Hester Van OVerbeek On working with reclaimed wood, Dutch interior ideas and triple IKEA hacks
dÉcor on a diet
How a tight budget inspired a chic house renovation
revamp and style a retro drinks trolley
Salvaged sensation Log-slice table
New year spruce up
Midweek makes Concrete vase Denim plant pots Appliqué blanket
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Craft your own slippers
Fabric remnant cushion
Customise your glassware
expert tips on decluttering your home
As you may have noticed from our very vibrant cover this month, we’re celebrating! This is our 50th issue packed full of upcycling ideas to inspire you, whether you want to save money, create an original design or renovate a vintage piece. We’re getting the party started with some fabulous ways to style your own drinks trolley – the must-have interior accessory this season. Perfect for a New Year gathering, whether you opt for sophisticated cocktails, or want to add a retro touch to the proceedings, we show you how to update a charity shop bargain (page 50), coordinate your glassware (page 58) or even make a wall-hanging Prosecco bar from pallet wood if you’re short on floor space (page 54). The arrival of a new year inevitably brings a time for reflection and resolutions – I will eat less sweet treats, I will exercise more, I will keep my paints, brushes and tools orderly and neat. The former I promise to do every year and am all too often swayed by a piece of homemade cake! However, for the latter I’ll be taking on some words of advice from the experts in our decluttering feature (page 39) and aim to get the house and workshop shipshape. But one resolution I think we can all take into the new year and beyond is to keep upcycling and give unloved things a new lease of life.
Lou Butt, Editor
Cover images Party essentials (main): Antonis Achilleos Salvaged sensation and Hester van Overbeek: James Gardiner Star attraction: Nicolette Tabram Cosy toes: Kirsten Mavric Sitting pretty: Emma Sekhon Cocktail hour: Andy Greenacre
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features 20 Annie Sloan
Discover the story behind Annie’s newest paint shade, after a visit to Ethiopia with Oxfam
22 My reloved Home
How a tight budget renovation led to an interior full of creative upcycling ideas
31 The Art of the Cart
How to make over and style this season’s musthave drinks trolley, ready for a New Year’s party
36 Max Mcmurdo
After a break in the Highlands, Max reflects on the past year and a few heartfelt resolutions
39 space to live
Expert advice, from the practical to the philosophical, on how to declutter your home
61 meet the maker
Upcycler Hester van Overbeek on her love of working with salvaged wood
82 Salvage Sister
Charis Williams converts one family to her reclaimed style, with a little teamwork
8 Creative Hub
Upcycling news, products, workshops and events for your diary
16 reloved by you
Original revamped projects made by our readers
Guides to crafting and styling your home
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This month’s contributors
‘The Japanese wabi-sabi
projects 50 Marble-effect drinks trolley 54 Prosecco pegboard 58 Party cocktail glasses 65 Log-slice table 68 Cutwork appliqué blanket 73 Felted pompom slippers 76 Denim planters 78 Yo-yo cushion cover 86 Moroccan-style stencilled cupboard 89 Concrete and glass vase
© James Gardiner
concept focuses on mindfulness, minimalism and make-do-and-mend‘
Hester Van Overbeek
‘I love old floorboards
© Simon Whitmore
– even better if they’re covered in layers of old paint, creating a beautiful patina‘
‘Small cupboards can
be picked up cheaply in charity shops to upcycle, providing very useful storage.‘
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Keeping trim Frenchic celebrates anniversary with a fabulous new room paint
Frenchic, the chalk and mineral paint company, recently celebrated its third anniversary – that’s 36 months of high-quality paints, waxes and finishes, plus plenty of homely inspiration. Founder Pam Gruhn was thrilled to mark the anniversary, noting, ‘Our rocketing growth in the chalk paint world has been nothing short of amazing and humbling!’ With events, continual product launches and the help of brand ambassador Max McMurdo, it’s been a rollercoaster few years and we can’t wait to see what they do with the next three. Don’t think that a birthday celebration means the company has been taking time off from its busy schedule of launches, though.
We’ve fallen in love with these fabulous wood burners from Windy Smithy. Handcrafted in Devon by blacksmith Jon Snow, they’re designed for use in caravans, boats and yurts. The stoves come in a range of sizes to suit your needs, and are perfect for environments where you need to keep the heat going all night long – brrr! They look stunning and are particularly suited to vintage caravans and quirky spaces. l Prices start from £230. For details, go to www.windysmithy.co.uk.
Frenchic has also just released the new Trim Paint, available in the same 10 shades as its wall paint and sold in 500ml tins. It has a subtle sheen to enhance skirting or coving, while also giving a robust finish and helping to protect your woodwork from scuffs. Match it to your walls or mix it up with complementary colours for an eye-catching finish. And if you’re a big fan of Frenchic – and fancy some coordinating togs while painting your rooms – you’ll be pleased to hear that the company is also launching a clothing line, beginning with T-shirts and gilets embroidered with Frenchic’s distinctive heart logo. l For more information, head to www.frenchicpaint.co.uk.
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Aged to perfection When you want the vintage look, sometimes picture perfect paint finishes aren’t quite what you’re after. In these cases, Instant Decay from Vintage Rocks is exactly what you need. Available in Grunge (black) and Rust shades, it’s a powder that makes a great finishing touch to your project, highlighting the grains of wood and all the scuffs and crevices of your reclaimed piece. The Grunge colourway is ideal for an aged wood look, while Rust gives a wonderful corroding metal feel. There are lots of ways to use Instant Decay – we suggest finishing the paint with wax first, which gives a good surface to brush the powder onto and makes it easy to remove if you put too much on. Then simply decide which bits you want to highlight and brush away! l Available for £7.50 at www.vintagerocksinteriors.com.
Stick to it!
If you’re looking for a quick fix to brighten up a neglected room or add interest to your old plates and crockery, try these fabulous porcelain stickers from Designist. Available in a selection of patterns and pictures, they’re simple to use – just transfer onto your chosen piece, leave overnight then bake for 10 minutes. It’s the perfect way to create personalised mugs, plates, bowls and more – choose a large bowl or vase to finish off a dining room, or a delicate cup to make you smile every time you put the kettle on. l Find more designs at shop.designist.ie.
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Made in miniature
iinspiring ideas to create your own doll’s house interiors Artist Sam McKechnie has been drawn to miniatures and doll’s houses all her life, and this delightful book, Miss Violet’s Doll’s House, is a wonderful collection of projects and ideas. At the back of the book you’ll find a popout ‘Miss Violet’ plus wardrobe, to encourage you in your making of a home for her. There’s also a great collection of patterned papers and assorted paraphernalia that you can photocopy or download to print from the publisher’s website. The rest of the book is filled with inspirational projects to make her home and accessories. These all have a delicate homemade feel, using materials like shoeboxes for rooms, printed furnishings stuck to walls, beaded wire chandeliers and more. A kitchen table can be made from cotton reels and cardboard, then painted and
decoupaged just as you would with your own upcycled furnishings. Enchanting pictures capture the simple homeliness of the scenes, while poetic, evocative text explains the magic of each room. It’s a book for rediscovering the joys of childhood makes, playing with the looks of your perfect home on a smaller scale, and losing yourself in beautiful pictures and inspirational ideas.
l Miss Violet’s Doll’s
House, £20, published by Pavilion.
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Keep the fizz fizzy with this hand-stamped stopper, which can be personalised with your choice of name. Makes a great present when you know someone’s throwing themselves a party! l £18.99 from www.gettingpersonal.co.uk.
Shaken, not stirred
Release your inner mixologist with this chic cocktail kit in a stylish rose gold. It’s got everything you need for the perfect finish – just add alcohol. l £75 from www.notanotherbill.com.
Hit the jackpot
Give your gathering a touch of casino glamour with this dice cocktail stick holder and set of poker dice. l £78 from www.theoldcinema.co.uk.
Let’s celebrate! Stock up for New Year’s Eve with these perfect party-time drinks accessories.
Roll out the barrel
Handmade from a Bordeaux wine barrel, this showstopping wine rack holds bottles and glasses, as well as serving as a bar top for pouring, chatting and drinking. l £832 from www.smithersofstamford.com.
Perfect for keeping your favourite cocktail mixed, chilled and to hand, this elegant glass jug will be centre of attention at your party, and there’s a gorgeous range of matching glassware too. l £38 from www.johnlewis.com.
Inspired by the specially crafted trays used in Austrian mountain bars, this solid wooden board comes with six cocktail glasses and can be personalised with your own message. l £59.99 from www.gettingpersonal.co.uk.
Distilled in small batches in London, this classic botanicals gin offers a modern interpretation of the traditional Victorian spirit, and when it’s presented in a bottle as gorgeous as this, we really can’t resist. l £30 from www.libertylondon.com.
You know just what to serve in this fun flute glass – keep the bubbles flowing and the party dancing! l From www.george.com.
How could you possibly serve pina coladas in anything other than this fabulous pineapple cup – it’s sure to be a talking point. l £26 from www.oliverbonas.com.
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Be a winner!
Deco décor Get the glamorous Gatsby look for your next celebration with the great range of art deco-inspired bar accessories from Sainsbury’s. Drawing on the boutique hotels of New York, the design team behind the range visited the city for inspiration, and included plenty of nods to the 1920s looks they found. We love the trays and glasses with gold and brass finishes, plus there’s also a touch of rich, opulent green lining a drinks tray and ice bucket lid, while marble coasters are inspired by the grand flooring in these Big Apple hotels. The laser-cut lanterns give a great art-deco feel, casting light and shadows into your home on dark January evenings. l Find the range at www.sainsburyshome.co.uk.
A fridge is often the most uninspiring part of any kitchen – often stuck with just a white or silver finish, it’s definitely an appliance ripe for a makeover. So we’ve teamed up with paint makers V33 to offer you an exciting competition – design your own fridge using their elegant paint colours, and you could win a great selection of paints for the rest of your home. Simply take a photograph of your fridge and sketch your chosen design using up to three of the V33 appliance shades (see below). Then email the photos of your fridge and sketch to Reloved at lou@ tailormadepublishing.co.uk by 5 January 2018 (please note the early closing date). The creators of our five favourite designs will each win the paint needed to finish their fridge to perfection – photos of these will be published in issue 52 of Reloved, when we’ll also reveal the first, second and third prize winners. The first prize is £250 of V33 paint, the second prize £150 of V33 paint and third prize is £100 of V33 paint, so there’s plenty of incentive to get designing! Good luck…
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One of Vicky’s Etsy store bags made from old clothes.
Quirky outdoor furniture designed from a bathtub.
A rustic headboard built from reclaimed wood.
