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    The upcycling saviour

    by  • August 26, 2015 • Crafting • 0 Comments

    I had been looking around my dining room one evening when I thought to myself, what is making this room look so dull? The colour scheme is relatively new, so a re-paint wasn’t going to fix this one. Then it hit me. The furniture didn’t seem as glamorous as it once did. I will admit my dining room chairs are rather basic, old and have probably seen better days, but I felt reluctant to fork out lots of money on new ones.

    Upon reflection I thought, why bother buying a new set? It’s not like the ones I have are damaged or broken they just need some reinventing, which is when I turned to the upcycling trend. In the new age of DIY projects and home crafts, upcycling has become all the rage, as it’s a great way of saving money whilst revamping your old furniture.

    I’ve been searching for upcycling ideas and have picked my favourite chair revamps from housetohome.co.uk who have definitely caught onto the upcycle craze.

    To bring some modern life into your chairs, re-cover them in metallic leather. Leather gives a shiny, sleek finish and will make your chairs seem fresh and new. Accentuate the modern look by using on trend grey tones to paint and re-cover and add beaded edging to generate interest and style.


    If you’ve got a thing for the coastal theme but don’t want to spend a fortune redecorating, try upcycling your old chairs and making them into a coastal feature. Either using old striped shirts or buying some striped fabric, wrap the chair in blue, red or white stripes to create a nautical style. Mixing up different striped patterns around the chair makes it unique and interesting if you’re looking for your coastal feature to stand out.


    Decoupage is the answer if you love a classic, sophisticated look. Paint the base of your chair in a monochrome scheme and plaster it in cut outs of your choice. This not only allows you to get really creative but also creates a classy, vintage look.


    Not sure how to prep your chair for painting? Strip varnish off with Colron furniture stipper and wire wool. If you’re short on time use a one coat paint such as Annie Sloan Chalk Paint or Ronseal One Coat Cupboard Paint.

    Of course the fun of upcycling doesn’t stop at chairs. If you’re looking for more upcycling ideas like this housetohome.co.uk also have a free downloadable booklet called make it vintage, which is guaranteed to make you want to upcycle EVERYTHING. From stylish sewing projects to furniture revamps, it includes a variety of different projects to try your hand at for a creative, original look.

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    Valentine’s Day script tease

    by  • January 15, 2015 • Crafting • 0 Comments

    It seems like just yesterday we were decking the halls and now, in less than a month, we will be inundated with all the manufactured joys of Valentine’s Day.

    If, like me, you treasure a personal touch (insert double-entendre here), then this lovely little chance to pick up a new skill and knock your Valentine’s socks off is for you.Liberty Calligraphy classOn 7 February (with a week to go before the flower-fuelled day), Liberty are running a basic contemporary calligraphy class that will assist you in your quest to fashion the ultimate romantic note.

    Run by Rebecca Cahill Roots – Creative Director of Betty Etiquette – the class will impart basic use of a dip ink pen, letter formation and even advice and inspiration to help you create swoon-worthy content for your bespoke Valentine card.Liberty Calligraphy class with Betty Ettiquette

    The class runs from 10am to 4pm and the £40 cost includes a starter kit for use on the day and a Valentine’s print to take away.

    To book, contact the Liberty Customer Services department on 020 7734 1234.

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    More than just shopping

    by  • November 14, 2014 • Crafting • 0 Comments

    We have been a bit video crazy lately, with not only our Shop & Tell series hitting the airwaves, but a whole host of Christmas craft vids coming your way over the next few weeks.
    And the seasonal series kicks off with four great felt-based projects…Xmas-craft-vids 2So if you are looking to make some sweet gingerbread men-shaped tree decorations or a hanging garland and tree, an envelope for that all-important letter to Santa or a frosty white Christmas wreath, Style At Home editor Jennifer, who knows a thing or two about sewing, takes you through it all step-by-step…JM-Step-by-StepAnd almost every project can be done with a few sheets of felt and the contents of a well-curated craft box.

    The envelope for a letter to Santa is my favourite, but with the size of my impending Christmas list, I will be needing to invest in some oversized felt sheets.

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