Seaside creations Meet three artists inspired by our coastline
Pack up a Picnic Pretty Lunchbox makeover
colour in the kitchen
Transform a retro suitcase into a portable bar
Discover Annie Sloan’s Latin-inspired palette Max McMurdo
How a modern house became an Upcycled haven
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On your bike
Toolbox-scrap greetings card
T-shirt yarn necklace
Carrier bag art Simple weaving ideas
From rusty hull to beautiful dwelling
The only tricky bit is stopping Our Revive range makes upcycling so fun and simple, you wonâ€™t want to stop. www.johnstonespaint.com
Having grown up by the sea in Cornwall, I have a great fondness for days spent on the beach combing the shore for washed-up treasure, which is why this month I’m delighted to showcase the talents of three artists who’ve taken inspiration from the coastline to create beautiful works from repurposed materials (page 32). The countryside too can offer some real gems for upcycling and reloving. Take a look at our feature to see how the rusted shells of former shepherd’s huts are being converted into beautiful spaces, providing a quaint extra ‘room’ in the garden (page 22). When the sun is shining there’s nothing like hosting a get-together in the great outdoors, and we’ve got some fabulous ideas to make it go with swing. For a unique talking point, have a go making a cocktail bar from a vintage suitcase (page 60), or create a thrifty tablecloth using lace doilies and a handful of bright dyes (page 73). Alternatively, check out our revamped bicycle basket to have a truly portable picnic in style (page 50). Finally, thank you to everyone who took part in our recent survey. Many of you would love to see more of our readers’ amazing upcycles, so turn to page 16 for our new Reloved by You page. If you have a project you’d like to share, send us photos via social media and you could win a year’s subscription!
Lou Butt, Editor
Cover images Kitchen cupboard (main): Annie Sloan.com Tray bon: Chloe Hardisty Masterclass: Lens Love Photos On your bike: Kristy Noble Fashion fix: Jason Jenkins Carrier bag art: Antonia Attwood Shepherd’s delight: The Fourpenny Workshop
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Contents features 22 Shepherd’s Delight How neglected Victorian shepherd’s huts are being restored into beautiful dwellings
32 Beside the seaside Three artists inspired by our coastline to make unique works from repurposed materials
41 My reloved home American upcycler Sausha Khoundet brings shabby-chic style to her modern house
77 Meet the maker Mixed-media artist Kirsty Elson on how she creates handmade cards from found objects
08 Creative Hub
Upcycling news, products, workshops and events for your diary
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Get inspired by readers’ own upcycling projects
Creative ideas and how-tos from the latest books
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50 Vintage picnic set 56 Shibori denim beanbag 60 Vintage suitcase cocktail bar
Our paint expert shows how to add a touch of bold colour to your home, by combining with neutral tones
64 Woven wall hanging
Max champions the upcycling cause, from glitzy awards to wacky and wonderful sheds
67 Tablet holder 70 T-shirt yarn necklace 73 Dyed doily tablecloth 78 Recycled bike card 89 Tea-light votive covers
90 Painted floral tray
Masterclass 81 Wooden cable spool sign
The Salvage Sister enjoys a bit of home DIY which doubles as a handy workshop clearout!
Free book* Annie sloan paints everything 81
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COLOURMAN PAINT Simply beautiful
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Create a simple table by painting a couple of stacked pallets in Lavender Cuprinol Garden Shades, and use an offcut of timber for the top.
â™Ľ Turn your garden into the perfect space for entertaining. Paint wicker furniture and soften with gathered rugs, lanterns and cushions to watch a movie projected onto an old sheet.
Creative Hub News ♥ events ♥ products The restored vintage Bedford TK horsebox is available for holiday lets.
LIVING IN A BOX The creative team restoring old horseboxes into eco-friendly luxury living spaces If you dream of taking in the great outdoors and living off-grid in luxury for your summer getaway, check out the idyllic House-Box at Canopy & Stars – a handcrafted haven with panoramic views over the Welsh hills. Hidden away in a secret garden, the House-Box is a vintage Bedford TK horsebox, lovingly converted into a fantastic homely space with reclaimed materials throughout, demonstrating upcycling and restoration at its very best. And
House-Box team Zack, Jake and Dean.
behind all the handcrafted rustic charm lies innovative green technologies, including a rainwater harvesting and filtration system that makes the water safe to drink, as well as solarpowered electric lighting, sockets and even an integrated sound system. This horsebox renovation was the work of Dean Crago and his partner Hannah, and the success of this build inspired him to turn a hobby into a full-time occupation with his company, also called House-Box. Now Dean, along with his team, is a sought-after expert in converting mobile and static off-grid spaces into bespoke, technologically equipped handmade homes. As well as working on existing spaces like buses and boats, the team also build bespoke structures in the way of treehouses and stacked shipping containers. The latest project they’ve completed is a horsebox called Helga, which has an impressive interior made from reclaimed wood and salvaged materials (pictured right). ‘When Helga first arrived she was still very much a horsebox – complete with hay and poo!’ laughs Dean. ‘With the addition of lots of engineering and customisations, we built her back up from scratch and added heaps of off-grid wizardry, so that her owners can truly be at home, wherever in the world they choose to park up.’
Find out more The House-Box team are currently starting three new conversions in their workshop near Glastonbury, and you can watch their progress through pictures and videos on their Instagram and Facebook accounts at Houseboxhousebox and also on their website at www.house-box. co.uk. For House-Box holiday lettings, go to www.canopyandstars.co.uk.
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AGED TO PERFECTION As well as its latest range of outdoor paint called Al Fresco, Frenchic has also launched a new product that adds a crackle effect to paint. Frenchic Easy Crackle can be applied between two contrasting colours of chalk paint, the first giving the colour of the crackle and the second the overall colour of the project, to give an aged appearance to your DIY and furniture upcycling projects. As with all Frenchic products, the Easy Crackle is safe to use on children’s toys, and does not include VOCs for an all-natural finish. l Frenchic Easy Crackle is £9.95 (250ml) at www.frenchicpaint.co.uk and stockists nationwide.
ON YOUR MARKS
VOLUNTEER CHAMPIONS Homelessness charity Emmaus Village Carlton has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest award given to voluntary groups across the UK for their outstanding work in the local community. Emmaus Village Carlton supports 35 formerly homeless people (known as ‘companions’) by giving them a place to live, meaningful work in a social enterprise and an opportunity to regain
lost self-esteem to help rebuild their lives. Many of the charity’s communities have workshops where companions, staff and volunteers work together to restore and sell furniture. This gives them the chance to learn new skills, while also taking great pride in giving old items a new lease of life. l To find out more, visit www.emmaus.org.uk/ village_carlton.
Glam up your borders and pots with these vintage, silverplated cutlery handles which have been brought back to life as charming herb markers, complete with signs of their previous life. Every letter is stamped by hand, so the spacing and alignment may vary, making each handle totally unique. l £14.95 for a set of six from www.annabeljames.co.uk.
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Treasures from the past Vintage and antique objects and textiles form the story of these beautiful and intricate sculptures by mixed-media artist Claire Read of Little Burrow Designs. ‘I love to give life again to unloved or unused objects from the past. It doesn’t bother me if an item is in a far from perfect condition – for me that merely enhances its story. Somehow I connect emotionally with the objects I choose to work with, almost like secretly they know what they would like to be. I love the thought that as an object reaches the end of its useful life, someone like me still sees value in it, and decides to rework it into something new – and so it begins life again, in a different form.’ Each whimsical and nostalgic storybox is created by mixing these old objects with vintage textiles and haberdashery, and are given a theme of literature or music. Many pieces feature a nod to days gone by with words that are typewritten or sculpted out of wire. l View Claire’s work at www.littleburrowdesigns.co.uk.
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Cosy up Keep dry with this cuddly picnic rug made from recycled bottles. It looks and feels like wool, but is stain- and mould-resistant, and machine washable. l £45 from www.afternoah.com. Find stockists at www.weavergreen.com.
Totes amazing Upcycled from vintage deckchair canvas and bouncy castle vinyl, this durable and colourful bag is the ideal vessel for days out. l £19.50 at www.wyattandjack.com.
No-one can resist a classic game of cards – especially when you pull out this original Vogue deck from Waddingtons. l £55 from www.theoldcinema.co.uk.
Whether you’re picnicking at the beach or cuddled up round the campfire, make sure your summer outings are full of vintage charm and cool accessories.
Sail away Perfect for indoor and outdoor relaxing, the seat of this butterfly-construction chair is designed from old sailcloth by French artisans based in Brittany. l £465 from www.houzz.co.uk.
Add a bit of style with a seventiesinspired enamel mug from Orla Kiely – just the thing for a cup of hot chocolate round the campfire. l £12.95 from www.wildandwolf.com.
Woven from recycled cotton and jersey material, this vibrant rug would make the perfect centrepiece for your alfresco lunch or to glam up a tent. l £12.95 from www.dotcomgiftshop.com.
Keep your cool More practical than a wicker basket, pack up a picnic in this vintage-style paisley lunch bag, made from recycled plastic bottles. l £3.95 from www.dotcomgiftshop.com.
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DIY wedding We absolutely adore this floral natural linen ribbon and these pretty green heart and lace doilies from Pipii. They’re perfect for wedding reception decorations with the ribbon tied around a jar of flowers, or the heart doilies stuck onto traditional-style bottles to serve drinks for the guests. l Linen ribbon £7.49 and heart doilies £4.50, from www.pipii.co.uk.
Glorious glamping Planning an intimate outdoor wedding party or summer garden soirée? Provide shade during the day and a cosy space to retreat to in the evening with a bell tent decorated with handmade crafts, natural textiles and
colourful cushions for a relaxed, boho feel – or go retro with painted furniture, vintage treasures, and mix-and-match crockery. l Luxury Harlequin Bell Tent £499, from www.boutiquecamping.com.
FUN FOR ALL It’s easy to make your own garden games to provide some light entertainment for your summer guests. Take a leaf out of Little Wishing Well Co’s book and paint old tins, cover them with wrapping paper and tie brown string around the middle for a vintage, shabby-chic tin can alley – and you can decorate them to match the theme of your gathering.