Vicky Myers Creations Vicky’s blog began four years ago, after opening an Etsy shop selling upcycled bags made from unwanted clothes. The original aim of the blog was simply to promote the shop – ‘I don’t clearly remember the prompt to do so, but I suspect it was some advice on Etsy to have a blog!’ laughs Vicky – but since then it’s grown into a hub of creativity and crafting. ‘It has become so much more,’ says Vicky. ‘I love sharing makes and tutorials. I’m passionate about inspiring people to use what they have, to be creative, and not to be held back due to limited resources. Personally, I care strongly about our world; I’m conscious that being creative can often take more of our planet’s limited resources but we can tread lightly by using what we have.’ Vicky’s always been a creative person, starting in childhood. ‘I can still remember the first item I made – a rag doll, stitched by hand at primary school,’ she smiles. ‘I’ve been blessed to have people in my life who’ve
encouraged my creativity, especially as a child. One of my parents’ friends gifted me her sewing machine when she upgraded. I went on to study craft at art college before starting work in the public sector. Nowadays I work part-time and blog part-time – a very happy balance.’ Upcycling is a big part of Vicky’s crafting, from those fabulous bags to a stunning wooden headboard made from reclaimed planks. When it comes to reworking old into new, it’s the
challenge that Vicky enjoys the most. ‘My husband loves to bring a random item home to set me a challenge!’ she laughs. ‘Upcycling means thinking outside the box, having a go at new techniques, having a play. Does it matter if it doesn’t work? No! I love what my daughter was told by her teacher: “FAIL” means First Attempt In Learning.’ It’s a philosophy we can definitely subscribe to. www.vickymyerscreations.co.uk
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Coast to coast Crafted from reclaimed wood from across India, the Coastal Chic range of furnishings from Harley & Lola is a gorgeously colourful assortment of tables, chairs, cabinets and more. The salvaged wood is handmade into the various pieces, then finished in a hardwearing satin lacquer to bring out the colours of the wood – we just love the blend of natural shades highlighted with bright splashes of greens, reds and blues. The furnishings are then finished with iron legs and handles for a semi-industrial feel. Ideal for adding a spot of colour to a plainer room or cosying up a space. l For more information, go to www.harleyandlola.co.uk.
Oh my fur and whiskers!
Wearable art It’s not just furnishings and homewares that can be customised and upcycled – how about taking a plain pair of shoes or item of clothing, and transforming it into something utterly unique. That’s just what Rei Anthony of ShoeTattoos does. Beginning with presents for friends, Rei quickly got more requests for her work and was encouraged to open an Etsy shop to sell her creations. ‘Our whole house is filled with upcycled,
repurposed, painted on and hacked together furniture, so it’s only an extension of what we already do,’ Rei explains. ‘People love me to make them unique items that nobody else has and I’m very happy to oblige!’ Browse Rei’s Etsy shop for ready-made items or collaborate on a personal design – perfect for a special occasion! l To find more unique designs, go to www.shoetattoos.co.uk.
If you’ve spent days painting and polishing that perfect upcycled cupboard or chest of drawers, then a stylish set of ceramic knobs will make the perfect finishing touch. They’re even a great way to simply refresh a piece of furniture if you don’t have the time for a full painting session. And we’ve fallen in love with this decorative set from Mango Tree Knobs, using the classic Alice in Wonderland illustrations in black, white and silver, combined with elegant vintage clock faces. Perfect for the book lover – or Mad Hatter – in you. l Set of 10 ceramic knobs £25 from www.mangotreeknobs.com.
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DIARY What’s happening around the country in the coming months
20 January DIY a Vintage Coat Rack SHEPHERD’S BUSH, LONDON This fun workshop will teach you the basics of DIY with tips and tricks from the experts, plus allow you to create your own vintage coat rack complete with salvaged hooks. www.petitmiracles.org.uk
28 January Stencilled Wall Art EDINBURGH Tackle the basics of stencilling with this workshop that covers everything from preparing your surface to blending colours and achieving crisp edges to your design. You’ll make a personalised piece of art to take home. www.upcycledworld.com
1–2 February The Ottoman Workshop
Come camping It’s not just our homes that are ripe for some upcycling action – if you’re into camping, you might know there’s a thriving handmade campervan community, full of the same creative and colourful crafting ideas. And after previous successful events, the handcrafted van hire company Quirky Campers have just announced that 2018’s Camp Quirky will be bigger and better than ever! Held on a farm in Newark, Nottinghamshire, on 20–22 April, Camp
Quirky is a family-friendly event ideal for campervan converters looking to meet other enthusiasts, buy everything from storage to wood-burning stoves, attend workshops and talks and, of course, nosy around some fabulous quirky campervans! Thirty of the Quirky Campers fleet will be in attendance, giving people a chance to hunt for inspiration or simply pick out a van to hire for your next holiday. l Visit www.quirkycampers.co.uk for more details about the event.
SPOTTED ON ETSY Enjoy a candlelit celebration with this elegant vanillascented candle, burning in a genuine Perrier-Jouët Champagne bottle. Created by Jack at www.candlejackco.etsy.com
RELOVED STUDIO, MANCHESTER Learn the basics of upholstery with a two-day workshop to make this stylish ottoman. The course will also include paint techniques, and a discount for students is available on all fabric ranges. www.relovedupholstery.co.uk
10 February A Taste of Interior Design TURNDITCH, DERBYSHIRE Join Lucy Renshaw for a colourful workshop that introduces you to the principles of interior design, looking at colour theory, mood boards, pattern, texture and more. www.lucyrenshaw.com
25 February Vintage Home Show Midlands RYTON-ON-DUNSMORE, COVENTRY Hunt down those retro homewares and vintage textiles at a packed show with 60 exhibitors, finding iconic pieces to finish off your classic home. www.vintagehomeshow.co.uk
17 March–2 April Ideal Home Show OLYMPIA, LONDON From top homeware brands to expert advice and with dozens of exhibitors to choose from, this is a one-stop shop for anyone looking to develop their home. www.idealhomeshow.co.uk
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Show us what you’ve revamped and if you’re our star upcycler you’ll win a year’s subscription to .
Pretty in pink ‘To achieve the look of this vintage display cabinet, I sanded it back to the original wood and used Fusion Mineral Paint in English Rose as its primary colour. I then painted the doors and base in Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan in Paris Grey to complement the pink and picked out the details using Rust-Oleum’s silver metallic paint. The pretty birdcage wallpaper works perfectly with the colours, glued onto the back of the cabinet.’ Rachael Dobson
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This cabinet shows how wallpaper can really change the look of an upcycled piece, adding an extra dimension to tie in with your display.
Gilding the lily ‘I’d had this chest of drawers for a while and was a little stumped on what to do with it. Then I came across this beautiful cubist lily design and knew straight away the two would work well together. I lightly sanded and prepped the drawers and got to work painting them, choosing Sterling, a soft grey from Fusion Mineral Paint, then decoupaged the image to the drawer fronts. The whole piece was sealed in Polyvine Wax Finish Varnish.’ Shelley Hudson
It pays to think big sometimes when it comes to decoupage. An undistinguished set of modern drawers has been transformed into a stunning focal point with this bold image.
Fringe benefits ‘This is one of my favourite upcycled chairs. I used Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Old White for the frame, distressed it for the vintage look, then sealed it with clear wax. I added a delicate fringe and made the detail at the top of the chair back by attaching feathers to a broach to add to the old-world glamour.’ Jodie McDonnell
Perfect as a decorative piece of furniture in a lounge or bedroom, the fringe and feathers are a great touch which soften the look.
STAR upcycle Sew beautiful ‘When I got this sewing cabinet I mixed up a custom shade using Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan in Antoinette and Scandinavian Pink with Rust-Oleum’s Clotted Cream to produce a soft baby-pink base colour. I added greens and pinks to the design, building them up and blending them in. The sewing machine was sprayed with an antique cream enamel, I decoupaged napkins with a tea/coffee theme, and added the stencilled the words. To finish, the surface was distressed to reveal the layers of colours underneath and give a time-worn feel.’ Caroline Williams
We can see this has been a true labour of love. From picking complementary colours to choosing just the right napkins to decoupage, this is a beautiful and unique drinks cabinet.
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Bookshelf This month we’ve been reading about…
Crafty ideas for creating gorgeous gifts, accessories and household items using eco-friendly concrete, leftover fabric fat-quarters and salvaged wood; and bright ideas for illuminating contemporary interiors with cutting-edge exposed lightbulbs.
45 easy-to-make gifts and accessories Authors: Marion Dawidowski, Ingrid Moras and others Publisher: Search Press Price: £12.99
Concrete may not necessarily spring to mind as an exciting, eco-friendly craft material, but it is growing in popularity among modern makers due to its versatility, durability, costeffectiveness and minimalist beauty. Banish from your mind images of industrial concrete mixers, and imagine instead bags of pre-mixed or easy-to-mix concrete, available from DIY and craft stores in a variety of decorative finishes. With a small amount of know-how and a few basic tools and accessories, it is possible to create beautiful contemporary gifts and accessories using this previously undervalued and unfashionable ingredient. In Concrete Creations, Marion Dawidowski and Ingrid Moras, together with other designers, explain how to fashion plant pots, wall art, bowls, candleholders, clocks, decorative letters, vases (see project on page 89), pots, figures, door stops, ‘diamond’ and embroidered necklaces, and even a cake stand using modern concrete mixes and a variety of different moulds. The book’s concepts are well-illustrated with stylish
photographs, templates and lists of ‘what you need’ and ‘what to do’. Not only is concrete itself easily recyclable, but unwanted plastic bottles, ice-cube trays, plant pots, pipe insulation, milk cartons and cereal boxes all make the perfect moulds. Another good reason to embrace concrete as a versatile easy-to-use craft material.
reader offer Concrete Creations is available to Reloved readers for the special price of £10.99, including p&p. To order, go to www.searchpress.com and add promo code SP5080 at the checkout. Offer ends 1 February 2018.
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Fat Quarter Gifts
25 projects to make from short lengths of fabric Author: Jemima Schlee Publisher: GMC Publications Price: £12.99
Prolific designer, maker and writer Jemima Schlee is always looking for new ways to use up leftover fabric remnants and fat quarters. In this colourful easy-to-follow collection of gifts, she outlines 25 projects organised into kitchen, office, bedroom and bathroom, bags and storage, and accessories, (see cushion project on page 78). There’s a gift
idea for everyone (guest hand towel, key fob, tissue pouch, pencil case, padded clothes hanger, hair scrunchies, egg cosies, lined scarf, earphone wallet, card wallet, shopping bag), with clear step-by-step instructions and photographic illustrations for each. Materials, tools, techniques and templates are included to ensure that even novice sewers can join in.
Made with Salvaged Wood 35 contemporary projects for furniture and other home accessories created from recycled wood Author: Hester van Overbeek Publisher: CICO Books Price: £12.99
This glorious guide to using salvaged wood celebrates the uniqueness of each piece by treating it as the star of the show. With advice on how and where to select wood, choosing tools and basic techniques, even DIY-novices can work their way up from a simple tree-slab side table (see project on page 65) to a more complicated scrap wood desk, gaining confidence in using hand and power tools with each build. The striking designs are grouped into ‘Display and Decorate’, ‘Furniture’, and ‘Shelving and Storage’, and include detailed instructions and photographs (including a dog bed on wheels made from an old skirting board!).
Bright ideas for the contemporary interior Authors: Charlotte and Peter Fiell Publisher: Jacqui Small Price: £20
Charlotte and Peter Fiell’s latest design guide focuses on the must-have item of the moment – the exposed lightbulb. With a look at the history of the lightbulb’s invention to technological advances leading to today’s innovative designs, the guide provides practical advice on illuminating kitchen and dining areas, hallways and entrances, and bedrooms and bathrooms with avant-garde bare bulbs. This stunning, contemporary hardback oozes style with every beautifully photographed concept, featuring high-end and budget ideas for a range of styles including Scandi, vintage, industrial, opulent and minimalist.
