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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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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Winter Ice Candles

We decided to do an ice candle project before having visitors the other day! Makes for a magical atmosphere around the entrance, and feels welcoming for those dropping by. 🙂

We have made ice candles in buckets earlier, but for that you need the outdoors to be chilly enough to freeze that amount of water. Lately we have had very mild weather, so we had to turn to our freezer for help. 😛

  • Fill balloons with water, tie a knot to close them and put them in the freezer.
  • Check them every now and then, you don’t want the water to freeze all the way through!! The balloon should feel hard, with sturdy ice, but shake it to check that there is still water in the middle. 🙂
  • Open the balloon (cut it with a sharp knife over the sink) and pop the icy ball out.
  • Find the thinnest  point and let the water out.  Make the hole large enough for a tea light. Usually the flat part at the bottom will be rather thick, and the opposite side thinner.
  • If you like, you can smooth out the opening at the top by letting warm water run in the sink.  Carefully rub the top of your ice light against the bottom of the warm sink until it’s melted to a nice shape. 🙂
Three magical ice lights!

 

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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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