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…

Five tools under £15 to make your life easier

Here are five of the best tools under £15, are you using them yet? They will make your upcycling life easier, with no power required! If you have the right tool for the job, you’re halfway there. Painter’s Pyramids £7 These pyramids are surprisingly strong little things that keep your furniture off of the floor.…

Redoing a small upcycled table for the second time

The initial makeover was teal and gold and the redo is dark and moody. Which do you prefer? I believe that there is the right buyer for any piece. Any quality, any price or any style, eventually someone will buy it. You just have to have enough patience and let enough people know about it.…

May the force be with your new Star Wars drawers

Have a Star Wars fan who would love a themed chest of drawers? Here’s how to make them using Star Wars wallpaper decoupage. A common concern I hear from people wanting to paint furniture is that they’re afraid to start. And if your first piece is a family heirloom then yes, be cautious. If you…

The ultimate guide to upcycling terms and jargon

From laying off to keying surfaces, this guide covers the commonly confusing and searched-for upcycling terms and jargon. Find yourself constantly Googling what things mean? There’s always something to learn. This list could be endless but if there’s anything you really think should be added, please let me know in the comments below. A Antique…

Updating a tired cabinet with a beautiful bird feature

Don’t ignore old furniture because it’s brown and boring. This is a guide to updating a tired vintage cabinet using a beautiful bird feature. Reduce, reuse, recycle. I want to start by acknowledging that not all old wooden furniture needs painting. Plenty of people are in the ‘it’s terrible to paint that beautiful piece’ camp.…

Guide to an easy handmade gift idea for Father’s Day

Looking for a handmade gift for Father‘s Day? Here’s a guide to an easy and personalised tool hook project that you can DIY in under 2 hours. This project took 1-2 hours, so there’s time left if you’re looking for a handmade gift before Father’s Day. If your dad would forgive you for getting splinters,…

Upcycling charity shop decor to make money

Want to make money from upcycling charity shop and thrifted decor? From candlesticks to picture frames, here’s how to make them more valuable. Let’s start with the obvious thing. You aren’t becoming a millionaire by upcycling candlesticks any time soon. But they can be fun little projects in their own right, either to sell or…

Transforming a free bookshelf with a navy blue makeover

This free bookshelf makeover, transforms it from shabby chic (or just shabby) to classic and clean. I got this solid pine bookshelf for free. Bargain. Although sometimes a piece that has already been painted is more effort than its worth. Not this time, fortunately. I suspect the previous owner thought this was a shabby chic…

What you need to know about painting a layered stencil

Want to paint a stencil on furniture? Here’s a guide on how to paint a layered stencil using beautiful cherry blossom. Creating the stencil I bought this cherry blossom stencil from Etsy. Often I make my own stencils but frankly I didn’t want to spend the time on it. I paid £3.42 for a digital…