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Following a trip to Ethiopia with Oxfam – discovering how hope can flourish amongst the poorest people – Annie reveals the inspiration for her newest paint shade. n the new year, I’m one of those people who likes to set resolutions. However, rather than berate myself about what I got wrong in the last year, I focus on how I can improve on the good intentions I had. I allow myself to reflect on the year that’s just gone and set the groundwork of how I want the year ahead to go. Much kinder! With these resolutions, I always try to work out how I can allow my creative work and ideals help shape what I get up to in the coming year. Looking back on 2017, I was humbled to have an experience which allowed my passion and my working life to merge with a cause that is very close to my heart. I was approached by the incredible team at Oxfam to be part of a collaboration to celebrate their 75th year. After the initial meeting, the plan was quickly established: to make a special colour to be sold in Annie Sloan Stockists’
shops worldwide, with a contribution from sales going to Oxfam’s vital work, helping fight poverty worldwide. The colour was to be inspired by Oxfam’s work, and we considered a shortlist of six countries to visit. I diligently did my research on all six, but pretty quickly Ethiopia stood out as the country beckoning me. Its long, distinctive history, both visually, musically and spiritually is second to none in Africa, in my opinion. Being a romantic, images of the Queen of Sheba, King Solomon’s Mines, and ancient cultures sprang to my mind; a rich and inspiring culture of paintwork – unique painted illuminated manuscripts, processional crosses, and icons in bold colours and abstracted angels, saints, nativities and crucifixes, all depicted with the characteristic black outlining; Lalibela with its churches carved out of rock; and the ancient city of Aksum. As soon as it was decided, I was on my way to Ethiopia with a great team from Oxfam. We would visit Oxfam’s emergency response in the north and a project in the south where Oxfam is working with women to become onion farmers, as well as exploring the local culture and areas across the country.
All images © Anniesloan.com
Colour stories On the first day we drove out to the north, and along the way I started to spot colourful houses. This (along with the surprisingly delicious wine) was one of the most exciting finds for me about Ethiopia. Everywhere we visited, I saw houses painted in strong, pure,
joyous, bright colours in one or two, or even three colours. I loved seeing a strip along the base of the houses in one colour, outlining around the door or window in another, and the occasional painted geometric and abstract patterns. The palette was small but mainly very vivid. We visited the walled city of Harar, a Unesco World Heritage site in the east of the country that has many wonderful painted houses. Greens seemed to predominate with the most popular colour being a rich greenblue, very similar to my colour Florence. I also saw a lot of bright green – just like my Antibes Green – and other greens, including deep forest greens, limes and sage colours. There were also lots of blues, but I only spotted three shades – an intensely bright blue, like Giverny, a pale blue like Louis Blue, and a turquoise blue similar to Provence. Bright and pale pink, a little bit of yellow and some brilliant orange – I saw amazing colour and amazing colour combinations everywhere! Combinations are what make my heart race, so I was a bit of a kid in a candy shop with the bold pairings – green and pink, turquoise and green, pink and blue. Lastly we visited an area in the south called Zeway, where Oxfam are working with women to become onion seed farmers. The farmers welcomed me with a wonderful
‘The farmers welcomed me with a wonderful coffee ceremony, then led me to the vast fi elds of alliums – fields of white globes of tiny flowers tinged with green’
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A chest of drawers painted in Lem Lem, the colour inspired by the allium fields of Ethiopia.
coffee ceremony, then led me to the vast fields of alliums – fields of white globes of tiny flowers tinged with green. We were all impressed by the sensitive and powerful way that Oxfam works with the community and how that’s changing the lives of the women, their families and the villages. That shade of green covering the fields stayed with me and evolved into my newest colour, Lem Lem. It stayed with me, along with the feeling I came away with from the whole trip. It was there as the plane left the tarmac of Addis Ababa airport and has stayed with me here in my home in Oxford after all these months. I saw it on the
faces of many wonderful people, and felt it throughout my stay in this rich, vivid and vibrant country: hope. The colour that came with this feeling was from the beautiful soft green of fields of alliums grown by women farmers at Oxfam’s Seed Project. This project, just like this colour, represents hope. I’ve named the colour Lem Lem, which is an Amharic word that I heard people using when talking about the fields of crops. It means ‘flourish’ or ‘bloom’, and it felt like the perfect name for this colour. So that’s my resolution for the new year, to help hope flourish. What’s yours?
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When Amy Williams, writer of Cuter Tudor blog, discovered a house that was a time capsule of 80s style, she knew it had the potential to turn from an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan. Words by Cassie Fairy, photography by Amy Williams 22 022-9_RL50[homeTudorRose]NTSJLB.indd 22
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hen Texan blogger Amy Williams and her husband Preston first viewed the house, it was a struggle to see beyond the dated forest green carpet and dark floral grapevine wallpaper. Built in 1986 – and never updated – the house hadn’t been occupied for years and was full of unmistakable 80s design, including an entirely rose pink master bathroom, from the carpet, tiles and wallpaper to the sinks, tub and toilet. While wandering over yellow linoleum floors into dark-panelled rooms, Amy felt drawn to transform the house. ‘I knew we could make this into the home of our dreams over time if we put in some hard work. Even though the house was a retro nightmare, the large space and custom features drew us in. The house is over 3,800 square feet and has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, two living spaces, an office and a detached garage with a tool room, which I was excited to turn into a craft room for my daughter and I.’
Even so, when the family moved into the house in the darks days of winter, it seemed like a bigger task than ever. ‘It was December 2014 – just in time for our first Christmas. All we had was a tree and one sofa, but as we gathered together as a family around the fireplace it began to feel like a home. These days, I love displaying pieces that remind me of growing up on my parents’ farm, or visiting my grandparents’ homes. Family is the most important thing to us, so having little hints of family instantly feels like home. Maybe the old silver platters on my wall didn’t come directly from my husband’s grandmother Tata’s house, but it reminds us of Christmas Eve dinners there, with silver serving pieces, handmade stockings on the fireplace and her famous fruitcake.’
On a décor diet
Amy admits that it took a lot of white paint to freshen up the space and create a blank canvas before they could start designing their home. With her art degree background, Amy was excited to begin layering colours and textures in the rooms. ‘I love to use chippy-painted and
architectural pieces like old windows, barn vents and gates. They are great for layering artwork or adding visual interest to a space. It also helps that repurposing items or turning reclaimed wood into something new saves money. Whether it’s old fence panels, paintpeeling shiplap, or the top of a battered table, any old wood can be remade into crates, wall art, shelves, frames. The possibilities are endless. If you let yourself see the beauty in everyday objects – even something as simple as an empty glass jar – you learn to appreciate the little things in life. You begin to see that happiness cannot be bought, but it can be handmade.’ When Amy spotted an old farmhouse being torn down nearby, she asked around to find the owner. They were happy to let the couple remove old flooring and white wood siding from the neglected building, which gave them all the materials they needed to replace the dated carpet in their home with wooden floors. ‘We spent a week removing carpet and painting the stairs when our kids were at camp one summer. It was a true bonding and learning experience for our relationship,
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The oversized chalkboard in the dining room is a great way to set a theme for a room.
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A wall display includes photo frames made from old beehive crates.
‘I f you let yourself see the beau ty in everyday objec ts – even some thing as simple as an empty glass jar – you learn to apprecia te the little things in life’
but it really makes us proud of the work we put into our home.’ When the couple ran low on money, the renovation began to slow down, but it didn’t stop Amy from decorating. ‘I tease my husband that he put me on a “décor diet”, but during that time I learned to reuse materials and build things to fit our needs. Not buying anything for a few months really encouraged me to hone my personal style, only keep the things that I really love, and repurpose old furniture and accessories that I already had into something beautiful – I’ve built picture frames from beehive crates that I found in our field. If you see something that sparks your creativity or that you think can be reused, don’t be afraid to ask if you can have it.’
Pallets and silver platters
The living room is home to many upcycled pieces, from the gallery wall to the pallet wood coffee table.
It was her passion for interior design that kick-started Amy’s blogging career. ‘I began to share the journey of our home renovation on Instagram last year. I dressed our rooms for seasonal holidays and parties, and posted photos of my creations. The joy and positive feedback that I received on Instagram prompted me to start my blog, Cuter Tudor. There I share my love for home décor, DIY projects and entertaining. Having a blog enables me to share more stories, project instructions and pictures, rather than just the snippet you get on social media. I love to encourage others to share their interests and knowledge, too. I think finding a passion and sharing it with others is our purpose.’
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A distressed dresser showcases Amyâ€™s vintage silver dishes and platters.
Her proudest upcycle was a classic pallet project, when Amy built a potting table for their outdoor space. Inspired by a bench she had seen in a catalogue for almost a thousand dollars, she began collecting old pallets and sketching out plans. It became a family project, with her son and nephew helping to take the pallets apart. The cobbled-together bench now doubles-up as a buffet table for summer barbecues. But that wasn’t the only time that Amy used old pallet wood. ‘My husband and I also built and painted a planked wall piece to go above our fireplace [see page 23]. It’s removable and has already been repainted twice, to fit in with my décor changes. It works really well, because it’s easy to update as the seasons change without altering the wall.’ Amy has become famous for her tablescapes and seasonal decorating, and gives tips for creating classy party décor on her blog. ‘It’s hard to beat the character and charm of timeworn pieces. Vintage silver platters and brass candlesticks with patina are my favourite items to decorate with. Charity shops and junk stores often have these items for about a quarter of the price of new, less-quality items. Old glass jars can make a beautiful tablescape when grouped together on a mantelpiece or sideboard; simply add wild flowers and blossom to create a seasonal display for spring.’
A simple wall decoration in the kitchen has foliage clipped to frames.
Even though Amy and Preston have a few more projects on their to-do list – including a reclaimed wood ceiling in the kitchen, creating a built-in office desk, painting accent walls in the bedrooms, laying more wood flooring and building an outdoor swing – Amy’s advice for renovating is simple. ‘Your home is your castle, so don’t take shortcuts. Do your research before starting a project, use good quality
reclaimed materials and do not rush. A home takes time to make it your own, but it is an investment in yourself and your family. Enjoy the process.’
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For an online tour of Amy’s home, along with styling tips and projects, go to www.cutertudor.com.
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Tequila cart A fun way to embrace tequila is with bright, saturated colours to match the colourful spirit of Mexico, tequila’s home country. To make a statement, choose a sturdy cart that won’t disappear into the background; the wooden one here recalls the rustic furniture of the
American Southwest and Mexico. Stock tequilas of different ages – blanco, reposado and añejo – to make a variety of drinks for your fiestas. And keep some vintage seltzer bottles at the ready to make long, refreshing tequila drinks rather than the ones that leave you with regrets the next day…
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Beer cart If beer is your drink of choice, look for a cart with deep, waterproof sides so the trolley can be filled with ice and double as an ice bucket, to keep the bottles chilled and refreshing. If the sides are not waterproof, line them with plastic to protect them from the melting ice. This utilitarian trolley has a touch of relaxed industrial chic with minimal styling â€“ the perfect party accessory for guests to help themselves to bottles of lager, ale or pilsner. 32 031-5_RL50[featArtOfCart]NTSJLB.indd 32
Kids’ cart Why let the adults have all of the fun, when you can arrange a kid-friendly cart for birthdays and every day! If you’re looking for something that stands up to messes and spills, choose a metal cart and paint it in a vivid colour if it needs to be jazzed up – it will be easier to clean those sticky hand prints off the sides. A fruity sipper and a creamy, dessert-like drink are sure to be pleasers for young guests.