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right place, as this blog aims to bring eclectic wedding inspiration to you in a bubble of wedding-related yumminess!’ Be inspired by beautiful ideas, from the enchanting woodland boho nuptials to the ethereal and fine art wedding, to help make your day individual and unforgettable. www.whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com
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For everything bright, beautiful and unique when it comes to tying the knot, check out the Whimsical Wonderland Weddings blog by Louise Baltruschat Hollis, who started blogging in April 2010 while planning her own wedding day. From personal musings and a place to bookmark her wedding finds, it soon grew into a resource followed by couples, so she continued in her quest to inspire others, turning it into a fun and relaxed ideas hub featuring some of the UK’s most stylish, creative and happy weddings. With gorgeous images supplied by wedding photographers, Louise focuses on real weddings that are dictated by personality, exploring their themes, handmade ideas and inspiration – with each one listed under a specific tag, it’s easy to find what you’re looking for, whether it’s a classic, rustic, alternative or vintage wedding. You’ll also discover ideas on what to plan for your big day, including fashion, stationery and décor, alongside some fabulous DIY tutorials. See how easy and budget-friendly it is to make a flower crown, stamped linen wedding napkins and metallic jars and bottles for flowers. ‘With Whimsical Wonderland Weddings what you see is what you get and it doesn’t fit into any box,’ says Louise. ‘If you love a little bit of everything in life you have come to the
Photograph: Caro Hutchings
WHIMSICAL WONDERLAND WEDDINGS
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CAR BOOT-IFUL This quirky car-seat sofa would be the talking point of any social gathering. Transformed by Smithers of Stamford from an old classic car, it is fitted with comfortable reclaimed wooden boat seats and even has working headlights,
to really get the party going! And because very little has been done to the vintage bodywork of the car, scratches and the aged patina are all still gloriously visible. l £ 3,950 from www.smithersofstamford.com.
Our very own contributor Kate Beavis has started a Vintage Pin Club for all fans of nostalgia, vintage and retro – in particular, those iconic pieces from the 20th century that you would fight over at a car-boot sale. For people who want to literally wear their vintage on their sleeve (or lapel or jumper), the Vintage Pin Club offers an exclusive launch of a vintage enamel pin every month, featuring your favourite nostalgic designs. These are limited – there are only 100 made – and there are two ways to get hold of one: as a one-off purchase or by subscribing to the Vintage Pin Club at www.katebeavis.com/ vintage-pin-club.
Chalk it up New to the DIY store shelves is Johnstone’s Revive Chalky Furniture Paint (£9.99/750ml). Coming in five pretty shades – Cushion White, Dusty Morning, Vintage Duck Egg, Antique Sage and Little Beau Blue – each can promises to be hardwearing, quick-drying and low in odour. Team it up with Johnstone’s Finishing Wax for a truly professional finish to your painted furniture. l Visit www.johnstonespaint.com for stockists and tutorials.
June’s vintage pin is the much-loved classic 1960s pull-along wooden toy dog.
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DIARY What’s happening around the country in the coming months.
22–23 July The London Artisan Old Truman Brewery, London
A diverse shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers. Don’t miss the free talks and workshops in collaboration with other cultural and creative organisations. www.thelondonartisan.com
METAL WORKS Copper has been at the forefront of interior design now for quite a few seasons, and it doesn’t show signs of disappearing any time soon. It’s an easy way to add colour or a touch of industrial chic to your home in a subtle way. There are lots of paint companies selling coppercoloured paints and sprays that you can apply to furniture, or check out sites such as Enviromate or Freegle to see if you can pick up some free trade waste copper pipe to play around with. If you’re in need of some inspiration, try the Copper Candelabra Workshop hosted by the London Craft Club. Join homewares expert Melodie Telliez to learn basic metalwork techniques, including how to cut copper pipes, attach them together and finish them to create your own copper design. The next workshop is on 18 July and costs £55; book at www.londoncraftclub.co.uk.
23 July– 2 September TRAIL 2017 Teignmouth, Devon
Back again for another year, this sculpture trail along the seafront features work by professional artists and community groups who have taken up the challenge of creating beautiful and engaging pieces made from recycled materials. www.trailart.co.uk
10–13 August UK Festival of Quilts NEC Birmingham
Europe’s leading patchwork and quilting event with over 300 exhibitors, professionally curated galleries of quilts from leading international makers, workshops, talks and demos, plus a magnificent display of competition quilts. www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk
14–15 August Antiques and Home Show Lincolnshire Showground
SPOTTED ON ETSY Garden birds will love splashing around in these pretty mosaic baths, which have been created using a range of salvaged materials including ceramic tiles and broken china plates, stuck onto a terracotta dish and waterproofed. Created by Handmade by Hippo at www.etsy.com/uk/shop/handmadebyhippo
Some of the finest exhibitors from the UK and Europe selling everything antique and upcycled including art, pretty vintage, salvage, bric-a-brac, gardenalia, jewellery, curios, militaria, glassware and china. www.asfairs.com
12–13 August Firle Vintage Summer Fair Firle Park, Lewes
A fabulous two-day event featuring a great line-up of vintage-style jazz bands and musicians, a range of traditional and creative workshops, antique and vintage homeware stalls, a vintage car show, and an artisan tea-room and champagne bar. www.firlevintagefair.co.uk
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‘I found this sewing cabinet when clearing out my shed. Inspired by the chest of drawers in issue 42, I set to work transforming it into a colourful planter. I painted it turquoise and white, then replaced the original handles with ceramic knobs found in a second-hand store. In the top section I added chicken wire, covered with an old sack, to make a lining for the soil.’ Helen Parker-Bishop
A gorgeous reimagining of our planter idea – and a great way to salvage a chest of drawers that’s past its best.
‘The palette here is based on a peacock’s plumage, made from blending Vintro chalk paint in Cobalt and Teal, with the carved details brought out using a mixture of Vintro chalk paint in Moonstone and clear wax. The fabric was painted with a diluted mix, lightly sanded between layers, then sealed with clear wax. This makes it look and feel like leather.’ Mandy Welton
We love the soft, blended look of this regal chair and how the fabric tones with the whole piece.
From bed to bench
‘I repurpose a lot of old headboards and bed frames into benches – and I love how they all turn out differently! I added some pretty moulding to this one and painted it in Sweet Pickins Milk Paint in Sweetwater, then used a little dark wax to highlight the details.’ Sausha Khoundet
What a unique piece! This would work in a hallway, on a patio or to provide a country kitchen with a useful seat.
‘This side table started life as an unloved wooden industrial storage box I bought at a brocante in France. I applied an olive oil and white vinegar mix which gave it a deep natural colour, then turned it on its side and attached 1950s tapered legs to turn it into a table.’ David McConnell
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Bookshelf This month we’ve been reading about…
Hand-crafting beautiful greetings cards and stand-out leather jewellery; sewing ‘half-yard’ fabric pieces into gorgeous things for the home; and combining digitally mastered photos with fabric to create stunning mixed-media masterpieces.
Half Yard Home
Easy sewing projects using left-over pieces of fabric Author: Debbie Shore Publisher: Search Press Price: £9.99
Debbie Shore started her career as a children’s TV presenter, became an actress and needlecraft demonstrator, and is now a best-selling sewing author with a column in a popular magazine. Having been passionate about sewing for 50 years, I think we can safely say she knows a thing or two about it! Her latest sewing handbook is packed full of creative ideas for recycling leftover pieces of cotton fabric into 30 pretty but practical hand- and machine-sewn projects that won’t break the bank. The only rule is that each piece of fabric must be less than half a yard long (although some use several pieces in combination). Basic sewing techniques are explained at the start, and each project is accompanied by step-by-step instructions and easyto-follow photographs. Chapters are dedicated to the living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom and picnics. With ideas for storage (fabric basket, magazine box and reversible knitting bag), table decorations (place mats, table runner and napkins), kitchen accessories (oven mitt, bag dispenser and coffee cosy), gifts/accessories (garment protector, tablet holder – see page 67 – and pumpkin pillow) and picnic fare (bottle bag, bread bag and cushion), there’s something inside for everyone.
Reader offer Half Yard Home is available to Reloved readers for the special price of £8.99, with free p&p. Go to www.searchpress.com and enter code SP8843. Offer ends 31 July 2017.
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House of Cards
Step-by-step projects for beautiful handmade greetings cards Author: Sarah Hamilton Publisher: Pavilion Price: £14.99
In this imaginative hardback, Sarah Hamilton, founder of the ‘Just a Card’ campaign, brings together nine fellow artists to celebrate the art of handcrafted greetings cards and champion the marketplace. She hopes to inspire others to sell or license their own designs by providing a brief introduction and history of card-making before showcasing 10 conceptual projects to try at home. Employing various crafting techniques (screenprinting, decoupage, paper cutting, letterpress, textile foiling, digital illustration, and incorporating found objects – see page 78), this book beautifully illustrates each design, with interesting background on the artists, inspiration behind their ideas, and step-by-step photographs and instructions.
Digital Fiber Art
Author: Wen Redmond Publisher: C&T Publishing Price: £21.99
This stimulating guide to combining digitally altered photos and surface materials to create mixed-media designs centres around artist Wen Redmond’s passion for photographs and fabric. With stunningly illustrated ideas for digitally printing/layering images onto fabric, paper and other surfaces using a variety of techniques, it is jampacked full of information covering computer software and scanner/copier techniques, layering and blending images, printing processes and paint methods. Whether you’re interested in photo quilting, fabric and paper art, digital and mixed-media art, photography or art and design, you can’t fail to be inspired by the transformational approaches in this book.
Creative Leather Jewelry
21 stylish projects that make a statement Author: Christina Anton Publisher: Lark Jewelry Price: £24.99
If you love strong statement jewellery – and crafting – then you’ll love this stylish guide to creating contemporary jewellery from leather. With a background in architectural design, Christina Anton now works full time with jewellery and accessories, and her bold concepts accentuating form, pattern and colour are a testament to her creative career. Twenty-one ideas for earrings, necklaces and bracelets are featured, with chapters on tools, techniques and basic materials (leather hole-punch, feathers, beads and jewellery findings), as well as templates for each design. Just follow the illustrated instructions to discover how versatile leather can be.
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Are you a bit timid when it comes to brighter colours in your home? With Annie’s know-how you can introduce a bold palette in more subtle ways, by combining it with neutral shades. often tell people ‘I’m all about colour’. I’m obsessed with colour and am forever finding inspiration all around me! It could come from a rainbow-hued bunch of flowers on the dining-room table, the bright colours found in folk embroidery or a painting by one of the American expressionists. It’s not just about the individual colours though; it’s about combinations. Selecting the right palette of colours to work together is actually pretty simple if you know how – and I’m here to help! The trick is to use a lot of neutral colour as a base and be sparing with the brighter colours. On this kitchen dresser I’ve actually used six very different colours from my colour palette, but it all works together and here’s why... If I’d just used the bright bold colours of Antibes Green, Florence, Napoleonic Blue, Barcelona Orange and that hot pink mix of Burgundy and Old White from my Chalk Paint range it would be a tad jarring on the eye. However, by using a base colour that is a medium tone – in this case my neutral and warm French Linen – it makes it work. This lovely soft neutral allows the other bolder colours to really pop, especially as they contrast against each other.
