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Sunday
Jul122009

A cat project (plus bonus)

There is always a project going on at my house. The latest project was for the cats. I finally sold my vintage retro sofa I had in the living room that for the past 3 months had been piled up in my office under the window. It had turned into the cats favourite spot to sleep in the sun and watch squirrels. When the sofa was picked up, I knew I had to create something for them to use in it's place so my boyfriend and I went to Ikea to look for something we could hack and use as a cat perch. We made it through most of the store without finding anything and I was starting to panic, until Jeff spotted a baby change table (the Sniglar).


It was only $49.99, had 2 shelves, and could easily be chopped in half (I wanted it to be pretty narrow, just deep enough to fit a cat comfortably). It turned out perfectly. I painted it white (yellow first but it was way too bright), bought some stryofoam (fabric store was out of the foam I wanted) which I wrapped in batting and then fabric (thanks Jo!), and placed the "cushions" in the shelves. And voila, a perfect under-the-window cat perch.


I have to give Jeff credit for coming up with the idea of using the leftover piece of the change table as a new display unit for my West German pottery collection. The table I had been using was too deep, and this new shelving created a much wider space to walk from the living room into the kitchen. (In a 12 ft wide house, the narrower the furniture the better!) I painted some chalkboard paint roughly along the front edge and wrote what was on display. It's a perfect use for the rest of the table that I would have otherwise thrown out.

Sunday
Feb222009

Flickr finds - Ikea's Lack floating shelves

Sunday
Jan252009

Flickr finds - Ikea's Expedit shelving

Now that my kitchen is complete, I have been thinking about other rooms in my house that desperately need help. My bedroom is a biggie. It is so hideous right now. Pale yellow walls, and last March I ripped out the huge closet that I didn't need. This is essentially what it's looked like since then.


For the wall you see there, across from the bed, I'm thinking of shelving to house the knick knacks I love but don't go anywhere else in the house, and for all my magazines that to my horror, currently reside in the dungeon/basement. I'm leaning towards 2 white Ikea Expedit shelving units (the 16 cube ones). So for my Flickr finds today, I thought I'd see how people are using their Expedits bookshelves.

birds & treesChez Larsson
Lil_Miss_CupcakeI heart Norwegian Wood
jrcraftpaper pony
promosinasnapmy little apartment
yvestownSuper*Junk
korsbarsblomernmccc
scmtngirl

All About Eve

okbecki

strictly_phals

SunnysideupYogi

valailuk

I heart Norwegian Wood

I'd like to use a couple/few cubes along the bottom for cat beds, because I'm hoping it'll get at least some of the cats off the bed at night so I can have room to move. One of the photos above, ernmcc's, shows what I mean, but then I found this one....

dozidesign

Tuesday
Jan132009

Is there anything better....

...and more versatile than metro shelving? I think not. LOVE their functions in these photos.

Thursday
Jan082009

I'm lovin'....

Ok, I'm still thinking about bookshelves and this room certainly isn't lacking in the bookshelf department. I adore this space. So light and airy and the furniture is so plush you would just sink into it after grabbing a book from the shelves. What a smart idea to break it up a bit with a space for a tall mirror. And don't even get me started on that light fixture...