How to do DIY yourself! (yes, it's supposed to be read that way)

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If you’re anything like me, you’re a stubborn, home-decorating DIYer with a flair for the fun instead of the fancy. Aka, you persist on focusing on projects that are bordering on or hover just above your general level of knowledge, skill and for the most part, laziness, and just DO IT ANYWAY.

Maybe I should call it ”DIAer”…

Because even if the simple spice rack is built from like eight bits of wood that have just been sawed off right in the middle, they’re still not equally long, straight, nor even. The thing didn’t even fit right but I... made it fit. Hehehe. *whirrs electrical screwdriver and winks* One shelf leans outwards (I have no idea why) so it’s just a matter of time before the salt and pepper grinder starts sliding closer to its sudden doom. But, if that happens, I’ll just nail a little wood strip there and TADA, problem solved and the spice rack is back to fucking PERFECT again.

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Don’t let anyone fool you. The kitchen table is a perfectly suitable spice rack until YOU say otherwise!

So hey! Here’s my guide how YOU can be as awesome as me in doing home projects and get pleased enough by the result that you’re inclined to make tutorials on the internet!  

1. Wander about your own home, stare at sections of it and feel slight feelings of discontentment. Or get angry with messes and stuff that has no homes, that’s the most efficient one.

2. Research what you want instead. Dream big, gurl! Do you want to paint your entire bedroom a forest green and place build storage perfectly adapted to your needs and add copper piping just because it’s pretty? Save that shit in your inspiration folder. The things you do later on may look nothing like it, but NO ONE CAN STEAL YOUR DREAMS! 

3. Make an actual plan of what needs to be done. Measurements of the place of project, its needs, your needs, prep work, materials, how you like it to be, where you can shortcut the shit out of it (this is important for us lazy people). 

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The importance of having a proper place to DIY is just propaganda from the workbench lobby, I swear.

4.  Invest in or gather all that paraphernalia that you need for your project to go through. I would say that good quality tools are a great way to start, but that makes me sound like some kind of professional person and we don’t want that!

5. This is the most important step; Lower your standards. I know, I know, but the rule of not lowering your standards cannot apply to DIY’s because even the most skilled ones that make magical things the general public drops their coffee cups in awe over, are displeased afterwards. Yes, we’re JUST LIKE the awesome ones! We can do it (on our level)!

6. Do it. Make it. Swear over it. Shove that shit together even though it’s not really fitting together anymore and you don’t understand why. If needed, use screws and glue and tape and industrial straps. If being reaaally careful and finicky isn’t really your thing, just wing it when it feels good! It’s all fine! 

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Some say that need is the mother of invention, but
one should not underestimate the importance of laziness.

7. Fasten your stuff properly; you don’t want your projects to meet their doom in loose screws getting detached from the wall. If anything, they’re gonna end their lives by you getting fed up with them. Install that marvel and finish it off, don’t leave half assed projects lying around. What? What’s in the corner? Oh it’s just the drawers I’m supposed to assemble… later. All those framed pictures on the floor? They’re going up… soon. Hm, what? Oh, that’s just boxes of stuff we’re donating.. shortly.

8. Enjoy your work of DIA-art and use the hell out of it! It’s AWESOME! YOU MADE IT! Yeah, so I COULD BUY a spice rack but why would I want to when I could make it myself and get it… well not exactly as I wanted it, but pretty dang close because everything I make myself automatically gets added awesomeness and forgiveness, and also I lowered my standard! 

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9. Post that piece of wonder on the internet. The internet needs more pleasantly passable DIY’s, more tolerable storage solutions, more decent interior home projects of the ”not bad” persuasion.

10. And don’t let anyone convince you otherwise!

(11.) And keep the fuck away from plumbing and electricity; we're not made for that.

Once, I made a soft, studded pinboard

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Yeah I mean, I just wanted to. Don’t ask me why.

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Cork and stuffing.

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Random paraphernalia needed to get it all together. Sharp things, stabby things, soft things.

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A piece of foam was cut into the same size as the board.