Paint your furniture with a neutral base, then add small highlights of bright colours.
Down Mexico way Wanting to have all these gorgeous colours together, I knew that I should look to a bohemian style for inspiration. I’m a big fan of this artsy look, with its fearless mishmash of clashing colours, patterns and cultures. It’s all about an expressive, hand-painted way of working, so for those fine lines of vivid colour I was quite haphazard in the application. It gives it a homely, folksy finish. The end result,
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‘Be bright! Be bold! But fear not, being bright and bold does not have to be in your face!’ paired with my favourite bold and beautiful ceramic kitchenware, reminds me of a kitchen in Mexico or Latin America. To create a similar look, start by using one of my Pure Bristle Brushes and paint your dresser with Chalk Paint in French Linen. Move the brush in all different directions to create a slightly textured, painterly finish. Once the paint is dry, use a small artist’s brush to paint contrasting complementary colours around the edges of the doors and the raised moulding. I specifically paired together colours that were slightly clashing to create that bold, bohemian look. Don’t worry too much about being neat and tidy with the lines, you want it to look hand done and folksy! For the inside, choose one of the vivid shades you used on the exterior. I chose my brilliant Barcelona Orange – its happy hue always brings a smile to my face when I open the dresser! Once you are happy with the paintwork, allow it to dry and then finish by applying a couple of coats of Clear Chalk Paint Wax. I always use my Wax Brush for waxing as it makes it so quick and easy, and it’s perfect for getting into tight corners and edges. I then use a lint-free cloth to wipe off any excess wax. The wax not only protects the paint, it also makes it wipeable – perfect for a piece in the kitchen!
Textiles are key I love that the top cupboard of this came with its own vintage key, and wanted to make sure that I didn’t lose it. So, what could be more perfect than to create a bright fabric tassel and to make a feature of it as a fun accessory! Made with offcuts from my Coloured Linen, I started by cutting them into strips and
then plaited a large section of Aubusson & Provence Coloured Linen together. I looped the plait to create a handle, and fixed this by tying it together with brightly coloured embroidery thread. For the longer part of the bottom tassel I roughly cut strips of fabric – this creates beautifully frayed edges. I then tied the strips together with the thread and attached brightly coloured plastic beads. The shorter tassels were made by using a stitch un-picker to unravel the weaving on scraps of my Coloured Linen. This creates loose threads which I tied together with contrasting embroidery string. To finish, I sewed the beaded tassel parts to the blue plait, wrapping extra pink and green thread around the ends to hide the join. Coloured Linen is perfect for this decorative addition, as I designed the range to complement my Chalk Paint and Wall Paint. Each of the fabrics feature two carefully chosen colours from my Colour Palette, with the warp and weft woven together to produce a complementary and contrasting effect.
Have a go
If you’re inspired to create a Bohemianstyle piece of furniture, the Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan range is made in the UK and comprises 34 decorative and historic shades which combine well to provide a larger colour palette. Chalk Paint is available from Annie Sloan stockists – located in the UK and across the world – and online. For a Colour Card or further info, call 01865 803168, email email@example.com or visit the website at www.anniesloan.com.
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Shepherdâ€™s delight While Victorian shepherds tended their sheep, little did they know that the simple tin or wooden wheeled huts they used as shelter would become the latest garden must-have in generations to comeâ€Ś Words by Lucy Evans
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Above: ‘Finding an original old hut laying in a hedgerow is becoming almost a thing of the past now, but you may get lucky,’ says David Morris. ‘Buying a new build or making a good replica yourself is the most likely route to hut ownership these days.’
‘Originally used as mobile accommodation so the shepherd could follow and tend his flock in remote countryside, these huts are also the perfect project for the keen upcycler’
rom David Cameron to Kate Humble, it seems numerous celebrities have literally jumped on the bandwagon and ordered themselves a shepherd’s hut as an extra working space or garden retreat. To be honest, who can blame them. The appeal of these huts is obvious and instant – as they have wheels they usually require no planning permission, they look utterly charming, and they have a myriad of uses. Hanker after an artist’s studio? Want a spare room for guests? Need a play area for the kids? A shepherd’s hut will surely fit the bill. Originally used as mobile accommodation so the shepherd could follow and tend his flock in remote countryside, these huts are also the perfect project for the keen upcycler. Although they are becoming increasingly rare to find, it is possible to rescue an original one and restore it to its former glory. David Morris, historian and author
of Shepherds’ Huts and Living Vans, is an expert, and while researching his book found images in illuminated manuscripts, showing shepherds in wheeled huts dating from the late 1400s and earlier. More recently, he has watched their popularity grow and grow. ‘During the 1970s and 80s there were still quite a few huts languishing in fields and hedgerows, or being used as small farm store sheds,’ explains David. ‘The majority were left to moulder and collapse. By early 2000 when we saved ours, there was still very little interest, but from the early 2000s onwards their popularity has gone from strength to strength.’ If you’ve found a hut to restore, where do you begin? Before you start, David encourages examining the hut carefully to find out as much as you can about its history. ‘So often there are really fascinating details lost in the enthusiasm and overzealous rush to clean, repair, paint and hang the curtains. Learning how to “read” your
hut is an interesting and valuable part of the restoration and research process. Inside on the timber work you will very often find shepherds’ names, sheep tallies (the number of sheep or lambs), names of fields, poems, weather references – all often written in pencil and now very faint. Spotting and recording these (and preserving them) is part of the fun and the thrill of investigating an old hut, but I think there is also a sense of responsibility and respect to the old shepherds who used them, to retain these old jottings, to enjoy them, learn from them and be proud to preserve them. ‘Many original wood and metal details are often also lost or replaced, because people think they are not savable. Main parts of the hut too are often discarded, when a bit of thought, care and creative thinking could save the original part, keep the hut more original and also save money too!’
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Photograph: David Morris
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Top tips for restoring a shepherd’s hut David Morris’s Words of advice for anyone ready to take the plunge
Ask for help
Think about your own capabilities and be honest with yourself. There is nothing wrong with seeking the help of engineers and carpenters for advice where you don’t have the knowledge yourself. There is nothing worse than having an accident and spoiling a hut because you didn’t ask.
Think ahead of your hands
This is the mantra we use in the workshop. This applies to examining the hut in the hedgerow, transporting it, examining it before work begins and all the time you are working on it. Look, think, examine details, think about solutions, think about safety.
Get support Huts can easily weigh 1 ton or more and an old one can often be in shaky,
fire very quickly. Have a fire extinguisher and buckets of water at hand. Please don’t wait for your hut to be on fire before you start looking for them! Have someone watching as well, if you are working nearby or on the hut with heat – sometimes fires start in concealed areas (i.e. behind panelling or tin work sheeting).
delicate condition. Be very careful, jacking, moving, transporting and working on, in or underneath one. Take time to think through the stages of work and to prop and support with proper trestles, stands and jacks that are suitable for the job – again, ask if you are unsure.
Secure the structure
Save good details, but don’t compromise the structural strength or safety of the hut. It needs to be strong enough to safely stand on its own four wheels (and be moved) and safe enough for people to get inside. Be sensible and practical.
Beware fire hazards Working with gas flames, welders, grinding wheels, etc. near huts can be a very real fire hazard. Be really careful about this. Huts are often tinder dry, and can catch
Heatproof your hut If your hut has a stove or if you want to fit one, it’s essential you fit a steel plate beneath the stove big enough to shield the heat and catch spilled embers. Also, that the sides of the hut behind the stove and its chimney are heat-guarded too. The aperture through the wall or roof through which the chimney passes must have a proper heatproof chimney sleeve. Without these your hut will be at serious risk of catching fire.
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All photographs © The Fourpenny Workshop, unless otherwise stated
Photograph: Dave Tidman
A helping hand
As satisfying as restoring a hut from scratch can be, with the sheer amount of work involved it’s good to know there’s an alternative for anyone feeling a little daunted. Companies such as The Fourpenny Workshop are able to take on some of the more arduous tasks for you – leaving you to pick and choose which elements you’d like to tackle yourself. Based in Curdridge, near Southampton in Hampshire, The Fourpenny Workshop is run by Matt Plummer and Chris Tidman. ‘I’ve always had a fascination with shepherd’s huts,’ says Matt. ‘Growing up we used to play in one on the local farm. When I saw a restored one more recently it brought it all back to me – the romance of a stove and a bed – and I thought it looked really cool. So I started buying them as a hobbyist. Chris walked past one day as I was doing up a hut, we got talking, and then worked on it as our first project together.’ Matt and Chris will source huts for customers, supply parts and custom-make them if needed. They can also help and advise when clients are struggling with their own restorations. ‘We often help with getting the roofs right – measuring
Above: Chris and Matt restore shepherd’s huts for their clients at The Fourpenny Workshop.
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Photograph: The Fourpenny Workshop
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All photographs: The Fourpenny Workshop, unless otherwise stated
the curves – people often buy corrugated iron to do it themselves but it really needs to be worked out first using pen and paper.’ It’s up to clients how much they do themselves. ‘We’ve often taken things to a certain level then given them back to clients to finish. At the moment we’re putting a new set of axles onto a hut for a client, then bringing it back to her so she can get her carpenter to do some work on the inside.’ Sometimes compromises have to be made to strike a balance between authentic restoration and practical use. ‘The original huts were very seldom insulated, which has helped them last so long because they didn’t sweat,’ Matt explains. ‘But people do want to insulate them nowadays, which is fine, as long as there’s a ventilation gap. You can use anything off the shelf, as long as it’s fitted correctly.’ Matt and Chris are currently working on a horse-drawn shepherd’s hut from 1840 made by the famous Victorian company Tasker. They are getting it ready to go to The Garden Show at Stansted Park in June. ‘We’re panicking at the moment but it will look great when it’s done!’ enthuses Matt. ‘When we went to pick up the hut
the tin was holding it together, but when we lifted it to put on the trailer all the axles fell straight off. It has the hugest wheels at the back, over a metre tall, but really small ones at the front – it’s got bags of character and is a real rarity!’ As the popularity of shepherd’s huts continues to rise, Chris and Matt have even started making replica huts to order. However, their main passion still lies in bringing the classic character of an original hut back to life – and really getting into the nuts and bolts of the process. As Matt says, ‘Our catchphrase is we like to do “rustoration” not restoration!’
