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How to make over a small side table with golden glamour

A small side table is a low-risk way to start upcycling, if you’re looking for a project. They’re small so don’t use a lot of paint. Often have straightforward shapes so won’t need fancy tools or brushes. And will hopefully be quick so you can see if you enjoy the process. It’s also possible to… Continue reading How to make over a small side table with golden glamour

New look for a bookshelf: from pine to pink

Pine bookshelves are great sellers for me. And it’s usually easy to create a new look for a bookshelf. They’re also a good starting piece for a new upcycler as the shape is quite basic. My recent decoupaged bookshelf sold within a week and another customer asked me to recreate it. So that led me… Continue reading New look for a bookshelf: from pine to pink

Holiday gift guide for the upcycler in your life

Need a gift guide to know what to buy for the upcycler in your life this holiday season? Note – if that upcycler is you, that’s fine too! Have family or friends who don’t know what to buy, so want to narrow it down but still get a surprise? Send them this list and see… Continue reading Holiday gift guide for the upcycler in your life

How to upcycle a pine chest of drawers

When it’s time for a new look, painting is a great way to upcycle a pine chest of drawers. A pine chest of drawers is a popular piece of furniture. They’re solid, sturdier than MDF but not as expensive as hardwoods. A good mid-budget option that’s often worth saving and upcycling rather than adding to… Continue reading How to upcycle a pine chest of drawers

Three ways to prepare low quality wood before using stain

Can you stain imperfect wood? Yes, you can. Sometimes wood has issues like marks or cracks on it. And the only solution is to paint it. Or far worse, throw it away. Stained wood is often beautiful. But if you stain wood with imperfections without a few key steps to help, then it won’t look… Continue reading Three ways to prepare low quality wood before using stain

The 5 products you need to start upcycling

Want to know what to buy to start upcycling? Here are the 5 products you need to start upcycling furniture and recommendations for each. I see people say all the time “I’d love to start upcycling. Tell me everything I should buy.” But telling someone what to buy doesn’t work. We don’t all have the… Continue reading The 5 products you need to start upcycling

Shop my favourites

Shop the curated collection of my favourite supplies All of these are items I own and have chosen to share based on years of testing. I only share the items that I use myself and recommend to friends. This page includes some affiliate links so you can easily find the products I love and use… Continue reading Shop my favourites

How to use black wax on furniture for impact

Black wax can have a dramatic impact on a piece of furniture. It takes something monotone and plain and gives it dimension and character. This footstool was £5 from a charity shop. It was something my parents spotted for me. It’s always great to have family and friends on the treasure hunt too! As I… Continue reading How to use black wax on furniture for impact

Wait until you see this upcycled pink chest of drawers

Free is the best price although that often comes at the cost of repairs. As was the case in this upcycled pink chest of drawers. The drawers were missing its handles, a base to the bottom drawer and the backing was warped. Otherwise, it was in good condition although I did come across one thing… Continue reading Wait until you see this upcycled pink chest of drawers

A new lease of life for a boring bookshelf

This boring bookshelf decoupage makeover gets a new lease of life with nature-inspired wallpaper transformation. Plain wooden bookshelves are beautiful, when the condition is perfect. But once there’s wear and tear, a splash of paint can go a long way. If this bookshelf looks familiar, it is almost identical to a similar navy makeover I… Continue reading A new lease of life for a boring bookshelf