A new lease of life for a boring bookshelf

Plain wooden bookshelves are beautiful, when the condition is perfect. But once there’s wear and tear, a splash of paint can give it a new lease of life. If this bookshelf looks familiar, it is almost identical to a similar navy makeover I did recently. I like to mix up the projects I work on…

Five tools under £15 to make your life easier

Are you using these brilliant upcycling tools yet? Here are five favourites, all under £15. These 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…

Redoing a small upcycled table for the second time

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. Patience is a virtue For this piece, I decided to redo it after it hadn’t sold at The…

May the force be with your new Star Wars drawers

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 want to start then find a reasonable quality, affordable piece of furniture, choose a paint colour you like, and just have a go.…

A quick guide to upcycling terms and jargon

New to upcycling or find yourself constantly Googling what things mean? What’s laying off or keying? There’s always something to learn. This is a quick guide to frequently confusing and/or searched-for terms. This list could be endless but if there’s anything you really think should be added, please let me know in the comments below.…

Updating a tired cabinet with 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. Yes, sometimes. But if that old furniture is no longer beautiful and most importantly if no one wants it, then giving it a new…

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 a profit

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 to give your own decor a new look. Decor items or ‘smalls’ are important in retail spaces like at Homemade at The Barn…

Transforming a free bookshelf with a navy blue makeover

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 paint job. Or maybe they just liked this style. You can see from the brush strokes…

How to paint a layered cherry blossom stencil on a table

A guide to painting a layered cherry blossom stencil on a table 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 file with an instant download. A bargain, saving me…