Cute as a Button


If you follow my Lovely things Pinterest board you might have seen this pin and my comment to it. Ever since pinning that button trivet I’ve been wanting one. Lotta A pointed out that I could make one by using a cheese board from the local supermarket but although I’ve been keeping an eye out I haven’t seen one. Until I went to my mom’s place a couple of weeks ago. There, under a bunch of stuff in a drawer I was organizing, it was!



It had seen better days so I sanded it down. First coarse sandpaper and then finer.



Like so.



I’m sure there are more scientific ways to figure out the spacing of the holes for my button but I’m no mathematician so I just eyeballed the middle, marked that with a pencil and used stickers to mark where the holes could go. I moved the stickers around a little until I got a good feeling about it.



After marking the middle of each sticker with an awl through to the wood I drilled the holes. I only had this super long drill bit but a normal one will do too obviously.



I finished off by sanding the holes using sandpaper wrapped around my finger.






To seal I used some countertop oil. I did a couple of coats, letting each coat sink into the wood and after a while I wiped off any still greasy areas.



Tada! A button trivet ready to be used! Love it!

Edit: If you want a ready made one check them out at Snug.

Gray Wall


Remember my green wall?



Going, going…






I just felt like having something calmer in the desk area and the grey is actually from a can I rescued from being tossed at work years ago (back in 2002 according to the date on the can). We were trying out a new store concept and were playing around with different grays.



I’m glad we didn’t use it back then because here it’s pretty much perfect! If you’re wondering about the name, it says NCS 1502-Y50R on the can. A good paint store should be able to translate the NCS color system to your country’s system. Anyway I love how it turned out and it was such a quick fix!

Our Old Apartment



I got an e-mail from Martin saying our old apartment is for sale! It’s where Martin and I lived for a few years and where we had Wille.
I really like what they’ve done to the place since we moved back in 1995. It’s so much more modernized. We still had a marble kitchen sink (sounds lovely but the sink was tiny), a deadly gas stove which got red hot (the entire thing) when you had the oven on and the oven itself was itty bitty so you could only ever do half a recipe of anything. I love that they opened up the window into a door (something we would also have done had we stayed) and that they kept the glass pantry door that Martin and I dug out of a dumpster ca 1992. As a matter of fact they kept a lot of the original cabinets and shelves which is nice to see. The rest of the apartment looks a bit odd. They split a not very big room to begin with into two and I can only imagine how cramped that must be IRL although it looks quite spacious in the realtors photos.


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Here are a couple of shots of what it looked like in the very early days when we lived there. Check out more images of the apartment as it looks nowadays here.The images are no longer available. Edit: Either it's sold or we crashed their server :).

Oh, and price wise, we paid 575 000 SEK back in 1989 and sold for 425 000 in 1995 making a loss (but gaining a nice big rental instead). Today’s price 3 795 000 SEK. Yeah.