Door Table

door table trestle legs

I would lie If I didn’t say that this apartment has burnt a hole in my wallet. It’s not like I have that much money either. It’s kind of ironic really, before I bought the apartment I was poor because I had to save money to be able to buy it, and now I’m poor because I bought it!
But, at least I was able to fix myself a craft table without spending too much money. I just bought two trestle legs and used one of the doors from the wardrobe I tore out as a table top.

The trestles were too wide for the door, so I had to saw them off a bit.

tresle legs too wide

The table is sturdy, just the right size and can hold my sewing machine + fabric and scissors without any problems. It’s also nice to finally have somewhere to put down my plate while I eat. Haha.

tresle legs cut off

The Kitchen

kitchen after

I couldn’t do much with this room, except clean it, tear out all unnecessary things and paint it. I think it turned out pretty good, definitely an improvement!

So this is how it looked when I moved in. Enjoy this blurry before photo:

kitchen before

A lot of weird/dated stuff in there. I took out the loose laminate floor on the first day. The panelled ceiling is such a mystery to me. I get it that they put it up to hide the damages from the original kitchen demolition, but they just ended up destroying the ceiling even more! The apartment have a slightly higher ceiling height (2.60 m) than usual, which makes it quite airy, so why you would ever want to lower it is beyond me. The only reason I can think of would be that maybe it was trendy and super-hip to have panels back in 1989 when the apartment was renovated, but I’m not sure…

I did manage to get the support beams that held up the panels down in the end, but my god, did it take time. I almost gave up somewhere in the middle of it.

I decided to paint the walls in a light mint green shade. Coincidently I discovered that the first layer of paint on the kitchen walls were in almost the exact same shade!

mint green walls

This 1970’s brown lamp works great with the walls.

retro seventies brown metal lamp

The cabinets are in a pretty good condition. But they’re super low. And small. Another big WHY. You could easily get twice as much storage if you had them up to the ceiling.

I want to do a total kitchen renovation at some point in the future. I’m eyeing Kvänum’s retro fifities kitchens. I don’t even want to know what a kitchen like this would cost to put in, but one can dream, right?

kvanum baner wood

I’m not a huge fan of the slanted/tilted cabinets (and they probably wouldn’t work in my small space), but love the color of these.

kvanum baner green fifties retro kitchen

These plain cabinets in light green would be cool though.

kvanum baner retro

1950’s kitchens are somewhat of a special interest of mine. Back in my university days I even wrote a few papers on them.

Back in the 1940’s Sweden was in dire need of cheap, fast and functional living solutions. Hemmets Forskningsinstitut (should be translated as something like The Household Research Institute) was formed in 1944 to modernize the living situation and make the household more effective.
The institute analysed just about everything in the home, from washing dishes to space needed to store the average family’s towels and linens.
hemmets forskningsinstitut

The standardisations created by the institute lead to every apartment in Sweden built in the fifties and sixties (and that’s probably half, if not more, of all apartments in Sweden) to have very similar kitchens. Even to this day the original cabinets can still be found in many apartments. And the standardisation, although tweaked  a little bit over the years, are still in use.

There’s always IKEA for kitchens, but I’m not sure, I feel many of the kitchens from IKEA are just TOO modern. I want something timeless, something that will not feel dated within a few years.

Wired Lampshade

50's terracotta floor lamp deer

Some months ago I bought this 1950’s terracotta floor lamp.

swedish nila keramik deer lamp stand terracotta

The back is even nicer than the front…

1950's floor lamp stand

It came without a lamp shade -it’s supposed to have one of these. Until I find one like it, I decided to make my own using iron thread, a lampshade and a lace curtain.

I decided to trash this old lampshade to get a base to build my wired frame on.


lampshade 2

lamp shade piece

steel wire

It was not easy to get the wire straight. A lot of tweaking was needed for the lamp shade to not look completely weird and wonky. It’s still uneven but it’s barely noticeable.

wire frame


The fabric cover is just two tubes that are pulled together at the ends. For a more detailed tutorial on how to do them check out this lamp shade cover I made back in 2012.

diy lampshade lace curtain steel wire

And look what I found earlier this week: A 20’s/30’s Art Deco armchair for almost nothing! Even though it was clean I decided to strip it down completely. I can’t really handle pre-owned things that can’t be cleaned properly… I also want this chair in two colors, probably something like orange and pink. Wouldn’t that look cool against the dark stained wood?

thirties armchair

tied spring seating

I am not sure about the tied spring seating though. Most of the strings they were tied with had popped. I’m afraid if I tie them they will pop right after I finish the seat and I’ll have to re-do the whole thing. I also think they look to big for the seat? Maybe I should let a professional do it? I need to go think about this now.

Living Room / Bedroom

strandmon sofa

Besides having about 10 layers of old wallpaper on the walls, this room did not need that much work. And when I say not much work I mean two full weeks of peeling wallpaper, prepping and painting.

room kitchen

bed nook

steaming wallpaper

prepping walls

painting walls

The oak hardwood floor is just a few years old and look great. It was a bit dirty, but some careful scrubbing with a kitchen sponge and dishwashing detergent fixed it.

Ikea’s 3-seat Strandmon sofa is just perfect, I absolutely love the design, and its small size is great for my tiny little apartment. The chair will have to go though, it’s damaging the floor. Had to buy a Billy bookcase to store my books.

livingroom spfa bookcase

This is the bed nook. I was thinking about getting some type of room divider to hide the bed, but I’m leaning towards keeping this space open. As long as I keep it neat in there it shouldn’t be a problem. The drawer is a Koppang from IKEA.
IKEA this and IKEA that, I feel like I have just about used up my IKEA quota now. No more IKEA for me.

bed drawer chair

koppand ikea drawer

This, however is going to be a problem. HOW am I going to hide this without having to buy some ugly media storage thing?

media problem