This rehabilitation of an apartment was designed by Correia/Ragazzi Arquitectos and is located in Braga. It was completed in 2013 and covers an area of 200 m2.

“The Project intended to remodel two apartments and unite them in order to create a duplex apartment, which best meets the needs of the family.
In this sense, the intervention was defined by the characterization of a social floor, consisting of kitchen, laundry, living room, terrace, guest bathroom and guest suite. The upper floor would be the private housing area consisting of three suites, one for the parents and two for the children.
The union of both floors and, consequently, of the house, was achieved by the introduction of a twostorey high hall with the access stair, designed as a focal piece that distributes the program; a partial demolition of the existent slab was needed. The stairs create, also, on the upper floor, a balcony with a view over the lower floor.
The entire apartment was designed taking into consideration the characteristics of the materials that were chosen to create a game of volumes, light and dark. One chose light coloured walls, yet high in texture, finished in microcement. Panels, doors and wardrobes of darker colour, made of black Valchromat. The lower floor, social, is united by its pavement in manual hydraulic mosaic, in a pattern that introduces texture and three dimensionality, studied according to the scale of the compartments, and specially produced. Throughout this floor one defined a height, of human scale, designed by either the change of material, colour or height of the ceiling, doorframe etc.; which transverses and unites all the spaces.
At the upper floor there are wood floors except on the bathrooms. The main suite is designed with four spaces, the entrance leading to a reading and/or gymnasium area, followed by the sleeping area, then the walk in closet with access to the bathroom, which is composed of a wet area with a shower and freestanding bathtub. The two smaller suites, for each child, are on the opposite side of the apartment; they each have a bathroom covered in glass and mirror, with natural light.”
Photos by: Luis Ferreira Alves.

Rehabilitation of an apartment by Correia/Ragazzi Arquitectos This rehabilitation of an apartment was designed by Correia/Ragazzi Arquitectos and is located in Braga. It was completed in 2013 and covers an area of 200 m2.

Have you got tree stumps lying around outside? why not paint the tops of them and you’ve got yourself some pretty handy side tables.

On a similar theme to the stump side tables what about using birch off cuts to create shelving units.

Have you got some salad servers that are looking a bit bland? Head to the hardware store and choose some colourful wood stain and dip the ends of the servers into the stain. The longer you hold the servers in the stain the deeper the colour will be so to create an ombre effect hold it on the stain less each time.

Not a fan of ugly electrical cords? no neither am I wrap your cords in some twine rope. Much more pleasant!

Another great DIY shelving idea. Use old crate boxes or even dresser drawers, paint and add wallpaper to the inside and hang at different levels.

In need of some bookends? Here’s a few suggestions. Find some rocks outside and good quality spray paint and you’ve got yourself some organic looking bookends. Have a piece of wood cut and paint sections of the wood. Get a cement mix kit from your hardware store choose a mould (a plastic container from home in a shape you like is perfect) wait for your concrete to set (this can take 24 hours) knock it out of the mould and you’ve got yourself some pretty cool industrial looking book ends.

Concrete candleholders

Choose a container to be the mould for your candleholder this can be anything sturdy and that you like the shape of. Pour in your concrete wait for it to set (approx 24 hours) and after it’s set but before it’s gone hard drill a hole for your candlestick. Gorgeous!

I’m a big fan of washi tape it has so many awesome uses! and here’s another! Cover your washer and dryer in it to make doing the laundry more fun!

Make your own art

Find a gorgeous frame you can spray it a particular colour if you like, head outside and find some skinny tree branches arrange them on your frame and secure either using a staple gun or hot glue gun.

Hang some barn doors to add a  touch of country to your entrance.

Want a new set of coffee mugs? How about spraying your old ones!

Similar to the wooden salad servers this time paint your set of utensils in different shades. 

Hopefully these DIY projects will keep you busy and give your home a fresh new look without the expensive price tag!

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Baby Food Jars
These hanging jars are perfect in your office, kitchen, or bedroom. Use them to organize seasonings, office supplies, craft supplies, or even jewelery. You can use labels to keep them extra organized!

Superglue flat magnets to the lids of empty baby food jars (or similar jars). Next, attach a metal plate or other magnets to the bottom of a shelf. You can then hang the jars from the shelf to keep your supplies organized.