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Kelly Hoppen

Top interior trends for 2018 from TV’s queen of design


bedroom MAKEOVER special Fresh new looks on a tight budget

discover decoupage Victorian-inspired dresser Pallet wood jewellery holder Fun flamingo wardrobe

Home comforts

Glass act

transform charity-shop crystal with spray paint

Make do and mend to get a country cottage feel

Stencilled fabric

mid-century magic Minimalist bedside tables

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Vintage tapestry appliqué

Ikea moppe hack Steamer-style storage

Ottoman empire Lloyd Loom revamp


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Romance is in the air this month and we’re planning a beautiful bedroom makeover. If your wardrobe is looking tired, your chest of drawers could do with an update or you need more storage, we’ve got some great ideas for you. First, have a read through our bedroom feature (page 35) where we showcase this year’s hottest trends, with clever tips on how to get the looks for less. Then browse through our projects for inspiration: from a decoupaged Victorian dressing table in heritage colours (page 79) to a copper necklace display for a bit of industrial chic (page 69), our expert upcyclers will help you achieve a professional finish. On the other hand, if you’re planning a full house renovation, take a look at Kerry Knight’s pretty Cornish cottage makeover (page 22). She’s completed it with upcycled pieces and plenty of thrifty ideas – you’re sure to be inspired! And if that’s not enough, Annie Sloan shows how to mix and combine bright colours from her Chalk Paint range (page 18), Max McMurdo has a cosy restyle of his shipping container houseboat (page 46), while Kelly Hoppen predicts the top interior design trends for the coming year (page 32). Whatever you upcycle, please send us your photos – we love to see what you’ve been working on!

Lou Butt, Editor


Cover images Home comforts (main): Kerry Knight Kelly Hoppen: Nick Haddow Mid-century magic: Andy Greenacre Have a heart: Antonia Attwood IKEA Moppe hack: Claire Armstrong Ottoman empire: Nicky Cash



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features 18 Annie Sloan

Annie mixes a bright colour palette to invigorate a traditional carved bed frame

22 My reloved home


How a Cornish cottage was brought back to life with love and upcycled finds

32 Kelly Hoppen

The queen of interior design shares her style predictions for 2018

35 And so to Bed…

We showcase the latest bedroom décor trends, with ideas on how to get the look for less

46 Max Mcmurdo

Away from the workshop, Max adds some cosy touches to his upcycled houseboat home


82 Salvage Sister

Keen to experiment, Charis Williams shows us what she’s been up to with spray paint and tape



8 Creative Hub

The latest events, must-have products and new ideas from the world of upcycling

16 reloved by you

Get inspired by readers’ own upcycled projects



20 BookshelF

How-to books on decoupage and papercraft

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Rachel Gray talks about her love of blue hues, decoupage and the V&A Museum


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This month’s contributors


Annie Sloan



‘Making colours look

bright is a matter of combining them in the right way‘





52 Painted crystal glassware 57 Mid-century modern bedside tables 60 Lloyd Loom-style ottoman makeover 65 Curtain ring bowl 66 Pallet wood heart 67 Vintage-style decoupaged storage drawers 69 Copper-pipe necklace display 73 Valentine collage 75 Flamingo wardrobe 79 Victorian romance dressing table 86 Tapestry heart cushion 89 Graphic stencilled throw

Max McMurdo


’We’re working on some exciting collaborations in the workshop this year‘

Nicky Cash


‘I love creating striking

geometric designs to reinvigorate vintage pieces‘




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Creative Hub News ♥ events ♥ products

Reclaimed style Sustainable furniture design made with salvaged wood

If you’re a fan of reclaimed materials and looking to furnish a room in your home, then Modish Living is a great place to start. A furniture company specialising in reclaimed wood and traditional techniques, Modish Living

was started by Hellen and Chris Barlow and came from a passion for sustainable design. The wood used in their products comes from a variety of industrial sources, from Victorian roof joists to weathered boat fittings, giving a great sense of history to each piece. Our favourites include the Standford century chest, Luxe Kensington nested tables and the English Beam range, made in the UK from locally sourced reclaimed wood and handwaxed in a choice of finishes to suit. There’s a huge selection of styles available, so whether you’re after a rustic, industrial or contemporary look, there’s sure to be a range to suit. l To see more of their furniture, head to

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Clean living

Opting for a paint with low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) is a good choice if you’re decorating your bedroom walls. As paint dries, potentially irritant particles can be released into the air and will continue to do so for many years. If you’re spending eight hours a night breathing in the air in your bedroom, it makes sense to avoid these environmental irritants, especially if you have chemical sensitivities. With increasingly wider choices of safer products on the market, we love the TeknosPro range of water-based, solvent-free, low-odour and low-VOC interior wall paints. Available in unlimited colour choices and in three attractive sheen levels, to ensure a beautiful bedroom with a cleaner air environment. l Available online from

On the pull When you’re giving a vintage cupboard or chest of drawers a new lease of life, don’t just think about the paint finish – choose a colourful knob or handle to set it off perfectly! We love the selection available from Knobbles & Bobbles, from ceramic door knobs with stunning painted finishes to hammered copper designs, colourful cup handles and more. It’s the ideal way to finish off a favourite piece of upcycled furniture, or even just to brighten up a shop-bought or older piece. l Find the full range at

Positively purple Pantone has recently announced its colour of the year for 2018 and it’s a favourite of ours – Ultra Violet, a stunning deep-purple shade. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director at Pantone, says: ‘We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet,

a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level.’ We’ve found a selection of fab products in the on-trend shade, from Mylands paint FTT-019, available in a variety of finishes, to these stylish Annabel James coffee cups. Think purple today! l For more information, go to

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Pennies from heaven antique coins turned into stunning jewellery Joanna Hallatt has always been a collector – ‘Aka a hoarder!’ she laughs – of objects with the potential for upcycling. After studying silversmithing at night school, she decided to take the plunge to make jewellery full time – starting with the materials she had already. ‘Old coins were something I just had lying around,’ Joanna explains. ‘I’ve always upcycled things, so why not coins! I used a few to practise my fine hand-cutting skills and then my own designs started to flow. I showed a few of them on my Facebook page and people loved them. So I did a lot of research, contacted coin experts and dealers, then the business started to grow.’ When Joanna’s working on a piece, she begins by looking at the coin itself, including the year it was made and the original artwork. If the coin is particularly battered so the artwork is less legible, then she may create

a more complex design. ‘In the main, I’m inspired by nature, folklore and old stories. The shape of a crescent moon comes into a lot of my pieces along with my whimsical hares. Pieces are sketched out by hand then, taking into account the original details of the coin, a design is made to keep its history.’ A lot of her artworks are also created as memorial pieces, featuring soldiers and poppies. ‘These all started with a handful of coins dating from World War I and World War II,’ Joanna explains. ‘I wanted to make poignant pieces in remembrance. I’ve since made poppies with specific years for people to remember their loved ones.’ It’s this personal nature of her pieces that means a lot to Joanna. ‘Some of the best moments I’ve had are the messages I get from people who I’ve made anniversary or commemorative pieces for,’ she says. ‘They just melt my heart.’ The love of upcycling we all share is also an important part of her work. ‘I like to think I’m saving a little bit of history with the coin pieces I make, especially the really old ones,’ says Joanna. ‘Unfortunately, so many coins that are damaged or worn are doomed for the scrap dealer’s melting pot – so much history lost!’ There’s also constant potential for inspiration. ‘Every piece I make is unique because of the

Joanna also has other ranges inspired by nature.

materials I use, so I never get bored, and always have plenty of ideas whizzing round my head!’ l View more of Joanna’s jewellery at

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Love a dove

Bring a stylish touch to your bedding with a luxurious Britishmade cushion, created from coordinating panels of vintage silk, designed by Jacqmar of London. l £120 from

Fun of the fair

Created from stainless steel with exposed bulbs, this rustic-feeling fairground heart brings lovely lighting to your bedroom. l £229 from

Down to the wire

Tidy up your bedside reading with this industrial-style magazine rack – perfect for favourite novels as well as browsing the latest Reloved before bed! l £29 from

On the side

Available in left and right sides, this stylish cabinet is crafted from acacia and mango wood with a white painted finish – just the thing for all those bedside essentials. l £499 from

Sweet dreams Brighten up your bedroom with our pick of perfect sleep-time furniture and accessories.

Timber slumber

Treat yourself to this beautifully handcrafted bed, made from chunky panels of reclaimed and restored wood. l £845 from

Ethnic origins

This fabulous Fairtrade trunk has plenty of storage for spare bedding, made from a mixture of reclaimed and new wood and finished with brass detailing. l £350 from

French chic

Give your clothing storage a rustic look with this French-style chest of drawers, made from recycled pine and also available in a two-drawer version. l £599 from

In the spotlight

This elegant tripod lamp combines sandblasted metal with rose gold features, creating a vintage feel perfect for a retro-look bedroom. l 84 from

Heart of glass

Add some sweet romance to bedtime with these adorable tea-light jars – ideal for lighting along a dressing table. l £2.95 from

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Paint it pretty

Finish off your upcycled cabinets and tables with the great range of chalk paints available from Sarah Jayne. The paint has a smooth finish and doesn’t require waxing after painting – perfect for that shabby-chic look on any home décor project. Sarah Jayne Chalk Paint comes in three ranges of colours: Coastal, which includes subtle shades of blue plus a gorgeous yellow; Country, with natural shades and a striking orange; and Heritage, which features pinks and reds plus a classic British racing green. The company also sells brushes and stencils, plus a sealer for ‘high traffic’ furniture. l For stockists, go to

Door to door

At Reloved, we love customising our furniture to make it really ‘us’ – whether that’s sanding and painting up a vintage chest of drawers, or personalising a modern piece to suit our style and home. Prettypegs is a Swedish company that helps people with the latter, creating accessories that match perfectly with IKEA furniture to help make it more individual. They are launching a new range called Frontly, made of thin wooden front sheets and knobs to fit IKEA Bestå cupboards. The self-adhesive front sheets are made from recycled wood and come in a variety of sizes and colours with four different embossed finishes to choose from. l Find out more at

Striking oil These colourful drawers, upcycled from vintage used oil barrels, will create a unique focal point in any room. We love the industrial styling and contrasting shades, while the reclaimed steel materials are hardwearing and practical, plus a great example of recycling and keeping used products out of landfill. l Find more in the oil drum range at

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BLOG watch Tales from a Happy House Gillian Roe began her blog in 2012, filling it with posts on her home, family and creative life. ‘My eldest had just started school and my youngest nursery and, for the first time in about five years, I found myself with a small amount of time to myself,’ she explains. ‘Crafting has always been a passion of mine, but I found I was increasingly looking towards the blogging world for inspiration, so I started my own blog, for friendship and the sense of being part of a community.’ Regular readers of the blog will have enjoyed Gillian’s exploration of DIY and interior design as she’s sought to improve her home on a family budget. That often means making and tweaking her own accessories and furniture. ‘I love to put my own stamp on something, like a stool from IKEA or an eBay chair, by giving it a coat of paint,’ she says. ‘My love of interior design means that I’m forever repainting something or moving things around.’ She has a particular love of needlecraft, from crocheted blankets to embroidered napkins. ‘I find crochet enormously soothing and working on a crochet project always makes me feel calmer and happier. Hand sewing, like embroidery or cross-stitch, is a great passion of mine and I love the way you can paint a picture with needle and thread. But mostly I just love the process of making something with my

hands and the feeling of creative pride when you’ve completed a project, no matter how big or small.’ Gillian explains that her interior design style is a constantly changing and evolving mixture of Scandi, modern, vintage and high street. ‘I prefer a plain backdrop – white or dark – to show off colour and pattern, and most of our furniture has clean lines. Our house was built

in the 1960s so many of the architectural features, like open-plan living and large windows, lend themselves well to a Nordic style of decorating, which I love. I like lots of light and natural materials, and most of all personality, whether that’s through things I’ve made or pieces of furniture and pictures that have a special meaning for us.’

