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Coastal Charm

Take a tour around Danielle Driscoll's upcycled beach house

Let’s go outside Garden Ideas Perfect Patio updates with Pallets and paint

Max McMurdo

Shed Heaven

getting the upcycle bus on the road again

Relocate the lawnmower and design your own sanctuary

Summer fun

Paint effects

Tyre and rope footstool Batik wall hanging Fabric-scrap bird mobile

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Easy Mosaics

Restyle plain plant pots

Paper lanterns Thrifty party decorations

Modern Macramé Learn a new craft skill


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I can never pass a skip without peeking inside to see what treasures might be lurking, and right now there seems to be a lot of building work taking place along my street. In just one week I ‘liberated’ two fully glazed hardwood doors, one plain hardwood door, some guttering and a pallet – much to my ever-suffering husband’s chagrin. Inspired by the shed feature on page 22, I’m on the lookout for a lot more pallets (32 to be precise) to build my dream summerhouse-cum-workshop. However, in the meantime I might just dismantle my solitary pallet and have a go at making the plant shelf on page 67 to display my succulent collection, which is increasing with each trip to a car-boot sale! If you’re looking to spruce up your garden, we’ve given you more reason to go outside this month with projects that include a pretty potting table (page 50), a clever tyre footstool (page 57) and a simple mosaic pot (page 60). Alternatively, if you’re thinking of reducing your reclaimed fabric stash, have a go at sewing our cute birds (page 54), knotting a macramé dreamcatcher (page 75) or covering an IKEA stool (page 80). I’m also keen to practise Annie Sloan’s malachite paint effect on page 20 – it looks so simple but impressive. Until I decide which piece of furniture I’ll use to try out the technique, you’ll find me whiling away the afternoon in the hammock, planning how my summerhouse will look…

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Cover images Pallet potting table (main): Antonia Attwood IKEA hack: Chloe Hardisty Easy mosaics: Rachael Sharpe Paper lanterns: Charlotte Tolhurst and Lana Louw Modern macramé: Kim Lightbody Coastal charm: Kjeld Mahoney Photography



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features 22 shed heaven Rediscover that building at the bottom of the garden and turn it into your own sanctuary

30 My Reloved Home Blog writer Danielle Driscoll combines English and American accents in her colonial home


38 Max Mcmurdo Our upcycling supremo reveals his new lovely ‘work wife’ and gears up to go on tour

42 the upcycled treehouse A dream of owning a treehouse led Quinn Petersen to build one from reclaimed materials

71 meet the maker We chat to Fanny Zedenius about reinventing macramé for modern interiors

84 salvage sister


Charis Williams tackles a scrap-heap challenge of prehistoric proportions



08 Creative Hub

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


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Readers’ own revamp projects revealed

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Crafty how-to guides, plus interiors to inspire

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This month’s contributors


Annie Sloan

Our resident paint and colour expert creates a malachite look for wood with the simplest of techniques

cover project 50 Kate Beavis

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With a keen eye for upcycling potential, Kate knew exactly what do with a discarded tyre


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Pallet potting table Folk-art string of birds Tyre footstool Mosaic plant pot Parrot quilted wall hanging Pallet planter shelf Macramé dreamcatcher Appliqué tea towel Tea towel stool Wrapping paper origami lantern


Chloe Hardisty

Chloe likes to design bright and bold interior pieces and her Ikea stool hack this issue is no exception


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COLOURMAN PAINT Simply beautiful

Photography by The Smart Photographer

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Find the instructions to make this quilt in A Year in Crafts by Clare Youngs, £14.99, published by CICO Books.

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♥ Turn a collection of old handkerchiefs and offcuts of cotton fabric into a stunningly beautiful quilt that’s perfect for wrapping around shoulders on a cool summer’s evening.

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Replicate the panel on this distressed bench by painting it in a cool green and decoupaging a floral napkin. Finish the look with a light sand of the surface.

