Moving in to a new house means a lot of empty walls.. Our old pictures just don’t do the trick here. 😉 I saw a painting on one of our trips to Poland, and decided to try to make my own (as we are on a bit of a budget). A cheap canvas from Panduro, a variety of acrylic colours (Pebeo Acryllic Medium & Panduro Acryllics Matt), and paintbrushes (mostly from IKEA) do the job well enough!
After many hours of work, the completed picture lights up the wall:
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.
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.
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.
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!
Blocks of ice are always fun, especially for the kids! 😉 Add some paint and salt and watch it melt into fun shapes.
Mix your paint with a good dollop of salt, and paint it on. Add more salt if it’s taking too long! While you are painting, you might hear the crackling sound of the melting ice – it’s a nice effect and the kids really liked that part! Having fun while learning a thing or two. 😉
The finished blocks make cool props for pictures too! 😀
A few years back, I noticed our neighbor still had apples on his tree.. This was in Febuary. There was snow on the ground, and not a single leaf on the branches. It was really cool! There where no apples in my yard, so I had to make my own 😉
We have had really mild weather this January! The sun has been out for the most part, and I like it a lot! Hoping it won’t make the coming summer any colder -we need all the heat we can get in the north. Enjoying the last few hours of weekend before the workweek begins all over again ☺️
This is a typical picture of our otherwise mischievous dog.. Cute right? 🙂 But this tiny tot has a lot of cards up her sleeve. For instance she is an expert in kidnapping socks.. And earrings. And Christmas ornaments.