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Bag a blanket Welsh tapestry rugs are a wonderful heritage textile, patterned in beautiful colours and often handed down through families. After collecting Welsh tapestry blankets, capes and offcuts for many years, Sophie Rees of Designers/Makers has launched a stunning range of limited edition handbags. Crafted from modern tapestry fabrics made in West Wales combined with fine leather, Sophie hopes to help preserve the traditional craft while giving it a contemporary feel. There’s a huge range of patterns and colourways available, from chunky geometric designs to delicate floral finishes. l Handbags £120 from

Power to you

When you’re planning some fine detailing on an old wooden chair, or hoping to sand off a dozen layers of paint from a hand-me-down dining set, a powerful – preferably cordless – multi-gadget is just what you need. Tool company Dremel has just launched the Dremel 8220, which comes with a range of accessories to allow you to use it for cutting, grinding, sanding and polishing. Just the thing to take you from initial clean-up to final sheen, whatever the scale of your upcycling project. l From £109.99 at

Clocking on For a dramatic statement piece on your living room wall, check out this stunning wooden clock, made from reclaimed railway sleeper timber. At 79cm across and 10cm deep, it’s certain to be a talking point! The clock is finished with metal numerals and fittings for an elegant contrast with the dark wood. l £139 available from

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DIARY What’s happening around the country in the coming months

28 January The Big Craft Swish CAMDEN, LONDON

Bring along your unwanted crafty purchases and ‘swish’ them away, swapping them for other people’s unloved treasures!

3 February Scotfairs ALBERT HALLS, STIRLING

Hunt down antiques, vintage treasures and retro bargains at this collectors’ fair, packed with accessories, homewares and small furnishings.

Drab to fab! If you fancy brushing up on your upcycling skills, but live far from local workshops or need something that suits your schedule, then think about an online class. Creative courses company Craftsy offer a huge variety of classes, made up of detailed video lessons, a chance to chat with the teachers and network with fellow students, and more. We particularly love the Drab to Fab Furniture Upcycling course with

Ann Marie Auricchio, a decorative artist and painter who shares her techniques for transforming simple furnishings. The course covers inspiration, preparation, distressing, stencilling, waxing, silver leaf and crackle finishes, all in high-definition video lessons you can watch on any device, at any time. Perfect for some ‘in-your-owntime’ upskilling. l For course details, go to

21 February Introduction to Chalk Paint THE PALACE DARLING, CHESTER

This official Annie Sloan workshop, taught by Lucy Edwards, covers two-colour distressing, waxing, textured paint effects and finishes – everything you need to know to get started.

25 February Bath Vintage & Antiques Market GREEN PARK STATION, BATH

This atmospheric market in the historic Victorian station offers collectables, curiosities, kitchenalia, textiles, furniture and more.

17 March–2 April Ideal Home Show

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Get all the inspiration you need to put together your perfect home. From top homeware brands to expert advice and with dozens of exhibitors, this is a one-stop shop for anyone looking to develop their home.

25 March Furniture Painting Techniques SOUTHWARK, LONDON

This one-day workshop covers surface preparation, paint techniques, stencils, transfers, waxing and more. You’ll take home a sampler panel and photo frame you’ve made to continue to inspire!

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Kitchen craft ‘My kitchen storage cupboard has been created from a selection of reclaimed pieces. I made the frame from distressed wood then added the sides, back and base using a range of different timbers, including pallet wood, which have been sanded and lime waxed. The top and doors are made from sanded and waxed old ceramic-ware boards, which came from the old potteries in Stoke-on-Trent. They were in pretty bad condition, but when sanded and treated a lovely character was revealed.’ Karl Burgess

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Here the combination of different wood types held together with a white frame offers a rustic appeal that’s perfect for a country kitchen.

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Psychedelic dream ‘When I found this cocktail cabinet I wanted it to match a previous piece I’d made. I didn’t like the base, so my husband attached some vintage legs and used Milliput epoxy putty to mould some trim. After a coat of white primer, I added the colours by stippling paint with a very old paint brush to give an uneven effect. The shades I used included Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Florence, Emperor’s Silk, English Yellow and Antibes Green, and Rust-Oleum Dusty Pink and Belgrave.’ Georgina Andersen

What an amazing transformation from the original brown wood charity-shop find. Adding your crafted mouldings, along with the vintage legs, has elevated this cabinet out of the ordinary.

Piped to perfection ‘This chair was owned by my client’s grandmother, and while it was reupholstered sometime around 1980, it had become very tired after several house moves. I upholstered it with wool wadding as I feel foam doesn’t quite do justice to antique chairs. I love the black piping which shows off the sleek outline and reminds me of the pop you get from a colouring book with black outlines!’ Charlotte Cochrane

The monochrome effect of the piping contrasting with the pale fabric has turned this chair into a modern classic for the next generation.

Artistic licence ‘This table is the result of a joint venture with my dad. He initially crafted the top of this piece as a travelling artist’s box for storing tubes of paint and brushes. As a furniture artist myself, I was struck by its beauty and workmanship, and thought it would look fabulous as a table. My dad put together the legs from some copper piping, then I finished it with linseed oil, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Florence to the inside, and wax varnish throughout.’ Chris Martin-Smith

The meeting of two minds has created a beautiful and unique piece, and that little pop of colour under the lid complements the copper legs and adds a modern twist.

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Annie goes back to her Normandy home to reveal how New York’s expressionist painters inspired a vibrant colour scheme for a traditional carved bed. Sometimes people look at my colour palette and think that this wouldn’t be possible, but it is. Making colours look bright is simply a matter of combining them in the right way. If you want to use brighter colours, one thing to consider is the light in the room the piece will be in. This piece is in a bedroom in my house in Normandy, France, which was formerly the dairy for the farm. Unlike the other rooms, it has large windows. More light means that brighter colours can be used, which is perfect as this house doesn’t get frequent strong sun, which would make very vibrant colours glaring.

To boldly go I usually use hot colours quite sparingly, as a little of them goes a long way. However, this project was all about creating impact. I started off with a ‘bed’ of hot, vibrant

Barcelona Orange, then picked out the linear molding in a bright pink, made by mixing Emperor’s Silk and Pure. The clashing of the pink next to the orange helps to give the bed a lively and exciting look. Painted over the entire bed, the Barcelona Orange projects forward, in direct contrast with the carved areas, painted in a variety of deep, cool colours, which recede. If the bed were primarily blue, with the carved sections in hot oranges and pink, the overall effect would be a great deal quieter. For this bed to work without being a multicoloured assault on the eyes, try pairing it with a neutral background. The Paris Grey

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’ve always been influenced by my favourite artists when painting furniture and this bed is no different. When I went to art school in the late 1960s many of my tutors were painting abstract expressionist and field paintings inspired by the hugely influential New York school of artists, which included Mark Rothko, Morris Louis, Barnett Newman and Frank Stella, to name a few. This bed is a traditional French Bretonstyle piece of furniture, with simple carvings that have their roots in Celtic motifs. With such a bold design, I could have simply painted the bed in my Old White Chalk Paint for it to look effective. However, the patterns reminded me of those American artists, with their bright and unexpected combinations of colours. I felt that this bed was the ideal piece for me to go really bright.

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‘For this bed to work without  be ing a multicoloured assault  on  the eyes, try pairing it  with a neutral background’

Details on a carved Breton bed brought to life with vibrant colours.

on the wall is a quiet, cool colour but its slight blue tinge helps to make the Barcelona Orange on the bed pop out – blue and orange are complementary colours, meaning they are opposite from each other on the colour wheel. The cool neutral aspect of the Paris Grey also helps to quieten the bed colours a little. To get this look, I started by painting the whole bed in Barcelona Orange with a large oval brush and allowed it to dry. Then I mixed Emperor’s Silk and Pure together in a paint roller tray to create a bright pink and applied this to the narrow bands of decorative molding with a smaller oval brush, again allowing it to dry. Using an artist’s brush, I painted each of the chevron shapes in the star-shaped carving a different colour. The blues and greens that I used were made

by mixing varying proportions of Antibes Green with Florence, and Greek Blue with Provence. The ‘target’ carvings were painted in the same colours as the star shapes, with Olive used for the middle circle. Once the paint was dry, I applied Clear Chalk Paint Wax all over the bed with a wax brush. You can use a lint-free cloth if you don’t have a wax brush. However, my wax brush makes it easy to work into all the carvings. Rub the wax into the paint with a clean, dry cloth, so it is fully absorbed, removing any excess. For a matt look, don’t polish the wax. If you want a shiny look then leave it for 24 hours and then polish. And there you have it! Of course, you don’t have to just do this colour combination on a bed, it could work with any piece. I hope this

has given you the confidence to give hot and clashing colours a go – the possibilities are truly endless!

Have a go

Inspired by Annie’s hot and clashing colourful bed? The Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan range is made in the UK and comprises 37 decorative and historic shades which combine well to provide a larger colour palette. Chalk Paint is available from Annie Sloan stockists – located in the UK and across the world – and online. For a Colour Card or further info, call 01865 803168, email or visit the website at

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Bookshelf This month we’ve been reading about…

Sewing our own gorgeous bags, rediscovering the classic crafts of embroidery and decoupage, and discovering ways to put a scrap paper stash to good use.

Decoupage Your Home Author: Fransie Snyman Publisher: Search Press Price: £12.99


Decoupage is the perfect craft for upcycling. Not only can the technique be utilised on almost any surface, but it’s a speedy way to transform the look of everyday objects into something beautiful for your home. As author Fransie Snyman reminds us, the method of cutting paper images and gluing them to furniture with an application of varnish to protect them has been around since the 12th century, and this age-old decoration looks set to stay for the foreseeable future. This beautifully presented book concentrates on upcycling pieces of old furniture and household objects ranging from tins and trays, chairs and lamps, to trunks and tables (see project on page 66). With a helpful introduction to tools, techniques and materials, plus a guide on how to achieve the best results on a variety of surfaces such as glass, metal, leather and fabric, beginners will soon be learning how to decorate a cushion or candle, update a headboard or create a photo wall.

