Janne Robberstad

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By spotogspindel | July 23, 2015

You know how you´re supposed to be working, but then the weather is so nice and you just really, really want to do something else? Like upcycle some stuff you´ve been collecting in the basement? 😉


This old table I got from the theatre. It´s been standing like this in my living room, but the idea from the start was to paint it bright pink. What I like about it, is that it´s all hard wood.


I started by painting the legs. Putting the table upside down, I painted 3 strokes of paint before turning it around, doing the top. The paint was quite runny, so I had to keep going back, preventing it from making running-marks in the paint.


Last week, I found this American mailbox in a charity-shop. It´s totally going to be  this years Christmas-present to my middle sister! She´s kind of crazy for anything American. So I primed it, and painted it bright turquoise. I´ll be adding some details to it later on, but at least the base is now in place.


What else did I find in my basement? Well, to be honest, the little night-table I found in my sister´s basement. I used to live in her house when she was too young to live there herself. And I have a vague memory of buying this at a flea-market. I don´t know how old it is, but it´s all hard wood, and by the looks of it (in the back) it´s homemade. My bet is that it´s at least 60 years old, probably older.


The chest is also all wood. But of a poorer quality. I got this from a friend of mine, who´d gotten it from an old school. It was used by the school-band to store clarinets in! I knid of really like the color it already has, but it needed a good scrub. Also I did paint the inside. Both to seal the dirt I couldn´t wash off, and to get rid of the smell of basement… I want to add wheels to it, and use it for kid´s costumes.

Summer is also family-time. We spent the weekend with our oldest girl and her baby boy who´s not a baby anymore!


Look at this charmer! He´s is truly enjoying the perks of summer: watermelons are his favorite! And bathing in a pool!


My oldest niece and nephew visited today, and we had a jewelry-workshop. I showed them how to make make little links around the beads, and how to put them together, and they were both keen students. At first it was a bit difficult, but once they got the hang of it, they were very eager. And once I can find the fasteners tomorrow, they will both have new bracelets!

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