How to upcycle a children’s globe in 5 easy steps

This project is how to upcycle a children’s globe, to take it from a toy to a pretty piece of decor, in 5 easy steps. Globes are a lovely thing for kids to have. They’re fun to spin and there’s always somewhere new to discover. But once you get older, a colourful map is not…

How to use white wax on furniture

White wax on furniture creates a faded or whitewashed look over paint or natural wood. It’s a simple process and how dramatic it looks is dependant on how many coats of wax there are. My friend, Katherine, asked if I would like this mirror before she put it on Freecycle. Of course, I said yes…

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.…

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…

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.…

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.…

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…