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.
This a a reproduction bar on wheels made in the 80s, that I was asked to cover with decoupage of my choice.
The couple who own it travel quite a bit and I chose to use that as an inspiration. I asked them which cities they had visited together and the area where they had stayed. Then I took street maps of the cities and designed them in three tones white (streets), grey (buildings) and blue (water). These maps I merged together in what (from a distance) looks like one large city with a river running through it. The cities in the map are: Paris, Bangkok, Athens, Berlin - Kreuzberg, Barcelona, Cape Town, Florence, Hong Kong, Jerusalem, Rome, Bologna and Verona
For the bottom shelf of the bar I got inspiration from my sister who suggested that I should use the maps of the international airport terminals in the above mentioned countries. I made outlines of the terminals in black and white (in Photoshop) and just positioned them in a sort Tetris pattern.
I painted the legs and wheels blue-grey to suit the interior style of the room that the bar would live in.
Detailed pictures of the process are found below in the gallery. I am not adding captions at the moment since I've found that it messes up the pictures if viewed on a mobile phone. So I will let the pictures speak for themselves:
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 : Sometimes you just cannot find the inspiration to get started with a new project. Sometimes you have to wait for it to come. Sometimes you need to look for it in magazines or in the internet. Sometimes you´ll find a new chair on the street and sometimes your very good friend gives you new project! And this is what happened. Caroline came over one day with two old coffee tables as a gift. I guess she felt that I needed something new.
From the beginning there were three actually, but one got lost on the way. When I saw them, my inspiration kicked in. I knew that I would do some kind of Art Deco pattern on the top and started to look for it on the internet.
Below you can follow the work process step by step!
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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