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Asplund Snö

Not THAT kind of snow. Thank god!
No, the BEST kind of snow. Snö by Jonas Bohlin and Thomas Sandell for Asplund.

I splurged. In a major way. These cabinets are not inexpensive but I’ve loved them since forever and saved my pennies so I could finally get them. And here they are. Classic. Yay!

Happy weekend!


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Building a Headboard


I decided I wanted a headboard for my bed but because of the unusual width of 140 cm there isn’t much available. In fact I couldn’t find anything so what you see above is a DIY job by yours truly.



It started out with a piece of chip board which I actually used as a headboard at the old house. But because that was for a 120 cm bed I had to rethink it a little bit. I needed to widen it but was also willing to lower it which meant I could cut off the top part where the line is and add to the side after trimming it a little.



Like so with a piece of wood to brace the two pieces together.



To get a bit of thickness and legs at the same  time I used some 2x2” that I also had lying around in the garage. Here I’m trying everything out for size but it’s not attached yet.



I used wood glue and clamps to hold the brace in place and then added screws for extra stability.



Then I screwed everything together from the front.



Again I just used what I had at home and added some left over wadding to the front for a bit of softness. Mini supervised. Of course.



Trimming the corners so they wouldn't get to bulky.



Here’s the almost finished product from the back



And from the front. I didn’t have enough wadding to cover the whole thing but the part that’s not covered will be hidden by the bed anyway so it doesn’t matter. Oh, I also added a couple of little 2x2” pieces at the bottom to make sure the headboard wouldn’t bow inwards when the bad was pushed against it.



Then it was just a matter of stapling on some heavy white cotton fabric, shoving it behind the bed, pushing the bed against it and it was done! I like that it’s white now but I also like that I can just hang any fabric off the headboard and instantly change the mood of the bedroom if I want to. Maybe something nice and wooly with winter approaching.

Stained Handrails



Having a neighbor who is just as much into DIY as yourself and who lives in a house just exactly like yours is the best. K and I discuss projects, lend each other tools and materials and we run back and forth checking out progress in each other’s houses all the time.



K stained her handrails which totally inspired me to switch from the orangey pine to something richer. I was a little apprehensive though because I didn’t want to have to sand every bit of the old varnish off but it turned out that she had bought a product that stains and simultaneously varnishes on top of old varnish. Her handrails turned out great and when she offered me some of that varnish I happily accepted and went on a varnishing spree and did all of mine in one fell swoop.



All it took was a light sanding to key the old varnish and then it was just a matter of brushing it on.



So from this…



… to this was a vast improvement. Now I just have to fix those treads. I had to wait until the skylights were fixed until I could work on them because my guys had to go up and down a lot and it seemed silly to do anything before they were done. When I’m done painting the radiators upstairs (ran out of paint on Sunday) I’ll order the sisal that will cover the faux pine step kit that the previous owners installed. Excited (and a bit nervous) to see what it will look like when it’s done.



As for the darker, no longer orange handrails, I love them.