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a den-built island and the chance to become a citizen of Cardboardia, talking rubbish tips, campfire cooking, guerrilla gardening and a potting shed on wheels. We’re especially looking forward to the magical immersive mystery tour in a specially converted double-decker bus. Called Rear View, it’s a site-specific performance viewed from the bus, created and performed by IOU theatre company. It’s a unique interactive experience where the Festival of Thrift and nearby seaside town of Redcar will become part of the performance as audiences embark on a journey of predictions, reflections and observations that blur the line between reality and fiction…


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During September the hugely popular – and award-winning – Festival of Thrift is returning to Kirkleatham in Redcar for the fifth national celebration of stylish and sustainable living. This year the festival will focus on growing and the power of nature, and how people can be empowered by sharing differing points of view of the world as well as ideas, thoughts, experiences and skills. Enjoy a hands-on weekend packed with creativity, making, fixing and learning, discovering how to save money, be environmentally savvy and live a rich and fulfilling life. There’s something for everyone – from inventive and inspiring artworks and performances, live music, stalls and thoughtprovoking talks, to a range of workshops passing on skills and thrifty tips and a wide range of innovative tasty food and drink – including the chance to dine in a campervan or in the wild meadow of the walled garden. You’ll be pleased to hear that regular favourites Fix It Café, Bistros du Van and upcycling supremo Max McMurdo will once again be returning, and new highlights for this year’s event include ideas for creating your own thrifty ceremonies, the creation of

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Visit the Festival of Thrift for savvy and stylish ideas for sustainable living

When: 23–24 September Where: Kirkleatham Museum and Grounds, Redcar Admission: Free, parking £5 per car; sustainable transport options available Visit:

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Give your garden furniture a touch of rustic French elegance with a coat of Frenchic’s Al Fresco paint in Greyhound, the latest shade to join the five pastel colours in the new outdoor paint range. A sleek and chic colour, Greyhound, like the rest of the range, has been specifically developed to both transform and protect your outdoor projects. Hardwearing and weatherproof, the Al Fresco range is safe for children’s toys and pets, and gives a robust, odour-free, chalk finish without the need for stirring or shaking. l The Al Fresco range is available for £16.95 (750ml) at Frenchic stockists and online at

SEASONAL PICKINGS We love the new Home Grown fabric range from Crafter’s Companion – perfect for projects including garden bunting, basket linings and cushion covers for your outdoor space. As part of its expanding Threaders brand, the collection comes in a modern colour palette featuring on-trend cactus prints and simple plant and fruit designs in a range of coordinating colours. l For further information, visit


The nominations are in and voting opens for the Amara Interior Blog Awards on 7 August, with winners picked from 10 categories. We’ll be keeping an eye on Best Craft Blog, and Best DIY and Home Improvement Blog – many of the previous shortlisters and winners have appeared in Reloved. You’ve got until 15 September to cast your vote at

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Creative Hub Stacey Chapman combines her glamorous portraits with beautiful vintage material.

The fabric of life Revisiting a technique she began at school, illustrator and freehand machine embroiderer Stacey Chapman of Art Sea Craft Sea has recently launched a new range of vintage-style portraiture and fashion illustrations featuring upcycled retro fabrics. This collection of fashion illustration imagery has recently been resurrected due to Stacey setting aside a month of exploration time, away from her usual freehand machine embroidery work. ‘It’s a revisitation of a lifelong obsession with retro fashion, vintage fabrics and Hollywood glamour,’ says Stacey. ‘The first work created in this manner was when I was only 15 years old and now it feels just like coming home.’ The artworks are created using stunning vintage fabrics, offcuts, costume jewellery, old clothing and hoarded odds and ends. The elements are united by a central portrait of a glamorous woman, illustrated on fabric with pen, pencil, inks, paint, collage, embroidery and sewn embellishments. ‘The aim of the work is to honour the vintage fabric that many of us store away in drawers and cupboards, in the hope that one day they will be useful,’ says Stacey. ‘I love the concept of taking these hidden treasures out of the closet and creating truly unique and beautiful pieces.’ l See Stacey’s work at

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Bursting with colour

Arriba, arriba!