If you’ve not given this technique a try before, start off with something simple by covering a tin in wrapping paper and work your way up to more complex pieces. Over 50 projects with step-by-step instructions and photos ensure there’s something included to enthral all levels of crafters.

reader offer Decoupage Your Home is available to Reloved readers for the special price of £10.99, including p&p. To order, go to and add promo code SP5080 at the checkout. Offer ends 1 March 2018.

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Embroidery: A Maker’s Guide Author: V&A Museum Publisher: Thames & Hudson Price: £16.95

This is an embroidery craft book with a difference – each of the projects takes its inspiration from a historical tradition and applies it for modern-day use. An introduction to tools, materials and stitches is followed by 15 beautiful concepts using counted thread and canvas work, freestyle embroidery, whitework, embellishments and contemporary

thread-work. An Elizabethan ‘tree of life’ design decorates a phone pouch; Chinese silk floral motifs embellish a denim jacket; and an artichoke cushion cover is inspired by William Morris’s wall hangings. Easy-to-follow instructions will help you follow these lovely designs, even if you’re new to the traditional art of embroidering.

The Bag Boutique

25 bright and beautiful bags to sew Author: Debbie von Grabler-Crozier Publisher: Search Press Price: £14.99

Popular international writer, designer and creator Debbie von Grabler-Crozier’s latest foray into the world of crafting is all about sewing your own bags – totes, backpacks, clutches and shoulder bags, to name but a few – all from leftover fabrics and a few extra ingredients. Comprehensive information, tips and advice on materials, techniques, equipment and embellishments (such as embroidery, appliqué, charms, labels and brooches) are provided, along with easy step-by-step instructions and photographs explaining each of the 20 stylish projects. A handy pull-out sheet of templates is also included to help you create and adorn your own fabulous designs.

Ultimate Paper Craft Bible Author: Marie Clayton Publisher: Collins & Brown Price: £14.99

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Cornish gem After stumbling across an unloved cottage in the heart of the Cornish countryside, Kerry Knight knew she could inject some interior design flair and love to the dark rooms. Words by Cassie Fairy, photography by Kerry Knight

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A large, painted ornate mirror adds light to Kerry’s bedroom.


t was while driving down a quiet forest lane leading to a fishing lake in the summer of 2015 that interior designer and life coach Kerry Knight first spotted the ramshackle old cottage that was later to become her home. Nestled deep in the Cornish countryside where cars rarely pass, the traditional stone exterior was covered in ivy and the gate was hidden beneath the undergrowth, but Kerry could already see the potential in this hidden gem. Taking note of the decorating challenges while viewing the property, she listed gloss-painted walls, musty old carpets and over-the-top floral wallpaper as just some of the décor projects that would need to be tackled. But Kerry could see that the open stone fireplace, beamed ceilings, tiled floor and hand-built kitchen more than made up for the work that lay ahead. She and husband Matt moved in that August and set about turning the cottage into a cosy home for their twin daughters Sydney and Saffron, Keiko the Border collie, and a menagerie of guinea pigs, hens and a cockerel. No sooner had she started work on renovating the property, when Kerry came up against her first problem: ancient plaster. To prevent it from crumbling away they needed

to take all the wallpaper off by hand instead of using a steamer. ‘That was quite timeconsuming!’ recalls Kerry. ‘Plus, there were a few very bright wall colours that took a lot of paint coverage. Any major decoration caused quite a bit of disruption and the floors were probably the biggest challenge. We had to play “musical furniture”, camping out in different rooms as each floor took its turn to be painted.’ The result of all that wallpaper stripping and painting is a collection of bright and airy rooms, with light painted floorboards that run seamlessly throughout the first floor.

Adding vintage character

Even though Kerry is mindful of cost – ‘As an interior designer, I’m used to decorating within a constrained budget and particularly relish the challenge’ – her main focus when decorating her own home, as well as her clients’ houses, is

recycling materials and using older pieces. ‘I’ve always been passionate about reusing existing materials, partly from an ethical perspective and partly to do with personal preference. I’m drawn to older styles of furniture and would rather buy at auction than pay more for a new, and often substandard, piece.’ Kerry launched her design business, Beaten Green, 10 years ago and it began life as a vintage interiors shop. After an interiors magazine nominated the store as ‘best vintage shop of the year’ she was inundated with requests to help clients redesign their homes. When Kerry’s twin daughters were born she took the opportunity to finish her interior design studies and build the business around family life. ‘I’m now lucky enough to be working on some great projects from new builds to big renovations in St Ives, Cornwall, which is such a great place to work. A lot of the properties I work on have great history and need the

‘A lo t of the properties I work on have grea t history and need the injec tion of character tha t only old pieces of furniture can provide’

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A plain table has been converted to provide a shabby-chic washstand.

The guest room has been styled with Kerry’s painted furniture finds.

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In the lounge, the coffee table is a former kitchen table cut down to size, and the sofa cushions have been recovered.

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Whitewashed tongue-and-groove panelling adds a nautical feel.

injection of character that only old pieces of furniture can provide.’ Just glancing around Kerry’s home, you can see why she advocates upcycling at every opportunity – the results are impressive. From the toy cupboard that started life as an old school storage unit to the dresser that was bought in two separate pieces on two separate occasions and just happened to fit together, she has made the most of the older furniture she finds with a lick of paint and a coat of wax. ‘Most of our furniture has been upcycled and reused in some way. I’m always moving things around and repainting pieces to better fit their new homes. A unit in the bedroom has also been my office storage and a bookshelf in previous incarnations. It just depends which

room it’s in at the time! I love the idea of being able to change something as my tastes evolve. I also enjoy doing things slightly against the grain and see potential in other people’s cast-offs.’

Born again bargains

In their cobbled-together home, little stools double up as side tables and old trunks provide valuable storage. The need for a coffee table led Kerry to take a saw to an unused kitchen table and cut it down to size. A chaise and sofa that were bought at different times were reupholstered in the same fabric. And when she needed a pedestal for a hand basin, she repurposed a battered old table. ‘We also have quite a lot of old random chairs that we seem to be slightly addicted to buying, one of

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The handmade kitchen was simply repainted in a warmer colour. Kerry’s upturned mantelpiece is now a colourful bookshelf.

which made it back from South Africa in our suitcase and another rather unusual one that only has three legs!’ When asked where she sources her reclaimed items Kerry laughs: ‘That’s top secret!’ But she’s happy to share her tricks of the trade as an interior designer, admitting that she searches local auction houses, second-hand furniture shops and house clearance centres to source her one-off finds. And she recommends using up materials you already have to get the look for less. ‘Our kitchen tiles were left over from another project and a lot of the paint was from half-used pots that would otherwise have been thrown out. I am also hankering after an old piece of wood from Matt’s pile outside to repurpose as a kitchen shelf and have seen some lovely reclaimed brackets on eBay.’ Even though she’s tackled the whole house, the upcycling project that Kerry is most proud of is a mantelpiece that was reclaimed from an old building. It’s painted bright yellow and has a rail underneath so she upturned the whole thing to use as a bookshelf in one of her daughters’ bedrooms. Kerry’s advice on upcycling a home is simple. ‘Look at your existing pieces of furniture and try to imagine them in a different colour or with a different finish. Can you just

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‘A unit in the bedroom has also been my office storage and a bookshelf in previous incarna tions. I love the idea of being able to change some thing as my tastes evolve’ use the legs, or just the top as something else? That shelf that you really need in the kitchen, is it sitting in the garage disguised as an old floorboard? Look in your shed and in friends’ garages before buying anything new. Flick through the local paper and put requests out on social media. So much goes to landfill and often it’s just a matter of one great idea to turn something unwanted into something amazing.’ She claims that the biggest money-saving bargain of the whole project was the kitchen. The solid wood handmade units had been inherited from the previous owners and

Two separate pieces were fitted together to make this dresser.

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An eclectic mix of chairs adds character to the kitchen table.

Kerry decided to repaint the wood with a warmer, darker colour. ‘The kitchen got a pretty good overhaul without costing a great deal. We changed the colour of all the units and installed some tiles which brighten it up. We still need to sand and re-oil the worktop. I would like to use the new grey Osmo oil to create a darker colour, and install a blind.’ The kitchen has become the hub of the family home and is practical too, with stone flooring that runs in from the hallway, meaning muddy wellies can be discarded at the door

without worry. And from her kitchen window Kerry can see her favourite view of the paddock opposite. ‘We rent the piece of land over the lane, which is pretty wild with brambles at the edges, chickens at the back and a small entrance where we installed a little gate made from pallets. Hydrangeas grow around the gate and although the land beyond is rather untamed, this view is always so pretty.’ Is the house ‘finished’ now or does Kerry have future plans for her home? ‘Well, I would love to take down the ceilings in the bedrooms

and expose the vaulted beams above. And it would be wonderful to have doors that lead out to our courtyard from the living room. Plus, I would like to sandblast the old wooden mantel. Oh, and turn the bathroom and separate toilet into a big family bathroom and en suite. Quite a lot of very messy work, really!’

find out more

Details about Kerry Knight’s interior design business along with plenty of gorgeous photos of her upcycled interiors can be found at

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Interior designer Kelly Hoppen shares her 2018 style predictions to help you stay ahead of the pack.

Kelly Hoppen Make a fireplace a focal point ‘The fireplace is normally the oldest part of a house and has often been forgotten and overlooked when it comes to redesigning the home. I’m finding that people want to make the fireplace a true focal point in their living areas once again – but not with just the usual stone or marble features. We’ll begin to see a resurgence of statement-making, contemporary fireplaces with metal inlays, doubling up as pieces of art in the home.’

Don’t overlook the ceiling ‘Like the fireplace, the ceilings above our heads have also often been overlooked. Ceilings are now being considered as a feature that can bring warmth and texture into a home. For me,

ceilings are very much part of the wealth and beauty of a building, and it was a real learning curve once I started focusing on this space. For a recent project I completed in Asia, I used panelling metals, wallpaper and grid-line strips of wood on the ceiling for a stunning effect that really enhanced the room.’

Give your scheme an edge with metal ‘Metals, such as copper, have played a big part in recent trends, especially with the industrial look becoming increasingly popular. Black taps, interestingly, are now a more prominent, chic feature, which we will come to see more and more in homes.’