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Crate cart No cart? No problem! If you have some wooden crates, you can stack them together to make an impromptu bar cart. They’re simple to collect at flea markets, make a fun statement, and produce an easy-to-reorganise modular design. Divided boxes corral your must-have bottles like whiskey, rum, tequila, and Jägermeister, as well as bar tools and cocktail recipe books. Crates turned on their sides can display artwork, collections or eye-catching bar accessories. And use the space behind the bar for displaying artwork – it’s the perfect backdrop.
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Whimsical cart Life can be too serious – it needs a touch of whimsy! This delicate cart has handpainted bar accessories, like a marbled dish to display vintage tools, to add a unique touch. By grouping together complementary bar pieces, or other items, they appear purposeful and not haphazard. Select things that carry a similar theme, but don’t worry about getting everything to match perfectly. Arranging vibrant glassware in the same shade, like these cerulean coupes and Martini glasses, or displaying bar props with similar patterns provide a no-fuss, interesting look.
Turn to page 50 for steps on how to upcycle your own drinks trolley.
Taken from The Art of the Bar Cart, £16.99, published by Chronicle Books.
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Max McMurdo U p c y c l i n g GURU
After a restful break in the Scottish Highlands, Max looks back on his achievements in 2017, reveals his Christmas wishlist and makes some resolutions…
appy 2018 everyone! I hope you’ve managed to put down the glue guns and step away from the paint brushes for a few moments to spend time with family and friends. I confess I’m a bit of a workaholic and didn’t have a break last year until November, when I managed to escape to Scotland, travelling around in a campervan for two weeks. It made me realise we all need a bit of headspace from time to time.
My tour of Scotland gave me lots of time to think and take in the craziness that was 2017. I filmed four different shows – Shed of the Year, Find It, Fix It, Flog It, How to Live Mortgage Free and £10K Holiday Home – upcycled over 50 different items (including an entire caravan and a two-bed cottage!) and wrote my second book. Along the way, I’ve met incredible and inspirational people – like Steve Davies from Team Unlimbited who makes children’s
prosthetic limbs for free – and filmed with the hardest working production teams who go to extreme lengths to ensure we capture the footage required to create inspirational shows. I’ve loved every minute and feel blessed to be able to follow my passion for a living. Despite my full-on schedule, I’ve managed to fit in time for my new van conversion. It’s the most car-like van I’ve ever had the pleasure of owning and it’s already undergone the full Reestore treatment. Out came the bulkhead, in went the insulation, scaffold boards, poles and copper pipe, and I now have a slightly off-road-looking van that doubles up as a mobile workspace with a pull-out workbench, sofa, desk, coffee maker, music, double bed and everything you need for the ultimate upcycling machine. You’ll get to see the full makeover in an upcoming issue! I decided this year to make all of my Christmas presents by hand, and the only present I asked for was a new Estwing axe from my mum which is one of the most beautiful objects I own. The rest of my friends and family kindly made a donation to my Just Giving page, which is raising funds to allow me to go to Kenya in May to help build a school and incorporate some upcycling and eco-solutions into the design. If you’d like to donate, keep an eye on my Twitter feed where I’ll be posting a link. I have several New Year’s resolutions, but my most important one by far is to consider
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While touring Scotland in a campervan, I took time to reflect and make plans.
At the top of my Christmas wishlist: one stylish-looking axe.
We launched our new-look website in December which now has a more blog-like feel to it, so I can keep you up to date on my upcycling exploits. We’ll also be selling a few branded items we love, including a beautiful apron, enamel mugs and our new pocket-sized ‘little gold tin’ – packed with useful bits and bobs including washing
tablets, a bar of soap, chewable toothbrush, plasters and a wrapped sweet. Priced at £10, it can be passed on to an individual you feel would benefit from its contents and sentiment, and £2.50 from the sale of each tin will go towards funding the Soupervan, our community project to help improve the lives of the homeless in Bedford.
It’s good to give something back – the Soupervan has proved a great hit on the streets of Bedford.
what other people are going through. Away from the media limelight, I had a challenging 2017 and found that we’re always encouraged to paint a positive picture of our lives – especially by social media – when many of us may be going through pressures that others are not always aware of. Therefore, in 2018 I’m going to try to be more empathetic, understanding and patient with others.
Filming in the Reestore workshop.
It’s been a busy year… With Sarah Beeny and Damion Burrows on How to Live Mortgage Free.
Keep up to date with Max’s latest projects
It was lots of fun judging Shed of the Year with these guys.
Working with Julia Bradbury on £10K Holiday Home.
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From Swedish lagom to Japanese KonMari, the experts agree that decluttering your home is the route to a happier, healthier you. Whether you’re looking for a practical or philosophical approach, these ideas are sure to help reignite your spring-cleaning mojo… Words by Lindsey Harrad
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The KonMari method
We love the framed collection of vintage tools and kitchen implements in Mary Berry’s kitchen.
The concept: If you want to learn everything from how to ‘store bras like royalty’ and find a home for all your komono (those tricky-to-store miscellaneous items), then Japanese tidying consultant Marie Kondo’s now legendary hand-holding approach will appeal. Marie believes life only begins after you have put your house in order, and says we should keep only items that genuinely ‘spark joy’. She advocates tidying by category not location, and to complete the discarding process first, so this method does create chaos before the calm. However, it’s designed to be a once-in-a-lifetime process and when your home is organised the KonMari way, you’ll never have clutter again.
Give it a go: Upcyclers will love repurposing boxes to store small accessories and jewellery, which can be made beautiful by covering with all those pretty things that spark joy but have no obvious home, such as old postcards, bits of wrapping paper and gift bags. When you’re sorting through old jewellery and hair accessories, use pretty earrings that have lost their partner as pins on a display board covered in a gorgeous piece of fabric; while necklaces and hair ties you no longer wear but still love can be reused as curtain tie-backs or to add sparkle to coat hangers.
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Marie says: ‘If you think that tidying up just means getting rid of clutter, you’re wrong. Always keep in mind that the true purpose is to find and keep the things you truly love, to display these proudly in your home, and to live a joyful life.’
Good housekeeping The concept: Queen of the kitchen Mary Berry brings her trademark calming, commonsense approach to household management and cleaning. It’s more WI meeting than ontrend Japanese philosophy, but following her straightforward, sensible tips for each area of the home will certainly bring order without the need for a radical overhaul. There are tips handy for upcyclers on everything from removing sticky labels from old jars to cleaning delicate fabrics and suede, perfect for reviving those flea-market finds.
l Spark Joy by
Marie Kondo, £10.99, published by Vermillion.
l Mary’s Household Tips &
Tricks by Mary Berry, £20, published by Penguin.
Mary says: ‘My assistant Lucy has a classic Victorian cupboard underneath her stairs. She transformed it into a baking cupboard by taking the door off, adding shelves and painting the inside. If she’s baking a cake then everything can be done in there, and all the mess contained, keeping the rest of the kitchen nice and clear.’ Give it a go: Mary recommends using ecofriendly products such as vinegar, especially for glass, windows and mirrors. If you don’t want a ‘chip shop’ smell, make your own fruit-infused vinegar. Find a large Kilner jar and pour in white vinegar until three-quarters full. Add citrus peel – try lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit – and a few sprigs of mint or a cinnamon stick. Leave to infuse for a month, then strain the vinegar and pop into an empty spray bottle to use around your home.
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When beautifully folded and arranged, your best linen, bedspreads and throws can look stylish even in open storage such as a glass-fronted dresser.
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Gather all those ribbons, strings and other odds and ends into a wooden box to make wrapping gifts a breeze.
Make your own eco-friendly fruity vinegars for cleaning around the home.
The concept: Apparently the Danes are the happiest people on earth, and it’s all down to hygge (pronounced ‘hu-gah’). The art of finding joy in simple pleasures is the cornerstone of living a life with a little more hygge – baking a cake, cosying up with a good book by an open fire or watching the sunrise. To get the look, Jonny Jackson and Elias Larsen suggest creating a sense of sanctuary and cosiness by layering throws and cushions with different textures, infusing rooms with the aroma of natural oils, making displays and crafts using natural and found materials, putting candles in every room, and connecting with nature by arranging simple seasonal flowers and foliage in jam jars.
in a layer of softness, you can lose yourself in a book, watch a film or have a nap.’
Jonny and Elias say: ‘When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing lovelier than curling up on a sofa piled up with cushions and snuggling under a cosy blanket or quilt. Cocooned
l The Art of Hygge
Give it a go: Vintage hankies or fabric scraps from other projects make perfect dried lavender bags to tuck into your pyjama drawer or under your pillow to promote good sleep. Mug cosies are the epitome of hygge – upcycle old woolly socks by cutting off the foot part, turning inside out and hemming the raw edges. Cut a slit down the side for your mug handle and overstitch or use fabric glue to seal the edges. Add buttons, felt appliqué motifs or any decoration you like to personalise.
by Jonny Jackson and Elias Larsen, £9.99, published by Summersdale.
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Less is more
Beth says: ‘Tidying is not a quick-fix solution: it’s a practice, a daily intention, an approach to living. It’s a tool that helps us focus on the quality of things in our lives, not the quantity.’ Give it a go: We love Beth’s suggestion of focusing on the idea of ‘less is more’ when it comes to displaying your favourite pieces. As you get rid of items you no longer want, need or like, don’t be tempted to refill the space to capacity. Instead, think about ‘negative space’, a term used in photography to describe the empty area around the main subject of the photo. This open space allows you to focus on the main attractions, whether it’s a favourite piece of handmade pottery on a windowsill or a group of prints on the wall.
l The Little Book
of Tidying by Beth Penn, £5.99, published by Octopus Books.
Lagom harmony and balance
The concept: While the Danish have hygge, the Swedes have lagom, a word that essentially means ‘not too much, not too little, but just about right’. Lagom (pronounced ‘law-ghum’) encapsulates the ‘everything in moderation’ approach to achieve harmony and balance in your home. The lagom philosophy is ideal if you prefer to make changes at a more relaxed pace, as Elisabeth Carlsson advocates removing one thing from each room every week for a few months and noticing how your energy lifts. Lagom is all about keeping things simple – when you buy a new thing, get rid of two old things to compensate. When you add something new, invest in pieces that are beautiful, functional and well made (especially handmade) that will last – or reinvent old pieces through upcycling.
