More often than not life does not follow the schedule. Actually the diversion was well orchestrated: We got a fresh sample to analyze from the clinic (I work in research and that in itself is the opposite of an organized schedule), the weather brought summer back to us including heavy storms with rain and more rain and last but not least my husband decided to bring the bed he build at the makerspace back home now (with a really, really short term notice).
So instead of showing you one project after the other, each in a single post from start to finish, I will show you the current status… and hopefully can show you the progress next time! What I want to show you are the pieces we create for our apartment, starting with the biggest project – a new bed – and a small project – painting a stool.
My husband and I are both members at the makerspace Leipzig and while we enjoy different materials to work with, we both love to create for our home. Some time ago he decided to build us a new bed. Not sure where the idea came from but I am all for it! I just love when he creates, doesn’t matter if it is new furniture for our apartment or a new statue.
The beams he used are really old, at least over a hundred years old. They were from an old farmhouse and about the last thirty years or so they gathered dust in an attic. We got them from friends for some coffee and cigarettes (you know, the symbolic price). I can buy good coffee, but cigarettes? Ehm… none of us smoke or smoked (of course we tried other things in our youth, but general smoking was just not appealing in any kind for either of us). So we went into the kiosk and asked for “any kind of cigarettes”. The woman asked what kind, and we said something like: “Don’t know… any you would recommend?” Turns out she also didn’t smoke and could only show us the ones that were bought most often. We all had to laugh, because it felt like being teenagers again trying to buy their first “adult” stuff without any idea at all!
The wood was worm eaten, creating wonderful textures. It took a lot of hard work to remove the dirt and dust, banish any potential living thing inside, remove all old nails, level the beams, give them some right angle, sand them down… and so on. My husband spend a long time at the makerspace.
What is really genious (yes, I am totally not neutral!) is that the whole bed is set together with nocks. So you can take all parts apart and when it is set together you don’t see a single screw!
What is still missing is the backrest. The first idea was a mosaic made from wooden pieces but in between he said something that we could also use tiles… and I so fell for the idea!
Now I am in the production of a lot of small tiles. I try to test as many different textures as I can. The colour palette will be mainly different shades of blue. The idea of old wood and blue tiles mosaics reminds me of Formentera, the Mediterranean sea, Lisbon, Barcelona…
The small project – painting a stool – is quite simple and maybe easier to use as inspiration than our new bed 😉 We bought a cheap IKEA stool (for about ten euros) that is made of untreated wood. I use acrylic paint, mainly good one from Schmincke (for the light fastness, I want the colours to “hold on” a little bit), some Amsterdam I still had and mixed it with cheaper matte craft paint to create irregularities.
As you can see, it is really simple and straightforward. Only the heavy storms made it impossible to finish since I do the painting on our tiny wee balcony. After the first colour blocking I started to bring in some pattern, also used a stencil… but the paint was a little bit to thin and went under the lines. Oh well, I’ll redo it. In the end there will be marks and pattern in bold and bright summer colours all over!
Oh, by the way, the next project of my husband will be to finally build me a vertical plant pot holder to use the most of our tiny balcony. I want to grow even more spices and salads and still want blooming flowers at the same time.
I want to end with the note how much I enjoy that a lot of the everyday things we use are created (or added to) by friends, artists or ourselves. Yes, I also have a lot of store bought items and pieces I love. But the bed my husband build for us? Made me smile even before it existed.