Linnéa : Got this really ugly homemade table long long time ago and I guess I took it as an challenge to try to make it into something beautiful.....but I really didn't believe it was possible.
I worked on it for a long time, like when you do a regular oil painting. I forgot about it also for a while and then got some new inspiration, to go on with it. And it wasn't until the last layer , that I saw that I had managed to make it to something beautiful.
Linnéa : Yes, another turquoise chair has been made! This was from the beginning an old school chair without any textiles.
I got a vintage paint wax from a good friend in Sweden, that I started to use on all kinds of furnitures .One of them is this chair. Now, I'm making the paint my self and it seems to be working great on wood!
And with this beautiful designed textile and the back bejeweled with silver rivets, it became something else than a school chair.
Linnéa : My daughter brought me this project, the twin stool to the one I got before from the neighbours. I had to promise her not to sell it, so this one is for Alma, my angelheart!
I made it different from the first one, that was colorful and very bluish. To this one, I used two Trina Turk patterned fabrics and a off -white color for the wood, also with a shabby chic touch.
Linnéa : Last week I got an assignment to make a camera belt for a photographer. I took the measurements from the old belt but the rest was for me to decide and design.
The length of the belt was 120 cm! So I used the leather of a pair of old but unused leather pants. I wasn't sure about how it would go but I am really happy with result and I think the camera guy will be too.
Linnéa : It has been a while since I had the pleasure to redo a furniture. We are about to move house and I have been busy doing a lot of new clothes and accessories to our store - also projects in UndoRedo spirit, but not as fun as furniture.
This little piece was a gift from the neighbors. It was broken, boring and ugly but it got a new cute look with a touch of shabby chic and textile of Ralph Lauren!
Linnéa : I got a very interesting job from a Swedish woman. She had a chair that she bought at an auction in Sweden. The Emma chair - which is a baby nursing chair - had it´s breakthrough in the 1840's and this chair is at least 100 years old.
She had a piece of fabric called "Teheran", designed by the well known Austrian-Swedish architect and designer Josef Frank (1885-1967). This fabric was designed in the 1940's but it wasn't printed until 1991 by Svenskt Tenn (an interior design company).
I started to work on the chair, but I soon realized that the fabric I had been given wouldn't be enough but at least I had what I needed to finish the front of the chair.
We agreed that she would bring more fabric from Sweden, when I got the piece for the back of the chair, the material was a little more rough and of course darker (since the first piece had lost colour over the years). But it actually turned out really pretty, even though you can see the difference of the two fabrics.
Linnéa : Got this table a long time ago and it has been used as a side table until now.
I really like simple Art Deco patterns and wanted to have one table with this for myself. I painted the pattern, doing the same procedure as with the other tables but before that I had to sandpaper it. I painted the edges black and covered with lacquer and the rest I stained with a mixed stain: nut and mahogany. The wheels I kept for now and just cleaned them.
Finally I could get rid of the long horrible IKEA table that we had used as a table for the children books in our living room and put this new one there instead. It is much smaller and definitely more beautiful than the old one.
Linnéa : I make a lot of leather things to sell in the store, made out of old jackets, shoes and pants. I would never buy a new leather jacket but I don't see any reason to throw away an old one, when you can re-use it for other things. At least the animal didn't die for just one person's vanity.
Linnéa : A long time ago I got a very ugly side table that was missing its drawer. I didn't like the height of it so the first thing I did was to cut the legs and after sandpapering, I painted it green.
What we really needed in the house was a stool where you can sit and put your shoes on. So I made a seat with an exclusive fabric called " Satara ", to make the stool look a little more chic. I nailed it to the wood with tacks and after that nothing more was done for some months. The reason was the drawer! I just couldn't find a good one that fitted and in the end I just made one out of a old drawer that I had to undo and redo completely!
And finally we have a stool standing next to the front door and spreading a little indian light ( Satara = city in India Maharashtra ).
Linnea & Caroline
2 foreigners in Israel trying to find their space. Up-cycling furniture and clothes for a better environment and future.
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