Balcony renovation

I showed already some months ago how I made some furniture for my balcony by using pallets. Since then I have been saving some money to improve the look of my tiny balcony! Here I show you some pictures.

          This is how my balcony used to look before. Actually since I do not have a storage room at my place and in winter there is no way I could sit and enjoy to lay and read something in the balcony... it was my storage space. 

Now is summer and I MUST take advantage of this little space. As you can see in the picture bellow... I don´t really have a nice view from the balcony, and all I see if I am there are the other buildings.                                      

So first I went to buy some plants... which will play an important role in my renovation project.

Next step was to buy some wood elements that I will use to create a wall in the balcony, in order to get a little bit more privacy in the space.

Then I bought wooden tiles in IKEA, you can get them for a very accessible price.    

Since the balcony does not have a rectangular shape, then it was a little complicated to fill all the space with the tiles. 

I took advantage of this and I thought about another material I could use to solve this problem and that will give also a nice touch to the space: small white stones.

I love the combination between wood and stones... without forgetting the nice touch that this flowers give. 

AFTER photo? well :) you will have to wait one day to see it! I am hosting a little party tonight to show my friends my new balcony. I will use that opportunity to take that after photo I know you will be waiting ;)


Bathroom transformation - Part II

I posted some months ago, a transformation of a bathroom, now I am showing the second part of it. 

I put two bamboo shelves on the wall, and added more decorations with textures that complement the style that I have picked for the bathroom. 

At Ikea Hackers homepage, people asked me if it is not difficult to clean the floor since I have put this tiles in the bathroom. One person asked me if I have not had problems to open the door since this tiles are about 1.5 cms high. So here I show a picture where you can see that I have used the tiles just in a small area.

The cleaning process is not difficult at all. I simply remove the tiles, clean normally and put them back again.

Entrance hall

Hello again :) . Today I will show you how I have transformed the entrance hall of an apartment. 

The entrance hall walls were completely white at the beginning. This small space serves always as the welcoming mat to every home. Therefore it is important that a person design this area to create a sense of expectancy in the guests. They should feel very welcomed and happy to come and visit often. 

The ideal would be, that the people who are living in a house, use this space to stamp their personality. I define myself as a fan of the " shabby chic" style", so I try to give this area a shabby chic style.

For the wall I picked a light pink. Given that the entrance hall is small I did not want to make it look even smaller and that is why I picked a light color. 

I went out for a walk and I found this nice tree on the floor. So I cut it to make it fit into the room. I think its amazing how the tree looks, since one would never expect to see a tree inside a house, right?

I found this sweet wood sign and thought it would be perfect for this space. I think spaces can´t be fully decorated all at once. With the time you go finding more and more nice things that help improve that area.

I bought a chinese white lamp and hanged it from the tree. At a moment I thought I have done decorating the small entrance, but then I thought it would be nice to put on some light. For this purpose I used a light string of 25 lights ( if I would have put one with more light, then it would have look more like a Christmas tree in fall haha.



Carnival hats - DIY

Finally I have found what I have been looking for so long! I have always wanted to have in my bedroom a nice bamboo lamp. Unfortunately most of the ones I have seen are very expensive... way out of my budget. Just like this o
At this time of the year is kind of difficult to find some nice carnival hats. So after spending almost half day looking for them, I decided to do the on my own.

Once you discover how to do the first one, the next ones won´t require a lot of work. I made a template myself, and after some tries... I got my hat.

Luckily I found this nice paper. Check out the results 

On this picture you can see the materials I used and the hats after I made them.


Bamboo hanging lamp made out of a food cover

Finally I have found what I have been looking for so long! I have always wanted to have in my bedroom a nice bamboo lamp. Unfortunately most of the ones I have seen are very expensive... way out of my budget. Just like this one:

Last week I went for a walk and found a store where they were selling this nice bamboo food cover. 

When I saw it... it was love at first sight! haha :) I read: bamboo food cover but in my mind what I was just looking at was my new bedroom lamp. 

I could not wait to come home and transform this amazing thing. I love the texture, the color. I love everything about it.

As you can see, it was super easy to transform it into a lamp. 

I love it so much! It is exactly what I was looking for and I did not have to spend a lot of money.

Do you like it? 


Bathroom transformation

At the moment I am working on a little project, so it is still not 100% finish. But I am so excited about it, that I have decided to show you some pictures of the: BEFORE. Just to give you a little advance.


