Three ways to prepare low quality wood before using stain

Can you stain imperfect wood? Yes, you can. Sometimes wood has issues like marks or cracks on it. And the only solution is to paint it. Or far worse, throw it away. Stained wood is often beautiful. But if you stain wood with imperfections without a few key steps to help, then it won’t look…

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 5 products you need to start upcycling

Want to know what to buy to start upcycling? Here are the 5 products you need to start upcycling furniture and recommendations for each. I see people say all the time “I’d love to start upcycling. Tell me everything I should buy.” But telling someone what to buy doesn’t work. We don’t all have the…

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 on furniture can have a dramatic impact. 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 mentioned in my…

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 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 are 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 their 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…