FIND OUT MORE l Shepherds’ Huts and Living Vans by David Morris is published by Amberley Publishing. You can also visit David’s website at www.pastexperience.co.uk for conservation and restoration advice. l Visit www.thefourpennyworkshop.co.uk for more about Matt and Chris and the work they do, and find them on Facebook at Thefourpennyworkshop and Instagram at the_fourpenny_workshop.
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For centuries, the coastline has held a fascination for artists in both its geographical make-up and the flotsam and jetsam washed up on the shore. We take a look at the work of three artists who have been inspired by the sea, repurposing materials to create some beautiful and unique pieces.
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Sarah Cox photograph © Tim Lamerton
A relocation to the coast offered Sarah an artistic turning point in her career, designing colourful seaside creatures from recycled materials.
fter gaining a degree in graphic design, Sarah Cox took an unexpected turn and ended up working for the police force for a few years. However, when she became a full-time mum and the family moved to Ilfracombe in Devon, she was inspired to get creative once again. ‘I made a couple of papier-mâché fish, put them in a local gallery and they sold straight away and from there it just took off. I love the sea and everything related to it, so I’ll never run out of ideas. I’ve always enjoyed working with colour and texture, so fish are perfect.’ Keen to make her artworks eco-friendly, all of Sarah’s pieces are made by reusing card and newspaper destined for the recycling bin. ‘I have a lot of locals who pass on their paper and card waste to me, which is great. I even recycle “for sale” signs which I used for a recent commission of a huge wave piece for a worldwide charity, The Wave Project, in Newquay. The wave is now displayed in a window and people pose for selfies in front of it on a surfboard!’
All of Sarah’s artwork is painted in layers of acrylics and then varnished. ‘Although made from paper, they are super-tough and can be displayed anywhere. My most recent exhibition was the Ilfracombe Art Trail in May this year, when I transformed my lounge into a papiermâché fishy wonderland! This is an annual event that’s very popular and getting bigger by the year.’
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Inspired by her holidays and trips to the seaside, Loraine creates little harbour dioramas from her inland Surrey home.
oraine Spicknell says it all started when she bought a mass-produced, crudely made row of cottages from a garden centre that had been imported from China. ‘I thought “I can do better than that!”.’ Since then, she has gathered materials that have been washed up by the sea or left over from restoration projects to make a variety of cute coastal scenes. ‘I use mainly driftwood and reclaimed timber purchased from Brighton and Hove Wood Recycling Project. I’ve also bought wood that was being replaced from the Palace Pier. My favourite base for the models is panelling from storm-damaged beach huts, usually found on
the Norfolk coast. I have a friend from Somerset who often visits with a boot-load of beach finds too.’ To make her work even more unique, some of Loraine’s pieces are incorporated into rescued furniture parts: ‘I like to use vintage art boxes, drawers and Victorian floorboards.’ Loraine’s scenes include beach huts and lighthouses, but her favourite ones to make are cottages on a harbour. ‘When the wood sparks a light-bulb moment I can’t wait to get started!
I tend to make one large or detailed piece or two smaller ones in a day. My customers like to collect my work and buy pieces on a regular basis – not a bad position to be in!’
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Louise Moncur photograph © Scott Morris
Living in the tiny fishing village of Cellardyke in the East Neuk of Fife on the east coast of Scotland, Louise isn’t short of inspiration or materials for her art.
aking advantage of broken pottery ditched in the sea 200 years ago, Louise Moncur is transforming washed-up beach finds into humour-filled pictures and pretty jewellery. ‘Kirkcaldy was the heart of the Scottish pottery industry and rumour has it that broken fragments were thrown into the sea, which explains why sea-worn shards of antique pottery are being washed up on the shore today.’ Once Louise has gathered her finds, she begins by choosing one particularly beautiful or unusual piece of pottery, then builds up a scene, choosing other pieces to complement the first. ‘Almost all my art has a bird or animal as the main focal point; my best-sellers are the little puffins which provide a great memento for holidaymakers visiting Fife and the Isle of May, where these cute little birds successfully breed.’ She saves any exceptional beachcombed finds for her jewellery range. ‘I put these to one side to make into pendants and necklaces, wrapping them in wire, both to hold the piece secure but also to accentuate the shape of the glass or the pattern on the pottery.’ She is also mindful of the environment. ‘I’m selective and only collect what I need from below the highest point the tide reaches. I’m also aware that removing anything large could alter the shape and structure of the shore, how the tide flows and possibly impact on the wildlife.’
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Summer’s here, but there’s barely time for Max to relax on his container houseboat, as he champions the upcycling cause, from wacky and wonderful sheds to beautiful furniture paint.
ello, sunshine! It’s made such a difference this month to have the workshop doors open when we’re busy upcycling, letting warm breezes drift through the workspace. And now the weather’s turned a corner, my number one priority is to get my rusty little UP51CLE scooter through its MOT. Probably the least urgent job in the office from team member Gemma’s point of view, but Reestore newbie Chris is a bike nut and a bad influence and encouraged me! I’ve also taken the opportunity to spend more time on my upcycled shipping container houseboat in Bedford’s Priory
Marina; dining on the veranda and watching the sunset across the river is one of my favourite summer pastimes. Last month I mentioned that Fill Your House for Free was nominated for an RTS Award. Well… we won! Congratulations to everyone involved for putting upcycling well and truly on the mainstream map – especially the team who worked tirelessly behind the scenes sourcing junk and finding locations so that Nessa, Jay and I could work our magic on the design front. The star-studded event was great fun and Nessa even swapped her work boots and overalls for a dress! The lovely Phil Spencer
took the picture of my smug mug holding the trophy (below) – he was nominated for best presenter but alas our leader and inspiration, Mr Gok Wan, took that prize too!
Shed your inhibitions It was a rather late night after the awards but I was back on a plane at 6am the following morning to film another episode of Find It, Fix It, Flog It for Channel 4, which is always a blast. If you’ve never seen it (because during the day when it airs you’re probably covered in sawdust and paint, right?), basically I travel around the countryside with my new best buddy and motorcycling legend Henry Cole in search of treasures in people’s sheds and barns. We take away two items each to restore or upcycle, before having them valued to sell and raise funds for the owner – who usually decides to use the proceeds to buy more junk! Back at base I present my findings to my right-
Judges’ selfie at the Shed of the Year grand final.
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Great fun was had by all at the Frenchic convention.
Serious stuff: Frenchic stockists attend a talk.
Getting the shot right for Find It, Fix It, Flog It in the Reestore workshop.
hand man Chris (who usually looks at me in disbelief), then we set about our conversions and restorations. As you’re probably aware, I have a reputation for going a bit wild with my designs at times, but on this series I actually show my more sensitive side and get involved in a bit more gentle restoration, which has been a lovely calming experience. In more shed-based news, Shed of the Year is coming back to your screens, so be sure to set a reminder so you don’t miss it! The entries are even more bonkers than last year’s selection. To be honest, I did wonder after Pricklebums, one of the Cuprinol Shed of the Year entries, is a shed where the lives of hundreds of hedgehogs are saved every year!
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three series of this hugely successful show if the shed entries would dry up and become less exciting. How wrong could I be – this year’s show is beautiful, eccentric and hilarious! We have all filmed our shed visits and battled it out to choose a winner at the finale which was filmed in an awesome new location – you’ll have to watch the show to find out where.
Not so conventional Recently I was honoured and privileged to attend and speak at the Frenchic furniture paint convention. Suppliers from all over the
globe assembled to attend workshops, share stories and see new product launches, but the thing that struck me the most was the team spirit and love in the room. These stockists are actually competitors, but they felt like a family, supporting, sharing advice and encouraging each other. Once the demos and classes were over we all sat down to enjoy a lovely meal together then partied into the early hours – just goes to show that us upcyclers know how to mix business with pleasure! Until next month, I’ll leave you with the news that something really exciting is coming to your small screens soon – and I can’t tell you a thing about it! Here are just a few teasers to get you thinking: new series, new channel, renovation, upcycling and innovative multifunctional design, plus a gorgeous new co-presenter. Argh! Hopefully I can reveal all next issue!
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Feeling that her new-build house lacked personality, Sausha Khoundet set out on a 10-year decorating quest to find her own unique shabby-chic style. 41 041-5_RL44[ft_HOME]NT2SJLB.indd 41
To break up the long white wall, Sausha arranged coordinating fabric remnants in embroidery hoops.
Everything has a place in the craft room: the baskets on the shelves hold a multitude of crafting supplies, while old windows make a unique wall display.
alking through the front door of Sausha Khoundet’s modern American house, you might be surprised to find an eclectic mix of upcycled furniture in distressed pastel tones, rather than a contemporary look. But when her family moved into the new-build she viewed the house as a blank canvas. ‘We built our house in West Jordan, Utah, 10 years ago. It was nice, but lacked any character,’ Sausha explains. ‘I discovered that new things from high-street retailers didn’t give me the feeling in my home that I wanted, so I looked elsewhere and that’s where my love of upcycling came in.’ A keen DIYer with a love of anything old and characterful, Sausha relished the idea of putting her own stamp on the interior. ‘I’m a daydreamer, plan maker, love-me-a-project, creative girl! I seem to remember always loving old things, even when I was younger. I loved old houses, old furniture, old cars – anything that had character and charm to it.’ Despite her enthusiasm, working on the interior was a gradual process. ‘After first painting all the walls white, I then applied colours that we used in our old house – sage green, golds and browns – but moved on to a very light green/ grey palette and that’s when the decorating bug
The coffee table is a sturdy construction made from an old door with the original scuffed paint left untouched.
hit me. My husband Santi is in the US army and was stationed away for a year and half, so to keep myself busy I started a blog based on projects around the house. At the same time, I started refinishing and selling second-hand furniture. As my blog grew and changed, so did my style.’
A voyage of discovery
Finding what works in the house has been a long journey and, in order to make the space work for Sausha and her family, drastic measures were called for. ‘A few years ago I did a major clear out of our main upstairs area,’ she explains. ‘My husband went to work and when he came home he found I’d moved everything to the basement – apart from the TV and the couch! I slowly brought things back into the space but only if I loved them. I didn’t just want to fill the space just for the sake of decorating. Ever since then, I don’t bring anything into our home unless I can’t live without it.’ Sausha’s personal style is really evident in her chosen furniture and décor, and although it has involved several full-room makeovers, she’s happy with how it looks and feels now. ‘This is exactly what I’ve always wanted – it just took me a while to figure this out and get here! I’ve shiplapped almost all the walls upstairs, built
furniture, painted cabinets, built custom touches in my kitchen, and painted all the walls back to white. There’s not a room in our house that I haven’t gotten to at least twice – most are on their third or fourth makeover!’ With a busy, creative mind, Sausha has found it hard to nail down exactly how she wanted the final look, and likes to experiment with ideas. ‘I can envision so many things. Once I thought the kitchen island would look good in black. I knew in the long run that I didn’t really want a black kitchen island, but I just had to see my vision through – and soon after repainted it again!’
