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WOOD FLOWER POT

Hi guys. I was actually going to post this yesterday, but I was busy doing things and I totally forgot about it. Anyway, so I'll do it today, show you this wooden flower pot that I made for my magnolia tree.  

Those of you who follow us on Pinterest might remember these very gorgeous worn looking flowerpots from Pottery Barn. Well, that was the inspiration for this project. I wanted to achieve a similar look to in my flower pot, so without really having a plan to follow, I decided that the wood I had laying around, was going to determine the look and the size of the pot.

 *the following description of how I built the pot is not an exact plan, but more an inspiration to how you could make and design your own. 

I used scrap pieces of planks from pallets and scrap plywood pieces. I cut 4 identical pieces of plywood for the sides. The planks were cut into thinner pieces to go outside the sides of the pot and their length was adjusted to the length of the plywood sides. I put everything together and added 4 pieces of wood to the inner corners to strengthen the construction. Then I added a bottom and feet and I made a trim to go on the top edge of the pot, but didn't attach it yet.

I stained the wood blue before I painted it white, because I wanted to see if some of that stain would show through when I distressed it later. I only gave it one coat of white to keep as much of the wood structure as possible and when it had dried I sanded it down to give it a worn look. (Remember to paint the trim as well). The stain didn’t shine through as blue, but more a grey color. If you’d like a more intense color to shine through, you should use a colored paint instead of stain.

Before I planted my small magnolia tree, I covered the inside of the pot with plastic. I use the bottom of one of those sturdy see-through garbage bags and secured it to the top edge of the pot. Remember the trim we made, but didn't attach? Nail that to the top edge on top of the plastic. This way you get a nice finish and the plastic edge wont show.

Now plant your tree and enjoy your little project :)

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FUN BALCONY HALF BARREL TABLE

A couple of months ago, we went looking for a cool table for our balcony. We had this idea of a half wood barrel turned upside down, which we thought would go really well with our chairs.

After a while of scouting, we found a place that sold three half barrels, but none of them were assembled and we had no idea whether all the pieces would even be there. But we bought the lot, thinking we would somehow make a cool table out of this.

After trying to fit all the pieces of wood together, we soon realized that all three half barrels were broken in some way. This was of course totally unacceptable to us, so we decided that this was only making our table challenge much more exciting.

At last, after much patience and fitting together, this little fun beauty was created. She might not be the most perfect of half barrels, but she sure is unique and she will always remind us of that night, where we stayed up late and had a blast trying to make this project work.

Have a great Sunday

CHRISTMAS TREE IN DISGUISE

Christmas is very much about tradition, and there are quite a few things we associate with Christmas. The Christmas tree, with its glitter, lights and sparkly ornaments, is probably one of the greatest symbols of Christmas. Mostly they are pine trees and rather big, and once you get them in the house, you don't really move them around much.
 
 
So we thought we would make a slightly different tree, one that you can place on a table or wherever you like. Since the size of this tree is what you make it, you can make it fit anywhere in your house.
 
 
This is a very easy project and you can decorate it however you like. Later this week we will post instructions on how to make the ornaments that are pictured with the tree. And tomorrow we'll tell you how to make a Christmas sack for the tree.
 
 
Happy project....and please let us know if you have any qustions.
 
Merry 6. December. 
/Annika & Sussi
 

WORDS FOR CHRISTMAS

Today is going to be all about words and how you can easily make your own word art. Words and letters are really popular at the moment and this project will make for a great Christmas present. Since it's going to be hand-painted by you, it will be even more special. 
 
 
You'll need:

- frame with a hard backing / piece of wood-board
- black paint
- white paint
- brushes
- chalk
- a printout of your words
- a pencil
- tape
 
 
1. Paint the frame backing/board black and let it dry. 
 
2. Print out the words so they match the size of you frame. I used an A4 frame and the printouts below the pictures, will all fit an A4 frame/board
 
3. Take your printout and cover the backside with chalk. Now place the printout with the chalk facing down against the painted surface (make sure the paint is dry). Secure with tape.
 
4. Take your pencil and trace around the letters. This will make the chalk rub of on the surface. Try not to drag your hand to much over the paper, to avoid smearing out the chalk, while tracing. When done, lift paper and you can now see your traced letters on the board. 
 
 
5. Next step takes a bit of patience. You'l now have to fill out all the letters with white paint. This step requires you to let it dry in between, so you avoid smearing out the paint. The easiest way is to first paint along the edges of the letters and then fill them with paint.
 
6. When the paint has dried, take a cloth and wipe of the excess chalk. 
Now you're done and you can frame your words :-)
 
 
 
Click on any of the word pictures to download or print. 
  
Merry 3. December. 
/Annika & Sussi
 
 

PALLET WOOD COFFEE TABLE

It has been an awesome weekend. We have had quite a bit of traffic on the site thanks to Donna from FunkyJunkInteriors. She made a really sweet comment about our blog on her facebook page. Thank you, Donna. (Hurry over and say hello...she makes the most beautiful things out of junk)
At the same time we would like to welcome our new followers and say thanks for all your lovely comments. We are so happy that you'd like to read our blog. We only hope to keep you inspired.


 
Last week I showed you some pictures of a coffee table my partner was making and this is what the finished piece looks like. I'm so in love with this little table. It's both decorative and functional.
 
A couple of pictures of the table 'in the making'.
 

I really liked the color of the table before it was lacquered, and I was a little afraid that it would look very different when finished. 

 
 
But the color just got more deep and beautiful, and it is now wipe-able. It has even handled me spilling a cup of tea over it, without getting stained :)
 
 
Have a great week! / Annika

AUTUMN BEACH AND RECLAIMED WOOD

I love living near the beach, but it sometimes can be very harsh and windy when Autumn arrives. Nonetheless does is offer a range of beautiful colors during this season. It's also a great place for exploring materials and structures, which can be used when designing furniture and interiors.
 
 
Lately my partner and I have been quite busy making furniture from reclaimed wood. We love finding an odd or beautiful piece of wood and then turning it into something functional. Giving it a new purpose.
 

In this image collage you can see some shots of a coffee table we made from pallet wood. I just love how it looks like we just found it on the beach. This grayish brown color is a favorite of mine. The table has yet to be lacquered and I will post pictures later of the finished piece.

 
 
May you all have a wonderful weekend!
/Annika 

WOOD TEXTURES AND FLOORS

I love wooden floors. It adds a natural and fresh style to a house. I also think it's kind of charming with older floorboards that sing, when you walk on them. 
As a graphic artist you work a lot with textures and I often photograph things or materials in ways that I can later use as textures. I have with time acquired quite an extensive collection of textures and one of my favorite materials are wood. I never get tired of this versatile and organic material. Wood is also excellent as backgrounds for photography and I like to use the floor instead of a table, when photographing. This also gives me a lot of space to work on.
 
Have a great day! /Annika
 
Have a look at Fabriken for more floor inspiration.
 
 
 
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