Modern room design in the style of “young living”

Creative wall design combined with a pallet sofa and up-cycling ideas.

Having a go, trying some DIY and making your own home more beautiful? Can I even do it, and how do you create something like that? How do I build pallet furniture? How do I up-cycle effectively? And how can I give my home a new look? These and other questions are popular with many people who are interested in DIY. They're questions that Sari and Christian from “Saris Garage” are able to provide many answers to. In Saris Garage, everything is about DIY, in other words how you can turn your own ideas and furniture into creative projects. Their passion very much lies with pallet furniture, turning old things into new, coming up with creative living ideas and DIY up-cycling.

A love for the sea, the fresh breeze from the North Sea and the unique nature around them have turned these two Schleswig-Holstein-born individuals into passionate North Friesians. Their passion for DIY and creativity, on the other hand, have turned them into DIY professionals! They've managed to do what many people can only dream of: turn their hobby into a career. As a married couple and work colleagues, the two are part of “Saris Garage”, creating furniture and home accessories that are made primarily from Euro pallets with passion and an incredible eye for detail. They explain their methods with a variety of tips and tricks through DIY tutorials and publish them on various channels. And the great thing is, you can also buy their furniture in their shop.


         
     

You will need:

  • WAGNER paint sprayer such as the W 590 FLEXiO
  • (Electric) sander
  • Drill
  • Jigsaw if the size needs to be adjusted
  • Masking material and masking tape
  • Dust mask, possibly safety goggles
  • 60 grit sandpaper
  • A wooden wine or fruit crate (coffee table, shelf, lamp housing)
  • Approx. 1 litre of wall paint in your preferred colour
  • Wood varnish or chalk paint


Pallet sofa:

  • 3 Euro pallets (120 cm x 80 cm)
  • Long screws
  • Set of pallet cushions

Spacious triangle – free shapes for the wall

Do you know about our “We bring your project to life!” campaign? Sari and Christian's design perfectly matches the project that Tim and Annika sent in to us. The young couple wrote that they are keen to decorate the living room of their first 2-bedroomed apartment together with pallet furniture, and create a modern wall design without spending too much money. They also wanted to do it themselves. They were looking for instructions on how to build a simple pallet sofa and create some great wall designs with paint in their rented apartment. Thanks to Saris Garage for the great idea and execution.

Step 1 of 4: Paint choice and preparation

First, Sari and Christian choose a deep blue for the wall. It is the Belém shade of SCHÖNER WOHNEN paint in the Architects' Finest range. The Belém blue creates a calm background and combines beautifully with white furniture later. The pair dilute the paint, stir it and pour it into the fine spray system's paint container. After a quick test spray and adjustment of the amount of paint and air, the device is ready for the paint application.

Step 2 of 4: Mask and cover

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Christian now masks off the shape of the asymmetrical triangle with masking tape that has good adhesive properties. Press the masking tape firmly into place along the lines. The floor also needs to be masked or covered, the skirting board and the rest of the wall – approx. 40 cm wide above the adhesive tape. Also protect your health and use a mask to stop yourself from breathing in the paint vapours.

To ensure that the triangle really does have straight edges, it helps to draw in the lines first or even better to “enclose” them. Christian does this with three nails, each secured at the points of the planned triangle on the wall and connected with parcel string.

Step 3 of 4: Applying the wall paint

So now you can get spraying. Christian sprays at a constant distance and squats down when applying the paint in the lower area so that the paint jet hits the wall as close to a right angle as possible. He also takes care to ensure that the paint stripes he is spraying overlap slightly – this ensures the paint application gives good coverage in a single pass.

Step 4 of 4: Removing the masking

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Pull the masking tape off the wall while the paint is still damp and then allow the new wall paint to dry. Sari is also excited by the clean edges and the fantastic result!

Building a pallet sofa

Step 1 of 5: Sanding Euro pallets

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First, the three Euro pallets need to be sanded down, since otherwise it would be easy to get a splinter from the wood. Sari takes care of this with our electric Studio sander and 60 grit sandpaper.

Step 2 of 5: Screwing the pallets together

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Christian screws two of the Euro pallets together. These will later form the seating surface. The third pallet is then screwed at right-angles to the two other Euro pallets. And so the simple pallet sofa is already built.

If you remove the base construction on the pallet that's going to be used as the back rest, then yes it's a bit more work, but the sofa is then much more economical with space. To do this, you need a lot of strength, a crowbar for removing the blocks and a steel saw to remove the protruding nails.

Step 3 of 5: Creating the pallet sofa's colours

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Spraying is fun! Such fun, in fact, that Sari and Christian now take turns to spray the pallet sofa. They're using a white wood paint to ensure that the grain of the pallet still shines through. Chalk paint could also be used for a shabby chic look, or an opaque paint.

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Spraying is fun! Such fun, in fact, that Sari and Christian now take turns to spray the pallet sofa. They're using a white wood paint to ensure that the grain of the pallet still shines through. Chalk paint could also be used for a shabby chic look, or an opaque paint.

Step 4 of 5: Comfortable pallet sofa

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To make the pallet sofa comfortable, Sari and Christian recommend choosing pallet cushions or pallet upholstery with a padding thickness of 12 – 15 cm. They've gone for grey padding. They've also used a blanket with a triangle pattern to match the new blue-grey wall paint with the triangular design.

Step 5 of 5: Final touch

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For the final touch to the room makeover, there's a bit of up-cycling. Sari and Christian use a pair of old wine and fruit crates to create a coffee table, a shelf and an original wall lamp. The fresh look is enhanced with metal furniture, entirely in the style of “young living”.

The result

The result is a modern, bespoke and comfortable living room – we're totally inspired, and would like to thank Sari and Christian very much for their fantastic ideas!

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