‘There’s not a room in our house that I haven’t gotten to at least twice – most are on their third or fourth makeover!’
With her love of all things old, nearly all the pieces in Sausha’s house are second-hand, and even though the house is new, they work well in the space. ‘I want my furniture to have a story. I find lots of things on Facebook sale pages – that’s my main source – as well as charity shops.’ And with a good eye she can transform her finds into beautiful statement pieces. ‘I’ll never get over the power of paint!’ Sausha enthuses. ‘You can take a dull old wooden piece of furniture and paint it a fresh white or soft pastel colour and give the entire room a different feeling. Paint is magical.’
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The mismatched dining chairs are painted in a complementary palette to make them work as a set.
The upcycled dresser
One of the main features in Sausha’s kitchen is the huge hutch that displays her collection of white china and milk churns. ‘I came across two old windows that still had their casings. They were huge – each about five feet tall! So I built a custom base from an old table and some reclaimed wood. Then I made a ‘box’ to encase the giant windows and it’s now one of my favourite things. The windows are still in their original paint – a perfect patina!
Having a room to inspire her and keep materials and tools in one place is certainly key to Sausha’s artistic success. ‘My craft room is one of my favourites. It’s full of so much stuff that I love – whatever can’t find a home in other parts of the house comes to live in here! It’s an eclectic space that I love being in. I built three long shelves to hold all my baskets that are filled with scrapbooking and craft supplies, and I found an amazing old cupboard that I painted the prettiest pink and that hides even more stuff. I built my work table a few months ago; it has a lovely scalloped edge and fits in perfectly with my other ‘girly’ things in the room. I have a thing for old windows too – I’ve got three lined up on the wall as a decorative feature.’ In the open-plan lounge and kitchen area it’s clear that this is where Sausha’s talent for upcycling and colour-mixing really shines. It’s also the room where she’s done the most work – painting the cabinets, adding the shiplap walls, building a custom shelf and replacing the original new-build doors with old vintage ones. The dining area is a real focal point of the space. ‘I had this idea in my head of mismatched chairs, and to get in my love of colour paired with neutrals I went on a chair hunt!’
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Adding to the feminine feel of the craft room, Sausha painted this cupboard in a candyfloss pink.
An eye-catching feature near the front door – and one that’s easy to replicate – is the gallery wall (see page 41). A perfect way to fill a space, Sausha has gathered together a variety of antique picture frames and created her own, individual art display. ‘I do love my gallery wall! The large floral painting is actually from a photo I took, then had the image turned into an oil painting. Everything else up there is kind of an ode to my furniture painting. I framed old paint brushes, hinges, door knobs, and then just filled some frames with vintage floral paintings and left others empty so it didn’t get too overwhelming.’ Her upcycling and painting projects have been so successful that she’s made a new business out of it. ‘When my husband was deployed the second time, I started refinishing furniture and selling it from my blog and via local classifieds, eventually leaving my regular job to work on furniture full time. I then developed my own paint range for furniture – Sweet Pickins Milk Paint – and that grew quickly, so we bought a building with a workshop and I now work from there.’ Sausha says she will continue to update, repaint and evolve the interior of her house, finishing her daughter’s room and the home office. For someone who started out decorating and painting furniture for a hobby to keep herself occupied while her husband was away, she certainly has achieved a lot.
Painting all the picture frames white brings them together to make one collection, while matching the furniture colours to the flowers in the prints pulls the room together.
Find out more Follow Sausha’s blog to see her room transformations as they happen, and to find tutorials so you can follow her techniques and emulate her style. www.sweetpickinsfurniture.com SweetPickinsMilkPaint sweetpickins sausha@sweetpickins
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From repurposing your old jeans and T-shirts to upcycling vintage finds with clever creative makes, we show you how to make new from old with pretty and practical ideas.
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Vintage picnic set
A rusty bike basket, an old biscuit tin and a battered flask were the ideal starting point for this picnic project. Sewing a piece vintage fabric and getting creative with some paint was all that was needed to create a lovely portable lunch set. Project by Cassie Fairy, photography by Andy Greenacre
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you will need Old biscuit tin and flask Metal bicycle basket Masking tape Rust-Oleum Surface Primer in White Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch spray paint in Candy Pink and White Rubber-tipped pencil Selection of acrylic paints Bamboo skewers Rust-Oleum Crystal Clear Protective Coat Patterned fabric Basic sewing supplies Sewing machine Elastic
Start by giving the tin and flask a good wash with warm soapy water and dry thoroughly. Take the lids off and mask any parts that you don’t want to paint, such as the thread at the top of the flask. Give the picnic items and the old bicycle basket a couple of coats of spray-on primer, allowing them to dry between coats (A).
Once the primer has dried, spray paint the items in the colours of your choice. I picked pink for the lid of the tin and white for the base, white for the basket and pink for the body of the flask. Again, apply a couple of fine coats of spray paint, allowing them to dry for about 30 minutes between coats to prevent dripping (B). Leave to dry overnight.
Now you can begin painting a pattern onto the surface of the tin and flask. An easy yet effective way to do this is to use the rubber on
Go sparingly on the acrylic paint when you’re creating a pattern on the flask. The rounded surface means that any paint that’s too thick will create a drip!
the end of a pencil to pick up a little acrylic paint and dot on ‘petals’ to create a flower pattern (C).
Allow the petals to dry between colours and, if you want your pattern to look more detailed, you can use a bamboo skewer dipped in a contrasting paint to add highlights to the petals and flower centres (D). Allow to dry for 24 hours.
When the pattern is completely dry, seal the flask and tin with a top coat of clear varnish. Once this is dry, remove the masking tape.
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To make the basket liner, turn the basket upside-down and drape the fabric rightside down over the bottom, leaving plenty of excess fabric on all sides (E). Pinch and pin the corners together to create a 3D shape (F). Place the pinned fabric inside the basket to check the fit.
Stitch a straight line alongside the line of pins (G). Turn the fabric right-side out and place into the basket again to check the fit (H). If the liner is too loose, take it out and stitch
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another line alongside the first one, taking in an extra 1cm (3/8in) from the corners. Trim off the excess fabric at the corners and zigzag stitch over the edges of the seams to neaten and prevent fraying.
Place the liner inside the basket and fold the excess fabric over the top edge. Trim the fabric to the length of bottom of the basket and then fold under twice and pin to create a ‘channel’ around the top of the liner (I).
Stitch the channel in place, leaving a small gap at the back of the basket liner. Wrap a piece of elastic around the basket and pull it tight enough so it stays in place, but can still be taken off. Cut the elastic at this length.
Thread the piece of elastic through the channel at the top of the basket liner. Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic to help you thread it through. Sew the two ends of elastic together by stitching a square and cross shape across the elastic (J). Sew up the gap and pop into your bicycle basket, arranging the pleats around the top.
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
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Shibori denim beanbag Cut up your old jeans and experiment with a bit of bleach, to design a pouffe for your home inspired by dyed Japanese shibori patterns. Project and photography by Vicky Myers
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YOU WILL NEED Old jeans (approx. 6 pairs) Basic sewing supplies Elastic bands Bleach Bucket or bowl Rubber gloves Washing machine Iron Paper, pencil and string Sewing machine 3.5m (11½ft) piping Stuffing material Large button
FINISHED SIZE 32 x 55cm (12½ x 21½in)
Prepare your old jeans by cutting them into panels. Cut along the seams and across at the top, close to the pockets (A). Cut about 26 panels for the top and bottom of the beanbag, measuring 30cm (12in) in length. Then cut 16 panels for the side of the beanbag, measuring 35cm (14in) in length. You might need more or less panels, depending on whether the width of your jeans are super-skinny or fabulous flares!
Take 14 of the 30cm (12in) panels (you might not need them all) to create your shibori designs for the top of the beanbag. For the bleached effects, create some resists where the fabric will remain darker. Follow these three methods: crumple the fabric into a ball and secure with elastic bands; tie bunches of the fabric with elastic bands; and hand-stitch, using running stitch and gathering, repeating every 10cm (4in) down your piece of denim, then secure with elastic bands (B).
Place your prepared fabric into a bucket or bowl of bleach and stir. Gradually you will see the fabric change colour. I left mine for about 1 hour. Remove the elastic bands and wash the fabric to remove the remainder of the bleach. Allow to dry, then press (C).
Get stuffed! Instead of buying beanbag filling, look for unused materials around your home to pad out your pouffe, such as cut-up fabric scraps, old pillows or duvets.
Use an old piece of wallpaper or lining paper to make a circular template. Knot the end of a piece of string onto a pencil. Hold the other end of the string in the centre of your paper and draw a 27cm (10½in) radius circle.
To make the base of the beanbag, fold and cut your unbleached denim panels into triangular shapes, as shown (D). Place the triangles on your circular template, overlapping the central point and edges by 1cm (3/8in). Play with the different pieces of denim until you are satisfied with the design. Don’t worry about the outer circular edge at this stage.
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‘Each pair of old jeans responds differently to the bleach, creating unique patterns for your pouffe’
Sew the triangles together using a 1cm (3/ 8in) seam allowance, being careful at the central point (E). As you reach completion of the circle, press the seams. This makes it easier for you to work out the correct seam allowance on your final piece. You may need to widen or shorten your seam allowance to create the flat circle.
Repeat this process to create the top of the beanbag, using the bleached denim. Using your template as a guide, trim both pieces to a circle shape, first ensuring that the centre point of the template is aligned with the centre of the fabric (F).
Create the sides of the beanbag by sewing together the 35cm (14in) length panels. Once stitched, your finished side piece should measure about 162cm (64in).
Place the long side panel along the edge of the beanbag top and pin in place. Machine stitch as close as possible to the piping, starting 1cm (3/8in) in from the edge of the side panel and stopping 1cm (3/8in) before the end of the panel. Now join up the side panels. From the outer edge, stitch in 6cm (2½in) and repeat for the other side, leaving a gap in the middle so the filling can be added later. Finish the seam along the top. Repeat for the bottom of the beanbag.
Stuff the beanbag and hand-stitch the gap closed. Add a button to the centre of the top, for the finishing touch.
© Love Tate Photography
Cut two pieces of denim 3cm (1¼in) wide and 162cm (64in) long for the piping. You can stitch shorter pieces together to create the length, if necessary. Wrap the fabric around the piping and it pin round the edge of the beanbag top, with the piping facing inwards (G). Stitch in place using the zipper foot on your sewing machine. Repeat for the base of the beanbag.