Instead of wallpaper, try wall panelling

Vintage pieces are always on-trend

‘It’s quite straightforward to choose a new bed to update the look of your home, but more daring changes, such as panelling on walls, are what will really make an impact and create a “new” feel. Fabric and wood panelling are making a big comeback, with both having the ability to create a warming and welcoming atmosphere.’

‘Vintage will never go out of style. When I go to someone’s home and they have vintage pieces on display, I feel it shows they have put a lot of thought into their interior design. Keep an eye out for vintage finds on your travels – in flea markets, auctions and in dedicated vintage stores – and remember to choose pieces that reflect you and your home.’

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Transform an existing fireplace surround with stone-effect spray paint for a contemporary finish.

Create a dramatic backdrop for furniture with Kelly’s range of Graham & Brown wallpaper.

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And so to bed…

A sanctuary, a quiet space to read, relax and rejuvenate, somewhere to dress, dream, or even watch a film on your laptop, the modern bedroom is a space for so much more than sleeping. From bold wall treatments to natureinspired accessories, we take a look at some of the latest trends, with ideas for everything from complete transformations to quick updates. Words by Lindsey Harrad

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The style Balancing greys with chalky white wooden wall-cladding and simple lime-washed furniture creates the perfect Scandi-cabin look, while industrial-inspired lighting gives it a contemporary edge. Upcycle it Consider lime-washing simple wooden furniture for a softer look than full-coverage paint. Accessories inspired by nature are a big trend and make a super-quick update. Spray-painted twigs arranged in a simple vase make a sculptural style statement.

Try stencilling designs on to plain bedding.

Contemporary neutrals Neutrals are a reliably stylish choice for bedrooms, especially as they are naturally calming, creating the perfect respite from busy daily life. Neutrals also work for all styles of décor, from contemporary urban to romantic boudoir. But it’s time to update those shades of biscuit – grey is the new beige, and with colours across the spectrum from off-white to nearly-black charcoal, layering light and dark greys in one room looks effortlessly elegant. To avoid a drab effect, mix and match materials and textures as well as shades – layer deep-pile or textured rugs, chunky knit or faux-fur throws and cushions, plus mirrorfinish and metallic furniture and accessories to reflect light.

Get the look

Grey pompom throw, £69, Marks & Spencer

Beaded silver cushion, £50, Laura Ashley

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Upcycle it Plain curtains, throws and cushions can be easily updated with tassels or embroidered sequins, buttons and beading in neutral tones to add a tasteful hint of bling to an otherwise simple scheme. © Monsoon

Add pain t to vases in shades to ma tch your linen.

The style Layering textures ensures a neutral décor doesn’t look monotonous. Here the palest grey-white scheme has added interest from an elaborate fretwork headboard, hanging soft white feathers and tactile cushions.

Find unusual crockery in charity shops.

The style For a more romantic neutral look, pair paler greys with peachy-pink and mouse-brown accents, with plenty of cosy cushions, chunky throws and a padded headboard for the snuggle factor. Upcycle it We love the floating feathers in hanging frames, which can also be used to display personal mementoes such as maps, tickets, handwritten love letters, vintage postcards or sepia photographs.

Gray & Willow rattan weave shade, £65, House of Fraser

Azizi antique brass floating frame, £20; Nkuku gigantic kiko frame, £60, both Amara

Pinty Plus Chalk Finish Spray Paint in Ash Grey, £10.50,

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Distress old wardrobe doors for a grand en trance to your en suite.


The style If dark walls seem too much for your space, it’s easy to introduce rich blues through accessories or painted furniture. Leaning mirrors and prints against the wall rather than hanging gives an elegantly casual look – perfect if you rent too. Upcycle it Update your headboard with deep blue velvet – this tactile fabric softens the darker colour and gives your room a more romantic look.

Navy is the new black Black is always chic, and monochrome is a big look for interiors in 2018. But we think on-trend navy is softer yet still sophisticated. Deep blues work with a wide palette of accent colours from neutral greys to bright white or zingy colour pops – fuschia, mustard yellow or teal. Softer palettes combining off-white and blush pink work beautifully too, while navy partners perfectly with Pantone’s colour of the year – Ultra Violet – if you want a really bold combo. Paint a navy feature wall, add crisp white bedding and accessories, white woodwork and a subtle wallpaper print for a fresh contemporary look, or go dark and baroque with lashings of velvet, luxurious throws, bold-printed bed linen, vintage prints, a sparkling chandelier and mismatched reclaimed furniture for a Byronic boudoir feel.

Get the look

Ombre blue vase, £8, Wilko

Stab stitch velvet cushion, £22.99, Very

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The style A subtle, textured look or geo-print wallpaper in a neutral colour offsets a navy feature wall, while a fireplace moves the focal point away from the bed and redefines the room as a living space.

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Upcycle it Fireplaces are tipped to be big news in 2018 and there’s no reason to limit them to the living room. Scour reclamation yards for a vintage fire surround you can bring back to life. Having a working fire or stove is entirely optional – try a stack of logs, a pretty display of ceramics or a wow-factor plant as an alternative.

The style For a fresh, contemporary look that’s not too feminine, chambray and denim blues work beautifully with white and grey and a splash of darker navy. Upcycle it Don’t want a full feature wall? This offcentre navy panel is less of a commitment and looks simple yet stylish. You could also paint an off-centre section of wall behind the bed too, or give a navy makeover to a key piece of furniture such as a wardrobe or bookcase.

Juniper Oscar ceiling light, £100, House of Fraser

Frenchic Furniture Paint in Pool Boy, £16.95 for 750ml,

Pink ornate knob, £1.79,

Mylands Marble Matt Emulsion in Blueprint No. 50, £46 for 2.5 litres,

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The style The botanical and cabin chic trends work beautifully together. Create a posh garden-shed-inspired room and uplift the wood-clad look with fresh shades of pink and green, textured rugs, jute storage baskets and plenty of foliage. Upcycle it Plants can look cluttered, so keep surfaces clear and create a botanical display shelf from reclaimed wood. Arrange your blooms and plants in upcycled mismatched jars and pots for a casual, not contrived, effect.

Beautiful botanicals Inspired by the natural forms and colours of nature, botanicals have been a strong interiors trend for some time. It’s an easy update to pop a pot plant in your bedroom, but this season is all about statement plants with gorgeous, glossy, sculptural foliage. If you’re not good with living things, introduce that lush look with bold botanical wallpaper, prints or bed linen instead. The beauty of accessorising with blooms and foliage is that they enhance all styles of décor – pair with brass accessories, vibrant colours and a fun pineapple, parrot or flamingo or two, and you’ve got a tropical paradise. Alternatively, soft neutral and pastel shades combined with real plants and elegant botanical prints create a calm, country hideaway.

Small brass side table, £115,

Get the look Tropical-leaf wood panel, £69, JD Williams Home

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The style A bold fern feature wallpaper paired with vibrant tropical-print bed linen could be OTT, but the look stays stylish and structured when toned down with geo-design brass accessories and a harmonious colour scheme.

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Upcycle it It’s so easy to create palm- or fern-print artwork using spray paint and real leaves or stencils on wood, canvases or art-quality paper to be framed. Alternatively, search for free downloadable botanical artworks online and frame in groups.

Stencil a table top with a lea fy or floral pa ttern.

The style For a hunting-lodge feel, combine generous hanging foliage, simple upcycled furniture, natural wood flooring (and ceiling for the daring), tribal-print bedding and a (fake) wall-mounted trophy. Upcycle it Hessian coffee or flour sacks make a unique headboard covering for a rustic cabin-in-the woods vibe.

Cole & Son Palm Jungle wallpaper, £82, Houseology

Lila & Lola leaf wall art print, £6.28 to download, Etsy

Crown Matt Emulsion in Botanical Extract, £10 for 2.5 litres, Wilko

Ceramic ‘parrot’ cupboard knob, £3.20,

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The style Nailing several key trends in one swoop, with salvaged wood-clad walls for a rustic look, plus architectural plants and a classic partnership of geo prints and accessories with a mid-century colour scheme. Upcycle it Instead of wallpaper, introduce repeating prints with stencils. Stencilled drawers or doors on furniture or feature walls are a really quick and effective way to add a hint of geo to your scheme.

Geometrics Meet mid-century contemporary the Get The mid-century Scandi look remains popular, but give it a 2018 update by introducing striking geometric designs alongside utilitarian lighting, office-inspired furniture, and black accents. Using bold colours such as deep teal or ochre with plenty of white keeps the space really fresh and contemporary. Geometric prints on bedding and soft furnishings are a quick way to get the look, while geo cage lighting, statement-print wallpaper and clever paint effects on walls and furniture will complete the scheme.

Helsinki geo-printed double bed linen, £21, Sainsbury’s Home


Honeycomb stencil, from £6.98, Dizzy Duck Designs

Black metal wire lamp, George Home at Asda

Geometric rug, from £64.99, Very

Copper-effect hairpin legs, from £71 for a set of four,

Kelly Hoppen cream and gold geo wallpaper, £23 per roll, Graham & Brown

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The style If you’re not a fan of neutrals, this look introduces rich colours while keeping it fresh and modern with minimalist accessories, white-painted wood flooring and geometric shapes.

Use masking tape and tester po ts  to crea te this look.

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Upcycle it These angular wall paint effects are easy to achieve – use lowtack tape for a neat, sharp finish. A stylish contemporary hand-stitched quilt using sharp geometric piecing of fabric remnants would look stunning in this colourful room.

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The style Wooden cladding offers a dramatic backdrop to any room. Soften the rough texture with bright pops of colour and mix-and-match prints for a global traveller vibe.

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Upcycle it Paint an old ladder and leave it resting against a wall for hanging clothes and occasional throws. Display small pieces of favourite fabrics, wallpaper or gift wrap in frames to add interest to the wooden wall or use wood-effect Fablon to update a piece of furniture.

Spray-pain t wicker for a quick refresh.

Cabin chic Everywhere you look, walls are going wooden. From the full Bear Grylls cabin-in-the-wilderness effect to fresh white wood-panelled seaside retreat, the look works so well in a range of bedroom styles and with other design trends. Adding real wood panelling is a big commitment – however, you can achieve a similar effect with panel or plank-effect wallpaper that’s easier to revamp in the future. Alternatively, make an oversized headboard from reclaimed wood or pallets for a less permanent nod to the trend.

Get the look

Woodblock sequin jute rug, £120, Monsoon

Fusion Mineral Paint in English Rose, £18.99 for 500ml,

Scrapwood Fablon, £7.99 for 2m,

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key trends

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Leave it hanging Boring little bedside lamps are out – use industrial-inspired hanging lights, either on the ceiling or from wall hooks, and you can even make a design feature of the long wires.

On the side

Upcycle it Create nature-inspired bunting with found materials such as feathers, shells and driftwood. Rustic stools and work benches make great side tables, either left natural or painted, or sand and paint the sides of a level section of tree trunk, leaving the lovely natural grain on the top.

