Home Improvements!

Apparently my boyfriend and I both own an unnecessary amount of shoes and, until this weekend, we had nowhere to store them. Our flat doesn’t have a hallway and so shoes always just seemed to get dumped in the bedroom which looked awful and often led to me falling over them. I’m really not a fan of standard shoe racks as you either end up with some kind of shelving unit of shoes which still looks just as messy, or one of those hideous pretend cupboard thingys which only ever seem to come in ‘pine-effect.’

We wanted to find something to put against the wall in our kitchen. Currently this area held a very out of place bookcase, an old mirror which I horribly decoupaged a few years ago – apparently before I had any taste – and the box of frames which we still haven’t got round to putting up.

Cue a trip to IKEA!

home improvement before

We came across the Kallax (previously Expedit) unit which I’ve always been a fan of but never really had a use for. The Kallax series is great because there’s loads of different inserts and boxes so you can switch it up depending on your colour scheme. We chose 4 of the black Dröna boxes which is perfect for hiding all of our shoes and they’re only £2.50 each!

ikea kallax expedit drona

Turned on its side the Kallax was the perfect width for the space but not quite high enough and would have looked a bit stumpy. We decided to add some legs and chose the stainless steel Capita which added another 16cm making it the perfect height.

As I’m currently obsessed with copper we sprayed the legs with spray paint after carefully masking off the little black feet, and also decided to add some copper to the ugly decoupage mirror.

Ikea Capita legs spray paint copper

After an evening of stripping, we sanded and masked off an area of the mirror to be sprayed.

Decoupage mirror frame stripped back to woodspray paint copper mirror frame

*On a side note – I met my upstairs neighbour for the first time this weekend whilst I was outside our building wielding a can of spray paint talking to a passing cat. She didn’t say hello. I don’t know why.*

Once it was dry and we took the masking tape off there didn’t seem to be enough variation between the wood and the copper so we painted a thin stripe in baby blue as well.

mirror frame painted copper blue

Et voila!

Hope you like the finished result. My bruises and I are certainly pleased not to be constantly tripping over shoes anymore…

after home improvements interior ikea copper

Thanks for reading!

Tali x

Trend: Modern Pastels

I’m currently stockpiling empty jam jars because I saw a great tutorial on how to transform them into gorgeous pastel coloured vases like these:

chalky pastel jam jar paint vase recycle

To make your own use up any old paint you have lying around – or buy the smallest tester pot you can find – and pour a small amount into a clean, dry jar. Tilt the jar to swirl the paint around until the inside is completely coated and leave it somewhere warm to dry for a couple of days.

Et voila! They’re great for displaying flowers or even just as a pot for pens on your desk.

If that’s not completely satisfied your penchant for pastels then here’s a few sliiightly less thrifty purchases (£4299 on a sofa is reasonable right…?) to complete the trend in your home!

pastel trend home interior accessories design colourful 2014 yellow sofa

1.Mayor Oak Sofa by &Tradition, Nest.com £4299 || 2.Striped Wool Blanket, Zara Home £69.99 || 3.XL Boom Palm Tray, Heal’s £20 || 4.Hive Pendant Light, Made.com £99 || 5.Glass Vase, H&M £3.99 || 6.Twiitter Table Lamp, Heal’s £120 || 7.Blossom Side Table, Habitat £50 || 8.Maya Poster by Ferm Living, Coolshop £23.99

Thanks for reading,

Tali x