Friday, 22 September 2017

Mid-Century Modern Table DIY

Friyay! While being effective for the last working hours of the week it is time to get inspired and search for the best DIYs of the weekend. Side tables are handy in home decor. They offer extra surface for seasonal arrangements, place to leave your books and coffee mugs or to keep all the little plant pots organized. Today I went for darker colors to get a side table that will give needed contrast to all my bohemian style collections. I love layered look that has elements from different eras and styles: old worn out carved wood, modern design chairs, bright colors, global style patterns and eclectic mid-century. 

Combination of mid-century modern and bohemian style works quite well I think. Especially when color palette in furniture is simple and combined with deeper bohemian shades. Harvest season's colors like pumpkin orange, beetroot purple and moss green begin to look great with warm wood and grey. Golden accents make the look luxurious and urban. I have had many styles during the years and the modern twist is the latest one. Clean lines calm down the overall look which is great in small space like my apartment. Grey walls, mirrors (check this contemporary mirror wall DIY!) and two big carpets create a sense of a bigger space and allow to play with smaller and more decorative objects. 

Idea of this table came with the need of an extra small table and the legs that appeared from the garbage about the same time. I could not find suitable plank from the garbage or thrift store so I had to buy a new one (cost 10€). I modified the plank to fit in a narrow space, that is why I sawed of the corners. Paints are all more of less leftovers. I always tend to have some jars in my closets. As a starting point with the colors I had a thought that I am not going to add any more colors in the house so I kept the palette simple. Now I have plans to put my stereos on this side table and maybe a small flowerpot.

You will need:

Metal table legs + screws
Wooden plank
Paint in three colors (I used golden spray paint, black furniture paint and brown antiquing wax)
Painter's tape
Sanding paper
Strong white paper like wallpaper
Drilling machine and drill

In today's tutorial I have got more pictures than usual but I hope that in case you are making this DIY you will find them helpful. This DIY is not difficult to make yet includes many different steps. So here is how I made this table:

Step 1. The table legs are a garbage find. I spray painted the legs with golden spray paint. Then I bought a plank that fits to the legs. This plank is 40 cm * 1 m. 

Step 2. To get right proportions to make legs and table cover work together I removed few centimeters from the length. Because this side table is going to a narrow place I removed the corners. I always hit myself to sharp corners so I hope to prevent that with this simple design.

Step 3. Saw off from the length if needed. Saw off the corners. Sand the edges.

Step 4. Attach the legs. First I measured how wide the the leg pair is and counted it to the middle. Then I draw another line from the front edge. As a result I got a rectangle that works as guide to get the legs in their right place.

Step 5. Screw the legs to the plank. If needed attach supporting pieces to keep the plank firm in use.

This table would look pretty like this or painted with just one color but we are not stopping here!

Step 6. Cut a model that is the exact same shape as the table cover. Use a long ruler to draw lines and form random geometrical shapes. My tip would be to keep most of the shapes quite big and then add few smaller shapes. This keeps the project easier to paint plus creates dynamic look.

Step 7. Decide what paint are you going to use in particular blocks. In case you are using spray paint cut out the blocks you are spray painting.

Step 8. Use painter's tape to secure the lines. I left about 0,7 cm gap between color blocks which means that I put the tape 0,3 cm over the models line. 

Step 9. Spray paint the blocks. If you want to use spray paint in all blocks you need to make as many paper models as you got colors. Then you just cut out the blocks you are painting with the certain color.

Step 10. Gently rip off the tapes when the paint is dry. Try not to break the model.

Step 11. Then cut off blocks one by one drawing the outlines to the table cover.

Step 12. Use ruler to get the lines sharp and gaps between the blocks right.

Step 13. Then it is time to paint with the second color. With furniture paint I worked block by block. I put the tapes, painted and removed the tape immediately before the paint was dry. This because acrylic paint sometimes cracks with the tape when dry.

Step 14. After the furniture paint blocks were dry I did the same with rest of the blocks. This time I used antiquing wax.

Step 15. Then I painted the edge with the black furniture paint.  After the paint was dry I sanded the gaps between blocks to take off the pencil marks and paint that went over the lines. 

Best thing in this mid-century inspired table is that it is timeless piece in home decor. It can be styled with various ways. You could decorate the whole home with mid-century pieces and this table would not pop out. Also it is a perfect dynamic piece in modern global style. I love to collect all sorts of decorative items, like trays, flower pots, baskets, decorative pillows etc. The look might get a little messy without furniture like this that gives frame to the entity.

Hope today's post and this tutorial was both inspiring and helpful. Please share my tutorials and projects on social media if you like them! Shares, likes and follows are the biggest encouragement for my work <3 

Have a Fun and Creative Weekend!


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread and Breakfast Buns

Hello and Happy Lifestyle Tuesday! Yesterday evening I had a real creative night shift. I love warm baked goods on cold and windy autumn days and yesterday evening was just like that. On weekend I searched after perfect pumpkin bread recipe and ended up making an own experiment. It turned out great and disappeared quicker than I got proper pictures. Yesterday I decided to bake another pumpkin cake because I had half of the pumpkin puree left. 