About the designer
Vicky Myers is passionate about upcycling, as it provides her the materials to be creative without impacting on the world’s precious resources. You will find her either browsing in charity shops or snatching a moment at her favourite tool, the sewing machine. www.vickymyerscreations.co.uk VickyMyersCreations vickymcreations
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Vintage suitcase cocktail bar Bring a bit of period glamour to a summer party with this fun, portable bar fashioned from a retro suitcase. Project and photography by Kate Beavis 60 060-3_RL44[proSuitcaseBar]NTSJ.indd 60
you will need A sturdy vintage suitcase or a small trunk Cloth and antibacterial spray/cleaner Tape measure Plywood, up to 1.5m (59in) square Circular saw Sandpaper Wallpaper, to line the suitcase Pencil Scissors Paint brushes PVA glue Gorilla Glue Wood paint Clamps Drill Small tack nails Hammer
Source it Choose a sturdy suitcase that will easily sit well on a table top. I opted for an extending one, which meant the lid would sit further away from the base when open.
If there is a lining inside the case, carefully remove it (A). This is to stop any future rotting if it gets wet from any spillages. Clean the suitcase fully inside and out and leave to dry fully.
Measure the large part of the inside of the suitcase, both the lid and base (B). Cut the measured sizes of plywood out using a circular saw (C), then gently sand the sides to remove any rough edges.
Place each cut rectangle of plywood onto the wallpaper, draw around with a pencil and cut out (D). Apply PVA glue to the wood and carefully stick the wallpaper to it. Just like with any wallpaper, avoid bubbles by smoothing over the top with a sponge. Leave to dry. Apply Gorilla Glue to the back of the wallpapered pieces and glue into position in the base and lid of the suitcase (E). These will need to be weighted down until the glue dries fully.
Measure all four sides of the base of the case and cut four pieces to fit from the plywood. Again, sand down the edges for a smooth finish. Paint the pieces with a wood paint, not forgetting the edges (F). This may need a few coats, depending on the colour. Leave to dry fully.
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Close the lid onto the base and mark with a pencil where the lid finishes on the side of the case (G). Note down the measurement of how much is covered by the lid. Open the lid and measure all four sides to determine the sizes needed for the frame. However, you will need to cut these narrower, otherwise the case will not close when all the wooden frames are inside. Reduce the height measurement by the amount you noted down. Cut these four sides out of plywood and apply the paint. Leave to dry fully.
If you want a shelf with stem glasses hanging down, find the glasses to help with the measurements. Measure the centre line of the shelf from end to end, place the glasses on the line and space them out evenly (I). Mark the centre of each glass base.
Measure the stem of one of the glasses at its widest and thinnest points. Find a round drill piece the same size as the widest measurement and drill out four circles on the marked centre points (J). Smooth the edges
Use vintage wallpaper to add to the period feel â€“ this is a Sanderson 1960s design. However, any pattern would work. If you donâ€™t have any wallpaper you could always paint all of the interior.
using sandpaper. Using the saw, cut out a line from each circle to the edge of the wood, measuring the same width as the thinnest part of the glass stem (K).
Put the sides into both the lid and base but do not glue yet (H). Measure the width needed for any internal shelves. This is the time to decide what you want to store inside the case and therefore how many shelves you want. Remove the frame and apply Gorilla Glue onto the back of each piece. Stick into position and clamp to make sure the sides of the case attach to the wood. This glue can run, so keep an eye on it and remove any excess from your wallpaper using a clean cloth.
Create any shelves that you want, by cutting the plywood and painting fully. Remember, any shelves for the lid section need to be narrower, just like the sides.
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‘Simply fill your bar with a few glasses, a cocktail shaker and fancy straws, alcohol of your choice – and you’re ready to party!’
apply some panel pins to firm the shelves into place, to make sure they are secure. When all the glue is dry, carefully paint over any excess glue to neaten, if needed.
© Sharon Cooper
Position all the shelves. If you have measured exactly they should sit tightly in place. Using a small paint brush, apply PVA glue along the edges (L). You may also need to
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 is the director of the award-winning National Vintage Wedding Fair. ww.katebeavis.com w www.vintageweddingfair.co.uk Katebeavisvintage vintagekateb
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Woven wall hanging
It’s fiesta time! Weave a bit of magic using up a collection of colourful plastic bags to make this Mexican-inspired wall hanging. Project by Juliet Bawden, photography by Antonia Attwood
Cut the bags into strips about 6mm (¼in) wide (A). Knot the strips together so you have one long strip.
you will need Plastic bags in a variety of colours Scissors Loom Cotton warp thread Weaving shuttle Thin branch, for hanging
Thread the loom by tying on the thread at one side and then going backwards and forwards between the top end and the bottom end of the frame (B). It is important to maintain an even tension. Tie off the thread.
So that the weaving doesn’t unravel when you’ve finished, you will need to make a twisted header. Cut a piece of warp thread about
two and a half times the width of the warp. Twist the thread round each warp thread in turn (C). When you get to the end of the warp, return in the opposite direction (D). Push the threads down and tie off at the end.
Thread a plastic strip onto the shuttle. Starting in the middle of the warp, take it under and over until you reach one end, then go back in the opposite direction (E). As you work, push down the weft to cover the warp (F). When you have made a stripe of one colour, change to another.
Source it You can find similar looms at Hobbycraft, or you could adapt an old picture frame to make your own.
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‘Many of us still have a leftover stash of plastic bags in lovely bright colours which are perfect for this project’
Check your weaving
As you work, ensure you’re not pulling in the sides of the warp, creating a ‘waist’ in your wall hanging.
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To make the tassels, cut strips of plastic about 20cm (8in) long. Choose a middle section of the hanging and put the plastic behind two warp threads at the same time. Wrap one side round one thread and the other round the other thread, then pull the strips through to the front of the hanging (G). Add as many of these as you like. Continue with the flat weaving, alternating stripes of colour (H).
About the designer
Juliet Bawdenâ€™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 both magazines and online, and runs practical workshops for both corporate and educational clients.
Repeat Step 3 to finish off. Pull the ends off the loom (I), then thread onto your branch for hanging. Cut off the warp threads from the other end of the loom and knot each one to the next thread.
Push any knots through to one side of the hanging. You can trim the tassels once youâ€™ve finished to create the right look.
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This lightweight cushion stand will support your tablet in style, horizontally or vertically â€“ great for when you want to follow a recipe or online tutorial. Project by Debbie Shore, photography by Garie Hind
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you will need Rectangle of fabric measuring 45.5 x 28cm (18 x 11in) Basic sewing supplies Sewing machine 2 buttons, one a little smaller than the other Cloth pouch measuring 15.2 x 7.5cm (6 x 3in) filled with rice (see tip) A large handful of toy stuffing Air-erasable pen 13mm (½in) diameter dowelling MEASUREMENTS This holder is designed to fit a 17.7cm (7in) tablet, but increase the measurements if you need it to be larger.
Making a rice-filled pouch
Fold the shorter sides of the rectangle of fabric together, right sides facing. Sew across one end and down the side (A).
To add weight to your tablet holder, stitch any two scraps of fabric together around all four sides, leaving a small gap. Fill with rice or dried lentils, then stitch the opening securely.
Turn right sides out. Pinch the two sides of the sewn end and pull them open to form a square (B). The seam should be at the bottom. Take the point of the square and fold it over to the centre. Pin in place (C). Sew the buttons, one on top of the other, over this point, but make sure you only attach them to the top layer of fabric so the cushion still opens up. Start to fill with toy stuffing, pushing the pouch of rice into the base of the cushion (D).
‘A perfec t little projec t for using up old curtain fabric or bedding to stitch some thing handy for the home’
Measure 6.3cm (2½in) from the opening, pin the opening as shown and mark a line with an air-erasable pen (E). Machine stitch across this line. This may be easier with a zipper foot. Fold the end of the opening in by 6mm (¼in) and press, then top stitch across the opening (F). Cut the dowelling to about 2.5cm (1in) shorter than the opening (G). Place the dowelling under the flap and fold under. Handsew the fabric into a tube with slip stitch, then close each end of the tube with ladder stitch.
Project taken from Half Yard Home, £9.99, published by Search Press.
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T-shirt yarn necklace
This crochet project uses a small amount of T-shirt yarn to create a show-stopping statement piece – perfect for using up any oddments. And what’s more, you can make it in just 10 minutes! Project by Sarah Shrimpton, photography by Jason Jenkins
you will need 12mm crochet hook Homemade T-shirt yarn (see instructions right) FINISHED SIZE Approximately 55 × 6cm (22 × 23/8in)
Necklace Leave a 30cm (12in) tail at beginning. Foundation ch: Ch 33. Row 1: Dc 32 beginning in 2nd ch from hook. Ch 2, turn 180 degrees to work Row 2 along the other side of the chain. Row 2: Sl st 8, dc 2, 2htr in next st, tr 2, 2tr in next st, dtr 4, 2tr in next st, tr 2, 2htr in next st, dc 2, sl st 8 – 36 sts. Fasten off, leaving a 30cm (12in) tail at end. Use tails from each end of the necklace to tie around your neck.
How to make T-shirt yarn
Lay your T-shirt flat and cut off the bottom seam and top section across the underarms (A). Discard these pieces (or, being the crafty person you are, repurpose into a fabulous accessory).
Make long cuts approximately 2.5cm (1in) wide from one side to the other, leaving a gap of about 2.5cm (1in) from the edge (B).
Size adjustments If you need to change the size of the necklace, then simply alter the foundation chain and adjust the number of slip stitches you make either side of the motif pattern in Row 2.
Project taken from Supersize Crochet, £14.99, published by SewandSo.
Open up the T-shirt and make diagonal cuts as shown, to create a continuous length of fabric (C).
Wind this into a ball, stretching it slightly as you do so (D). The sides of the fabric will curl up and create T-shirt yarn.
‘T-shirt yarn does have a bit of stretch. Just remember not to over-tighten your work as you make the stitches’
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Conjure up a vintage feel for a tea party or village fete, using an old lace tablecloth and a handful of dyes to produce a palette of colour reminiscent of an English country garden. Project by Juliet Bawden, photography by Antonia Attwood
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‘For a very simple understated table decora tion, take an old lemonade bo ttle and fill with a couple of rosebuds and some cow parsley gathered from a hedgerow’ you will need Lace tablecloth Washing machine Dylon machine dye in Emerald Green Latex gloves Dylon hand dyes in a variety of colours Shallow containers (for the dye) Lace doilies Cling film Iron Basic sewing supplies Pompom tape in pale blue
Source it This project is ideal for old yellowed tablecloths you can pick up for a song at charity shops and car-boot sales. You can find a range of Dylon dyes from many sources, including www.homecrafts.co.uk and pompom trim at www.craftysewer.com.
