Easy coffee table transformation

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When I knew I would be moving to my studio apartment, the amount of time I spend in Pinterest was crazy. Luckily I had a holiday before my moving day, so we can just say that time well spend right? I wanted to find ideas how to style small apartment, and seek inspiration for furniture also. I only had a kitchen table, so needed to find quite many things, such as sofa and coffee table. First I thought I could find a nice small coffee table made from marble, but the prices were quite high, so I wanted to rethink the idea. And then suddenly I remembered, that my mam had bought some years a go cool set of three small tables from the flee market. Luckily she did not need them; jackpot for me!

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As I had decided, that I want to have golden details in my new home, it was clear the tables would need a little transformation. The tables were luckily in a nice conditions, and did not need too much work. I washed the tables, used little sandpaper and then sprayed two layers of paint.

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I ended up using two different paints, which was not my original plan. The paint I originally bought ended up being little wrong shade, so I went to buy another color for the final layer. A good solutions in the end, as two layers is not only covering better the original shade, but is also more durable. Just remember to have long enough drying time between the two layers.

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Here you can see the difference between the two layers (sorry for the super bad photo). The first paint gave the tables more bronze tone and was matte. The second paint I used was more shiny and the end result more the tone I was hoping for. Especially in the photos with the crazy chicken candle holders it is easy to see, that the end result fits perfectly to other golden details I have. I ended up also using the same painting method to one other DIY project, but let´s talk about that some other time!

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How do you like the end result?

xoxo,

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BRUNCH WITHOUT BOOZE IS JUST A SAD LATE BREAKFAST

 

This year I decided to skip Easter – meaning I am not visiting my family or friends, just work and school projects all weekend. It may sound somehow sad but it is just what I need now, few extra days to finish school stuff so I can fully enjoy rest of the spring stress free. But I know most of the people are celebrating some way this holiday and as I know many of you are having brunch or two this weekend, I wanted to share few brunch photos from Easter few years a go. It is long time ago we had the brunch in these pictures, but still the menu looks good and is something I could redo any day.  I hope you get idea or two from this, and you have a delicious Easter!

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Banana pancakes works always and is so super easy to do. And they also work for strict diets as this is gluten and dairy free. You need for 8 pancakes 1 banana, 1 egg , 0,5 dl dark whole grain rice flour and a pinch of cinnamon and vanilla. Mix all ingredients and fry few minutes from both sides. I use coconut oil when frying pancakes but you can use also butter.

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Add in a class home made granola, natural yogurt and mango puree. Fresh and simple!

 

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Fresh fruits are a must in a brunch, just remember to buy the fruits early enough so they are ready. Nobody wants to eat raw melon and passion fruit.

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I remember I baked the bread and the croissants for the brunch myself, but if you feel lazy just get some ready ones and warm them up in the oven so they feel fresh. Also toasts would work well in a brunch as well as banana bread. The croissants I had filled with cheese and Nutella before baking them in the oven and for the bread we had different toppings so everyone could choose their favorites.

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I had normal eggs which I dyed with onion skins, but also  quail eggs work perfect in a Easter brunch. Just remember to tell everyone if the eggs are 5 or 7 minute eggs so nobody gets a messy surprise!

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We had all kind of different toppings for the pancakes, such as berries, coconut flakes and maple syrup.

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You can see little from the corner of the picture the oven baked eggs in muffin cups. I filled the cups with different ingredients such as cheese, ham and veggies and then added the egg in the top with little salt and pepper. Bake in the oven until the eggs look ready and enjoy straight from the cup with a spoon. Now I would probably skip these and make something similar from avocado and eggs in the oven.

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I had baked cantuccini biscuits the day before (recipe coming later also here) and they worked so good together with fresh coffee. We served espresso, but as I have milk frother we did cappuccinos also.  And of course we had some juice and sparkling wine as brunch with out booze is just a sad late breakfast!

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And there is no Easter brunch with out chocolate eggs! I spread these beautiful small chocolate eggs all around the table and trust me, they we all gone by the end of the brunch.

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Enjoy the holidays,

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Simply beautiful Easter table setting

 

easterTableSetting (4 of 23)Easter is just around the corner and I believe that the long weekend filled with good food and relaxing activities will come just in the right time for many of us. The spring somehow often feels so long when compared to autumn so I think it is good to have a little brake when waiting the summer to come. It has been so nice and sunny this week and I hope the good weather will continue also next week. Easter is also a good possibility to spend some time with family and friends as well as eat good food (and little too many chocolate eggs). I personally feel that the food taste even better when served from a beautiful table setting so I created one simple Easter table setting for the up coming holiday. And actually as it is so simple you could use the idea also later in the spring with the flowers, just then leave the feathers out!

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In this table setting I used few simple elements to bring the Easter feeling to otherwise very white setting. Yellow narcissus, white weathers and brown string is all you need to bring little something to the  setting without over doing it. I also used my marble eggcups and little more fancy classes to bring little festive feeling. I think the sheep skins in the chairs is also working well with this setting as it is still not that warm so it brings little softness.

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The string is easy and cheap way to make napkin rings – someone told me that napkin rings are old fashioned but I still like them and it is easy way to play with a theme in table setting. The flowers give nice hint of color and can be later set in a vase. How you feel about napkin rings?

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I made centerpiece from feather wreath I bought from sales few years a go and placed vase with narcissus in the middle. The plates are Arabia Lumi, wine classes classic Iittala Essence and the water classes are from Hobstar.  I use these dishes every day but they serve so well in more festive occasions also, just the way I like it – not too many different dishes!  And with white linen tablecloth and napkins you can never go wrong.

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I hope you got at least little inspiration from the million photos here today (sorry I had little hard time to choose the best ones). How is the plans for Easter coming together for you?  Anything special planned?

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