Starburst Mirror DIY

starburst mirror diy

Ah, cheap ass crafts. My favorite thing to spend my free time with!

For this thing I used a paper box, newspaper, hot glue gun, paper glue stick, knitting needle, an old mirror coaster, white acrylic paint, gold paint and some varnish.

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I cut out a shape I liked from the box.

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I decided to frame the mirror using another layer of the box around it.

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I glued on the mirror to the first layer and then added the second layer on top of it.

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After that I remembered that I would probably need some sort of hooks at the back if I wanted to be able to hang the mirror once finished. I punched a hole though the two layers using a large needle and added small steel wire hooks.

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For the starbursts I used rolled paper. Check out this tutorial to see how I made them (no angle in mine just straight strips of paper).

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I cut the paper rolls into different lengths and added them to the four sections around the mirror.

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I easily could have kept this unpainted, it looks pretty cool with the newspaper rolls visible, but I decided to stick with my plan and paint it gold.

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To really get the gold to pop out, I used white acylic paint for the first layer.

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And then added about three layers of gold paint.

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Not bad for an ice cream box, a free local newspaper, an old mirror coaster and some paint.

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The Kitchen, Part 2

the kitchen

A year ago when I moved into this apartment I was so sure that I would replace the kitchen as soon as I had the money to do so. Now, I’m not so sure. I actually like it now. Like, a lot. It could be some type of interior based Stockholm syndrome where I like it just because I’ve gotten used to it. But it’s probably because I made a few small alterations that completely changed its look and actually made it look good!

When I first moved in I removed the microwave (I have a very developed hatred for those things), removed the lose laminate flooring, removed the panelled ceiling, painted the cabinet’s baseboard white, removed wallpaper and painted the walls mint green.

These changes left me with a kitchen that was liveable, but far from OK. I still had awful fake hardwood vinyl flooring and a gaping hole where the microwave used to be. Also the air vents for the fridge were just a little too generous.

The floor lasted until I couldn’t look at it any more. I ripped it out and was left with a pretty disgusting concrete floor for months before I decided what my next move should be. I decided on more vinyl flooring – they work when they’re done right, plus, they’re really easy to keep clean. I installed them and have never been so afraid of mucking something up in my life. Laying down vinyl carpeting was totally unfamiliar to me, but it turned out amazingly well.

Getting the 2×2 meter spool of floor was damn scary. It basically took over the entire apartment when I cut it. So hard to handle by yourself! Also, really scary to cut the carpet and then lay it down and just HOPE you didn’t cut it wrong. I made mine in ONE PIECE by the way! Kind of proud of that.

vinyl carpet

Moving the stove and trying to put carpet underneath it while you do it? So many LOLs! I got some serious bruises on my arms. Oh, and I apparently really need to buy a new stove because the one I have now barely holds together when you move it. Like, the entire top just CAME OFF when I had to lift it!

vinyl floor

And let’s take a moment to soak in the greatness of how I managed to get around the radiator pipes without ruining everything. My god, I DID THAT THING. I can’t believe it. Haha!


To hide the microwave space I decided to put up a curtain wire and some white fabric. I lowered the fridge and cut down the wents to a more normal size.

fridge before and after

The tiling in the kitchen was OK I guess, but looked really outdated. To freshen things up I decided to color the grey grout black.

This was how the grout looked before.
grout before

First I had to give the tile a deep cleaning.

deep cleaning grout

Grout stain like the one I used is painted on and is sealant which apparently is supposed to protect the grout from dirt.


grout 2

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After having wiped off the excess stain the grout looked new!

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And to match the black grout I switched out the hardware on the cabinets and drawers. I got these black plastic handles from IKEA. Also, look at the floor! :D

floor and handles


Thrifting and Style

As you can probably tell from the photos of my apartment that I’ve posted on the blog, there’s a lot of white in here. The bedroom/livingroom has white walls and a few white pieces of furniture. I’m not at all a white decor kind of person. I’m actually quite the opposite. I find white walls and furniture to be almost oppressive. There are a lot of white homes in Sweden, white walls, all white furniture and painted white hardwood floors (my worst nightmare) is not uncommon. The shabby chic movement had quite the hold of the country a few years back and I’m guessing a lot of gorgeous antiques got painted white (and then sanded down to get that vintage look…. *shudder*). Needless to say, I never got the allure of that trend.

The only reason I’m trying to keep things somewhat light is because my apartment is so damn small. Darker things are slowly creeping into the decor though. If I had more rooms I would probably wander dangerously close to Addams family territory in style and If I had an actual bedroom that shit would look like a bordello boudoir in no time.

I love antiques and vintage stuff. The art deco chair that I re-upholstered earlier this year is my favorite thing ever. It’s just perfect. Lately the thrift stores in my town have had some really good stuff. I obviously can’t buy any more furniture – though I am looking for a new chest of drawers, my current Ikea one is falling apart. When I think about it, I also kind of want a new bookcase. I actually found a really nice one last year at a thrift store, but it wouldn’t fit in the car, so I couldn’t buy it. I almost bought it anyway, It probably only would have taken me 10 hours to carry it home, no big deal.
Anyway, here are some of my latest finds.

This 3-storey cookie jar. These are called “Triett” and were made in Sävjsö, Sweden in the 1950’s. I’ve been wanting one of these for sooo long. My grandmother had one in her kitchen when I was a kid!

triett cookie jar

I saw this frame the moment I walked into the store and got complete tunnel vison. It’s fabulous. I mean, look at it, SO KITSCH! I will probably have to change the picture though. Angels? Meh…

gold frame

Glass coasters are something I’ve been looking for forever. Got these for almost nothing. I almost want to get a sofa table just so I can use these on it.

glass coasters

Cool lantern.

black lantern

And, some cute planters for my kitchen window.

vintage planters