Transforming a free bookshelf with a navy blue makeover

This free bookshelf makeover, transforms it from shabby chic (or just shabby) to classic and clean. 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…

What you need to know about painting a layered stencil

Want to paint a stencil on furniture? Here’s a guide on how to paint a layered stencil using beautiful cherry blossom. 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…

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…

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…

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…