My basement renovation: 1 of 3


November 2011 I bought a house in Rosendal.  It needed serious updating at the time. Little was done since it was build in 1954. I concentrated on renovating the 1st and 2nd floor before I moved in spring 2012. Thank for all your help Ove Hillesland, owner of Rosendal Turisthotell and glass master.

The basement was cold, dark and there was alot of moist in the room. Unfortunately water damage too. The basement had never been in use.

After a few years I wanted to start renovating the basement. I hated the thought of having 80 unusable square meters. It was so ineffective. Such a waste of space. And the livingroom, above the basement, was constantly cold…

And I did have an idea of transforming the basement into a workshop and atelier!

I contacted local companies; Kjell Høyland, H2 elektro and Dimmelsvik entreprenør which helped me make this dream come true! Thanks!

Will show you one room in three blogposts. This is number one!

On the bottom of this blogpost you can read what has been done!

FINISHED AT LAST!! #happy!! (a little bit is left….)


DSC_4238 The carpenterbench, sofa and teak table were in the house when I bought it. The three chairs are from different recycling stations. One of them I upholstered myself with a supercool fabric called Leopold from Borge/ Clark& Clark. The shelf to the left is handmade out of leftover wooden plank. The picture on he wall is new, by Hilde Mork. Check out her lovely prints here. DSC_4220IMG_5067

This open space used to be tree rooms……

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What was done:

1) The supporting wall to the left is torn down and replaced with a steel beem.

2) Four other walls where removed, 5 rooms where to become one big open space.

3) The ceilings ware torn down, isolated and replaced with white painted ceiling panels.

4) The walls were torn, isolated and covered with a moisture barrier and covered with panels from Smartpanel, painted white and the green color vårljus from Beckers.

5) A wall of lecablocks was plastered, sanded and painted.

6) New electricity circuts, cables and switches were laid.

7) The old floor was thoroughly cleaned, covered with a primer and covered with Depron isolations mats. Heating cables where placed on the floor.

8) The floor got a new layer of concrete.

I think I got it all! Puh! 🙂

The handcraft trend


Homemade. Handcraft. Real.

Old teqniques are in the wind. Macrame, weaving and carving are all trends these days.

We are going back. Going a little slower.

I hope.

Here are some details from my livingroom.

A old and thrifted chair I upholstered myself. And a table, a gift from a friend. Both with the most beautiful carvings! These must really have taken time to make! It`s handmade perfection.

Do you like upholstering? Check out my latest chair project here.




Teak before and after : GLOW

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I have this piece of teak midcentury furniture. Love it, but it was in a bad condition.

Stains and scratches ruined it`s impression. I was uncertain if it could be renovated. But how could I know? Had never done it before! So I decided to try!

Thin layers of oil were rubbed on with a dry cloth. Excess oil was wiped off after 15 minutes. I let it dry for a day, and put another layer of oil on.

And I am amazed!! Totally!! Look at it now!!!

What a difference! GLOW!!!


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DIY New chair, upholstery.



 Looking back.

Time. Projects.

I upholstered this chair a year back.

Have been wanting to learn how to do this for so long.

At last, but it takes time.

Every piece of furniture has it`s challenges.

This is my first chair, before and after.

My favorite chair!



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Fabric from Clark & Clark. “Leopold”, from ///

The wooden floor is from the “Saga” collection, from Rbi. ///

The wallpaper is made of natural materials, from Biri tapet. 

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