming at the end of the week :) Hope you have fun finding treasures at thrift stores and making. My evening continues with Jack Kerouac's On the Road, still have few pages to travel in that crazy companion :D