Elisabeth says: ‘The lagom look has to do with striking a balance between wellbeing and sustainability. Natural materials, such as wood, cork and stone, are key elements. An emphasis on nesting and comfort is also important, so think of layering textiles such as linen, wool, and woven wall hangings and rugs.’ Give it a go: To bring the outside in, collect and display twigs, acorns, driftwood or stones from the beach. Paint old tins to plant up herbs on your windowsill and try to have seasonal blooms and foliage in every room – recycled
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The concept: No time to wade through a philosophical tidying tome? This to-the-point handbag-sized guide is perfect for time-pressed declutterers. Designed to empower you to discard what you no longer need, regain control of your home and make life easier and happier, professional organiser Beth Penn teaches how to see tidying as a tool to enjoy a better quality of life. She believes that decisions about what to do with your own stuff can be tough to make – and in each chapter introduces a concept then provides simple activities and checklists to guide your tidying. We like her idea of taking photographs of the cluttered areas to help you see what needs to be done more clearly.
containers such as jam jars rather than formal vases are ideal. As an alternative to table displays, hang delicate floating fern circles in your windows, attaching the fronds to a metal ring with floristry wire.
l The Lagom Life by Elisabeth Carlsson, £22.50, published by CICO Books.
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Even your laundry room can be stylishly organised with a few well-chosen accessories and storage containers.
The big green clean
The concept: A very practical approach to cleaning your home using eco-friendly methods, Toni Hammersley encourages you to declutter as you go too – after all, it’s harder to keep spaces clean when they are untidy. If you’re not the type to vacuum your office chair every month or deep clean your lampshades twice a year, prepare to feel a little like a filthy failure, however, you will feel empowered to abandon bleach and embrace baking soda. Toni also suggests assembling the perfect cleaning caddy to save time gathering supplies each time you feel inclined to clean, and provides checklists for daily, weekly and monthly chores. Our favourite tip – write cleaning cards with different tasks on and encourage everyone in the family to take a card and get stuck in! Toni says: ‘Extend your home décor into the laundry room. It will help make laundry days more enjoyable. Hang a favourite collection (or start a collection) of old sock-drying stretchers, washboards, or vintage photographs of washday.’ Give it a go: We love the idea of making chemical-free, reusable tumble-dryer sheets.
Simply add 10 drops of your favourite pure essential oil – try lime, peppermint, geranium or lavender – to squares of cotton cloth (a great way to use old baby muslins) and pop into the dryer once your clothes are done. Leave for five minutes on a no-heat cycle and your washing will have a lovely fresh scent.
l The Complete Book of Clean
by Toni Hammersley, £22.50, published by Weldon Owen.
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Little and often
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Wabi-sabi: the perfectly imperfect
Julie says: ‘Wabi-sabi is a mindset that helps you move towards needing fewer objects and material possessions to make you happy. It inspires us to be resourceful and creative with whatever we’ve been given and to express gratitude by joyfully sharing it with others.’ Give it a go: The wabi-sabi aesthetic is all about organic, natural materials and a sense of authenticity. Out with plastic items, synthetic fibres and mass-market reproductions. Instead, scour flea markets for beautiful old linens to use as napkins or to repurpose as cushion covers; find ways to display meaningful letters, pictures and collected treasures; use mismatched chipped handmade ceramics; and when upcycling furniture
© Julie Pointer Adams and Ryan J. Adams
The concept: Applying the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi to entertaining, Julie Pointer-Adams encourages us to celebrate the ‘perfectly imperfect’ and discover the beauty found in unusual, unfashionable places or objects, and in moments usually overlooked or unappreciated. Taking a more wabi-sabi approach is about pushing aside those images of glossy interiors on Instagram and creating your own ideal way of living. Focus on mindfulness, minimalism and make-do-and-mend. The wabi-sabi way means creating your own floral display gathered from the garden, rather than using a shop-bought bouquet.
think about ways to bring out a piece’s natural beauty. An easy way to inject the wabi-sabi look is by incorporating unexpected objects from nature around your home – go hunting for the perfect round rock to use as a doorstop or find a straight branch to use as a curtain or towel rail.
The concept: Former celebrity PA to clients such as Lily Allen, Vicky Silverthorn set up her own business to provide professional organisation and decluttering services. With glowing testimonials from the likes of Jonathan Ross and Jamie Dornan, Vicky’s approach aims for ‘friendly levels of organisation’ rather than show-home perfection, a simple-living philosophy that’s easy, not exhausting, to maintain, and is achieved by tackling clutter in bite-sized chunks. Vicky says: ‘Imagine how satisfying it would be to set yourself a smaller challenge – say, reorganising one drawer, going through its contents carefully and thoroughly and completing the task without rushing. Trust me, the buzz you will get from this will give you more satisfaction than you think… Let your decluttering motto be “little and often”.’ Give it a go: Sentimental items are often the hardest to let go of. Vicky suggests making a memory box to keep a select few precious mementoes that don’t need to be on display – she’s made one from a vintage suitcase she keeps on display in her bedroom. Get creative with your choice of box and make one for each category of memories, such as for your wedding day or a child’s first year.
l Start With Your l Wabi-Sabi Welcome by
Julie Pointer-Adams, £22.99, published by Artisan.
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Make it in January
From party barware for a chic celebration, to cosy accessories to add a bit of Danish hygge to your home, we show you how to start the new year upcycling in style.
Marble-effect drinks trolley Kate Beavis
Prosecco pegboard Nikkita Palmer & Billy Barker
Log-slice table Hester van Overbeek
Cutwork appliquĂŠ blanket Juliet Bawden
Felted pompom slippers Debbie von Grabler-Crozier
86 Yo-yo cushion cover Jemima Schlee
Party cocktail glasses Cassie Fairy
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Bar carts are having a real revival, adding sophisticated style to any gathering. We show you how to get the designer look for a fraction of the cost, combining fashionable rose gold and marble. Project and photography by Kate Beavis
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you will need Old serving trolley Screwdriver Soapy water and a cloth Tin foil Primer spray paint Rust-Oleum metallic spray paint in Rose Gold Fablon marble sheets Scissors Scraper Stanley knife Black electrical tape (optional)
Using a screwdriver, remove the shelves from the frame and, if possible, the wheels too (A). Wash the trolley using soapy water. If there is any rust on the chrome frame, scrunch up a piece of tin foil and dip into the soapy water. Gently rub the rust with the foil to remove it (B). Wash again and dry fully.
In a ventilated room or outside, spray the frame with primer and leave to dry (C). When the primer is fully dry, spray the frame with a rose gold paint (D). Apply two coats if necessary, for good coverage.
A fine finish
To get a good even finish with the paint, spray the top side of the frame and then, when it is dry, turn it upside down to spray the underneath.
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Place the shelf on the underside of the Fablon and cut out enough to cover it, adding an extra 2–3cm (¾–1¼in) all around (E). Carefully peel 5cm (2in) of the Fablon away from the backing and slowly apply it to the shelf, carefully smoothing out any bubbles with a scraper as you go (F).
Using a Stanley knife, carefully cut the Fablon around the inside lip of the shelf and remove the excess material (G). Continue to smooth down the Fablon using the scraper, until you have a perfect surface.
Cover the edge of the shelves with black electrical tape, if needed (H). White would also work well. These edges could be painted instead, if you preferred.
Screw the shelves back onto the frame and reattach the wheels. Add drinks, glasses and barware to finish the look.
Source it Check out sites such as Freecycle and Gumtree to find your trolley. The Fablon used for this project is available from www.vinylwarehouse.co.uk.
‘Never again will your drinks parties be a dull affair – just make sure you finish the look with eye-ca tching, re tro barware’
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. ww.katebeavis.com w www.magpiewedding.com katebeavisvintage vintagekateb yourvintagelife
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Following the Scandi pegboard trend, we take this versatile design out of the office and into the kitchen, with a simple use of pallet wood, chalk paint and a touch of gold. Project and photography by Nikkita Palmer and Billy Barker
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1 you will need Pallet wood 90cm (35½in) long, enough to make a width of 65cm (25½in), plus 3 pieces measuring 65cm (25½in) (or an offcut measuring 90 x 65cm/35½ x 25½in) Screws Screwdriver Tape measure Pencil Metre rule Drill 10mm (3/ 8in) drill bit 22mm (¾in) flat drill bit Clamp Sandpaper Vintage Rocks Chalky Paint in Whiteout, Petticoat, Baby and Mineral Matt roller and paint tray Masking tape Gold acrylic paint Small paint brush 2 pallet wood slats 11 x 60cm (41/ 3 x 23¾in) 102cm (4in) hole saw (diameter of the base of your bottle) 21mm (¾in) and 9mm (1/ 3in) dowel (or broom handle) Hand saw Tongue and groove offcuts Letter stencils Gold bulldog clips M6 nuts and bolts
First make your pallet wood pegboard. Place the pallet wood slats side by side (right side facing down), then place three further pieces of pallet wood in the opposite direction on the back. Secure in place with screws. Alternatively, old cupboard doors, scrap pieces of MDF or plywood will work just as well for your board.
Next mark a grid to drill the holes. Split the board into three areas: 15cm (6in) at the top, 40cm (15¾in) in the centre and 35cm at the bottom. From your sections, work out the distance between each hole. We allocated a hole every 2cm (¾in) in the top and bottom sections, and every 5cm in the centre section. From these measurements, draw the grid on the front of the wood with a tape measure and metre rule (A).
Starting from the top, use the 10mm (3/8in) drill bit to make the holes in the cross of each box in your grid (B). Ensure your drill is straight to avoid wonky dowels later on. You may want to clamp your wood to a secure surface to avoid it moving. If your pallet board is already made up, you will have thicker areas where the supports are underneath; we drilled through these just the same. Once you have drilled all the smaller 10mm (3/8in) holes in the top and bottom sections, make the larger 22mm (¾in) holes in the centre section.
Use sandpaper to go over the back and front of your freshly drilled pegboard (C). To get a good edge, roll your sandpaper up to smooth the holes.
Paint the pegboard in Vintage Rocks Whiteout, using a matt roller and paint tray (D). Apply a second coat, if needed, and leave to dry.
Once the paint is dry, mask out geometric shapes using a good quality masking tape (E). Paint the shapes with Petticoat, again using a matt roller, and use a mix of Baby
Roll with it
A roller works much better than a brush to paint the board, as it won’t clog up the holes. We left the holes unpainted, so that the wood contrasts with the white surface.
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‘This piece is sure to impress your guests as a fun bu t contemporary kitchen bar’ with a hint of Mineral for the central shape. Remove the tape and allow to dry. Mask up the thinner lines and, using a small paint brush, add the gold (F). Remove the tape and leave to dry.
Source it Find all the shades of Vintage Rocks chalk paint at www.vintagerocksinteriors.com.
Now make the shelves. Take one of the wide pallet pieces, mark out three evenly spaced 10cm (4in) circles and use a hole saw and an electric drill to cut each one (G). Be sure to clamp your wood to a secure surface and place a piece of scrap wood underneath. Sand this shelf and the second piece of pallet wood, then cover both with Whiteout. Add a touch of gold to the inside edges of the circles and the shelf edge. Add Petticoat to the edges of the second shelf.
Cut five pieces of the 21mm (¾in) dowel, each measuring 15.5cm (6in) (H). These are the pegs for your shelves. Cut eight pieces of the 9mm (1/ 3in) dowel to measure 10cm (4in). Sand and paint the tips of all dowel pieces in gold (I).
Place the thicker dowel pegs into position on the middle section of your board, to hold the top and bottom shelves. Place the thinner pegs below your bottom shelf, using two per glass so the stems can slide onto the pegs.
