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31  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Reusing lever arch files or ringbinders... on: March 09, 2012 01:35:27 AM
I work in an office and we regurlarly throw out ringbinders that are a little bit older.

My question now is how could I reuse these in a crafty way besides pimping them and turning then into craft/cooking/scrapbook binders?

I found this to be a great idea and took 8 of those clip-things out of binders to throw away:

I also made a calender out of a really thin binder, similar to this:

Any more ideas??
32  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: It's a strawberry! It's a Dirndl! It's a Strawberry Dirndl!!! (lots of pics!) on: January 24, 2012 01:19:03 AM
So cute! And I agree with you, way too many people at oktoberfest. There's better places to show off a cute dirndl in munich. I got a vintage one from a second hand store in berlin for 15 , a steal Wink
33  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Lovely Kitchen Buffet with lovely pics on: March 14, 2011 09:01:46 AM
What a beautiful buffet! I liked the original colors a lot, so if it was mine, I would have kept them. But your choice of colors makes it very 'fresh' and lively. I understand why you love it! (And roses to your boyfriend, for working on a project, he didn't like  Cool

Yes! He's the best, actually.. we did most of the work on the weekend and since I like to sleep in he started to work on it in the mornings (cause that way he'd "get it over with faster" Wink)

The colour was a bit too granny like for my personal taste, but my parents also begged me to keep it that way..

Anni, those symbols at the back look very much like a 50s pattern. Could there have been wallpaper, kitchenpaper or something on it that etched acid paint into the wood?

Thank you for the info! There was no sign of a wallpaper, but it does look like the pattern was etched into the wood...
34  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Lovely Kitchen Buffet with lovely pics on: March 14, 2011 02:51:38 AM
Dear fellow Craftsters,

my first big project post here:

When I first saw this kitchen buffet at our local thrift store I instantly fell in love with it. And my boyfriend instantly hated it!
It took a couple of weeks and several visits to that thrift store for me to ask if they would lower the price on it. The price tag said 99 and it's been at the store for a while now.
So they were willing to sell it to me for 50 plus 20 transportation (cause in Germany no one my age owns a car, especially in the city).
So that was two weeks ago, they dropped it off and mentioned that one foot fell off, so they would reduce the costs to 50 total.. deal!

This is what the bottom part looked like after screwing off the first door to see how the paint would turn out.

This is the top part:

Notice the lovely keys Wink

Also very weird symbols on the back of the top part. Anyone recognize those?

Here you can see my lovely boyfriend scraping away the paint, actually only roughening it up so that the new paint would stay on.
He still hated the thing, but I had promised him that when we would be done he'd love it Wink

And here he is painting the skeleton of the cupboard. We chose grey for the skeleton of the cupboard and a light purple (indian rose) for the doors, well, I chose it ...

It's almost finished! We still needed doorknobs and space in the kitchen to put it in place.

Notice the Alien gift paper wrap on the top shelf!

Got the doorknobs at a hardware store and moved our ikea cupboards to the basement and here it is!

Took two weeks total and altogether costs about 100.

I love it and my boyfriend likes it now... Tongue
35  EUROPE / GERMANY / Crafty knobs on: March 08, 2011 04:31:23 AM

I repainted an old kitchen cupboard and the knobs on it are very fugly and partly broken, so I'm looking for new ones.

Could anyone tell me at which stores I can buy some in the munich area. I know several flea markets in berlin where they sell lovely knobs, but I'm barely ever home...

Thanks, Anni
36  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Paint Scrape Disaster? on: March 07, 2011 08:28:27 AM
Thank you for your quick answer!
I spent the whole weekend sanding and painting away with my boyfriend after trying it out on one door of the cupboard. The paint applies wonderfully and there seems to be no further problems.
It's not quite done yet, but I'll post the project asap!
37  EUROPE / GERMANY / Re: store with products by independent designers in Munich on: March 01, 2011 06:27:23 AM
heya, if you haven't found out yet.. check out the "glockenbackviertel"!
There are lovely stores to be found in every corner Smiley
38  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Paint Scrape Disaster? on: March 01, 2011 02:09:00 AM
Hi fellow craftsters,

I found a lovely kitchen cupboard that looks something like this:


I really want to repaint it, some paint is already scratched off and the colour is just too grannylike..
My question is, do I really need to scrape the paint off entirely or would it be enough to roughen it a little so that the new paint doesn't peel off.

Did anyone try this before?  I'd love to hear of your experiences!

Liebe Gre,
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