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The style Get the holiday-home-by-the-sea vibe by pairing New England-style wooden wall panelling (or wallpaper) in a muted colour with simple rustic accessories, and a fresh blue and beige colour scheme.

Go for statement side tables. Upcycle wooden stools, small benches or wooden pallets for a rustic look. For a touch of glamour, black or brass metal geosculptural tables are not just for cocktails; while stacks of vintage suitcases or books, or painted wooden stools with crochet or velvet covers add a softer, more eclectic touch.

Wall-mounted gazelle, £22, Sainsbury’s Home

Fresco wood panel neutral wallpaper, £8, Wilko

Grey urchin vase, £20, Abigail Ahern at Debenhams

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Wonderful wood Wood is everywhere this season, including natural reclaimed wood flooring, wall panelling and even ceiling cladding, with looks inspired by everything from a converted warehouse to a hunting cabin. Pull up carpet and go for natural or painted wood flooring, topped with textured jute or well-worn antiquelook patterned rugs.

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Max McMurdo U p c y c l i n g GURU

Needing a bit more downtime away from work, Max finds ways to turn his houseboat home into a private hideaway and stumbles upon a new unusual hobby.


espite my self-confessed workaholic tendencies, I’ve started the new year trying to take more time out to relax – although this isn’t easy when you’re self-employed and running a creative business that relies on your constant energy. I’ve now realised that while I love my houseboat, it hasn’t been a relaxing and private space where I could switch off from the world – if anything it reminded me of work and the wall of glass along one side left me feeling rather exposed, both physically and mentally! Now this all sounds rather obvious, but I spent January scurrying around in my mum’s loft trying to find things with sentimental

attachment, at the workshop making a few bits, and in the Swedish meatball furniture shop elbowing my way through the one-way system to get to the curtains aisle! I’ve discovered that a few extra furnishings can make such a difference to add that homely feel. Just the simple addition of some grey linen curtains makes the houseboat feel so much more private and cosy, especially during these colder months – not to mention keeping the light out of the bedroom in the mornings. I confess I also have a slight soft spot for Homesense at the moment (apart from their sticky labels, but that’s an entirely separate discussion) and bought myself a

faux fur throw for the bed. It creates an air of hunting lodge luxury when combined with a set of antlers which belonged to my late uncle and a leather cushion. Away from the houseboat, the Reestore team have been making furniture for an overseas client. This is something I’m keen to do more of, as last year other commitments meant I was so busy talking about my work I barely got a chance to make anything! We’re also working on some exciting new workshop collaborations, which I should hopefully be able to announce next issue. As I hope you have all seen, our snazzy new website is now live with loads of lovely new

Turning a houseboat bedroom in Bedford into a luxury Highlands-style lodge.

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My new hobby: collecting and renovating paraffin lamps!

bits of merchandise available. We had many a heated debate in the studio over the site, as it doesn’t have a traditional navigation menu or buttons, but I desperately wanted it to be more interactive and encourage me to blog more, which I’m actually really enjoying. Our new production company, Reevision, has been busy too, developing some bonkers new show ideas which blur the boundaries between upcycling, engineering, game shows and outright ridiculousness! Another plan to help me stress less in 2018 was to find myself a hobby. Everything I do seems to revolve around my work – which is awesome, as I love what I do, but it can sometimes frazzle my brain a bit. I love going to watch Scotland play rugby (which is getting even more enjoyable now they occasionally win!) but it’s very seasonal and I needed something else. My new ITV series with Julia Bradbury, £10K Holiday Home, reignited my passion for the great outdoors and adventure, so as a result I’ve looked out my old camping gear, invested in some new bits of kit and purchased a few old paraffin lamps. They were just supposed to be a bit of fun, but I’m now addicted! From the cheap new hurricane-style lamps where the paraffin simply rises up the wick, to the incredible engineering of the more complex vaporising tilley lamps, I just love the way they look, smell and celebrate good old-fashioned values. I’ve now accidentally started a small collection, and currently have a Tilley lamp in pieces taking up an entire workbench awaiting a full restoration and service – I guess there are worse hobbies!

‘My houseboat wasn’t a relaxing space – if  anything it reminded me of work and  the wall of  glass left  me feeling exposed, bo th physically and  men tally!’ Keep up to date with Max’s latest projects




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Fabulous project ideas to restyle your bedroom, whether you’re looking for painted furniture, soft furnishings or decorative items for your dressing table.



Painted crystal glassware Kate Beavis

66 Pallet wood heart Fransie Snyman

75 Flamingo wardrobe Tracy Bourne

60 Mid-century modern bedside tables Cassie Fairy

65 Lloyd Loom-style ottoman makeover Nicky Cash



Vintage-style decoupaged storage drawers Claire Armstrong

Copper-pipe necklace display Moorea Seal


86 Victorian romance dressing table Rachel Gray

Tapestry heart cushion Juliet Bawden

Curtain ring bowl Almie Louis

73 Valentine collage Vicky Myers

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‘P ressed coloured glass dressing table se ts were popular in the 1920s and 1930s, an essen tial glamorous look for a lady’s bedroom’

you will need Decorative glassware Low-tack masking tape Pinty Plus Chalk Finish Spray Paint in Rose Petal and Broken White


For this retro-style dressing table set, I chose a crystal basket, a cut-glass posy bowl with lid and a glass bottle. Wash your glassware thoroughly and allow to dry fully.


Decide whether you are going to paint the inside of the glass or outside. I chose to spray inside on some and outside on others to create a layered effect on my dressing table. Cover the side you are not spraying in masking tape (A). Don’t leave any gaps.

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A light touch

When using spray paint, it’s always best to use multiple light coats rather than one thick one, to avoid runs in the paint.


Carefully spray your glass pieces in a well-ventilated room or outside, wearing a protective facemask and following the instructions on the can. Leave to dry (B). Add a second layer of paint and leave to dry again (C).


Carefully peel off the masking tape. Display on your dressing table and fill with jewellery, make-up brushes or simply leave to look gorgeous!

About the designer

Kate Beavis is the author of Style Your Modern Vintage Home, a buying, styling and restoring guide focusing on the 1920s to 1990s. She also writes a regular blog, is a freelance writer and business consultant, and director of the award-winning Magpie Wedding national fairs showcasing everything for the vintage bride. w katebeavisvintage vintagekateb yourvintagelife ihavethisthingwithvintage

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Mid-century modern bedside tables Take a plain chest of drawers and turn it into two stylish bedside tables, following this clever makeover oozing minimalist sixties style. Project by Cassie Fairy, photography by Andy Greenacre

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you will need Old chest of drawers (similar to the one pictured) Pencil Set square Handsaw or jigsaw Thin plywood Drill with a drill bit to match the screws Wood glue Screwdriver Screws Set of 4 mid-century legs Sander Wood filler Rust-Oleum Surface Primer in White Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Gloss White and Satin Black Rust-Oleum Metallic Spray Paint in Gold Corner brackets


Remove the middle drawers from an old chest of drawers and put aside for another upcycling project. You’ll be using the top and bottom drawers and the surrounding frame for this project (A). Mark the point where the bottom of the top drawer meets the frame (B). Using a set square, mark this line across the sides and back of the frame (C).


Use a handsaw or jigsaw to cut along the line to remove the top of the frame (D). Repeat the previous measuring and cutting steps on the bottom section of the chest of drawers, this time marking a line at the top of the bottom drawer.


Use the top of the frame as a template to mark out a new base piece on thin plywood (E). Cut out the new base using a handsaw or jigsaw. Repeat this step, cutting a second piece of plywood to make a top for the bottom drawer.

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DIY frame

If you only have old drawers but no frame, you can still turn them into bedside tables. Simply build a frame to fit around the drawers and add legs to make the cabinet whatever height you wish.


Line up the piece on the base of the top frame and pre-drill some screw holes around the frame (F). Remove the plywood and add a line of wood glue around the frame before putting it back in place (G). Screw the base to the frame and allow the wood glue to dry thoroughly. Repeat this step to add the new top to the bottom frame.


Attach the leg screw-plates to the front of each bedside table, with the two sets of legs positioned at a slight angle (H and I).

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Give the tables a light sanding all over, then fill all the screw holes with wood filler (J). Allow to dry before sanding these smooth (K). Wipe away any dust with a damp cloth so the tables are ready to paint.


Remove the legs and give the bedside tables a coat of white primer. Allow to dry before painting with a top-coat of white gloss spray paint. Allow to dry and add a second coat, if needed.


Mask off the gold feet and spray-paint the legs in satin black (L). Allow to dry, then turn the legs to make sure that all angles are covered. If the gold feet need brightening up, mask off the black legs and give the feet a quick coat of metallic gold paint. Allow to dry thoroughly.


Screw the legs into the screw-plates at the front of the tables. Position two corner brackets at the very back of the underside of each table. Screw into the base, leaving one side of the corner bracket facing downwards. Use this bracket to attach the bedside cabinets to the wall beside the bed.


‘The screw-in legs came from an old planter and really give the tables tha t re tro feel’

About the designer

As a full-time thrifty awardwinning blogger, Cassie Fairy loves to come up with ways to save cash while still creating lovely things for her home. Her projects always include upcycled elements – even her sewing projects are made from repurposed clothing and bedding. Check out her step-by-step projects and videos on her moneysaving DIY blog.

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Flexible furniture

If you’d prefer freestanding cabinets rather than wall-mounted ones, you can add four screw-in legs to each drawer unit.

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Lloyd Loom-style ottoman makeover We show you how to turn a battered vintage wicker blanket box into a beautiful contemporary-looking storage seat, with a coat of paint and a reupholstered top. Project and photography by Nicky Cash

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Paint perfection

When using traditional paint on Lloyd Loom-type furniture, wipe the excess off your brush and keep it fairly dry to avoid clogging up the weave.

Source it You can find similar ottomans for sale on second-hand sites, such as eBay or Gumtree.

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you will need Lloyd Loom-style ottoman Screwdriver Staple remover or screw puller 180-grit sandpaper Frog Tape Multi-surface and Delicate Surface Fusion Mineral Paint in Copper and Midnight Blue Fusion Mineral Paint Ultra Grip Wilko furniture-painting brush 1m (39in) dark blue chenille fabric Dressmaker’s scissors Staple gun Coppered hardboard nails Hammer Pencil and ruler Natural curtain-lining fabric, 30 x 30cm (12 x 12in) Wilko artist’s brush or slanted fitch brush Revell 10mm (3/ 8in) masking tape Fusion Mineral Paint sample pots in Coral, Little Teapot, Azure, Fort York Red, Cranberry, Tuscan Orange and Picket Fence Iron Wilko fabric glue


Unscrew the legs and give them a light sand, then mask off the tips using Frog Tape Multi-surface and paint the main part of the leg with Fusion Mineral Paint in Copper (B). Use an old cardboard box with holes punched in it to hold the painted legs while they dry. Add an extra coat to make the finish more durable. Once dry, remove the tape and mask off the main leg with Frog Tape Delicate Surface, then paint the tips in Midnight Blue.


