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lace curtains – keeping the bugs out of your home this summer

Even if it’s grey and rainy here in London, it’s quite warm and we have most of the windows open all the time. But that also makes our home full of bugs! Today I found this great idea in Elle Interior, the Swedish Elle Decor – put lace curtains up. Both beautiful and smart.

The idea and picture is originally from the blog designmadde

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new curtains & how to make your own

I have recently put up new curtains in the kitchen and living room. I made them myself when I was back in Sweden a while ago (with some help from my mum – tack mamma!)

Here’s how they look like in the lounge:

black and white living room curtainssorry for the scaffolding outside, it has been there for ages now which is really annoying! Here’s how it looks like when they’re pulled out, for example when watching a film

black and white living room curtainsI wanted something discrete and black & white and found this textile at IKEA.

For the kitchen windows, I also wanted something black and white but with slightly more pattern. The kitchen and lounge are in the same room but kind of separate, so they needed to go well together.

patterned kitchen curtains with leaves

kitchen curtains leavesIn the kicthen, it wasn’t possible to have the normal kind of curtains because of the windows. So I made these short ones instead.

But both the kitchen and lounge curtains are made in the same style, I think it’s called slot top, or they’re at least similar to slot top. And they’re pretty easy to make!

 

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN CURTAINS:

1. Measure the windows and decide how long you want the curtains and how wide you want them. The wider, the more “waves”.

2. Add some inches for the hemline on all sides, especially a lot at the top (see further down why).

3. Cut the textile accordingly.

4. Fold the top hemline, approximately 10 cm, then make 3 seams (see picture below), this way you create some textile above the curtain pole and one hole for the pole. Make sure you make enough space for the pole.

5. Sew the other hemlines.

6. Iron the curtains (wrinkly curtains are ugly) and then put them up!

 

Picture for the 4th step above – the top hemline. The dotted lines are where you make seams.

how to make your own curtains

 

 

This is my cute little sewing bag where I keep my sewing stuff!

sewing kit

 

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redoing 60s teak sideboard

My friend found this old 60s  sideboard on her street in Notting Hill. As she knows I like this style and she’s simply amazing, she asked if I wanted it and kept it in her hallway for ages until we picked it up after moving in. Thank you Lamia!

sideboard - after

But it clearly needed a refresh, this is how it looked like before the love:

sideboard - before

 

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There are so many different ways of doing this, but this is how we did;

 

Steps to clean and polish teak furniture

1. Clean the old thing – this sideboard had probably not been cleaned since the 60s. I found that you can use 2/1 ratio of laundry detergent and water, which worked well. It took a lot of effort, but you could really see the difference after a while. In the picture below, the left side of the drawer is cleaned and the right side not. 

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2. Rinse with clean water – you don’t want any soap on there. 

3. Sand with a fine grade of sandpaper – if you want to remove stains. Make sure to work in the direction of the timber grain.

4. Oil – buy a special teak oil, I found one in the local hardware shop. The oil is self-igniting so be careful with the cloths that have oil on them. 

See the difference of the wood with and without the oil:

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It feels really good seeing such a difference between before & after! 

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redoing a wardrobe

I’ve been redoing a pine wardrobe that we’re taking with us to the new flat. I just can’t stand pine furniture, it has no place other than possibly ski cabins.

So the wardrobe had to be painted! But first, it had to be sanded. We found a sander for £10 at homebase, so we’re now proud owners of a sander. I love tools.

pine wardrobe pine wardrobe

sander

 

Sanding took much longer than expected… but the priming and painting was fun!

eggshell paint

 

And here’s the final result!

wardrobe

 

I found these doorknobs from urban outfitters that I put on

new doorknobs

Ready to be moved into the new flat!

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