DIY easy to make headboard

The bedroom is usually the last room that gets a makeover, also in this house. Its just too easy to use it as storage, and that is a shame really.. I wanted to buy a headboard to make it more cozy, but the only ones I could find where very “over the top”, and did not have the clean lines I was looking for. :/ I wanted something simple, but cozy – I might be a tough customer?

This little project took the whole of 3 hours work, and I am very happy with the outcome! 🙂

You will need:

  • Wood trimmings
  • Paint and brush
  • Screws that works with the type of wall you have
  • Screws with hooks
  • Warm-white LED string lights

First find the width and height of your coming headboard. This obviously depends on the size of your bed. A width of 201 cm and height of 170 cm was just right for our bed. Go to your hardware store and buy wood trimmings or similar. The one we used have a width of 4.8 cm and depth of 3.5 cm. We painted the trimmings with two layers of yellow paint. Fasten the trimmings to the wall with screws and attach some screws with hooks at strategic places. Fasten the led string lights to the hooks.

Nano is a thief.. mostly of socks, but also jewelry and chewy objects.

Heads up! I bought these Clinique pep-start on impulse (LOVE the packaging, SCREAMING for me to take them home) – am now addicted. Thick consistency but lots of hydration!

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Trees for decorating your front entry

The three birches complete with decorative LED-lights

How much wood would a woodpecker peck if a woodpecker would peck wood…

Our front entrance used to be very plain (read: minimalistic). Over the past few years the Scandinavian style, with different types of wood being a focal point, has been growing on me. No more crackled patina paint jobs ala shabby chick for me! Soooooo, we decided to bring some of the Norwegian forest to our front door.

Measure the height of of the area where the trees are to be put. In our case it was 2,4 meters from ground to ceiling.

Get a saw or call your local lumberjack. Remember to check with your local landowner before you start chopping down the wood and brining it home! We went for birch-trees, as these are plentiful and the bark is beautiful. The trees we selected had a circumference of 20-26 centimeters

After collecting the trees, place an impregnated board of wood on the ground. (We did not need to fasten this to the ground.) Measure the height from the board to the ceiling. Fasten the bottom of the trunks to the board with stainless screws and the top to the ceiling. If you don’t have a ceiling, you will probably have to fasten the top of the trees to the wall with a spacer of some sort.

The trees with some more details

We put some pine branches around the base of the trees for decoration, this is easy to alter according to time of year or occasion. We hung up a battery-powered LED string light for an extra cozy feeling. 🙂

You can also save some branches (or put in your own pegs by drilling holes and securing with glue) for hanging up the kids’ rain clothes when you don’t want them inside. Just a practical tip! 😀

Nano went all in on this project, she’s pooped…

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Fox paper craft

The wonderful things you can find on the Internet! I am found of paper craft and found this really cool shop assembli.nl online. They have lots of different origami-type paper sculptures that you can fold and glue together. I decided to try it out and ordered The Fox!

The sculpture came really nicely packaged in a sturdy cardboard box. Inside were three large rolled up sheets of thick paper, a wooden ruler for making nice, sharp edges and a tube with a generous amount of glue.

It took about five hours to put it together, a couple of evenings of entertainment in other words. 🙂

The finished fox finally on the wall! It looks a bit like a 3D-modell from a computer game. 😉 The finished modell is 48x26x38 cm. In other words, large enough to be used instead of the creepy, old fox-trophy that you inherieted from your uncle Bucknuckle!

We hung the trophy here in the teenagers room. Nano seems a bit skeptical about the whole trophy-thing. 😉 But she can relax, we’re going for the bear next time, over the coach in the living-room.

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A little DIY for comfort :)

I’ve been looking for ages for a bathtub table. Checking Etsy first of all, looking in local shops, browsing the Internet.. Nothing suited my minimalist home the way I’d pictured it in my head (besides the prices on shipping are hilarious).

I have no idea why we didn’t do this before, it was so simple! Not to mention cheap!! And it fits my “home spa” like a glove..

You start by measuring how wide your bathtub is at the top. Drive over to your local hardware store and buy some materials. We used Royal-impregnated wood of brown colour. This material is water-resistant and the colouring goes through the whole board. We bought three boards measuring 11.5cm x 2.5cm (4.5″ x 1″).

Here our dog Nano is checking out the underside of the table. Use small boards and galvanized screws to hold the big boards together.

This is the coloring of these boards after you cut them. Royal-impregnated wood is both sturdy and nice to look at. 🙂

Here is a view from under the table. Before you fasten the screws, line everything up and be sure that the small boards on the underside line up with the edges of the bathtub!

See, now I can watch my favorite show from a tub full of suds! Go for it! 🙂

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Stylish DIY media bench for amplifier and speakers

Buying a professional media-bench (Unnu, Clic, Plateau etc.) for housing your speakers and stereo-equipment can be quite expensive. Luckily, you can get almost the same result by buying the right stuff from your nearest IKEA-store! You will also have to invest a couple of hours of work-time.

For the bench pictured below, you will need the following equipment:

  • 2 * Bestå black/brown, size 120x40x38 cm (2 * £25)
  • 4 * Lappviken black/brown, size (4 * £20)
  • 4 * Bestå Soft closing/push-open hinge (4 * £10)
  • About 3 meters of speaker fabric

So the main parts cost just £170 at IKEA.

Close-up of one of the doors

Assemble the shelving frames following the instructions. The back-plates can be omitted. Having open backs makes it much easier to run wires between the various components. Visually they aren’t really needed, since the doors/fabric will cover the front completely.

Cut out suitable holes in all the doors. This is for letting sound and infrared remote-signals through. Wrap tightly with speaker fabric, and stable on the rear side. Fit the doors to the frames as instructed.

All doors open and speakers showing

This system will easily fit your amplifier/receiver and large front- and center-speakers. Adjust the height of the speakers with books and similar to align them with the cut-outs in the doors.

The finished setup (No, there wasn’t any room for the subwoofer.. 😉)

An extra bonus is that the infra-red light from most remote controls will pass through the speaker-fabric, so you can still control your amp from the remote!

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