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I wanted to create a light, airy, white space, but I really like graphic elements and colors, too. This is what my living room looks like right now! But oh my, it’s not easy to create the feeling of space into 41 sqm… It’s a slippery slope from cool stuff and nifty knick-knacks to clutter!

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Halusin sisustaa kodistani valoisan, tilavan ja valkean, mutta toisaalta tykkään graafisuudesta ja väreistäkin. Tältä olkkarissa näyttää nyt! Tilan tunnetta ei oo muuten ihan helppoa pitää, kun fyysistä tilaa on vain 41 neliötä. Huomaan kerääväni helposti sitä ja tätä, ja sitten onkin jo ahtaan näköistä!

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Like the corner here. I like to sit or read and sip on tea here, so I need a place for my cup. The boxes from Hay are filling that purpose, but they seem too bulky and eat the space up. So I’m fantasizing of a smaller table… If I don’t happen to run into anything suitable used, I might have to splurge on a Hay DLM. 🙂

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Niinkun nyt tämä nurkka. Tykkään istuksia tai lukea ja siemailla teetä tai muuta mukavaa tässä, joten tarvitsen paikan kupille. Hayn laatikot nostin tähän siihen tarkoitukseen, mutta ne näyttävätkin syövän kaiken tilan. Haaveilen pienemmästä pöydästä… jos en löydä sopivaa käytettynä, saatan vielä innostua ostamaan Hayn DLM:n. 🙂

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On the other side of the chair is a DIY inspired by the Muuto OTO 100. It’s handy for magazines and whatnot, but it tends to get cluttered like crazy! It’s too easy to just stuff it with whatever I have in my hand at any time! Open shelving needs to be curated or it’s no good! 🙂

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Toisella puolella tuolia on Muuton OTO 100:n inspiroima DIY. Siinä on hyvä pitää lehtiä ja pikkutavaraa, mutta se täyttyy kyllä uskomattoman nopeasti kaikesta sälästä! Huomaamattaan sitä työntää tavaraa kädestään “piiloon” tuohon hyllyyn, mutta eihän ne mihinkään piiloon mene! Avohyllyjä saa olla sisustamassa jatkuvasti 🙂

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It’s helpful to take pictures every now and then. Living here, my eyes tend to glide over unfinished stuff, like the Vee Speers poster and other artwork waiting to be hung, but in pics they jump right at me! 🙂

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Kuvien ottaminen auttaa sisustamisessa. Silmä jotenkin oppii päivittäisessä olossa välttämään viimeistelemättömät hommat, kuten nyt tuon Vee Speersin julisteen ja muita ripustamattomia juttuja, mutta kuvista ne hyppäävät silmille heti! 🙂

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That wicker basket used to be a wine carafe holder, but I’m planning to add strings to it and make it a hanging planter. It’s just waiting for the right string… 🙂

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Rottinkikori oli viinikarahvin pidike, mutta suunnittelen että siitä tulisi kukalle amppeli, kunhan lisään siihen kantonarut. Toistaiseksi se kuitenkin odottelee, että löytäisin oikeanlaiset narut.. 🙂

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Renovation: the Before

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The place didn’t look bad to begin with, not at first glance anyway. It had seen better days, but it was in totally livable condition. Very much like my previous rentals!

The apartment is 41 sqm, but the walls and especially the beams separating the living room from the alcove and kitchen made it feel smaller. The parquet was probably made from spare ends, as a lot of the pieces were just a couple cm long… and it was very, very worn.

The kitchen wasn’t that bad, having been updated in 2008. There was space for a small dining table, but it also felt very cramped, and I hated that if I put my table there, I would need to go around it to reach the fridge… the layout just wasn’t working out for me.

But there was a yard and a big terrace, and the windows were huge. I really liked the place and knew I could make it better! 🙂

Tutorial: Pallet sofa part 2

In part 1 I showed how I put together the structure of the sofa, and now we’re gonna take a look at the cushion. I wanted to keep it simple and compliment the boxy shape of the pallets. Fortunately this also meant that the materials were easy to find on the cheap!

You can buy foam material by the meter or cut to shape in many places (I’ve used the finnish Etola on other projects), but I happened to be at Ikea when I was mulling the options for the cushion and got lucky: there was a 80×200 Sultan Fonnes in the discount corner for half the price! Being the easiest option, I just bought another to match and went home happy.