Wash the tablecloth in the washing machine. Add the green dye, then run the damp tablecloth through a wash cycle, following the manufacturer’s instructions (my cloth contains synthetic fibres, so the colour came out quite light). Add detergent, wash again, then leave to dry (A).
Mix up small amounts of hand dye and pour into a number of shallow dishes. Rinse and wring out the doilies. Wrap cling film around the parts of the doilies that you don’t want dyed. Place the unwrapped sections into the dye, following the manufacturer’s instructions (B). Wash and leave to dry.
Iron each doily then arrange the pieces on the tablecloth. Try to get an assortment of colours and shapes next to each other.
Pin and then hand-sew into place (C). Sew the pompom tape so it hangs in loops.
Dip and dye
As the doilies are quite small, only mix up small amounts of dye and then close the pack with a peg for later use.
About the designer
Juliet Bawden’s real passion is textiles and particularly dyeing, and the way it can be used to transform and relove. Best known for her craft, style and design books, she also designs, makes and writes for both magazines and online, and runs practical workshops for both corporate and educational clients. www.creativecolour.org julietbawden creative_colour8
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‘Get well soon’ card: I’d been experimenting making little trucks using vintage tins, and when I found this old plaster tin, I had the idea of making it into an ambulance.
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Kirsty Elson, mixed-media artist
’m a mixed-media artist living in Cornwall and I’m lucky enough to earn a living by creating work from driftwood and other stuff that’s free. Although I studied illustration and printmaking at art school, I knew it wasn’t a career I wanted to pursue. I love the freedom you get from working with found objects; I love that there are no boundaries in my line of work. In common with other mixed-media artists, I see treasure where others may see only trash. Found objects, be they gathered from a walk on the beach or a rummage at the bottom of a toolbox, can be transformed into something amazing. Materials that many people wouldn’t look at twice speak to me and I’m totally guided by the everyday objects I find and am rarely stuck for inspiration. People often send me things in the post; these acts of kindness can result in my best work, as often they are not the kind of things I would happen upon and they get me thinking out of the box. As an artist, you want to be constantly evolving, and using unique found materials is my way of doing this. I started out making handmade cards when I began my business well over a decade ago now. From there, it seemed like a natural progression to then make more three-dimensional pieces. I don’t make handmade cards to sell these days – the cards I produce now are printed ones from original works.
I grew up by the sea in Devon and I’m very much influenced by my local surroundings here in Cornwall: the sights, the smells, the sounds of the sea are a constant source of inspiration to me and the waves wash up an ever-changing stock of materials on a daily basis. No two pieces of driftwood are ever the same. It has a lovely worn quality and layers of peeling paint that you simply cannot emulate; add the element of unknown history and it becomes even more exciting. I adore the work of Edwina Bridgeman who makes delightful art using a whole array of ‘rubbish’ she picks up, including wood, metal, paper and textiles. I’ve been fortunate enough to take part in a couple of her workshops and she’s brilliant – a real inspiration!
Tools & techniques
Essential tools for working with found objects – such as those used to create the recycled bike card overleaf – can be found in the average toolbox: pliers, wire cutters, tin snips and a small hammer. When creating your own version of the design, you are likely to need several pairs of scissors (for paper/fabric, etc.) and a good adhesive. I find the best glue to use for a project like this is a small tube of superglue with a little nozzle to prevent too much glue seeping everywhere, so the card doesn’t get messy.
Turn the page to make Kirsty’s recycled bike card.
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Recycled bike card Raid the bottom of your toolbox to find any unused rusty nails, screws and washers to design this fun handmade card. Project Kirsty Elson, photography by Kristy Noble you will need Pencil Paper Pre-folded base card measuring 13.5cm (5¼in) square, minimum 240gsm Selection of old metal tacks, nails, washers, wire, etc. Wire cutters Pliers Sliver of wood Camera Eraser Good quality superglue Fabric remnant (or coloured paper)
Challenge your children to make their own version of this from leftover craft bits and bobs, perhaps using large buttons for the wheels, and drinking straws or pipe cleaners for the frame.
First decide on your design. I’ve made a fairly traditional bicycle, but you could choose a mountain or racing bike, retro-style chopper or even a penny-farthing. Keep the outline design pretty simple and don’t be tempted to get carried away with too many tiny details (A).
Once you’re happy with your design, draw it very lightly in pencil on the front of your card, trying to make it as central as possible (B).
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Now build your bike from your toolbox bits and pieces – at this stage you are just compiling, not gluing. Starting with the wheels, use your pencil drawing as a guide to find what size washers work for your bicycle design (C). Then decide on the nails you’ll need to make the three main parts of the frame, again using your drawing as a guide. If the nails are too long, you can trim them down with wire cutters.
‘Be inspired by wha t you find in your toolbox to make your own model – this is merely a guide’
Use wire cutters to cut a small piece of wire for the handlebars and bend into shape using pliers (D). Make the bike chain in the same way, this time using a slightly longer length of wire. Use a small washer for the chain ring and place it where the chain meets the frame. Your bicycle is beginning to take shape and the next thing is to find a tiny sliver of wood for the saddle.
Once all your bike components have been assembled, take a reference photo before sticking each piece in place. Working on one piece at a time, remove the bike part and rub out that area of the pencil drawing (this can be fiddly). Carefully apply superglue to the bike part and secure it onto your card. It is a good idea to wait for each piece to dry before applying the next as it can get messy otherwise. Repeat until each component is stuck down.
Now add the finishing details – I’ve made a jolly flag from wire and a tiny fabric remnant (E). Or you could add a basket to the handlebars. Feel free to make it your own!
Project and interview taken from House of Cards by Sarah Hamilton, £14.99, published by Pavilion. Follow @hoc.cardbook on Instagram.
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Wooden cable spool sign Follow our easy guide to turn your hand to signwriting, reusing an industrial reel as the canvas for your special message. Project by Tracey Bellion, photography by Lisa Johnson of Lens Love Photos
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you will need Wooden cable spool Socket wrench and socket set Wrench (to match the size of your bolts) Electric sander Soft cloth Heirloom Traditions Chalk Type Paint in Repose (grey) Large paint brush Chalk or pencil Small artist’s paint brush Heirloom Traditions Chalk Type Paint in A La Mode (white) Heirloom Traditions Clear Liquid Wax
Take your cable spool apart so you can use one of the outer circles for your sign – they are usually held together with four bolts and rods. Place the wrench around the bolt on one side of the spool. Place the socket wrench around the bolt on the other side of the spool. Hold one bolt in place with one hand while loosening the bolt on the other side by cranking the socket wrench. Do this on all four bolts and the rods will slide out easily. Pull the circles apart so the centre boards fall out (which you can save for another project), leaving you with two perfect circles to paint on (A).
Choose which side of the circle you want to paint; I prefer to have the industrial metal rings showing. Using an electric sander, smooth the top and edges to remove all the splinters (B), then wipe down with a soft cloth.
Cover the surface in one or two coats of light grey chalk-type paint (C).
Once dry, you are ready to draw your design. You can either use the template (opposite) or have a go at drawing the lettering free-hand, using the horizontal lines of the plank joins as your guide to keep the script writing level. Using white chalk or pencil, begin drawing the moon. Mark your starting and end points with a small dot, then draw your curved lines for the outer and inner edges of the moon, using the edge of the sign as your guide.
For the lettering, write the word ‘love’ at the top of the circle. Keep in mind that the word ‘you’ will need to be in the centre and ‘moon’ will be at the bottom. Use long fluid movements and all lower case letters (D).
To add depth to the script, you need to fatten the ‘down stroke’ side of each letter, adding a double line to that portion (E). Add the words ‘to the’ and ‘and back’ in simple block lettering, as shown (F).
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‘There’s something so attractive to me about these industrial cable spools. I’ve seen them made in to clock faces and tables, but I wanted to turn one in to wall art’
The next step Once you’ve mastered the technique to signwriting, you can let your imagination run wild and try other designs, introducing more colour and different effects to the letters.
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Fill in and cover the chalk lines with a white paint. Begin by outlining the moon shape with a small artist’s brush (G). Do the same to the lettering, filling in the fat areas of the down stroke double lines (H). Finish filling in the moon shape with a bigger brush.
Once dry, use the sander to distress the paint around the edges to allow the raw wood to peek through. You may also want to run the sander lightly over the lettering to give a worn and aged appearance (I). Remove any excess dust with a soft cloth and seal with a clear wax.
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Charis finds there’s nothing like a spot of home DIY that also doubles as a handy clear-out session for your cluttered workshop.
ello my savvy salvagers! They say that charity begins at home, and for most of us so does DIY and upcycling, especially when you’re after a new look without busting the bank. My little girl is almost 12 now. She’s going up to secondary school in September and really needs her bedroom to reflect that – meaning somewhere to study, plus storage for all her clothes, shoes and accessories. So over the next couple of months we’ll be turning her room into an organised one-stop shop for everything she needs.
Cupboard love First up was decorating the room. We decided to go white on the walls to make the space feel larger and use natural reclaimed wood for the furniture. She can then add splashes of bright colour in the furnishings and accessories, so as she grows up she can change the colour scheme easily without having to redecorate everything! Previously she had a massive wardrobe in dark varnished wood; it really made the room feel a lot smaller and darker and took up way too much space, so that had to go (on eBay!). Then I had the rather fabulous idea of
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turning those rather irritating waste-of-space areas, otherwise known as alcoves, into a formidable storage area to die for. Coincidentally, to do this I’d be using materials from my workshop, which meant I’d be making some much-needed space in there at the same time. Cunning, eh? I took two long pieces of 4 x 2 timber (which I’d had kicking around for about two years) and fixed them to the wall either side of the alcove, and a plank at the top and bottom. I went through my scrap pile of tubes and poles and found two which would bridge the gap from wall to wall inside the alcove, so she could hang her clothes. I found it easy to cut the pipes down with my table-mounted mitre saw. I left one shelf in the alcove for boxes and put two rails in – one higher than the other, making sure there was enough room for the drop of the clothes. I also measured up really carefully a few
a fte r times before starting work and used a level. No alcoves are ever straight – on one side the ceiling will be higher, for instance. With mine they were completely out and the fireplace wall was wonky too, so the depth of the alcove changed from top to bottom which gave me a challenge as well. Measure (at least) twice, cut once! With the door frame pieces firmly screwed into the wall at several intervals so that they were
The new made-to-measure alcove wardrobe.
as sturdy as an ox, I then attached the top and bottom supports, hung the rails and decided it was high time mumma had a cuppa and a protein snack. To my surprise, when I returned someone had already filled the new alcove wardrobe with their clothes! I was pleased she was so excited. Maybe she’ll actually keep her room tidy and her clothes in the wardrobe from now on…
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The hanging space before the chevron door was attached.