The bathroom is completely white and the clients expressed me their wish to have a bathroom where as soon as they walk in, they  get a warm feeling. 

I started this project today so check my blog tomorrow if you are interested to see the result. 


And so as I have promised, here are some pictures of the bathroom transformation. 

It is good to always put some little details everywhere. Something that transmit you a warm feeling and create a good atmosphere. The owners are renting this place, that´s why they could not change the color of the tiles. They told me since the beginning that they wanted to have a bathroom with a warm atmosphere and that is the reason why I decided to use some wood. I think wood is a material that transmit a warm feeling.  

I also gave some color to the bathroom by adding some dark red details, such as towels, candles, glasses, etc. 

I hope you like the transformation. Tomorrow I will post more photos, so keep visiting my blog and please let me know if you like my work.


Bathroom furniture design

I will continue this week showing you a piece of furniture that I designed. A client wanted a nice piece of furniture for the bathroom to put it on top of the sink. 

We know that the best place to put a mirror in the bathroom is on top of the sink and besides the mirror, there must always be some kind of shelf to put the toothbrush, the toothpaste and so on.

We already know the traditional bathroom shelves:


Useful, but nevertheless with a lack of style! So... what I tried to do was to create something that could fulfill this 2 characteristics. 

After making a few sketches I felt attracted by this shape in specific. Its really not a very complex shape, but the look is very nice and there is enough space either to put some small decorations like the one you see on this picture, or to put the toothbrush, toothpaste, face towels, etc.


If you are interested in buying this product, write me to: architectandabitmore@gmail.com. This nice and useful piece of furniture can be customized in order to fulfill your needs.

Si estás interesado en comprar este producto no dudes en contactarme. Este producto puede ajustarse a tus necesidades. Puedes ordenarlo en el color y tamaño que prefieras.

Wenn Sie Interesse an diesem Produkt haben, bitte schreiben Sie mir an: architectandabitmore@gmail.com. Dieses schöne und nützliche Möbelstück kann individuell angepasst werden, um Ihre Wunsche zu erfüllen.


Industrial dining table made of a simple IKEA table.

I am so excited about this project I just start today. I have had this table for almost a year. I guess I never had enough time to start it. But now... since in a few months I will have many many many visitors, I decided its time to give some life to this simple wood table.

What I love about IKEA is that they really offer a variety of furniture, perhaps some of them doesn´t really have any style. But this kind of furniture are the ones I love the most, because you already have the basic materials to CREATE and DECORATE them with the style that you prefer. 

The table I am working on right now is this:

and my inspiration table is this. 

well... it wont look exactly the same, since mine will continue being  a dining table. But I want mine to have that nice industrial look.

If you want to see the progress of my new project please be checking my blog. I will be posting every progress I make.

Before start painting the 4 legs of the table I impregnated all the structure, preceded by cleaning all the surface.

After making sure that all the surface was clean, I applied a latex based primer. 

I started painting the four legs of the table. It´s important to know how to prepare the wood surface properly before you start painting it.

If you want to know a little bit more about this process I suggest you to read this: http://voices.yahoo.com/diy-home-improvement-prepare-wood-surfaces-389358.html?cat=30This instructions are very helpful

I finished painting the black part. This part will simulate metal. I really like how the table looks with this black part, it looks much more alive! 

I am sorry I took a bit to post Progress 5, but I had to go to the tool market to buy extra details for my industrial table. This are the two things I bought.

I painted the tacks and then...  (well, pictures describe everything better)


I put one of this pieces to each leg of my table and this is the result:

Perhaps you notice that the wood on top looks a little bit white at the moment. That´s because today I applied the second layer of wood glaze, but tomorrow it will look great. 


Have you noticed the price?!!!! Yeah...  more than $1,200!!!! Guess what I have spent on mine?? .... $90 (table included)

Why not comparing it again? 


And how about make a summary by looking at the BEFORE and the AFTER.



I also want to let you know that I have just opened a facebook account: 
https://www.facebook.com/ArchitectAndABitMore?ref=hl  . There you can share some projects that you have done. From architectonic to handcrafts.

Si son de habla hispana y no pueden hablar ingles, por favor escribanme a: architectandabitmore@gmail.com. Si desean que yo explique alguno de mis proyectos en español. Por favor no duden en escribirme.