I had a chance to buy door pulls the other day, so I could finally finish with the dresser. I must say they had very limited offer, but I hope the ones I found are ok. So, without farther ado, I give you the all new rast:
and just for a reminder, the original rast:
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:
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:
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!
As you may remember, I didn’t like the all-white IKEA closet, so I have decided to cover the doors with fabric. Let’s see the progress and the final result.
First – the original wardrobe, as presented by the IKEA:
the biggest one I found in the budget. I wanted to have one place to hold all my clothes, and believe me, I do have some… (well, will have when my shipping finally arrives!).
And now the progress:
I started with the bigger door wing. After a two-week long hiatus (travels, laziness…), I moved to the two small doors:
The first door is up:
… and… drum roll please… taadam!
The fabric is a really beautiful grey, I can’t explain the way it’s weaved so I will rather show it:
The sides were covered with 1.5cm wide cotton ribbon, to hide the gluing/ends.
I am really pleased with the result. Attention to details isn’t really my strength, so projects like these are quite a challenge. But with patience, a lot of elbow grease (I think in this case it should be called “knee grease” as I spent hours kneeling to finish it!) and glue the result is quite fine, if I can say so myself :)
And next we will talk about the bed :)
The walls are painted. I can’t even describe how relieved I am… I think the grey is a bit lighter than I planned, and the dark cherry/heather a bit too reddish… But overall I am happy with the result.
You can see how uneven the color was. I forgot that it had too much red, so it needed another coat (third). I had very little paint left, but it was just enough to even it out. Don’t worry, this lamp will go :)
The secret doors are still visible. So which one will it be? Hogsmeade? Narnia? Secret Garden? I hope Hogsmeade, seems like much more fun. I left all the screws that were already in the walls. It’s hard to get anything into them, so I will try to use whatever there is. Some of them are in good location, actually.
Putting together IKEA closet, which must have the all time best name: DOMBAS. I am serious. So my dumbass closet needs more time as I am planning on covering the doors with fabric. I have one doors covered, the other two will have to wait till I am back from visiting my brother and friends.
That’s the state of things for now. The closet is up, but waits for the doors. The walls and carpet are done. Next: putting together bed, bedside table and buying a lamp. After that: moving in and decorating!
Below you can see the one covered doors, I think the fabric is really beautiful. I wish the walls were more like this color.