And now on to the door. I’d been looking forward to this bit and had a cool idea I was desperate to try out… As I mentioned, I wanted to use up all the scrappy bits of wood that I had in the workshop to create some space for my new welding and metalwork area (that’s another Salvage Sister escapade!). I also had a burning desire to build something with a chevron pattern, so with that in mind I measured up for the door and went to the workshop to mark out the measurements on the floor. If you have a workshop area with a wooden floor it can be really useful as a tool when creating a template for your design. I like to mark out the area, then you can put scrap wood planks along the lines and screw them into the floor, so as you build your frame it stays within the lines and gives you something to work to. With my frame pieces cut, I glued and pinned them together. The frame didn’t need to be super-strong because the chevron pattern would actually strengthen the piece and hold it all together; it was like a template to work to that held the edges of the chevron pieces. Then I went through my wood stash and took any piece I could find that was long enough and cut a length with a 45-degree angle. Once I had one piece the correct length with the correct angle I could use it as a template to mark out the others, and my table mitre saw made quick work of cutting the planks. To attach the chevrons I used Gorilla Glue and 32mm brad pins in my pin gun, then tidied up the edges with the circular saw and gave it a good sanding. I discovered the door was heavy and really sturdy – in fact, I needed my ‘man gorilla’ to get
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it from the workshop to the bedroom! I hung the door with butt hinges so it could sit on top of the frame to give the clothes inside an extra few inches, rather than being flush, as the depth of the door would have taken up vital space. Plus, I wanted to show off every inch of the door! All the wood used in the project has at one time or another come from a skip, been reclaimed, been part of another project I’ve worked on, or been donated to the reuse cause by someone who didn’t want it. I didn’t need to leave the house to get any of these materials, meaning it didn’t cost me a thing… oh, apart from the wood glue which ran out midway.
Once a month not enough? Stay up to date with the Salvage Sister’s daily antics by finding her online, and don’t forget to send her your upcycling SOS questions and queries. You can also watch her YouTube videos with top tips and tricks for finding freebies, as well as the latest tutorials.
Charis Williams aka The Salvage Sister
Also this month Have a heart On holiday in La Palma I found this pretty cool metal heart by the beach, used to collect bottle tops for recycling. We saw it full twice, so it definitely works and gets emptied regularly. Maybe something we should try in the UK?
plastic fantastic I’ve been painting kiosks at Drusillas zoo in Alfriston, East Sussex, with this African-inspired design. The funky thatched roof is actually made from recycled plastic, which will last 50 years!
for years. It’s Our teak garden table has been with us folding legs the had several coats of outdoor paint and top have the on slats are structurally sound. However, all the estion for sugg ld be your started to rot and fall away. What wou making a new top? Charley Eaton, Plymouth
first thing that This sounds like a fun little project! The flat end of a solid jumps to mind for a new table top is the so much character and wood reclaimed cable reel – they have garden for a similar charm. In fact, I have one waiting in my in the centre which project! They also usually have a hole mer and the other could be great for an umbrella in the sum tea-light holders made indents could be useful for upcycled to do a bit of shopping from old wine bottles. You might need e sure you check out around to find one the right size, so mak d recycling centres. your local reclamation yards and woo
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Photocopy at required scale
Tea-light votive covers
Turn a collection of ordinary household jars into a modern and fresh light display, bringing a mellow mood to summer evenings. Project by Juliet Carr, photography by Holly Jolliffe and Emma Mitchell you will need Glass tea-light holder or small jam jar Soft tape measure 1 sheet of vellum or ordinary paper (between 180 and 250gsm) Scissors Black marker pen Masking tape Light box (or window) Fine retractable pencil Craft knife Cutting mat Soft eraser Scotch Magic Tape
First work out what size your tea-light cover needs to be. Measure the height of your tea-light holder/glass jar, using a soft tape measure. Now measure the circumference and add 2cm (¾in) to this measurement to allow for wrap-around. Cut a rectangle of your chosen paper to these measurements – you should be able to wrap it around your tea-light holder, completely covering it.
Photocopy the template and go over the lines on the photocopy with a thick black pen (A). This will be the template you will trace the shapes from onto your rectangle of paper.
Place your rectangle of paper on top of the template and secure it in place with masking tape, either on a light box or on a window. Trace over the lines from one row with a light fine pencil. You can then trace the other two rows of shapes or you can move the template if you’d like more or less space between the rows of shapes.
When you’ve finished tracing the shapes remove the template, place the paper on a cutting mat, and cut the lines with your craft knife (B). Use your eraser to rub out any visible pencil lines. Rub in the direction of the cut, not against it.
Turn the paper over, roll it around your tealight cover or jar, and secure it in place with Magic Tape. When it’s in place, gently lift up the tips of the shapes so that they are raised a little but not fully (C). They shouldn’t be opened back more than halfway.
Never leave a lit candle unattended. Alternatively, use LED tea lights.
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Project taken from Paper Pom-poms & Other Party Decorations, £12.99, CICO Books.
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Painted floral tray
Try our ‘painting by numbers’ technique for livening up the original pattern on an old tray with fresh colours. Project and photography by Chloe Hardisty
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‘You don’t have to use a floral tray – any pattern or picture would work as well’
When using your finished tray, clean it by wiping with a cloth and warm water, don’t scrub the surface or submerge it.
you will need Old tray A range of acrylic paints Paint brushes Mod Podge Matte Glue brush
Clean your tray thoroughly using a cream cleaner to ensure all dirt is removed.
How you approach the painting is up to you. I started off being quite careful, but gradually relaxed and started to be a bit freer with my brushstrokes and I prefer that painterly look. Start by picking out a colour on the tray and identifying where that appears all over the tray, then repainting it all with the same colour (A and B).
Keep going using this technique, painting each colour in turn. You want to brighten the tray up so where you see a dull red, use a bright pink, and for a faded green use a lime green and so on. I really enjoyed building up the layers, then coming back the next day and adding a bit more (C).
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Once you are happy with your tray, leave it to thoroughly dry, then varnish with the Mod Podge to make it wipeable and durable.
Chloe Hardisty has always loved making and the challenge of decorating her house on a budget. She studied textile design and loves to use fabric and thread in her upcycles. She’s inspired by bright colour combinations, the 1950s era and Scandinavian design. cottonclara.wordpress.com cottonclara cotton_clara CottonClara cotton_clara
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Gainsborough’s outlet for all things Vintage, Chic and Retro, Gifts & Homeware. Commission work undertaken for upcycling and painted furniture items.
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136 Trinity St, Gainsborough DN21 1JD Telephone: 01427 239144
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independent, fabric, wool and haberdashery shop located in central grimsby
Friendly team of staff who are all enthusiastic about sewing, knitting and crochet SHOP ONLINE TODAY 24 RITHERDON ROAD, LONDON SW17 8QD TEL: 020 8682 2522 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Based in the seaside town of Hythe come and ﬁnd us at number 108 Hythe High Street, Hythe, Kent CT21 5LE Tel: 07765 068449
Independent retailer specialising in selling fabric, yarn, haberdashery, jewellery, arts and crafts
10 Chinns Court, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 9AN
Tel: 01985 211725
Eclectic mix of new gifts and vintage furniture. Buy online or visit our St Neots store in Cambridgeshire. We also offer workshops such as sewing, crochet and lampshade making.
www.beautifulswagger.com 07737 567086
An eclectic mix of vintage and vintage inspired items and stockist for Autentico Chalk Paints.
07943 135899 Find us on Facebook
The home of chalk paint, fabric, wool & haberdashery items.
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Artisan Quarter Cattle Market car park Liskeard Cornwall PL14 4BH
2-4 Bethlehem Street, Grimsby DN31 1JU Tel: 01472 357800 Email: email@example.com
Workshops | Coffee Shop | Ethical Interiors Reclamation Room, Lee Street, Uppermill Oldham OL3 6AE Email: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01457 870870 www.reclamationroom.weebly.com
We supply a range of wood & paper mache items to decorate in your own style. Versatile products ideal to create a shabby chic or vintage look. Suitable for decoupage, paint finishes, pyrography, staining, stencilling, varnishing or waxing. Email: email@example.com Phone: 01579 384376
7 Ladies Lane, Hindley WN2 2QA
Professionally Painted Furniture, Workshops Available and Commissions Undertaken Woodmeadow Garden Centre, Kettering Road, Hannington NN6 9TD
AN INTERIORS AND HOME ACCESSORIES SHOP SITUATED IN ROYDON. ALSO ORDER ONLINE.
Roydon, Norfolk PE32 1AQ www.theoldstoresroydon.co.uk
Unique and decorative vintage homewares and handmade textiles. Stockist of Jeanne d’Arc Living, London Vintage Paint Company. 23 Wilson Street Workington Cumbria CA14 4AZ
www.tobiasinteriors.co.uk Tel: 07766 051975
One Of A Kind Handmade and Handpainted restyled and Upcycled Furniture by us at The Shabby Hut London
Inspired by her mother’s make-doand-mend lifestyle, Juliet has been upcycling for years. Turn to pages 64 and 73 to discover her latest makes.
Suits you I hate waste, so I’m very pleased with this scarf I made from old suit sleeves and part of a motheaten cashmere sweater. The knitted part sits cosily around the neck.
My sitting room is full of upcycled projects, including many I’ve created for books and magazines. I’m also a big fan of coloured glass.
The next big trend This autumn, rustic is tipped to still be a strong look along with cosy Nordic hygge style. I think people will be rec ycling old blankets and throws to create something warm and comforting. My favourite upcycle I upholstered this chair from old tapestries and I was very pleased when I found a large tapestry butterfly that I was able to cut out, back with lining fabric and then sew wire round its edge. It looks as if it has just alighted on top of the chair.
To dye for
My favourite techniques use dyes. I love Dylon dyes as they are full of potential and great fun to use – I’ve started posting some tie-dye tutorials on YouTube.
My top tip
When buying secondhand, if you see something you like don’t hesitate or it’ll be gone! If you don’t end up using it, you can always sell it on Etsy or Gumtree.
All about Annie
I love all bright colours and a multitude of pattern used together, as can be seen in my workroom.
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I think Annie Sloan is brilliant! I’ve been on one of her workshops and she was inspirational and full of enthusiasm.
Discover more of Juliet’s work at www.creativecolour.org. 14/06/2017 21:46
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