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Cut the tongue and groove into random widths wide enough to accommodate your letter stencils. Sand as needed and paint with a mix of Baby and Mineral, then stencil on the letters for ‘Prosecco’ in Whiteout (J). When dry, attach bulldog clips onto each one and fix into the holes at the top of the board using M6 nuts and bolts.
About the designeRS
Graduating from Nottingham Trent University with an everexpanding surface design portfolio, Nikkita now runs Nikkita Palmer Designs with her partner Billy. Together they create bespoke furniture and homewares from reclaimed materials, and also provide a personal design service offering everything from sourcing and refurbishments to wedding and event prop hire. www.nikkitapalmer.com NikkitaPalmerDesigns nikkitapdesigns nikkitapdesigns
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Party cocktail glasses Itâ€™s party time! If you want to make your mix-and-match wine glasses and Champagne flutes into a cohesive collection, here are a few makeover ideas to dress up your glassware for any celebration. Project by Cassie Fairy, photography by Andy Greenacre
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you will need Wine, cocktail and Champagne glasses, washed and dried Masking tape Paper towel Rust-Oleum Mode in Pure Aqua Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Berry Pink Rust-Oleum Crystal Clear Protective Top Coat Doilies Small paint brush PVA glue Scissors Glitter Metallic or patterned washi tape
Source it You can pick up odd glasses at car-boot sales or in charity shops at very low prices. It doesn’t matter if the glasses don’t match, as the colours and decoration you add to the stems will help them to look great together on your bar cart as part of your party décor.
Doily decorated base
Mask off all areas of the glasses that you don’t want to spray-paint, using masking tape and paper towel, leaving just the stems exposed (A).
Use a fine coat of spray paint to add colour to the stems of the glasses (B). Work around the glasses to ensure you cover all angles of the stems. Allow to dry and add a second coat of paint, if needed. Once dry, you can spray on a layer of protective finishing coat, if you like. Give a doily a coat of spray paint in the same colour and allow to dry.
When the paint and finishing coat are dry, remove the masking tape and paper towel from the glasses. Turn the glasses upside down and paint a thin layer of PVA glue across each base (C). Allow to dry a little until it becomes tacky, then press the edge of the doily onto each base, with the painted side facing down towards the stem.
Allow the glue to dry thoroughly before trimming the excess doily away from the base of each glass (D). Brush on another thin coat of PVA glue and allow to dry.
Using your glassware
These painted glasses will now no longer be dishwasher safe. If you want to reuse them, you’ll need to gently handwash the top of the glasses, avoiding the painted stems and decorated bases.
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‘Adding washi tape to the stems is a quick and easy way to decora te your glasses for a party theme, then just remove it a t the end of the even t’
Glitter base Alternatively, you can decorate the base of the glasses with glitter. Simply cover the underside with PVA glue and allow to become tacky (E). Press into a dish of matching (or contrasting) glitter until the entire base is encrusted in sparkles (F). Allow to dry a little before adding another coat of PVA glue on top of the glitter to keep it in place (G). Dry thoroughly before using.
Washi tape You can add a temporary decoration to unpainted stems using washi tape. Either wind the tape around the stem, or cut a piece that’s long enough to cover the centre of the stem and fold it around (H). If you need a wider piece of tape for a thicker stem, combine two pieces of washi tape together by matching up the pattern and cutting to length. Wrap around the stem as before.
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-bystep projects and videos on her money-saving DIY blog. www.cassiefairy.com cassiefairy cassiefairy cassiefairyblog cassiefairy
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Hester van Overbeek Salvaged wood upcycler After chronicling the renovations of her beachside home on her blog, Hester’s Handmade Home, Hester van Overbeek has accumulated a big following on YouTube and authored four books on the subject of upcycling and furniture hacks, each packed with projects you can easily attempt yourself. We catch up with Hester and chat about her love of reclaimed timber and how it inspired her latest book, Made with Salvaged Wood.
What do you like about working with wood, and how did you learn to use woodwork tools?
All photography © Hester van Overbeek unless otherwise stated
I love the fact it’s so versatile and you only need a few tools to really make something special. From a young age my dad showed me how to DIY and the rest is curiosity, reading books and blogs, and just trying things out. As long as you read up on the safety aspects of your tools, you should just give woodwork a go.
Do you have any favoured types of salvaged wood? I love old floorboards – even better if they’re covered in layers of old paint, creating a beautiful patina. If a piece of old wood has a beautiful grain on it I tend to leave it in its natural state; pallet wood and reclaimed bits of furniture look great with a lick of paint.
Where do you source salvaged wood for your projects? Reclamation yards are my favourite place to shop. I like to look at the old floorboards they have, as well as pieces of furniture that
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Hester stores timber and tools in her garden workshop. Concrete plant pots made from moulds.
can be taken apart. I also ask if they have a woodpile; most yards have a massive stockroom of timber.
Do you have a special workspace for your DIY and craft projects?
Handmade pompoms add a fun pop of colour to a woven basket.
I have a workshop at the back of the garden. It’s a combination of a granddad shed and little photo studio. It doesn’t have any power but it’s a great space for me to keep all my timber and tools.
What else do you like to upcycle?
All photography © Hester van Overbeek unless otherwise stated
I love giving our recycling a new lease of life – jam jars and bottles get turned into candle holders and lights; plastic cups are great to use as concrete moulds too. Although I live near the beach, there’s rarely any driftwood, but I do always look out for sea glass and bits of pottery to use.
Where do you find your inspiration? I’m a magazine addict and love reading any kind of publication. Pictures in magazines whether they are fashion, food or interior-related are a great inspiration.
Tell us about your YouTube channel. I tend to mix the difficulty level of my makes, posting a big DIY project one week followed by a small craft piece a week later. I love how the channel reaches people all over the world. It’s most popular in the US and the UK, but I have
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Hester’s top 5 tips for working with salvaged wood
Have a good look around your shed, attic or workshop before you buy timber. You might have what you need already lying around, such as offcuts, leftover planks and old pieces of furniture.
Coffee jars decorated with temporary tattoos.
Be adaptable in your building plans. The piece of timber you have will determine the dimensions of your build. Make sure you properly clean and debug a piece of wood before you bring it into your house. You don’t want to invite any unwelcome creepy crawlies into your home!
If a piece of wood has a great patina, layers of faded old paint or an amazing groove, leave it as it is. You can never recreate that beautiful aged look with paint and stains.
Just go for it! Sketch out your idea, take the right measurements and start building. If it doesn’t work, just take it apart and start again.
views from all over the globe. Content stays on there for a long time, so it’s interesting to see how all of a sudden a very old (cringe-worthy!) video can become popular.
How many of your upcycled pieces decorate your home? I like to make items that I would use in the house, but often I have to make special-themed projects on commission. If I kept everything I made, my house would be full to the brim! I give pieces away, bring them to the local charity shop or take them apart ready to be upcycled again. I’m known to do a double or triple IKEA hack!
Does your Dutch heritage influence your work? I think it gives me a certain aesthetic. The Dutch interior style is similar to the Scandinavian
look, but with an added element of humour. The Dutch don’t take themselves too seriously which you can see in their interior style. I also have an American style influence to my makes – it might have something to do with having a slight obsession with Martha Stewart.
Your house has a very calm interior style. What do you do to make it a sanctuary? I tend to stick to the same colour palette: white, natural wood and little pops of colour. I’m also a bit obsessed with minimalist interiors – I could never have a minimalist home as I have way too much stuff, but I dream of a clean, white, empty interior. I love a good declutter and when I haven’t used something for a year it has to go. The words ‘minimalist’ and ‘upcyclist’ don’t really go together, though!
Turn the page to make Hester’s upcycled log side table.
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Hester’s new book, Made with Salvaged Wood, has a range of projects, from simple home accessories to shelving and furniture, all made from recycled wood. www.hestershandmadehome.com hestershandmade byhestergrams handmadehome
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Use pieces of firewood to decorate a storage cube, turning it into a contemporary and eye-catching side table. Project by Hester van Overbeek, photography by James Gardiner
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A you will need Logs Flat screwdriver Mitre saw or circular saw Large clamps Oven and baking tray Storage cube, 30 x 30cm (12 x 12in) 4 table legs, 25cm (10in) long Small screws Drill Wood glue
‘I love this table as it goes with almost every interior, from a classic décor to a more modern minimalist look, adding an outdoor vibe to your home’
Collect a few logs of different diameters – two 15cm (6in) logs were enough for a storage cube measuring 30 x 30cm (12 x 12in), but much depends on the width of your log (A). Try to use straight logs as they will be a lot easier to cut.
Remove any loose bark by prising it off with a flat screwdriver (B). If the bark is attached tightly, you can leave it in place.
Cut the logs and branches in slices roughly 5mm (¼in) thick. You could use a handsaw, but it is quickest to do this using a mitre saw or circular saw if you have one (C). Take great care and make sure the log is kept in place with clamps before you cut it.
Use your oven to condition the wood slices and to kill any bugs that might be lurking in the wood. Arrange the slices on a baking tray and ‘bake’ in a low oven at 110C/ fan 90C/gas ¼ for 1 hour (D). Check on the slices every 15 minutes. Allow them to cool.
Attach the legs to the base of your storage cube using small screws (E). If the legs are angled, make sure they all slant in the right direction.
These second-hand retro table legs have an elegant, modern shape. You could, of course, use hairpin legs or plain pine feet instead for a different look.
When the slices have been conditioned, arrange them over the cube sides, butting them up closely (don’t cover the top – it’s nicer and more practical to keep this smooth). Work on one side at a time. When you are happy with your arrangement, glue the slices in place with wood glue (F). When the first side has dried, turn the cube over and cover the second side.
Project taken from Made with Salvaged Wood, £12.99, published by CICO Books.
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Cutwork appliquĂŠ blanket Cuddle up on the sofa with this redesigned snuggly wool throw, created from two old blankets combined with some simple stitch work. Project by Juliet Bawden, photography by Antonia Attwood
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C you will need 2 light-coloured natural fibre blankets Dylon All-in-One Fabric Dye in Intense Black and Navy Blue Basic sewing supplies Tracing paper Pen or pencil Scissors 1 ball of Wendy Merino 4 Ply in Birch Embroidery needle
Following the manufacturerâ€™s instructions, dye the first blanket in Intense Black and the second one in Navy Blue. When dry, cut off the old bound edge from each blanket (A). Make sure the blankets are the same size and cut away any spare fabric.
Enlarge the cat template onto tracing paper and cut it out. Pin the pattern onto the blue blanket. Working carefully, cut out the cat shape and discard the fabric (B); it is the cat-shaped hole you are using.
Place the blue blanket on top of the black one so that the edges match up evenly. Pin around the cat-shaped hole, adjusting the shape until it looks right (C).
Dyeing natural fibres
Choose the lighter of the two blankets to dye with the lighter colour, and the darker one with the darker colour. The blankets will need to be made of natural fibres or else they will not take the dye very well. If your blankets are made from wool, they will shrink slightly and felt if you dye them in the washing machine, but this gives a nice dense feel, creating a snuggly blanket.
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Cut a length of wool and thread it through the embroidery needle. Tie the ends together as you are going to work with the thread double. This will make the stitches stand out. With the knot hidden between the two blankets, start working a running stitch through both layers, sewing around the cat (D and E), removing the pins as you work. Sew in between the blankets to secure the ends.