Feeling fruity

The new all-in-one pods from Dylon mean that it’s now even easier to breathe new life into an old cushion cover or fabric for reupholstery, simply by dyeing it. Just choose your colour, pop the pod into the washing machine with your fabric and ta-da! Available from haberdashery and craft stores at £7.25.

Add a Mexican flavour to your summer upcycles by decoupaging these napkins from Sainsbury’s onto crates, bottle candle holders and even outdoor shelves. At £2.25 for a pack of 20 you’ll be able to cover a lot of surface.

We love this pineapple ribbon available for just £1 a roll from Tiger stores, perfect to embellish cushions, jars and more.

Mini magic We upcyclers can’t resist a Mason jar, and these shot size ones are perfect for displaying small flower posies, available from at £4.95 for a set of four.

Cactus cool Melt down old soaps (see YouTube for tutorials) and reshape them into fun cactus shapes, with this set of four moulds from for £4.79.

Totally tropical


A round-up of the latest home improvement and craft products to land on the Reloved desk…

Inspired by botanical and exotic trends, this tropical palm wrapping paper with a gorgeous pastel background is ideal for decoupage projects. Available from at £6.95 for a pack of five sheets.

Garden delights

Floral fancies

Annabell Duke’s new Outdoors range of weatherproof exterior chalk paint is available in 30 colours and can be used on wood, plastic, terracotta and rattan, with no sealing or wax needed. Available online for £13.95 (500ml) from and stockists.

This gorgeous range of ribbon embroidery kits from Panna allows you to create floral designs using the combined techniques of counted cross-stitch and the romantic art of ribbon embroidery – a skill that can be transferred to bring a bit of love to old textiles around the home. Prices start at £12 from

Your serve Present your food in style on a coloured paddleboard, available from Sainsburys for £12. Or create your own with a coat of paint on an unloved chopping board, then seal with a non-toxic varnish.

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Creative Hub

GET THIS Desert blooms name Bitter Lime Designs – from her original watercolour cactus illustrations, and is digitally printed in the UK using eco-friendly methods. l Available from BitterLimeDesigns.

Photograph: Jen Jones of None Too Shabby

Cactus prints are the hottest look of the season in interiors – whether it’s textiles, furniture or funky household items. This fabric design comes from Nicola Watson – a textile designer and illustrator, under the

The Recyclart app is the place to go if you’re looking for craft and upcycling project inspiration. It offers ideas and tutorials on everything from recycled art, garden fun and jewellery designs to useful things you can create from recycled cardboard, plastic and paper. The app is an extension of the brilliant Recyclart website, but you can save your favourites and share them on social media. It also gives you the opportunity to share your own projects, which could then appear on the app to inspire others. Available from Apple and Android app stores.

A COLOURFUL LIFE If your garden is looking dull despite your best green-fingered efforts, perhaps what it needs is an injection of colour. Maybe your garden furniture could do with a zesty yellow glow or your fence a deep-blue hue to really give it some character. If so, look no further than the new Step Outside range from the London Vintage Paint Company – a durable, waterproof exterior paint available in 42 shades. It can be applied to wood, glass, metal and most external surfaces, and is environmentally friendly, low odour and child safe. l Find a stockist near you at

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BLOG watch

Heir and Space ‘I’ve been “flipping” furniture for about 10 years now,’ says Heir and Space blogger Kate Avery. ‘I started with pieces I found on the side of the road. At the time, my husband and I had just moved into our first apartment together and had filled it with brand new, albeit low-budget furniture. Within a few months the stuff was already falling to pieces! I started seeking out other options and that led me to vintage pieces, which are so much better built and designed. I filled our apartment with my new treasures, we moved, and I filled our home likewise. ‘It was at that point I started selling my furniture work as well. I was working in the field of fine antiques, living a double life of sorts, handling spectacular and rare pieces of furniture that one would never ever paint during the day, then coming home at night and

working on vintage pieces that one wouldn’t think twice at putting out on the kerbside. Eventually my furniture business grew to the point that I had to make the tough decision to leave the antiques firm and start flipping furniture full time. That was three years ago and I’ve not once regretted it. I love what I do; it’s always challenging, always exhilarating, and every single scrap of clothing I own is covered in paint! But I wake up each morning knowing that working on furniture and blogging for a living is a dream come true. It makes me so incredibly happy!’ On her blog, Kate documents all of her projects, explaining where she finds each piece of furniture and detailing the processes she uses to restore and rejuvenate them into something spectacular. A fabulous resource for gaining inspiration and restoration knowledge,

