DIY - Paper Doily Table

OK, I just had to give this paper doily thing a second try. And I couldn't be happier with the result! I used a small paint roller for lacquer works this time! Not spray paint (like it did last time)! The first doily I tried to paint over came off right away nevertheless...but luckily I was able to remove it completely and paint over the spot. So you need to work very carefully but yet quicky otherwise the doilies might get stuck to the paint (again). It might also depend a lot on the color you use. The solvent-containing spray paint soaked the paper doilies completely and glued them onto the wood. The paint I used this time was water-dilutable and even if some of the paper was stuck to the wood again the paint did not glue it onto the wood and it could be easily removed even after drying... Doesn't it look pretty?

DIY - Paper Doily Table
So here's what I did:

  1. Clean wooden board to make sure it is dust free. If there is already some old paint on it you might want to sand it first.
  2. Prime table top with several coats of while acrylic paint. Let it completely dry after each coat.
  3. Trim paper doilies. (See that little edge from punching on the smallest doily in the picture? You want to remove those first!) Apply removable spray glue to the bottom of the paper doiles. Go outside for this work and use some old cardboard or some sheets of newspaper to protect the surface you are working on.
  4. Glue paper doilies to tabletop and press firmly onto the surface to avoid paint running under them.
  5. Masked edges with masking tape (if you like).
  6. Put some of your paint on a large plate or - even better - use a paint roller tray. Carefully dip one side of your paint roller into the paint and roll several times on your plate or tray to make sure your roller is evenly covered with paint. But: you just want a thin coat of paint on your roller. If the paint drips from your roller it is way too much and might run under the doilies! Start painting on a spot on your tabletop with no doily. After some stroke start carefully rolling over a doily - starting from the middle of a doily to the outside. If you roll completely over a doily it might stick onto your roller and coil itself up. Yup, this did happen to me.
  7. I used about 2 to 3 coats of paint until it covered the white base completely. This time I did NOT let each coat dry but tried to work as fast as I could because I wanted to remove the doilies while the paint is still wet.
  8. After I was done with painting I removed the doilies very, VERY carefully with some tweezers. However, at some spots the paint had already dried and I took some time and some fiddling around to remove all these teeny tiny paper scraps that were stuck to the surface. But eventually I removed all of them and I looooved the result.

DIY - Paper Doily Table
Tools / Paint used:
  • White acrylic paint
  • Colored acrylic paint
  • Spray glue (non-permanent!)
  • Paint roller for working with acrylic paints
  • Old plate or paint roller tray
  • Lace Paper doilies in different sizes and shapes

Sweet Easter Scones & Savory Cheese Biscuits

Happy Easter
In case you are still looking for some ideas for your easter breakfast or brunch, I posted these sweet and savory scones recipes on my food blog...they are super easy and quickly to make and taste DELICIOUS fresh from the oven.

Here you can find the Sweet Raisin Scones recipe, and here is the Swiss Cheese and Wild Garlic Biscuits recipe.

Happy Easter! Frohe Ostern! Buona Pasqua! Joyeuses Pâques!

DIY Mishap - Paper Doily Tray

DIY Mishap - Paper Doily Tray

I saw this GORGEOUS table on the left in the DIY insert of the last issue of the magazine Brigitte and wanted to try this, too. I used a wooden canvas, planned to paint it and use as a tray. I followed the instructions, used some removable spray glue to fix the paper doily on the wood. But then I used spray paint instead of applying the paint with a sponge as stated in the instructions. Oops! The spray paint kind of soaked the paper doilies and glued them on the wood... um, well,... next time I better follow the instructions...

New York Mini Cheesecakes

New York Mini Cheesecakes

Are you looking for a sweet treat for your easter brunch? These mini cheesecakes are prefect for a brunch, easy to make and I promise everyone will love them... I posted the recipe on my food blog www.kitchenklatsch.com.

The Granny bike from Sparta - prettiest bike EVER

Sparta "Granny"

My friend M took some photos of her bike, the Granny RT bike in Dutch Blue from Sparta...isn't it prettiest bike EVER?

Spraypainting

Spraypainting

...took a little break from working at the computer today to spray paint some candle stands and a bowl from the thrift store.

Ostermarkt Nürnberg / Easter Market Nuremberg

Yesterday the annual Easter Market in Nürnberg opened its doors and in the evening we took a short stroll over the market... The Easter Market is the first major market in Nürnberg of the year (besides the daily farmers' market on the central market square) and there are over 80 vendors selling kitchen goods, housewares, potters, candy, food, fabrics and much more...

Ostermarkt Nürnberg / Easter Market Nuremberg
Ostermarkt Nürnberg / Easter Market Nuremberg
Ostermarkt Nürnberg / Easter Market Nuremberg
Ostermarkt Nürnberg / Easter Market Nuremberg
Ostermarkt Nürnberg / Easter Market Nuremberg

More information about opening hours on nuernberg.de.

My new old kitchen shelf - Mein neues altes Schüttenregal

My new old kitchen shelf - Mein neues altes Schüttenregal

Last week I belatedly received my birthday present: a new kitchen shelf with some old glass drawer-containers built by my Dad. The drawer-containers were thrifted by my parents about 25 years ago and then given to their friends. By the end of last year they gave them back to my Dad asking him to build a small kitchen shelf for the old glass drawers for my birthday! It took a little while until my Dad finished it but now I have it in my kitchen! YAY! I always wanted to have an old "Schüttenregal"!

Plus some more photos of pretty things in my kitchen below...
(1) An old coffee grinder from said friends that gets to be used every day. (2) A box of Austrian icing sugar - isn't the packaging lovely? (3) Some thrifted cutlery.

Things in my kitchen

Tissue Paper Pom-Poms

Tissue Paper Pom-Poms

I made tissue paper Pom-Poms! Pom-Poms! Pom-Poms! Love the word!
I got this pretty branch from my Dad on Friday and but it felt a little bit naked after I put it in a vase. So when I took some time off from work to hang out on the couch on the weekend I decided to finally try Martha Stewart's Tissue Paper Pom-Poms tutorial...and it's probably the prettiest and the cheapest decoration I ever made. In total I used 3 paper napkins from IKEA and some yarn. Here are some photos of how I made them...


Tissue Paper Pom-Poms
Images Corinna Haselmayer for frauhaselmayer.com
(1) Unfold napkin and cut in 4 long slips (about 9 cm / 3 1/2" wide and 38 cm / 15" long). Cut again in the middle of each slip where the napkin was folded. Stack the two slips of napkin.
(2) If you want to make small paperflowers cut again lengthwise and stack the two slips.
(3) and (4) Make 1,5 cm (about 1/2 ") wide accordion folds and trim the ends and the middle as seen above. Tie some yarn around the middle to fix everything and to hang it later on.
(5) and (6) Seperate layers and carefully pull the away from the center. This my get a little bit tinkering especially with the little flowers but it's worth to seperate all of the fine napkin layers but definitely worth it. For detailled pictures of each step follow Martha Stewart's Tissue Paper Pom-Poms tutorial.

Cute Cupcake Bookmarks

Cute Cupcake Bookmarks

Images: (1) shop.moses-verlag.de, (2) - (4) Corinna Haselmayer for frauhaselmayer.com
My friend gave me this über-cute magnetic cupcakes bookmarks...I guess there's no need to say that I LOVE them!!!!

They are from moses. Verlag and can be bought directly from their website moses-verlag.de

iPhone snapshots of my livingroom

iPhone snapshots of my livingroom