Clean the ottoman, then give the body a thin coat of Fusion Mineral Paint Ultra Grip and allow to dry for 12 hours. This type of wicker is made from paper so it would damage the surface to sand it. Once dry, use a cheap furniture-painting brush to ‘scrub’ the Midnight Blue paint on to make sure it reaches all the nooks and crannies (C).


Cut out a new cover from your chosen fabric for the top, using the old cover as a template (D). Remember not to cut around the shape exactly, as bits of fabric will have been cut away, as they were here to help create neat folds on the corners. It’s better to cut the excess as you fit the fabric to the piece.

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Remove the lid from the box by unscrewing the hinges and unhooking the chain that holds the lid open. Use a screw puller to lever off the trim and save for later (A). Take off the existing fabric top by removing the staples.

Staple the new fabric into the top by rolling the raw edge under and placing the staples close to the edge of the wooden frame (E). Start off by placing a staple in the middle of the front, the back and each of the ends to keep the fabric in position as you work, rather than starting in one place and working around. Keep adding more staples into each side in turn and pull the fabric taut as you go.


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Staple diet

We love the bargain £2 screw puller from Wilko over more expensive traditional staple removers. It’s easier to use once you have the technique of rolling the tool to twist the staples around it and out.


For the corners, pull the fabric from the front edge backwards and staple it underneath the back loose edge – it creates a little flap that can be folded over the top (F). If it doesn’t fold neatly, open it out and cut away the excess inside and then refold it before putting the final staple in to hold it in place. Reattach the lid to the ottoman and re-hook the chain.


Paint the plaited trim and knob with Copper and a dry brush technique. Once dry, reattach the trim to hide the staples and the edge of the fabric, using the coppered nails (G). Screw the knob back in place.

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To create the design, photocopy (or draw) two halves of the heart template onto A4 printer paper (H). Cut the two halves out and tape together. Fold the heart in half and, using a pencil and ruler, draw lines across the curves of the heart on one side. Cut the excess away to create an angular-edged heart shape (I).


Place the template flat onto your curtainlining fabric and, using Frog Tape Multisurface, mark out the outline of the shape onto your fabric (J). Press the tape around the inside edge to make sure it’s firmly attached so the paint doesn’t bleed.


Paint the middle of the heart with Copper (K). I like to use a slanted fitch brush for painting on fabric but any brush will do. Don’t over-wet the fabric and make sure you brush the paint over the tape towards the centre of the heart.


When the paint is dry, remove the tape and use Frog Tape Delicate Surface to mask around the edge of the heart again, but overlapping it by 1cm (3/8in) around to make a copper border. Then take the 10mm (3/8in)

masking tape and apply lines of tape from the angles of the heart shape into the centre, connecting some lines together into points to create facets inside the heart (L).


Use the sample pots to paint the facets in different colours (M). Keep your brush fairly dry as the narrower tape isn’t as reliable as the Frog Tape – you can always add another layer of paint.


Once the paint is fully dry, remove the masking tape and press the reverse of the fabric with a hot iron. Cut the heart out with a 1cm (3/8in) excess all the way around (N). Fold the excess under to create a hem and press the fold with the iron. Cut nicks where the fabric overlaps to remove the bulk of material. Use fabric glue to stick the hem into place (O). Once dry, use the glue to stick the design on the top of the ottoman, pressing firmly, particularly around the edges, to get a good finish.

About the designer

Nicky Cash is a furniture and homewares re-designer who lives and works in Leeds and creates her one-off designs by reworking items picked up in charity shops and auctions, as well as refinishing customers’ own pieces for them. She particularly loves creating striking geometric designs to reinvigorate old vintage pieces. doneupnorth doneupnorth doneupnorth

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Curtain ring bowl Make use of leftover curtain rings by wrapping them with ribbon to create a basket with a contemporary ethnic vibe. Project and photography by Almie Louis

top tip you will need 13 curtain rings Ribbon in two complementary shades Dressmaker’s scissors Fabric glue and brush Pins Cling film Big round bowl, to use as a mould

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Sizing up

If you want to make a bigger bowl, try using 18 curtain rings to create your upcycled piece.




Unscrew the round hooks from the curtain rings, wash and leave to dry (A).

Cut the ribbon into 13 pieces, each measuring 1.5m (59in) long. Start to coil the ribbon around each curtain ring, fastening it at the end with fabric glue. Use a pin to help to keep the ribbon in position while the glue dries overnight (B).

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Place the cling film inside your bowl, which will prevent the covered rings from sticking onto the bowl when glued together. Start by placing one ring into the middle of the bowl, arrange another six around it. Use the brush and paste generous amounts of glue on the edges where the rings touch each other. Add another six to your shape and paste these with glue (C). Allow to dry overnight.


When completely dry, remove the rings gently from the inside of the bowl. If some cling film sticks to the rings, gently peel it away.



Turn the bowl upside down and add more glue, if needed. Take your second ribbon, and wrap small pieces around the areas where the rings are glued together. Trim to size and glue in place for a sturdier shape (D). Your newly made basket is ready to go on display.

Upcycling is part of Almie Louis’s daily life, turning unwanted materials into decorative and beautiful pieces. On her blog she provides aspiring arts and crafts enthusiasts with inspirational ideas for transforming discarded items into masterpieces – all through the virtue of recycling. thegrandrecycler grandrecycler grandrecycler grand_recycler

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Pallet wood heart

Everything’s coming up roses with this pretty jewellery holder, made from spare pallet wood decorated in soft colourwashed tones. Project by Fransie Snyman, photography by Kenneth Irvine, Fancy Shmancy you will need Wooden heart shape (see tip) 300-grit sandpaper Damp cloth Chalk paint in light grey, violet and pink Brushes, for painting and gluing Napkin with rose motif Scissors Mod Podge or PVA glue Craft knife 3 screw-in hooks Pink ribbon and cord


Sand the heart with 300-grit sandpaper and make sure the surface is fairly smooth. Wipe with a damp cloth to remove all the dust.

Cut out the rose motifs and separate the layers of the napkin. You only need to use the top layer. Fix the motifs to the heart using the glue and carefully smooth out any air bubbles using your fingers. Do not rub too hard because the napkin can easily tear.




Alternate the three chalk paint colours and colourwash the different slats of the wooden heart. Wet the wood with water and apply a little diluted paint. It is best to start with very little paint and lots of water. If you do not achieve the desired effect, repeat the process. You do not need to wait for the paint to dry before applying a little more. Because the wood gets very wet during the colourwash process, make sure that it is completely dry before you begin decoupaging.

Apply a layer of glue over the motifs. Do not cut the motif where it is positioned over two slats. Apply two layers of glue in opposite directions over the entire heart, allowing it to dry completely after each layer.


Using a craft knife, carefully cut through the rose motif where it is positioned over two slats. Position the hooks randomly on the heart. Attach the screw to the back to secure the pink cord and ribbon for hanging it on the wall.

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Have a heart

To make your own wooden heart, place pallet slats on a flat surfaced leaving a 6mm (¼in) gap between them. Place two or three slats in the opposite direction and fix with strong wood glue, adding screws for extra strength. Sketch out your heart shape and cut out using a jigsaw.

Project taken from Decoupage Your Home, £12.99, published by Search Press.

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Vintage-style decoupaged storage drawers Add a personal touch to a set of IKEA Moppe drawers, with a decoupaged map and a bit of antiquing to recreate the feel of a retro steamer trunk. Project and photography by Claire Armstrong

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‘Pick a special map tha t shows your favourite place or a dream destina tion’

you will need IKEA Moppe or small wooden chest Dark furniture wax Soft cloth Cavallini world map wrapping paper or old map Pencil Cutting mat Rotary cutter Mod Podge glue Leather bag strap/old belt Dressmaker’s scissors Upholstery pins Hammer



To give the chest a more vintage look, antique the wood with a dark furniture wax, covering all areas apart from the drawer fronts (A). This also provides a protective layer.

Apply the glue onto both the drawer front and the reverse of the map wrapping paper. Wait until the glue is a little tacky before sticking the map to the drawer (D). Make sure you place your map the right way up! Continue until all the drawers are finished, then apply a coat of glue to the top of each map to provide a protective layer.



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Remove the drawers from the chest and place them together face down on the map, covering the area you want to include (B). Draw around each one, then cut out the map pieces on a cutting mat using a rotary cutter (C).

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For the drawer pulls, repurpose a leather strap from an old handbag to give your mini chest the vintage steamer look!

For the smaller drawers, cut the leather into strips about 5cm (2in) long and cut to a point at one end. For the larger bottom drawer, cut a piece of leather approximately 10–12cm (4–5in) long. With a hammer and an upholstery pin, attach a small leather pull to the front of each small drawer (E). For the larger drawer at the bottom, use two upholstery pins to attach the longer piece of leather strap and make a handle (F).

About the designer

Claire Armstrong is a crafter, blogger and upcycler. Her blog, Pillarboxblue, is where she shares step-by-step craft and DIY tutorials, showing how simple it is to create something unique and personal for yourself, your home or even a loved one by working with the things around you. pillarboxblue pillarboxblue pillarboxblue pillarboxblue

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If you’re big on the copper trend, use up any leftover pipe from other projects to make this simple jewellery holder to bring a bit of industrial chic to your bedroom. Project by Moorea Seal, photography by Marissa Maharaj

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Copper cutter

To make your pieces of pipe to size, it’s easy to use a pipe cutter, available at hardware stores such as Silverline, B&Q and Wickes.

you will need 2 x 15cm (6in) pieces of 1.2cm(½in) copper pipe 1.2cm (½in) copper T-joint 2 x 1.2cm (½in) copper end caps 46cm (18in) piece of 1.2cm (½in) copper pipe 1.2cm (½in) copper pressure adapter (sometimes known as a male adapter) Superglue (optional) Scrap wood block 80–120-grit sandpaper 360–600-grit sandpaper 4 short wood screws 1.2cm (½in) iron floor flange Drill or screwdriver






Push the two 15cm (6in) copper pipes into two opposing ends of the T-joint, then place the end caps on the two arms (A and B). Push the 46cm (18in) copper pipe into the remaining hole in the T-joint, then push the opposite end into the pressure adapter at the base of the display (C).


Once you have decided that it looks good, try to take everything apart. If it comes apart easily, you can superglue inside each end cap and T-joint to solidify the frame in place. Or, if they all stick in place well, you don’t have to glue any of the parts at all.

