Paint a layered stencil – what you need to know

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. I paid £3.42 for a digital file with an instant download. A bargain, saving me the time to design and test my own…

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

This is 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.…

Welcome to the beautiful barn – a building with treasure

I have a retail space at Homemade at The Barn, near Royston on the Hertfordshire/Cambridgeshire border in England. It is a Grade II listed building and so stunning that I wanted to share some photos of the space with you. The Barn has been a site for artisans and traders for many years. You can…

7 hacks to paint better with items in your home

From playing cards to masking tape and syringes, here are 7 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 or foil before pouring paint in. When finished, carefully pick up the cling film from the edges and throw…

How to decoupage wood furniture – the easiest ways

Here are two techniques on how to decoupage wood furniture. With tips on the process and products to use. These techniques are the easy way to get started and another way to make it look really crisp. Decoupage, or adding paper to furniture, opens up a whole new world to furniture refinishing. Imagine all of…

How to stencil a mirror and three lessons learned

This is a guide on how to stencil a mirror. You don’t see mirror stencils very often. I wondered if it could be done and if so, was there a reason why people aren’t making them? For this experiment, I stencilled two mirrors. The first was a £1 charity shop mirror to test my idea…

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.  How to get the edge on your next project Wrap it up 1. Keep your…

Wait until you see this cool industrial DIY IKEA mirror

IKEA is a great place to start for upcycling hacks. The Sorry Girls created an amazing DIY IKEA mirror for their office. I didn’t need a 10-foot mirror but I do have a dark lounge where something similar would look great.  I made my version with IKEA LOTS mirrors, a floral transfer, chalk paint and…