How to make over a small side table with golden glamour

A small side table is a low-risk way to start upcycling, if you’re looking for a project. They’re small so don’t use a lot of paint. Often have straightforward shapes so won’t need fancy tools or brushes. And will hopefully be quick so you can see if you enjoy the process. It’s also possible to…

New look for a bookshelf: from pine to pink

Pine bookshelves are great sellers for me. And it’s usually easy to create a new look for a bookshelf. They’re also a good starting piece for a new upcycler as the shape is quite basic. My recent decoupaged bookshelf sold within a week and another customer asked me to recreate it. So that led me…

How to upcycle a pine chest of drawers

When it’s time for a new look, painting is a great way to upcycle a pine chest of drawers. A pine chest of drawers is a popular piece of furniture. They’re solid, sturdier than MDF but not as expensive as hardwoods. A good mid-budget option that’s often worth saving and upcycling rather than adding to…

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…