‘This jewellery display is a grea t way to show off your necklaces or pendan ts while keeping them tangle-free a t the same time’

Sand the wood block with the 80–120-grit sandpaper to get rid of any really rough edges and surfaces. Next sand with 360–600grit sandpaper to get it soft and smooth. Screw the floor flange into the centre of the wood block using the wood screws (D). Screw the base of the copper jewellery display (the adapter) into the floor flange. You now have yourself a beautiful, rustic spot to hang all your favourite necklaces!

Project taken from Make Yourself at Home, £19.99, published by Sasquatch Books.

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08/01/2018 10:44 See our website for retailer opportunities. Vintage with Grace was born in 2013 as a small business in Warrington Cheshire. Rachael rented a small space in a curtain shop where she began to sell vintage tea sets and second hand furniture. She then discovered she had a flair for painting and upcycling pieces, turning old discarded tables and chairs into unique and quirky signature pieces. It wasn’t long before she was being asked to undertake commissions for customers, and so it began. She moved into a workshop for 6 months and it was then that she honed in on her individual style of painting, learning new techniques sometimes by accident. “My workshop was my sanctuary, where I could have the freedom to create and experiment, I could sometimes go late in the night with the company of my music and a bottle of wine, tins of paint and my brushes.“ Rachael then progressed to commission work for a local second hand furniture shop, but realised she was taking up too much time painting for a company that made triple the amount of profit from selling their furniture that she had painted, and so she made the decision to find new premises and began to sell her own pieces and found her own clients for commission work. At this time, the shabby chic trend was massive and before long Rachael was being asked to advise customers on how to tips, so she began to deliver classes, using the techniques she had learnt both from her accidental mistakes and from reading many books by other like-minded artists. “Warrington at the time only had a couple of well known paint brand stockists, so I decided to develop my own paint, which has been changed and modified twice since.“ So Vintage with Grace Chalkpaint was born, starting in the north west and is now distributed across the UK to stockists as far as Dover. Also supplying paint brushes, transfers, mouldings and this year will be launching Vintage with Grace paint for walls and ceilings. For a list of stockists in your area please check our website

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Valentine collage Gather together pretty fabric remnants, buttons, ribbon and lace to create a personalised romantic picture to adorn your wall. Project and photography by Vicky Myers you will need Four floral/patterned base fabric remnants Iron-on interfacing Iron Basic sewing supplies Floral fabric remnants, to embellish your design Ribbon, lace and buttons White cotton fabric Freezer paper (see tip, on page 74) Computer and printer Sewing machine (optional) Glue stick/fabric glue White mounting paper Picture frame, 18 x 58.5cm (7 x 23in)


Iron interfacing onto the wrong side of your base fabric remnants. To create a symmetrical heart, fold your fabric remnants in half and cut out one side of a heart shape (A) (you can use the template on page 62). Unfold the hearts, then press. My hearts measure 7.5cm (3in) wide by 6.5cm (2½in) deep.

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Sew good


Think about stitching as an embellishment in itself, perhaps using embroidery thread and large hand stitches to add an extra handmade feel to your picture.

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‘With a box full of old lace pieces inherited from my grandmo ther, I was keen to make some thing to add a feminine touch to my bedroom’ top tip

Printer magic

Freezer paper has plastic coating on one side. When it is ironed onto fabric, the plastic melts and adheres to the material, creating a stable surface on which to print. It’s available on a roll at craft stores.



Cut out flowers from your printed fabric, and gather together buttons, ribbon and lace to coordinate (B).



Using a variety of fonts and colours, prepare a document on your computer with meaningful words and images to add to your collage. You may wish to include scanned or digital photos too.


Print these onto your fabric by placing the material you prepared fabric side up into your printer. Once printed, peel off the back and trim your words and images to size.


Play with your various trimmings, words and images on your heart shapes, arranging them into a pleasing design (C). You may like to emphasise the heart shape by placing ribbon or lace around the edge.

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Prepare the fabric for printing. Cut both the white cotton fabric and freezer paper to A4 size. Place the paper shiny side down onto the wrong side of the fabric, and iron until the paper and fabric are stuck together.



You can attach the various notions in different ways: by hand with a running stitch (D), machine stitching around the edge of the heart (E), or using fabric glue or a glue stick to attach the fabric shapes (F). Trim any excess fabric, ribbon or lace from the edge of the hearts.


Centre the hearts on plain white paper, ready for framing. Measure to align them accurately: these hearts start 5cm (2in) from the top, and are spaced about 3cm (1¼in) between each other (G). Glue the hearts onto the mounting paper and put your collage into a frame.

About the designer

Vicky Myers is passionate about upcycling, as it provides her the materials to be creative without impacting on the world’s precious resources. You will find her either browsing in charity shops or snatching a moment at her favourite tool, the sewing machine. VickyMyersCreations vickymcreations vickymcreations vickymyerscreations

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Flamingo wardrobe

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‘ Decoupage can add a bit of instan t fun to a piece – without needing any artistic skills!’ top tip

Flamingo jingo

This colourful picture was printed especially from a royalty-free image website, but you could use the same technique with wallpaper samples or a poster.

you will need Wardrobe Mouse sander White spirit Soft, lint-free cloth Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Anthracite Paint brush or roller Gold paint, for the detailing Fine paint brush Paper towel Flamingo artwork (see tip) PVA glue Clear matt water-based varnish Autentico Clear Wax Soft wax brush



To create the gold accents, barely dip your brush into the gold paint, dab off the excess on a piece of paper towel and lightly apply to your furniture. Focus on the edges and any moulded details. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly for at least 24 hours.

To get good paint coverage, sand the exterior of your wardrobe using a mouse sander, then give the whole piece a wipe over with some white spirit on a soft, lint-free cloth, to remove grease and dust. If you are applying a paler colour to your piece, you may want to add a coat of primer at this stage to prevent bleed through of the colour beneath.




Paint the whole of the outside with two coats of grey chalk paint, allowing it to dry thoroughly between coats.

Cut out your artwork and apply PVA glue to the reverse side. Position carefully and press down onto the surface of your piece, smoothing from the centre out towards the edges to remove any bubbles – some may remain, but should disappear once the paper is dry. Allow to dry, then apply at least three layers of a matt water-based varnish to seal the image. Once the varnish is dry, apply a layer of clear wax to all areas with a soft wax brush and buff with a lint-free cloth.

About the designer

Tracy Bourne loves the character and craftsmanship of vintage furniture and specialises in upcycling retro pieces using unusual wallpaper, images and paint. Her business, Boogaloo Boutique, features unique and striking designs, as well as offering bespoke commissions created in her studio. Boogaloo-Boutique MrsDecoupage Tracy Bourne

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Victorian romance dressing table

Make a statement in the bedroom with a simple two-layer painting technique and floral decoupage, influenced by rich 19th-century colours to create a period-style piece. Project and photography by Rachel Gray you will need Dressing table with mirror Sugar soap Soft cloth Screwdriver Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite and Emperor’s Silk Brushes for painting and waxing Mouse sander Clear and dark wax Floral gift wrap or wallpaper Pencil Stanley blade Metal ruler Mod Podge glue


Wash your piece first using sugar soap and a soft cloth, then let it dry fully before attempting to paint. Remove the drawers and mirror, and unscrew all the handles (A).


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Paint the dressing table carcass with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite, allow to dry and lightly sand (B). Remove excess dust and apply another coat of Graphite. Repeat the light sanding technique and paint two coats of Annie Sloan’s Emperor’s Silk over the Graphite, allowing time to dry in between coats (C).


Thoroughly sand all surfaces, concentrating more on areas you want to age and allow the darker colour to come through (D). You may also want some of the natural wood to show.

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A smooth finish

Always give a light sand between each coat of paint, to create a polished surface. The decoupage may have a few air bubbles whilst drying, but this should rectify itself once fully cured.



Apply clear wax all over the painted areas and dab a little dark wax to places where the ageing is going to be, such as the edges and any pretty detailing. Allow to dry a little, then buff the waxed areas with a soft cloth (E). Place your gift wrap or wallpaper on a flat surface, pattern-side down, and measure your drawer fronts (F). Mark up your measurements onto the plain side of the paper with a pencil. Using a Stanley blade and metal ruler, cut out your measured paper.


Using a brush, coat the drawer fronts with Mod Podge glue and place your paper neatly pattern-side up onto your drawers (G). Smooth out the paper as you go to minimise air bubbles, and brush another coat of glue onto the top of the patterned paper. Allow to dry fully, then reattach the handles.


Cut out a few little flowers from your leftover paper and glue these to the corner of your mirror (H). Allow to dry, then carefully scrape away the excess glue with the flat side of the Stanley blade.

About the designer

Starting out as a fun hobby, Rachel Gray’s obsession with furniture and home décor led her to take a course in interior design. This gave her the confidence to start her own upcycling business, Brambles & Berries, which offers restyled vintage furniture with little unique twists, available on her Etsy shop. brambleandberries rgrayscreations brambleandberries

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Charis embraces a bit of experimentation in the workshop and the classroom, to teach herself new skills and techniques – and have a little fun along the way!


he beginning of a new year is the perfect time for looking forward with a refreshed mind that’s ready to be inspired, and this year I’m all about experimentation. Each month I’ll be putting less emphasis on finishing projects and spending a lot more time learning new techniques and processes, which I can then incorporate into my (even more) awesome new projects.

I think it’s really important every so often to take a step back, have a look at where you are and what you’ve achieved, and think about how you can improve on this. It was just over two years ago that I had the same epiphany that helped me make the decision to return to education and start my creative metalworking foundation degree. I’m so pleased I did; after only 18 months into my four-year course I’ve already created things way beyond my wildest

expectations and have really pushed the boundaries of what I believed I was capable of. So, without further ado, I want to show you the results of a few of my experimentations, both in the workshop and the classroom.

Model subject First up, spray paint. In my earlier work, I made use of bright, block colours which I still love, but when I got hold of an old mannequin I

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‘I’ve already created things way beyond my wildest expectations and have really pushed the boundaries of what I believed I was capable of’ My Gaultier-style painted mannequin. The ancient rolling mill.

wanted to give her an extra edge. So out came the paints and mask, along with the vision to use layers of spray paint and tape, lace and other barriers to create striking effects. I’ve gone totally out there! Before I started work on her I knew she’d become a lamp holder, so I put a wire through her for an Edison bulb to be set into her neck, then filled and sanded any dents. I had a lot of leftover spray and graffiti paints which I wanted to use up – which is exactly what I did. I used all of them all over the place to create a multicolour effect and then bound her in geometric patterns with copper tape – I wanted to create an almost Jean-Paul Gaultier-style lingerie-effect across her body. And she looked quite good like that, but I wanted to take the design a step further. So I put an old pair of fishnet stockings over her legs (I know, it gets weirder by the minute,

right?). Then I totally lost it and sprayed over the entire thing – in black! I was hoping that when I took the copper tape off she would have a beautiful multicolour line all over her – and she does! I love this effect, and I wouldn’t have known I could create something quite so weird and wonderful if I hadn’t experimented. She’s not finished yet though – she’ll be far more than just a lamp when I’m through with her!