This gluten free pumpkin bread is spicy, moist and just delicious! I used home made pumpkin puree, I baked pumpkin slices in 175 Celsius degrees until soft, took off the peels and mashed with hand mixer. I used butternut squash and it made puree for two breads. Baking with pumpkin is quite new thing to me. I tried pumpkin bread first time last year. When I was a kid pumpkin was familiar mainly from pumpkin pickles. I have to say I prefer my pumpkins in bread, cake and oven veggies. Pumpkin spice mix reminds me of more familiar gingerbread spice. In Finnish gingerbread mix there is cinnamon, cloves, ginger and sour orange. So to season the bread I used these spices. Because this time of the year stores don't sell gingerbread mix I had to buy spices separately. I like the idea of a pumpkin season with all it's spices. It is still long wait until Christmas treats and one needs something fun to the middle of the autumn season.

Because the pumpkin bread is so sweet I also wanted to bake something savory. Inspired by gluten free flour options and how well they worked in pumpkin bread I decided to make experiments with traditional breakfast bun recipe. I had bought lemon pesto :P and it needs some white bread as companion. I added some minced spinach from the freezer to get beautiful color. I love the earthy look of these buns and they worked great with pesto. You could also fill these with butter, cheese and veggies. 

1/2 L Water
14 g Dry Yeast
1 1/2 tsp Salt
4 dl Oat flour (gluten free)
2 dl Teff flour
3 dl Potato Flour
75 g Minced Spinach
1 tbsp Olive oil

1. Mix together dry yeast and 2 dl oat flour. Add warm (not hot) water and salt. Mix properly.
2. Start adding flour little by little. First add 2 dl teff flour. Add minced spinach. Then 1 dl at time potato and oat flour. Mix in olive oil.
3. Let the mix rest for few minutes. 
4. Put little bit of potato flour to a bowl. Drop one bun's amount of pastry to the potato flour and roll. Take the pastry lump to your hands and mold. Put the buns to a baking tray on a baking parchment.
5. Let the buns double their size. Then bake in preheated oven in 225 Celsius degrees about ten minutes or until the buns are firm and properly baked.
6. Serve with butter and veggies or lemon pesto. 

1 1/2 dl Oat flour (gluten free)
1 dl Teff flour
1/2 dl Potato flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
1/2 tsp Ground Sour Orange
1 tsp Ginger
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
2 dl Sugar
2 1/2 dl Pumpkin puree
1/2 dl Water
2 tbsp Brown Syrup
120 g Melted Butter
2 Eggs

1. Preheat oven to 175 Celsius degrees. 
2. Flour a baking mold with butter and oat flour.
3. Mix together flours, baking soda, salt and spices. Add sugar and mix properly.

4. Add pumpkin puree and water. Mix properly.
5. Mix in brown syrup and melted butter (be sure the butter isn't too hot).
6. Break the eggs to separate bowl and stir with fork so the mix is even. Mix in to the rest of ingredients.

7. Pour the dough to the baking mold. Bake in 175 Celsius degrees for about 45 minutes. Try with skewer that the middle of the cake has been baked properly.
8. Let the cake rest for a while and then take off from the mold.

There is nothing like the scent coming from the oven! Savory buns with hot chocolate or evening tea and a slice of pumpkin cake. It is cozy to be at home and cook, craft, light candles and read. Rainy and windy autumn weathers are actually as good and needed as warm summer days, don't you think?

Friday will be DIY day again, so until that Have a Great Week my Friends!


Friday, 15 September 2017

Friyay! DIY Day: Punk Inspired

Happy Friday Everyone! What a wonderful thing that weekend is waiting for us. Two long days for relaxing and making DIY projects. Part of Friyay! fun is to gather inspiration from blogs and SoMe. Then do last minute shopping and get back home to craft and cook. 

Today's project has got it's inspiration from punk.  Vibrant colors combined to shiny golden surface makes an interesting contrast. Splattered colors declare free style attitude towards formal pattern. Still when combined to plain colors and humble green plants these pots give nice design edge to home decor. Materials are simple so is the technique, lets get making!

You will need:

-Flowerpot that has clean lines
-Golden spray paint
-Acrylic lacquer in 3-4 colors
-Toothbrush and knife

I had these old worn out flowerpots that needed some new color. I had planned to paint abstract pattern but then came to other thoughts.

Step 1. Cover the surfaces. Clean the pot. Spray paint the pot with golden spray paint. Do two layers of paint if needed. Let dry properly.

Step 2. Test the technique and colors you want to use. I had three different greens and pink. Using knife spread a bit of color to the toothbrush. Then splatter the paint from the brush using the same knife. 

Step 3. Pots ready to be painted. Quickest way is to paint two sides at a time. First one side and then turn the other side (because the paint is wet you can't paint all four sides at a time!).

Step 4. Always remember to use clean tools when starting with new color. I began the painting process with pink, did two sides, washed the tools and then took next color. After all four colors I let the pots dry properly. Then I did the same for the other two sides.

When pots were dry I got to move plants in. I had monstera and lucky bamboo waiting for proper home.

With colorful splatters these golden pots are not too shiny. Good looking pots lift up the basic green plants. These pots would also be stunning in all white home decor adding artsy atmosphere. Clean lined cube shape controls the otherwise psychedelic feeling these pots create.

My weekend continues with a walk to the hardware stores. I have plans to buy wooden plank for a small table project. I have already spray painted the legs that are a garbage find. I have also made some sewing plans but I have run out of pink cotton fabric. How does it happen that pink always seems to vanish from my cabinets? Happens to pencils, paints and other pink materials. Do you have a color that you use a lot? Pink is, in my opinion, great accent color and easy way to modernize a furniture or quilting pattern.

What are your plans for the weekend's DIY? Are you going to make smaller projects or start something bigger?

Have a Creative Weekend!