Pin the edges of the two blankets together. Using the same double thread and a blanket stitch 1cm (3/8in) deep, sew the two blanket edges together, to make one doublethickness throw (F).
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. www.creativecolour.org julietbawden creative_colour8
‘Using dye is a grea t way to repurpose unwanted blanke ts to complemen t your curren t furnishings’
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Keep your toes toasty in these snuggly slippers! Made from felted wool created from an unloved sweater or leftover yarn, they are easy to customise and require minimal sewing. Project and step photography by Debbie von Grabler-Crozier, main photography by Kirsten Mavric
Felted pompom slippers
you will need
Old woollen sweater or 100% pure wool yarn (I used 3 balls of Wendy Traditional Aran 100% British Wool in Tarn) Crochet hook or knitting needles (optional) Basic sewing supplies Fat quarter of felt Fat quarter of Vlieseline Style-Vil sew-in foam interfacing Sewing machine Fabric glue Fat quarter (46 x 56cm (18 x 22in)) of leather Hole punch Embroidery thread Large pompom maker Yarn from stash Darning needle
Begin by creating your felted fabric. This can be done in two ways. Either find a large pure wool item like a throw, sweater or scarf and wash it on the highest setting of your washing machine with about five tennis balls and your usual detergent. Dry flat. If the item is very large, cut it down to a more manageable size. Alternatively, knit or crochet a large square measuring approximately 60 x 60cm (23½ x 23½in), then wash as above. During the wash it will shrink quite a bit. I have worked a square in double crochet (US single crochet) (A), which when washed created my felted material (B). You must use 100% wool for this, otherwise the material won’t felt when washed.
Use the template (see page 74) to cut two uppers from your upcycled felted fabric. Cut two mirror-image soles from
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Template shown at 50% Photocopy at 200%
These slippers are designed to fit UK size 7â€“8. To make a bigger or smaller size, increase or decrease the sole template using a photocopier, remembering to leave space for the seam allowance. The sole is the important one to get right because it is fairly rigid; the upper has enough give to fit most feet.
C the fat quarter of felt for your lining, plus two mirror-image soles from the foam interfacing, making them slightly smaller than your felt ones, so the foam will not be visible when you assemble the slippers.
Sew the backs of the slippers up to form the upper (C). Use a zigzag stitch with the two pieces butted together, as the felt is too thick to sew a seam.
Glue the foam interfacing onto the centre of the felt lining (D), tidying the edges of the foam, if needed.
Source it You can find Vlieseline Style-Vil foam at www.ladysewandsew.co.uk. This will give the base of your slippers a wonderful cushiony cloud on which to walk. For the leather, you could recycle a leather jacket or bag, or buy a bundle of large scraps on sites such as eBay.
Lay the laminated sole lining onto the shiny side of the leather (E). Baste the upper onto the sole using large stitches and thread (F). You can ease the upper on if you want to get a
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Leather is tricky to stitch, as it tends to slip and won’t pull easily through the feed dogs on the sewing machine. To help, place a piece of printer paper under the sole between the leather and the feed dogs. Sew as normal, then tear the paper away.
‘Follow the European custom of having a baske t of slippers by the fron t door to offer friends when they call’ perfect fit. Sew the soles onto the upper with a normal seam all the way around, 6mm (¼in) from the edge (see tip, above). Remove the basting stitches. Trim the leather back so you have a nice even edge (G).
From a scrap of leather, cut two strips about 2 x 8.5cm (¾ x 33/8in) and punch a hole in each end (H). Sew the leather tab to the back of the slippers with some embroidery thread.
Make two pompoms by winding your yarn around the pompom maker and complete as per the instructions. When you remove the pompom, give it a good trim to make a nice neat ball, leaving the long ends that you tied the pompom with. Using a darning needle and the long ends, attach the pompoms to each slipper.
About the designer
Debbie von Grabler-Crozier has been a professional craft writer for over 20 years and contributes regularly to magazines, as well as having written several books. She believes craft and upcycling go hand in hand, and loves the way nothing goes to waste. ww.sallyandcraftyvamp. w blogspot.co.uk debbievongc craftyvamp sallypup craftyvamp
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A simple project with great style, upcycle your old jeans to make gorgeous plant pots – no sewing required! Project and photography by Claire Armstrong
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A you will need Dressmaker’s scissors Old jeans, about 1 pair per planter Used tin cans Tape measure Mod Podge glue Glue brush Pins
With a pair of scissors, cut the seams, hems and waistband from the jeans. Cut as close to the seam edges as you can. You only want the double-stitched seams of the jeans which tend to be on the inside leg.
Measure the circumference of your tin can, then cut the seams to this length (A). Carry on cutting the denim until you have enough to cover the whole of the can.
Lay out one of the denim strips right side down and paste the wrong side liberally with Mod Podge glue. Cover the outside of the tin in glue as well (B).
Denim waistbands mixed in with the seams look great on larger catering-sized cans for bigger planters.
Stick the denim strip around the outside of the tin, and hold it in place by securing the two ends together with a pin (C). Continue to glue denim strips to the tin, ensuring there aren’t any gaps between them, until the whole can is covered (D and E). Use a new pin to hold each strip of denim in place.
Once the glue has dried thoroughly, remove all the pins. To tidy up the place where the seams meet, glue on another denim strip (F), and pin in place until it dries. The denim can is now ready for your plant.
These denim cans look really good with cacti and succulents – place a layer of pebbles in the bottom before adding the soil to help with water drainage. Or you could use the tins for craft storage or to hold utensils.
‘To show off the differen t shades of indigo and add texture to the design, I used just the seams and hems for this upcycle’
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. www.pillarboxblue.com pillarboxblue pillarboxblue pillarboxblue pillarboxblue
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Yo-yo cushion cover
This pretty little cushion is perfect on an office chair, a bed or a sofa and the yo-yo design is a good way to use up interesting fabric scraps. Project by Jemima Schlee, photography by Emma Sekhon
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mix & match
Choose fabric scraps with two or three similar colours, but with different patterns. Then arrange your yo-yos in a random design, to get a homemade, eclectic look.
Making yo-yos A yo-yo maker is a great tool for turning scraps of fabric into embellishments to revamp soft furnishings or garments.
l With your fabric right side down on the outer half of the yo-yo maker, clip the inner half on top and cut out a circle using the outside of the maker as a guide. l With the thread doubled, stitch around the fabric using the guide holes in the yo-yo maker to create a tacked hem around the edge of your circle of fabric.
E you will need 15 scraps of fabric, each measuring at least 11.5cm (4½in) square 4.5cm (1¾in) yo-yo maker Pen or fabric marker Basic sewing supplies Thread to match fabric Sewing machine Fat quarter (46 x 56cm (18 x 22in)) of linen Iron 36cm (14in) zip Knitting needle or other blunt tool for pushing out corners 45 x 30cm (18 x 12in) cushion pad
Make 15 yo-yos following the instructions (see details, right). Your panel will measure five yo-yos by three, so decide how to arrange them. Start sewing the yo-yos together, holding them face to face or right sides down (A). Sew about 1cm (3/8in) of overstitch (see details, on page 80) to join them together.
Stitch the top five yo-yos together in a row. Do the same with the two rows of five
below. Now sew the rows of yo-yos together, each time sewing the edges together for 1cm (3/8in) where their edges touch (B).
Zigzag stitch all around the raw edges of the piece of linen to reduce fraying. Fold over one short end of the fabric to lie 2.5cm (1in) below the other and press the fold with a hot iron. Fold it the other way, align the edges and press again where the new fold bisects the previous pressing. Open your fabric out. You now have creases that will help you to position the yo-yo panel on the cushion cover (C).
Position the yo-yo panel on the linen. Place the centre of the middle yo-yo at the point where the creases cross. This should leave about 12.75cm (5in) on either side between the yo-yo panel and the long raw edges of the linen. Pin down all the way around (D), then sew to the linen by hand using overstitch.
Fold your work in half, right sides facing, so that the two short ends of the linen align. Pin or tack along this edge and stitch 1cm (3/8in) seams for just 5cm (2in) at either end of this edge. Press the seam open (E).
l With your needle and thread still attached, separate the outer and inner parts of the yo-yo maker and gently ease the fabric away from them. l Draw your needle and thread to gather the edges of the circle of fabric into the centre. l Make a few small stitches on top of each other to hold the gathering in place and finish it off. If you don’t have a yo-yo maker, cut circles of fabric 9cm (3½in) in diameter. Fold in the raw edges by 1.2cm (½in) and tack with regular-sized stitches, 3mm (1/ 8in) in from the folded edge. Use doubled thread for strength. Draw the thread tight, gathering the outside edge of your circle into the centre, and finish off the thread securely by overstitching several times.
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‘Na tural linen is beau tifully simple ye t luxurious, and the flower-like yo-yos crea te an a ttrac tive panel in the middle’
Place your zip right side down over the gap in the seam and tack it in place. Turn your work right side up and check that you’re happy with the zip opening and the position of your tacking, which you will follow when stitching in the zip (F).
Using the zipper foot on your machine, stitch all the way around 6mm (¼in) from the zip teeth, following your tacking line and reversing back and forth at either short end for strength. Turn your work inside out, and with the tube of linen right sides together, press it flat so that the zip lies 2.5cm (1in) from the bottom
G folded edge. Align and pin or tack the two raw sides (G) – make sure that the zip is at least one-third open before you machine stitch 1cm (3/8in) seams along each side.
How to overstitch With your two pieces of fabric aligned, or pinned or tacked together, bring up your needle from within one folded edge to the front of your work. Now push your needle through the folded edges of both pieces of fabric and from the back to the front at a slight angle, catching a few threads of fabric from each. Pull the needle and thread through and repeat, spacing your stitches between 3mm (1/ 8in) and 6mm (¼in) apart.
For a well-filled cushion, your finished cover should be smaller than the cushion pad.
Turn the cushion cover the right way out through the zip. Use the end of a knitting needle or other blunt tool to prod the corners from the inside. There’s no need to clip these the corners; cushion pads rarely make their way right into the corners of a cushion cover, so the excess fabric helps to fill them. Finally, stuff the cover with your cushion pad and close the zip.
Project taken from Fat Quarter Gifts, £12.99, published by GMC.
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COLUMN A break from filming with the rest of the builders’ teams.