Mesh imprint.

Leaf imprint.

Rolling, rolling, rolling Next I discovered a gorgeous antique piece of equipment in the workroom at college: the rolling mill. This mechanical wonder will imprint any texture or pattern into metal for you. I chose copper scraps to roll through the machine first. To get a good finish it’s best to anneal your metal by heating it until it’s red hot, then

quench and clean it before giving a quick rub with very fine sandpaper. Then came the fun. I sandwiched the textured medium between two pieces of annealed copper so that both pieces will be imprinted. As you can see above, I had great fun trying out lots of textures – from mesh to leaves and even torn

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Shaping the silver on the mandrel.

paper – some effects worked out better than others. Now to work out how to incorporate these textures into my upcycling work…

The ‘pickle’ bath.

Ring the changes My last venture into experimentation this month was ring making, and while it’s not technically upcycling, the skills that I’ll learn will mean I can reuse materials in the future to make some great pieces of jewellery. I started with some D-shaped, 3 x 2mm sterling silver wire (with a percentage of copper in it) which had been annealed. After working out the final ring size, I decided I’d like the ring to have a textured finish, meaning that I would have to make the ring two sizes smaller initially, as hammering the texture will cause it to increase in size. Once the wire was cut to size, I shaped the ring with a hide mallet and mandrel – a long cone-shaped piece of metal used for ring-forming, that’s held in a vice. After some work with a piecing saw, then heating with solder to join the ends, I had something that resembled a finished ring. When I heated the ring, the copper rose to the surface and didn’t look so good, but after a fiveminute ‘pickle’ in acid and work with superfine emery paper to finish cleaning off the surface, I was ready for the fun bit – adding the hammered finish. With the ring on the mandrel, I hit it with a ball peen hammer while checking the size and it was soon finished (excuse my rough hand – you can tell I work hard for my craft!). So that’s one month of the new year over and three new techniques explored – can’t wait to see what next month brings…

Once a month not enough? Stay up to date with the Salvage Sister’s daily antics by finding her online, where you can learn all sorts of things from building your own workshop to making lamps and troughs. You can also watch her YouTube videos with top tips for finding freebies, as well as the latest tutorials.

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In the spotlight Each month, Charis chats to an original artist working with upcycled materials.

Lloyd Kellet, scrap metal artist I’ve been a fan of your epic work for some time. How did you get into creating with salvaged materials? It all started by accident. I was at home on holiday in 2012 and we needed a new desk, so I built one out of stuff I had lying around in my shed. I had some timber left over from making the desk top, so I then went on to build a bench seat – and I’ve just kept building since then! I’ve worked in the building industry for over 20 years and always had projects on the go in my workshop.

Your pieces look like they’re made from hundreds of different parts from engines and machines. Where do you find all the materials you need for a project? I like to work with discarded metal, timber furniture and machinery – I’ve got a pretty big selection of bits and pieces on hand at all times so there’s always plenty to choose from. I’m always on the lookout for new stuff in skips, scrapyards, recycling centres and so on, and people often give me materials now as well, so I’m never short of supplies.

Tell us how you work. Do you sketch out your ideas first? I can’t really draw, so for me it’s pretty much about just building each project. For custom furniture pieces, I will draw a stick figure picture with measurements so I know sizes and so on, but that’s about it as far as plans go. I just figure out what needs to be done in my head and start building. My sculptural-type pieces are all just made up as I go along, and as a result they’re all one of a kind.

How important is sustainability to you and is this a key factor in what you do? Sustainability is very important to me because of the state the environment is in. I like to think that by using recycled items I’m doing my part to change our throwaway society. Salvaging my materials also adds character and makes my finished works more interesting and one-off. l Discover what pieces Lloyd is currently

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Tapestry heart cushion Add a little romance to your bedroom by upcycling a vintage floral tapestry and appliquĂŠing it onto a heart-shaped cushion.

Project by Juliet Bawden, photography by Antonia Attwood

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‘I found an old stool in a charity shop and loved the tapestry cover, so decided to use it  to make a Valen tine’s cushion’ Source it You can find Vlieseline interfacing online from


you will need Old piece of tapestry Paper and pencil Basic sewing supplies White cotton fabric Sewing machine Toy stuffing Velvet fabric Vlieseline iron-on interfacing Iron Piece of rickrack Tassel


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F Remove your tapestry from its frame or seat and wash gently by hand. Leave to dry flat.


Cut out a heart-shaped template from paper, ensuring that it’s large enough to cover your tapestry design. Fold the tapestry in half, with right sides facing. Fold the heart template in half and pin along the fold of the tapestry. Using dressmaker’s scissors, cut out the heart shape from the tapestry and set aside (A and B).



Next make the cushion pad. Cut out another paper template about 5cm (2in) larger all around than the tapestry heart. Fold the white cotton fabric in half and pin the template onto it. Cut out two white fabric heart shapes (C).

Using a 1cm (3/8in) seam allowance, sew the two white heart shapes together, leaving a gap to turn the cushion pad right side out (D). Fill the cushion pad with stuffing and stitch the gap together by hand (E).

Now make the cushion cover. Using the same larger heart-shaped template, cut out two hearts from the velvet fabric (F).

top tip

One direction

When cutting out the velvet, ensure the fabric’s nap is running in the same direction (ideally downwards) for both pieces.

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Using the tapestry heart as a template, cut out a piece of interfacing. Iron the interfacing onto the heart.


Place the interfacing-backed heart onto the right side of one piece of the velvet (G) and pin centrally into place. Using a 1cm (3/8in) seam allowance, stitch the tapestry heart onto the velvet (H). Stitch rickrack around the edge of the tapestry, using it to cover the raw edge (I).

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With right sides facing, stitch the two velvet hearts together, leaving a gap to insert the cushion pad. Turn the velvet cushion cover right way out, then insert the cushion pad. Fold under the open edge of the cushion cover, pin together (J), then close with a blind hem stitch. Sew a tassel onto the point of the cushion (K).

About the designer

Juliet Bawden’s real passion is textiles and particularly dyeing, and the way it can be used to transform and relove. Best known for her craft, style and design books, she also designs, makes and writes for magazines and online, and runs practical workshops for both corporate and educational clients. julietbawden creative_colour8

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Graphic stencilled throw A simple way to add the bold geometric look to your home in monochrome colours, with a plain woollen throw transformed with a large floor stencil and screen-printing ink. Project and photography by Nicolette Tabram

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Source it The Large Ronda Floor Stencil is available from Nicolette’s website, together with other essential stencilling supplies, at

Throw or large scarf, washed and ironed Nicolette Tabram Large Ronda Floor Stencil Spray adhesive Bristle stencil brush Black fabric screen-printing ink Newspaper and plain scrap paper Iron


Fold the throw in half along the length and smooth in a light crease to locate the centre point at the top, then open it out onto a protected work surface. Lightly coat the back of the stencil with spray adhesive. Using the crease as a guide, place the stencil in a centred position with the holes at the top, slightly overlapping the edge of the fabric, and smooth it down so it sticks to the material (A).


Dip the tip of the brush into the ink, removing any excess on the side of the pot, then push the ink down through the stencil, using a small circular motion. When complete, carefully lift the stencil and blot between sheets of newspaper. This will prevent any excess ink from marking the fabric when it is repositioned.


Position the stencil so that the small hexagonal shapes are overlapping the painted hexagons from the first stencil (B). Lay

a clean piece of paper over the top and smooth down so that the stencil sticks to the surface of the fabric (C). Load the brush and apply the ink, repeating the same process on the other side, until the pattern has been added across one width of the throw. Remember to blot the stencil each time before repositioning.


Moving down the length of the fabric, add the second row of pattern by positioning the stencil with the hexagons at the top, overlapping the shapes already painted. Apply the ink, repeating across the width of the throw (D).


To complete the circular shapes at the edge of the border, position the stencil as shown (E), using a piece of paper to mask the areas around the shape. Apply the ink, then rotate the stencil to complete the final section.


Repeat the whole process at the other end of the throw, with two rows of stencilling. Allow to dry, then press the design with a warm iron to fix the ink.

top tip

Border control

When creating the border at the other end of the throw, make sure you are working on the correct side – it’s easy to paint on the wrong one!

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About the designer

With a love of pattern and all things decorative, Nicolette Tabram studied textile design at the Central School of Art, before going on to design for high street retailers, including Marks & Spencer and Monsoon. She runs her own business selling modern stencils and painted furniture, working from a small studio at the end of her garden. Nicolette’s first book, Modern Stencils, will be published by CICO Books in March. Nicolette-Tabram-Designs nicolettetabram nicolettet nicolettetabramdesigns

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Tomlinsons, Dulwich A pretty and vintage style shop with new homeware and unusual decorative pieces from France and Scandinavia. Tomlinsons stocks a wide range of Chalk Paint™, a decorative paint by Annie Sloan & runs workshops, please drop by or check online to see how these fantastic paints can transform your home.

Halcyon Days has been an antiques shop for more than 25 years.

We are proud to be stockists of Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan and are experts in using Annie’s products to achieve all the techniques they allow. We teach these techniques to customers and are also commissioned in domestic homes and also some National Trust properties where we repair and match colours and current condition of finish. Floor Sanding is also part of our expertise. We have state of the art machines that extract the dust and makes us 95% dust free. We are commissioned in domestic homes, and have a great reputation for historic floors and National Trust properties. We can sand and finish solid pine and oak (also engineered) and parquet. For the more historic, undulating floors needing more sympathy we may hand sand to retain their character. We are able to match new wood with existing old. We have four dealers in the he shop all offering a variety of furniture (antique French and English and retro), beautiful fabrics, vintage clothing, jewellery and a stock and loving for anything Indian.

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Along with supplying Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan, we offer painting courses on achieving the unique look of Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan decorative paint techniques, using her lovely paints and waxes. We cover the following: * Distressing and ageing * 2 colour rubbing through * Crackle paint * Crackle glaze * Gilding * Effective use of waxes If you don’t fancy painting your project yourself then we can do it for you! Come in and see us or send us an email with a photo for a quote.

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This side table has been painted in Scandinavian P ink from Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – a shade inspired by the traditional colours found in much Swedish furniture.

♥ Let your brightly painted furniture make a statement in a room with simple accessories and walls in a dark shade, such as Annie Sloan Wall Paint in Graphite.

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With a keen eye for colour and a love of decoupage, Rachel’s passion for upcycling forms the basis of a successful business. Turn to page 79 to make her Victorian-style dressing table.

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When my online Etsy shop, Brambles & Berries, opened I was spotted by the Facebook group The Bespoke Furniture Collection. They helped me stage my projects to reach a wider audience and offered me copious amounts of guidance on upcycling and businessrelated advice, which has boosted my confidence over this last year.

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