The secret to simple and mess-free distressed furniture

Distressing furniture is messy. This makeover is how to create mess-free distressed furniture with a simple household item. It’s so easy you’ll be able to do it before you can say ‘shabby chic’. I found this wine cabinet while I was doing a furniture painting course. The one where I painted these blue and copper…

Green update for furniture with simple flower transfer

Something as easy as a simple flower transfer can give a whole new lease of life to furniture. Between that and a coat of paint, this piece was entirely transformed. This fire screen cost £4.25* from a charity shop. I rarely say no to a piece like this. Wood – tick. Ornate details – tick.…

You’ll never guess why someone wanted my first upcycling project

And the reason you won’t guess is because even I can’t quite believe it. I started upcycling in 2018 and this was my first ever project. I excitedly bought a peacock stencil and some pens for glass and mirrors. It’s funny that what I’m most known for are my flower and bird furniture pieces and…

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…

How to find free furniture to upcycle

Don’t spend money on furniture before you look for quality freebies. Here’s how to find free furniture to upcycle. If you’re starting out in upcycling, a free piece is great for a test run. Not the family heirloom. Is free worth it? Why things are free: They’re worthless. They’re worth something but the owner can’t…

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…

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…

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…

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.…