When we moved into our first home two years ago, Mr.A. and I got some basic IKEA furniture to get things going. Dressing up our home has been such a fulfilling journey together. We still own most of those pieces, but some of them have gone through a transformation of sorts. Our coffee table, for instance, was the most basic design possible from IKEA’s ‘Lack’ series.
I came across hundreds of blogs featuring DIY projects on pieces from that series in particular. I reckon they come so cheap, there is no risk of feeling a loss, even if your project were to go totally kaput. We gave ours a face-lift by adding a dark wood top. Buying palettes from the local hardware store and coating them with varnish, we then screwed three of them parallel to each other to get a renewed table top. One can see the grain of the wood through the varnish, and I love the rustic, earthy look. We also removed the lower shelf to give it a lighter, more airy feel. We were super pleased how it turned out. As we kept searching for a new one to replace it, one that we both love and agree upon, in the meantime we enjoyed our little project very well!
Last weekend we finally found a new coffee table, also from IKEA. Actually it’s a set of two tables. Best part about it? Mr.A and I both love it 😀
It’s birthday season again! Mr.A turned a year older
& wiser on 9th Nov. and as usual I got kinda crazy with ideas about how to make it special this time around 😀 I usually knock myself out making him fun & absolutely useless things for his birthday, and am thrilled how he loves them, too. Heehee, it’s the silly things that tell you how perfect your are for each other!
I have been wanting to make him some personalized coupons for a while now. I thought about it last Valentine’s day but a birthday is as good an occasion as any.
I used the pixlr express app that I have downloaded on my Chrome browser. It’s a great app for quick picture editing and I use it quite often on my blog. I took a blank .jpg file as the base. I wanted to apply a similar look for all my coupons but with different colors. I also wanted to keep it simple & sober. Browsing though the various looks I arrived at background -> ink -> blackfive. Adding some text, I came to this template that I used for all the coupons, applying different filters to change the background color. Next I added some fun freebies for Mr.A to redeem at will.
I added a bolder border before printing them out, then cut them out, punched a hole in the top-left corner of each & stringed them through a piece of ribbon. Done! Try this fun idea for a dear one, you could allow your imagination to choose any kind of treat. Btw, Mr.A loved this gift – success, yeahh!
An empty corner in the room waiting for that little something to spruce it up.
A shapely old wine bottle which I just couldn’t bring myself to throw away into the recycle bin.
A string of twinkly lights lying around in the spare drawer.
Throw them together, and presto! What do we have? A twinkly bottle! I had seen these on the internet several times and always wanted to make one for myself. I’m loving the patterns caused by the randomness of the tiny lights stuffed into a long, closed space. That’s how you prove to your husband that saving trash
sometimes always pays off!