New life for the rast chest.

Even though I am not done completely with the chest, the main part is done, so I decided to show the result already. I still need to find nice matching pulls, but it may take a while, so I dont’ want to wait till then. I will have a great excuse to make an update post :)

So, the orignal rast (probably the most hacked of IKEA furniture):

The process. I first chose stain named “palisander”, but I didn’t like the result, so did another layer in Graphite. First I thought that I wanted something more “natural”, but nah, nothing special.

In the end, the result:

I used the same fabric I used to cover the table top in home office. I really love it, threat shade of grays, subtle image.

And totally unrelated, but Taya looked so sweet when she kept me company:

Rast chest

I am pretty sure that if there were some surveys done, IKEA’s rast chest would have won for being the most beloved by DIYers. As I am joining the ranks of rast-modifiers, I have been searching for inspiration. Below are the finds I loved the most:

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I am not a big fan of that particular fabric, but I think it’s not too bad.

I love the simplicity, clear and sharp edges. Great stuff!

from IKEA hackers

This is of course a very different idea, as it’s a desk and not a bedside table… but I add it here anyway. I love the industrial slate grey, the general feel of it.

This is gorgeous. The simplicity of it makes it a pure perfection.

And for now my rast looks like that:

:)

Finally: new lamps!

As I wrote earlier, I didn’t like the result of my attempt to save the old paper lantern from the home office. It was simply ugly. But I also didn’t have the money to buy something spectacular… so a paper lantern it is, again, but this time a bit nicer. I went to IKEA and got what’s needed. So without farther ado, the new lamp:

Simple, clean and nice. The rest of the office is still in a mess, so don’t pay much attention to it, soon it will get the proper attention it deserves.

Both this lamp and the lamp in my bedroom were attached with the great help of Mr. Geniek, mentioned earlier. The electric cords¬†is so old and messed up, even he, a true specialist, was working for a long time on this. So now let’s move to my bedroom:

(the sheer courtains’¬†color is off, but that’s not the point here)

I absolutely love the result. The walls are still bare, but almost everything else is already in place. I am planning on tackling a small chest today. After that it’s only warming up touches, photos etc. Soon there are clothes and books and other things coming with the shipping, it will help finish up the room.

curtains’ epic fail and WIN, this time with a little help from my friends.

Or should I rather say: “with a little help from my neighbor”.

But let’s begin from the beginning. The concrete of the walls presented themselves as a huge problem once again. I got curtains and hardware for them at IKEA (duh) a month ago. Finally I tried to attach it. I saw an ad for a super glue that was supposed to replace nails, screws and generally help with home things. And in the beginning everything was all right:

I actually didn’t take a photo of the curtains hanging, and ten minutes later it was too late ;-) I was on a phone with my brother at the time and when it fell he asked me if I fell off a ladder. At least it didn’t broke anything on its way.

Enter Mr.Geniek, the best “Golden Hand” (handyman) I know. He came to help with hanging lamps (about it in the next post) and without problems came later with a drill and did all the job.

He is amazing, I was scared to begin drilling in concrete, I have enough holes around the walls already! But now I have beautiful curtains. These are the same sheers I had in apt in Baltimore, which is a nice, nostalgic touch :)

The purple haze is back! I was truly happy to wake up today and see the pink light.

And here is what the same sheers looked like in the old apartment, in Baltimore:

The (mis-)adventures with the office table.

This was the office table after it was painted red from the original white:

To be honest, from the beginning I didn’t like the result all that much. There was just too much of this sharp red, and the whole room looked cheap and screaming because of it. But I was tired and didn’t feel like starting everything again…

I guess it’s good then that the paint was really bad, it didn’t want to attach properly to the surface (even after a lot of sanding) and was peeling the minute I put the table up. You can see what it looked liked now, after a few weeks of use:

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to paint it again, and was a bit scared of even trying. The only other solution was to cover it up. Even though I just finished (or maybe because of it?) covering closet doors with fabric, I thought to do the same with the table. Other ideas I had were laminate stickers (pricey), thin carpeting, oilcloth… But I think the fabric wins. I hope the maintenance issues won’t be too bad.

Well, below is the result. The shelf is only for fitting/planning purposes, it’s still in plastic. I want to stain it dark. I am really looking forward to my computer arriving, this huge screen takes half the space!

I think the result is great, and adds some nice elegance to the room. Another example of usefulness of mistakes/mishaps!

There are limits to design.

I have seen this “cute” design on Apartment Therapy the other day. I am glad I am not the only who felt there is nothing “cute” about using someone’s heritage to create a cat’s shelter. And here is the offensive item:

And even if there are some Native Americans who have nothing against that particular kind of cultural appropriation, it doesn’t make it alright. Native American tradition in particular suffers from this kind of abuse. From “fashion” choices of using headpieces, to “Pocahontas” Halloween costumes. It’s as if the people don’t exist anymore, and their traditions, in very simplified, childish, flat versions. They throw away the spiritual meaning of the items and use it as selfish tools of “self-expression”.

I think it wouldn’t find as much acceptance if the for example the cat house was made of big teffilin box (the prayer box religious Jews put on during prayers), or in the shape of pope’s head-piece. But with Native Americans? Everything goes.

Look at my ideas! Do you think I can make some good money on those?

 

My new lovely bedroom

I know I still have a lot to do… but I already love it so much!

I think the backlit drill looks like a piece of art :)

You can see the very beginnings of the stand-up vanity. Also – new plants. Still pretty small, and some of them still need nice covers.

But I like it so much!