I am horrified to note that it kinda looks like a squat, doesn't it?
(My mister made the before photo's look extra gross and grainy for affect. He's clever like that. He wanted me to tell you)
We got rid of our futon and gave the organ back to its owners (we were 'organ sitting'). And we had an almightly clear out. Out went old magazines, bin bags of unusable cables and wires, old electronics eqipment (my misters) as well as lots of other rubbish we had accumulated over the years. It felt very cathartic. I also, for the first time, properly sorted out my burgeoning fabric stash. And burgeoning it certainly was. I was a little pink of cheek when I realised just how much I had accumulated and my mister banned from buying any more with his eyes. Harrumph.
In our little sort out we couldnt afford lots of new furniture. We also didnt want to buy anything new. Although, I confess that at times the blue letters of IKEA blazed in our minds.... oh yes.... IKEA EXPEDIT, the shelving unit that every repectable blogger/ craft person owns, softly whispered to us in our dreams. We were very nearly seduced, but we resisted. Instead my mighty nifty mister decided to use the wood from the futon to make us some shelves instead. Free, recycled and unique! stick THAT in your pipe IKEA! (Apart from i'll take your brilliant tupperwares. And light fixtures, kay?)
So without further ado, Here are the after shots (well, some of them)
Oooo look at those JOINTS!
The craftmanship! (he told me to say that)
The Rambert Ballet poster is one of my most favourite objects. It was 50p from Deptford market (again) and dates to 1951. We had it framed at a local framers. The drawers go way back in the family, the shelves are made by MR CRAFTY, and the ladder is from freecycle (FREE!). The ladder will eventually be used for storage, but for now I love it as an object so much that I am happy to leave it standing there looking effortlessly 'utility chic'. On the shelves themselves you can see my beloved apple crates (bought 4 years ago and used all over the flat) some 'Valentine' fruit boxes found on the street and an assortment of other old boxes, tins and baskets collected over the years.
The desk area needs sorting so expect more photo's in the coming weeks.
We sanded, cut and painted the shelves in my misters workshop, which is fast becomming one of my favourite places to be. I came to work with paint in my hair and slinters in my hands and it felt good. A nice little glimpse of our future, I hope.
Anyway. Happy wednesday!