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This is how I laid out the mattresses, one is whole and the other is a small piece from the end (you can see the cut Fonnes behind the sofa on the top pic). Cutting the mattress was easy: I cut the fabric cover with scissors along my markings and then sawed the foam with a hand saw. I used a wood blade with pretty small teeth in the saw. The bigger the teeth, the rougher the edges. On the other hand, a very fine-toothed hand saw will take forever to cut through…

After cutting I stitched the covers together with thick yarn – stitches hold better in the fabric than the foam. The Fonnes also have stitching on the fabric cover, making them look stripy, but I wanted my sofa to be smooth. To cover the stripes I bought some old comforter from the recycling center and laid it over the mattresses. It’s easiest to just smooth it over and cut the corners when you have it positioned like you want. The inside corner was a bit trickier, that needed some extra material from the cut away pieces to cover the missing piece. After it was laying like I wanted it to, I stitched the corners together and the edges to the Fonnes cover material.

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I wanted a white couch and had just enough white canvas left over from a previous project. This is my plan on cutting the fabric, I find it’s best to draw a plan. The plan doesn’t need to be fancy – just take a look at the crap I drew! That way you’ll know in advance that you’ll have enough for what you need, or in case it won’t be enough, you’ll still have that piece uncut for some other project.

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I started by sewing the edge pieces together so that I ended up with a long circle of edge. Then I pinned and sew that edge piece to the top piece, making sure the corners aligned. After fitting it on the cushion I top stitched the edges to make it look finished. With a fabric that drapes easier that might not have been necessary, but I found the thick canvas looked pretty messy without the top stitching.

I didn’t have enough to use the canvas on the bottom of the cushion, so I used some thinner cotton fabric for that. I got a piece just like the top but about 1 cm smaller all around, so the edges of the canvas would wrap under the cushion and be covered by it. The back seam I left open, so I could slide the mattress inside the cover. I thought about sewing a zipper in there, but I didn’t have a long enough zipper and I’m also hoping I don’t need to wash the cover too often. That’s might be a future project, if I feel like it at some point.

Then I discovered I should’ve spent some extra money to buy a white comforter: that bright color totally showed through and tinted my white cover fabric reddish! I definitely didn’t want a pink couch, so I had to sew another “under” cover for the sofa, this time from the thinner cotton fabric. After sewing I hand-stitched the lower back seam and figured I’ll just rip it if I need to wash the under cover as well. Then I slid the top cover on and stitched the lower back seam in a similar way, and called it a day. It took me about a week of evenings to finish everything, and this is how it turned out!

I hope you’ll find this tutorial helpful/inspiring! If you decide to make something similar, please let me know! 🙂

Tutorial: pallet sofa part 1

I got a couple of comments and likes to my first post. Whoa – how awesome that someone actually read my blog?! 😀 After I got over my initial surprise, I realized Mckenzie from Why Buy it? DIY it. had a great point. I should definitely do a tutorial on the sofa! I’ll start with the bones and do another tutorial for the cushion.

I’ve had the pallets for a while. They have been a coffee table and a head board at my previous home. I found them from somewhere, sanded the outer surfaces and put a thin coat of Osmo Wax in white on them to keep them from yellowing. It’s not necessary to do anything with the surface if you don’t feel like it, I just thought they were a bit too rough for furniture use as they originally were.

The pallets I have are the EUR kind, which measures 80×120 cm. I wanted the sofa to be max 2 meters in width, so I figured I’d make a J-shaped sofa, since that fit my space best. Word of advice: it’s much easier to sew a cover for a simple rectangular cushion. If you don’t absolutely need a weird shape on the sofa or aren’t comfortable sewing, go simple!

The legs are simple, white square metal legs from Bauhaus. I wanted a comfortable seating height, and since the cushion and pallet add a lot, I went with 20 cm legs.

This is how I layed out the pallets, legs and the steel plates that connect the 2 pallets.

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There’s a long piece of laminated wood that I had sitting around. It’s there to give my sofa structural stability when there’s more people on it. It was creaking before I added that, so I figure it might be a good addition. 🙂

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This is a close-up on the steel plate and also some smaller pieces that I had around. The corner pieces are Ikea kitchen cabinet hanging things, if I’m not mistaken. Ikea parts are versatile… I’m a big fan of IKEA Hackers 😉

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You might need to add some bits and pieces to make the parts fit. I had to put small supports under the beam on the other pallet, so it would support the  top boards. This will totally depend on the type of pallets and other parts that you use, and you’ll most likely just have to figure it out as you go.

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So here we go! This should give a DIY-minded person a pretty good overview of the supporting structure of my sofa, but if you need more instruction or photos, don’t hesitate to ask! I don’t have any official training in carpentry or woodworking – I’ve learned by trial and error, and asking for advice and help when I needed them. 🙂