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September 29, 2008

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SL

Hi!

I'm just wondering if you can tell me where you found that great polka-dot fabric on the bench? I adore it.

Thanks!
Sherry

Hummmlan

Gillar verkligen dom där facken för era personliga papper och räkningar!
Jag har redan en idé om hur jag skulle kunna göra något liknande hemma hos mig...
Tack för beskrivningen, den var verkligen utförlig!
En annan sak jag hade tänkt att fråga om: såg att du gjort hängmappar med manualer från diverse tekninska prylar, mycket smart! Men sparar du tex orginalkartongen från digitalkameran? Eller var gör du av dom? Har så mycket kartonger från digitalboxar, kameror osv och är lite villrådig vad jag ska göra av dom.

Tack på förhand
/Hummmlan

Cajsa

Hej,

jag undrar var du köpt dina arkivboxar med hängmappar.

Tack på förhand
Cajsa

Benita

SL, I love the polka dot fabric too. Alas, it's a discontinued fabric from Hemtex, a local chain store here in Sweden. I saw that Pottery Barn Teens had a similar one this summer though...

Hummmlan, jag sparar de askar och lådor som jag tror att jag ev kommer att sälja längre fram. Annar slänger jag dem med en gång. Om det är många smådelar som tillbehör kan det också hända att jag sparar dem. De ligger här längst nere till höger i hyllan innan den rutiga gardinen :
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chezlarsson/2380127888/in/set-72157603439433970/

Cajsa, lådorna med hängmappar kommer från Granit.

Paul

What kind of paint did you use? I have trouble painting high-traffic pieces of furniture.

Rachel

FABULOUS! Yours was one of the blogs I missed most while I was on vacation!

Februari

Tack för beskrivningen, den kanske kan komma till nytta eftersom jag inte verkar hitta något bra skrivbordsliknande att köpa. Undrar också vad för färg som är bäst att måla med, och sen vad "plane" innebär?

Lisa

Thanks for the quick response to my request. I wish I could say "Hey, presto" and the thing would be built, though!

Pearl

Your directions are so thorough and so simple. I also love that you put the foam core/fabric on the back, to protect the wall. Smart!

Ksenia in Canada

Thanks for this Benita! Very inspiring as usual. This might seem like a silly question, but how to you stop papers and things from sliding *under* the unit...did you caulk at the base of the plinth. Or maybe you don't have the kinds of problems that plague our household ;-).

Benita

Paul, I prime twice with a special water based primer. It makes the top coat of thinner based paint adhere really well and I only need to apply one coat. Sometimes I add another coat on the work top. I've tried water based paints too but they seem to need longer to harden and me being impatient... Oh, and I use semigloss, not that that will matter though...

Februari, jag stryker ett par gånger med V-slip och sedan en gång eller ibland två med Servalack halvblank lacknaftabaserad lackfärg. Plane = (el)hyvel :)

Ksenia, I have occasionally seen a paper go in under but have gotten to it before it disappeared completely :) You can caulk the base to the floor though and it will prevent that.

London Mummy

Look great, can I just ask, how did you attach the vertical pieces or did you just slide them into place?

Danette

Wow, that looks great, my girls could use that in their room.
I love the white file boxes. I found other sizes at IKEA, but not the file size. Did you get those at IKEA?
You are always a source of inspiration.

Benita

London Mummy, I attached the verical pieces too. They help stabilize the unit.

Danette, They are not from IKEA but from a local chain store called Granit.

Sherry

Thanks, Benita, for the information regarding the fabric. I checked out PBTeen and it is very similar. I appreciate your time and love your blog!

Anna

Hej Benita! Otroligt fint och bra beskrivet! Jag har sökt i din blogg efter tips på hur man skall organisera viktiga papper; deklarationer, CSN, försäkringar, garantier, div avtal etc (jag är 30 år och har fortfarande inget system...suck!). Kanske finner jag bara inte inlägget annars är det ett förslag på ämne! Tusen tack!

Februari

Tack för svaret om färgen, det kan säkert komma till nytta. Och såklart det är en hyvel, hjärnan stod still där! :)

elizabeth

I've always admired this piece in your photos, so thanks for the details! Did you do anything so that it fits flat against the wall or does it just go up to the baseboard and have a gap above?

Thanks!

Benita

elisabeth, it rests on the baseboard and lies flush with the wall behind. No gaps.

Kat

Benita about how long did it take you to complete this project? You mentioned that you are impatient, I am too... I also have a completion complex.

I'm also wondering why one would use wood plugs vs. nails? Additionally how does the plug marking tool work?

Benita ~ Chez Larsson

Kat, I can't remember exactly, but the actual building part (measuring, cutting, sanding, sawing and assembling) probably took a couple of days. Then there was the painting which took a couple of days (two coats of primer and one top coat) and then the waiting for the paint to dry. Also one has to consider the time it takes to plan everything and make a simple drawing, measuring the things you want to fit in there etc).

We use plugs because it's a stronger construction when the plugs are glewed in. Also nail heads need to be sunk and spackled...

To use the tool you
* Drill holes in one side of the connection
* Insert marking tools (also called pins)
* Put the piece with the pins in place against where you want to attach it.
* Press down to dent the other piece.
* Drill holes in the other piece using the dents as a guide.
* Glue dowels in place and wipe away excess glue.

I've added the tools to my Amazon shop http://astore.amazon.com/chezlars-20?%5Fencoding=UTF8&node=18 as I get this question a lot. You will also need to buy a corresponding size wood drill bit.

You can probably also find the tools at your hardware store. Ask for "dowel points & bits" or "dowel & tenon kit". They will probably also be able to explain a bit more.

ashley@decorology

Hi! I did a post awhile back, http://decorology.blogspot.com/2010/10/home-offices-to-drool-over.html, and a reader was kind enough to mention that it was from your site. So glad I found you! I've added you to the blogroll over at Decorology.

Tanja

Did you build the bench in the hallway yourself, too?
I really like it.

Benita ~ Chez Larsson

We did, we built it from an old unused door in the house.

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