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And then I gridded where I wanted the studs. Then I drilled holes for the studs.

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Then I just put the fabric over the foam, sort of how I wanted it.

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I didn’t actually know a professional way of doing this so I merely put nails through the holes of the board and through the foam to see where the studs were going,

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Then it was time for the studs, I had to cut a little to get them through the fabric.

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I made a row at a time because the fabric wants to move when pressed down into the holes.

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Finally!

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In the corners, there the screws for the wall mounting where supposed to sit, I placed little metal washers so the screws wouldn’t ruin or go through the board with time.

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Then I fastened the fabric on the back, constantly flipping it over to see that it’s was working the way I wanted.

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TADA! I was never really keen on the fabric and some time on the future I’m making a faux leather one.

Once I made a tiny little cake

Fråga mig inte vart infallet kom ifrån men, mina vänner, jag följde det.

Allt som behövs! Den lilla, lilla klyvyxan kan ha varit med, för ahem, roligt.

En liten pannkaka! 

Tripp trapp trull!

En grön med mycket gult blir marsipan! 

Och så en liten ros! 

Klart man ska skära en bit också. Och det svarta luddet över hela tårtan (pyssla i svarta kläder i en svart soffa, ahem) bidrar tillsammans med fingeravtrycken till en rustik, hemmagjord känsla som alla tycker om så mycket nu. Ni vet, det var meningen.

Filofax DIY: Dividers from hell

I bought this model of the Filofax A5 six months ago, and I haven't regretted it for a second. I had been staring at it on various forums on the internet for a year before I decided it was to be mine, and yes. I love it. And it has taken up a lot of creativity time and I've invested quite a bit in this leather dressed beauty, and I thought I'd show it off a little. Well, at least the dividers. 

Filofax Malden in Ochre, you beautiful bastard.

First page, post-its and stuff for easy access.

The next part isn's as polished but that's okay because it's functional. But, look to the right. Here we get into the dividers. For those of you who kind of squint at the picture with the owl and wonder "Is that people without heads doing strange stuff?" than I can confirm, yes, yes it is. Some of you may recognize the the work of Hieronymus Bosch and his weird people and sly owls. I may or may not have that very owl tattooed on myself because I love it so much.

The image is of course a part of his epic triptych painting "The Garden of Earthly Delights", one of the 16th century's most awesome works of art. All the dividers are taken from this painting. 

Divider number two was decorated with Adam and Eve in the company of birds and God.

Divider number three got to be represented by a person making out with a pig in a nuns headdress (everything in this painting carries a sharp societal commentary, as you might have guessed).

The music instruments from the 16th century is also hanging out in hell, together with people that in their earthly lives danced a little too much with fruits (of course, a nod at people's sinful sexual lives) and therefore deserved ending up among the monsters in the darkness.

Oh, so yeah, you get passed through beasts while you're at it too.

The last divider got one of my favourite parts of the painting. It's magical with its beams of light protruding through the foggy darkness. Wonderful.

I just cropped out and printed the pictures, put them together with the existing divider (to get the tab nicely) and put laminating sheets on either side and had to finally TAPE the whole thing together with regular see-through tape because the laminating sheets were useless at keeping together by themselves. 

I like it! 

Finally I got it done!: Colouring a little shelf

Yeah, so, that thing about plans and DIY sometimes have a tendency to... drag out. I bought this fancy shelf at Panduro and thought I'd paint it. Two years ago. I still used it and looked at it sometimes and thought to myself, I should paint that. 

Then I sort of figured I could use it as a makeup shelf and therefore happened to stare at it much more often than I had before, and it just clicked last Sunday when I rummaged through my make and.. Yeah, I just did it. Panduro's hobby paint in the shade "Coffee", a favorite kind of antique brown shade, diluted in water and then painted over the entire shelf.

I like wood, but not the light kind of "scandinavian blonde" shade that is so popular now.

Whoop!

I sorted out things I didn't want in the shelf and put in new ones, and the whole process only took like 20 minutes. Gosh. Just do it has never been more fitting.