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…

A new lease of life for a boring bookshelf

For this boring bookshelf makeover, it gets a new lease of life with nature-inspired wallpaper transformation. Plain wooden bookshelves can be beautiful when the condition is perfect. But once there’s wear and tear, a splash of paint can go a long way. If this bookshelf looks familiar, it is almost identical to a similar navy…

How to upcycle a small table for the second time

Not every project can be a success. And in this case, I had to upcycle a small table twice. The initial makeover was teal and gold and the redo is dark and moody. Take a look, which do you prefer? I believe that there is the right buyer for any piece. Any quality, any price…

May the force be with your new Star Wars furniture

Know a fan who would love themed Star Wars furniture? Here’s how to make a chest of drawers using Star Wars wallpaper decoupage. A common concern I hear from people wanting to paint furniture is that they’re afraid to start. And if your first piece is a family heirloom then yes, be cautious. If you…

How to update old furniture using a beautiful bird feature

Don’t ignore old furniture because it’s brown and boring. This is a guide on how you can update old furniture using a beautiful bird feature. Reduce, reuse, recycle. I want to start by acknowledging that not all old wood furniture needs painting. Plenty of people are in the ‘it’s terrible to paint that beautiful piece’…

Free bookshelf makeover with a navy blue transformation

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 it’s worth. Not this time, fortunately. I suspect the previous owner thought this was a shabby chic…

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.…