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…

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.…

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.…

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…

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…