How to apply a furniture transfer over Dixie Belle Silk paint

Like the look but not sure how to apply a furniture transfer? Rest assured, they are so easy to do and look amazing. I’ve done quite a few pieces with furniture transfers. From chests of drawers to cabinets… and this one is the smallest yet. But the thing they all have in common is that…

An interesting way to paint a wood stool

If you want to paint a wood stool, you can add a lot of character to it. You might not want original and interesting designs on a whole set of kitchen stools, but a one-off piece can make a statement by itself. The piece A customer bought this quirky stool from another trader at Homemade…

2021 in numbers – the year Tea and Forget-me-nots began

2021 is the year this blog began. And if you’ve read my story, you’ll know how Tea and Forget-me-nots came about. December is a good time for reflection. Whether to create a new year’s resolution or to just think about the past year. This year has seen big changes. I started selling my furniture in…

How to paint wood furniture black successfully

To successfully paint wood furniture black is often difficult. Topcoats commonly turn out streaky on top of black paint. Black and white are some of the hardest paint colours to finish well but fortunately, I found a combination that gives a great result. Many thanks to Dixie Belle for sponsoring this post. This post may…

How to make over a small side table with golden glamour

If you’re looking for a project, a small side table is a low-risk way to start upcycling. 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…

The best way to paint pine bookshelves

It’s usually easy to create a new look, so let me explain the best way to paint pine bookshelves. Bookshelves are great sellers for me. 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…

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…

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…