Reupholster a shabby footstool into a beautiful new piece

Want a footstool you can be proud of? Here’s a simple project on how to reupholster a shabby footstool and give it a new lease of life. This was a £6 charity shop find and could have been brought back to life with a wash and a nice stencil as it was in good condition.…

How to create a beautiful floral chest of drawers

A guide on how to create a beautiful floral chest of drawers using a transfer. It’s all about the piece, the prep, and sometimes problems. Beautiful beginnings Refinishing furniture can take a long time. If you start with a quality piece then you have a solid foundation on which to create something beautiful. I bought…

Welcome to the beautiful barn – a building with treasure

I have a retail space at Homemade at The Barn, near Royston on the Hertfordshire/Cambridgeshire border in England. It is a Grade II listed building and so stunning that I wanted to share some photos of the space with you. The Barn has been a site for artisans and traders for many years. You can…

7 hacks to paint better with items in your home

From playing cards to masking tape and syringes, here are 7 easy painting hacks to help you paint better with items in your home. 1. Cling film for easy cleaning Line a roller tray with cling film before pouring paint in. When finished, carefully pick up the cling film from the edges and throw it…

How to decoupage – the easy way and the right way

Here are two decoupage techniques with tips on the process and products. The easy way to get started and the right way to make it look really good. Decoupage, or adding paper to furniture, opens up a whole new world (name that tune) to furniture refinishing. Imagine all of the beautiful wallpaper, posters and napkins…

How to stencil a mirror and three lessons learned

This is a guide on how to stencil a mirror. You don’t see mirror stencils very often. Pun intended. I wondered if it could be done and if so, was there a reason why people aren’t making them? Conclusion, it’s tricky to get really clean lines on the edges so if you have perfectionist tendencies,…

Six little known tips to help you paint better

Are you a pro painter, furniture upcycler or simply love getting creative? There is always something new to learn, whatever your experience level. These six little known tips will help you paint better and save time for the fun bits.  This post may include affiliate links so you can easily find the products I love…

Wait until you see this cool industrial DIY IKEA mirror

Love the trend but not the price? Here’s how to create a cool industrial DIY IKEA mirror without the price tag. The inspiration I’ve been watching The Sorry Girls and they inspired me to create their trendy industrial-style mirror with IKEA Lots mirrors. I don’t have a need for an 10 foot mirror but I…