Charis Williams From shiny and glossy to rustic and distressed, how Charis converted one family to her reclaimed style with a little teamwork and a TV crew.
his month, I’m taking you on a journey behind the scenes of Episode 10 of my recent TV series, Getting the Builders In, on BBC1. On the show, two teams of builder/designers compete to win the work of homeowners by presenting their ideas. The team that’s successful then has to bring the project together on budget. Before we met the homeowners – the Daglish family – my teammate Chris Kirk and I were sent photos of the room and the brief: they wanted extra cabinets and shelves in the same style as the one in their front room. We
didn’t think we had a hope in hell of winning this job – these people didn’t seem to like colour or natural wood, or anything apart from white! The client had a very shiny home, a brand-new white gloss kitchen, and every wall was white. They didn’t look like they’d be interested in anything rustic, salvaged or upcycled, but loving a challenge the way I do, I decided it was time for a change! When we arrived at their home, I had to make some jokes about stepping into ‘the white house’. Then I laid it on the line and said: ‘Honestly folks, I can tell you’re really into your white and your shiny new gloss and
I’m afraid that’s not what I do at all, although I do have some ideas for you and I’d like you to keep an open mind. What I will do is create a really warm and cosy family room with natural reclaimed wooden shelving and custom-built cabinets, handmade by myself with reclaimed wood and forged steel accessories.’ Much to my surprise, they seemed to dig everything I said. There were lots of smiles and lots of questions. They asked about soundproofing the walls, which I said I’d be happy to do, and we’d probably look at cladding the walls in pallet wood behind the shelving to cover the soundproofing and make the room look and feel warmer and inviting. Chris and I went and waited in the car for the other builders to put their ideas to the family. Soon enough, we got the call to say we’d got the job, and I couldn’t wait to get home and start designing
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these problem alcoves into awesome storage areas with style! After the family had approved my design work, I headed off to my local wood recycling centre to get essential supplies, and paid another visit to their home to measure up. You’ve got to be really careful with your measuring onsite when the home you’re building for is a two-hour drive away – there’s no time to go back and check anything. No pressure, then! When I got back to my workshop the building commenced on the pallet panelling, which was sanded after painting with Vintro chalk paint for a rustic cosy feel. Next I started work on the shelves and cabinets. I’d bought all the scaffold planks the wood recycling centre had – it was going to be very tight! Several had splits or were warped for portions of the lengths so I couldn’t use those parts; some had nails in them which had to be pulled out; one had a big patch of paint that I had to chisel off; and all of them had to be sanded to remove decades of dirt. This was a big job! I didn’t want to remove all the character from the boards, I just took them back far enough to make them clean, smooth and bring out the detail in the grain. I created a recess in the ends of the boards for the cabinets for a perfect corner join; to do this I used a router, which was great fun! Everything was going so well until – drama! – I decided to work late to get ahead, and ironically had an accident that set me back a day. I was using the router when it suddenly made an awful noise; upon inspection I realised I’d broken the router bit and the collet was bent out of shape. I spent the evening on the internet trying to find replacements but no-one could get them to me for the next day, so I drove to several tool shops the following morning and rang everywhere I could think of, but I couldn’t get a replacement collet anywhere. This was a total disaster! In the end, Chris came to the rescue and hired a router, which made our outgoings increase and totally messed with my work schedule and level of stress, but we didn’t have a choice. To make matters worse, the camera crew had turned up
Sanding back the paint for that rustic look.
Perfect cabinet corner joins made with the router.
at the workshop while I was out trying to solve my router problems. With the hired router primed and ready to go, I started work on the second cabinet which would be two scaffolds deep, so I had to join them before even starting to build the structure. Chris was set to work sanding the massive pile of scaff shelves! I handmade the doors to fit inside the cabinets, so they didn’t make the
depth any deeper. The family wanted the long cabinet to be flush with the edge of the alcove, but the smaller one would be deeper so the TV could sit on top. I also created the feet for the cabinets from offcuts of scaffold board, and attached them with screws into recessed holes so they wouldn’t stick out and scratch the floor. I really love the angle-iron edges to these cabinets
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– it finishes them off perfectly. Because angle iron is prone to rust with the slightest moisture in the air, I sealed all the shelf brackets and all the furniture pieces with car lacquer. The day had come… off we went bright and early to install our client’s bespoke alcove shelving. First we attached plywood to the wall with rawl plugs; this would mean we had a wide margin to put our screws through to attach the panels, that would later be covered up by the shelves. Next we soundproofed the back of the panels with cork before installing them. It was looking good! I’d designed the shelves with angle-iron side brackets so they didn’t interfere with the cladding – they also look pretty snazzy, if you ask me, and will be far stronger than your usual shelf bracket. Once the wood was waxed, we were finished. It was dark, I was tired and hungry, and I wanted to go home. But it was all worthwhile when we heard how much the family love their new lounge. Chris and I packed up the van and headed out for one of the most delicious burgers I have ever eaten! l You can watch this and other episodes of Getting the Builders In on BBC iPlayer. The soundproofed panelling made from pallet wood.
Angle-iron adds character to the edge of the cabinets.
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.
Charis Williams aka The Salvage Sister
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In the spotlight Each month, Charis chats to an original artist working with upcycled materials.
John Lembo, lamp designer and maker Your upcycled lamps are to die for! What started you off on the lamp-maker road? About three to four years ago I went to a ‘big box store’ to buy a lamp and was very disappointed at their basic, boring and expensive selection. I started thinking I could make a high quality, interesting, one-of-kind lamp for a comparable price. So about 10 months ago I started researching ideas, pricing materials, and collecting vintage and antique items that I thought would make unique lamps. I then created an Instagram account and sold two lamps in the first two hours of posting pictures to my feed! About a month later I was asked to participate in a local handmade market – this gave me the motivation to get some lamps made. I went into the market super-nervous and sceptical that I would sell any lamps, but it went great! And most of all I was inspired and encouraged to keep creating.
Where do you find all the awesome vintage pieces you use? Anywhere I can! Antique stores, estate sales, eBay, second-hand stores, yard sales, garage sales, the trash. I even offer customers the opportunity to bring me their own vintage items to be transformed into a lamp. For me, the hunt is just as fun as the build. I love the distinctive red cord you use on your lamps – but why red? When I first started making lamps as a hobby, I wanted a colour that popped. I wanted the cord to be part of the piece rather then something you had to try to hide or disguise. I loved how the red cord brought the piece to life and made it stand out. I loved it so much I made it the name of my business – Red Cord Lamp Co. Where are you based and does this influence your work? I’m based in Seattle, USA. I would say that the city definitely influences my work – it’s filled with so many inspiring, creative and artistic people. I truly believe that Seattle awakened an aspect of myself I never knew or realised existed. If you would’ve told me a few years ago that I would be creating art some day, I would’ve laughed you down the street. Seattle has brought out the artist in me. l To find out what John’s currently working
on, go to Instagram at redcordlampco or email firstname.lastname@example.org for inventory, prices and commissions.
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Moroccan-style stencilled cupboard Reminiscent of the patterns found on Arabic screens and doors, this modern stencil brings boho chic to a plain cupboard. Project and photography by Nicolette Tabram
Wipe down the cupboard with a damp cloth to remove any loose dirt or greasy marks. If it is particularly dusty, use a vacuum cleaner, which is also very useful for removing cobwebs.
you will need Cupboard with recessed panels on the doors Damp cloth Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Belgrave Brushes for paint and varnish Polyvine Decorators Varnish in Dead Flat Finish Nicolette Tabram Souk Stencil Spray adhesive Ruler Bristle stencil brushes, ideally one large and one small Nicolette Tabram Stencil Paint in Purbeck Metallic gold acrylic paint
Remove the drawer and stand upright on the floor before painting. Apply two coats of paint to the exterior of the cupboard and the drawer front, then allow to dry (A).
Decant some of the varnish into a suitable container and add a little water to dilute it slightly. This will make it easier to apply the first coat onto the porous paint. Using a wide brush, apply an even coat to all painted surfaces and allow to dry (B).
Lightly coat the back of the stencil with spray adhesive. Place at the top of the recessed panel on the door, with one of the stars roughly in the centre. Use a ruler to locate the actual centre point, then adjust the stencil position and smooth down (C).
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Source it The stencil, stencil paint and brushes are all available to purchase from Nicoletteâ€™s website at www.nicolettetabram.co.uk.
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‘Small cupboards like this can be picked up cheaply, providing very useful storage. The addition of a little gold pain t adds a lovely glamorous touch’ Dip the tip of the brush into the stencil paint, removing as much as possible on the side of the pot. Apply the paint through the holes in the stencil with a small, circular movement. Lift the stencil and reposition, overlapping some of the shapes already painted (D). As the stencil paint is applied so thinly it dries very quickly, which means the stencil can be lifted and repositioned immediately.
Continue down the length of the panel, then begin at the top again, repeating the process to complete the pattern across the width of the panel. Repeat on the other door.
using the small stencil brush (E). Repeat on the other door, mirroring the layout of the gold stars. Wash the stencil with warm soapy water when you are finished.
Apply another coat of varnish over the whole cupboard and allow to dry.
Time to cure
Leave the varnish to harden off for a couple of days before placing items on top of the cupboard.
Reposition the stencil over the pattern. Pick out random stars and apply the metallic gold paint on top of the stencil paint,
Ideally, use a different stencil brush for the gold paint, but if you’re using the same brush, wash and dry it thoroughly before applying the second colour. A damp brush will thin the paint, potentially causing it to bleed beneath the stencil. When applying the gold paint, you can use small pieces of sticky notes or low-tack tape to protect the areas around the star motif.
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Concrete and glass vase Turn a plain glass vase into a contemporary piece to display structural plants, using concrete and a little know-how. Project by Elke Reith, photographs and styling by Uli Glasemann, Roland Krieg and Elke Reith 89 089-90_RL50[proConcreteVase]NTSJLB.indd 89
you will need Plastic bowl, about 10cm (4in) high, 13.5cm (5¼in) in diameter Cooking oil and brush Concrete mix Glass container, 20cm (7¾in) high, 10cm (4in) in diameter Newspaper Sand or stones to use as weights Fine-grit sandpaper
Brush the inside of the plastic bowl with cooking oil.
Add water to the concrete mix and pour the mixture into the bowl to a depth of 1–2cm (½–¾in). Stand the glass container in the middle, pushing it down slightly, and continue to fill the bowl with concrete up to the rim. Shake the bowl gently to release all the air bubbles and to create a flat surface.
Line the glass container with newspaper to prevent it getting scratched and weigh it down with sand or stones.
‘Cheap and versa tile, concre te is fan tastic for moulding in to unique homewares for tha t industrial chic look’
Leave the concrete to set for several days. When ready, carefully remove the plastic bowl. Sharp or uneven edges can now be rubbed down with sandpaper.
Working with concrete l If you are mixing a big batch of
concrete, we recommend that you use a drill with a mixer attachment to prepare the mixture. l Cooking oil spray is particularly good for
oiling a mould. Although it is a little more expensive than cooking oil bought in normal bottles, it can help to ensure that even the smallest crevices are covered with oil. l In order to prevent concrete objects from
Project taken from Concrete Creations, £12.99, published by Search Press.
scratching the furniture or the floor, it is a good idea to stick self-adhesive felt gliders on the base of the finished object. You can buy these in various shapes and colours.
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Give an old chair a neoclassical makeover with the soft, muted shades of the Annie Sloan palette. Here Old Violet and Louis Blue Chalk Paint have been softened with White Chalk Paint Wax.
♥ Upholster chairs in a complementary fabric. This one was covered with Annie Sloan Coloured Linen in Old White & Old Violet for a cool Scandinavian look.
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Wreath ‘how to’ Search for long, pliable twigs, so they can bend easily to form a circle without snapping. You might have to use quite a few pieces for this. Use florists’ wire to fix twigs together as you work round to make a circle. It doesn’t need to be perfect, the more uneven it looks, the better! Add dried seed heads, pine cones, or even feathers as I have with mine. Hang your wreath with a piece of ribbon or twine. You can change what you decorate it with depending on the season – dried hydrangea heads make beautiful wreaths in the winter, in the spring try moss and grape hyacinths to welcome the season into your home.
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