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…

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…

Guide to an easy handmade gift idea for Father’s Day

Looking for a handmade gift for Father‘s Day? Here’s a guide to an easy and personalised tool hook project that you can DIY in under 2 hours. This project took 1-2 hours, so there’s time left if you’re looking for a handmade gift before Father’s Day. If your dad would forgive you for getting splinters,…

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…

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…

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…