The ultimate guide to upcycling terms and jargon

From laying off to keying surfaces, this guide covers the commonly confusing and searched-for upcycling terms and jargon. Find yourself constantly Googling what things mean? There’s always something to learn. Missing something? Let me know in the comments. The ultimate guide to upcycling terms and jargon A Antique – something that is 100+ years old.…

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’…

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. My neighbour was throwing away old wooden beams from…

Make money upcycling decor from charity shop finds

Want to make money upcycling decor from charity and thrift shop finds? 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…

Navy blue transformation of a free bookshelf

Want to transform a free bookshelf from shabby chic (or just shabby) to classic and clean? Here’s how with a navy blue makeover. 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. Navy blue transformation of…

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 an old 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.…

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…

How to decoupage wood furniture – the easiest ways

Want to know how to decoupage wood furniture? Here are two decoupage techniques with tips on the process and products. Decoupage, or adding paper to furniture, opens up a whole new world to furniture refinishing. Imagine all of the beautiful wallpaper, posters and napkins out there for you to use to create jaw-dropping, unique pieces. …

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