Kate’s blog also has a ‘before’ and ‘after’ section with lots of pictures to peruse for ideas, as well as a portfolio of all her work and a tour of her house, which is full of upcycled furniture, antique treasures, vintage and retro finds and oodles of colour. There’s also a handy howto section, featuring everything from ‘how to remove damaged veneer’ to ‘how to shop the flea market like a pro’.

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Creative Hub Bright & beautiful

Some like it hot Embrace the warmth of balmy evening skies and rich summer hues in your upcycling projects to really add some vibrant colour into your home. The bolder the better, in our eyes. How about a juicy orange paint or hot pink

wallpaper decoupage to spice things up. Take inspiration from this fabulous Japanese plum sideboard with its luscious yellow flowers, made by Resurface Designs at

Everlong has released four new, bold colours into its chalk paint palette: Royal Navy, a rich blue; Mandarin, a tangy orange; Queen Bee, a bright, zesty yellow; and British Racing Green, a deep, warm green. As with all Everlong chalk paint, the new colours have no smell, are toy safe, environmentally friendly and with no need to wax finish. l Available for £19.95 (1 litre), £13.95 (500ml) and £5.95 (100ml). Visit to see the full range or find a stockist.

Easy does it If you’re not keen on the messiness of using stencils and paint to decorate your furniture projects, the answer may lie in transfers. Iron Orchid Designs’ vintage décor transfers are intricately designed with a protective backing, and once peeled, the design simply rubs on to the matt or chalk paint surface. As well as livening up painted furniture, the transfers can also be used on walls as artwork, with designs including vintage lettering, floral motifs and rustic signage. l Available from Home Revival Interiors at

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

29 July–2 September Inside Out The Gallery, De Montfort University, Leicester

MAKE & CREATE The Handmade Fair is returning for its fourth year on 15–17 September, with Kirstie Allsopp and a host of new fair ambassadors ready to inspire you and get your creative juices flowing. The three-day event at The Green at Hampton Court Palace will see a mixture of returning favourites, including Annie Sloan for some hands-on making and demonstrating workshops, alongside engaging talks on interiors and food, and exhibitors selling craft supplies and materials, as well as handmade items including homeware, fashion accessories, jewellery and gifts. We’ve picked our top three workshops happening each day of the event that are not to be missed: transform a tote bag by stencilling fabric paints and applying appliqué lettering and embellishments; make beautiful flower decorations using

Inside Out features 24 pieces of furniture from the Crafts Council’s collection, representing significant makers from four decades. The pieces cover a range of materials including recycled plastic bottles, corrugated cardboard, acrylic, ash, glass fibre, oak and metal with an equally diverse number of processes on display.

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 tearoom and Champagne bar.

19 August Macramé Jewellery Workshop colourful sticky tape; and discover folk art painting techniques, a skill that can be applied to furniture, greetings cards and homeware. l For further information, to buy tickets and book individual workshops, visit

Museum of London

In this workshop you’ll learn the skill of macramé, and work with natural unbleached cotton and metal to create a large tasselled statement necklace on a silver chain.

3 September Rag Rug Workshop

SPOTTED ON ETSY If cosy campfires and toasting marshmallows under the stars are what summer means to you, you’ll be impressed by this ingenious firepit, constructed from reclaimed horseshoes individually welded together. Created by Hathernforge at

Ragged Life HQ, Wapping, London

You will learn all the basics in this workshop – how to use the equipment, select and prepare materials and the two types of rag rugging – then start a small project during the class.

8–10 September Decorative Home and Salvage Show Ripley Castle, Yorkshire

Find reclaimed and salvaged materials, garden furniture, restored and upcycled furniture, period home fixtures and fittings, decorative and architectural antiques, decorative furnishings and industrial items.

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‘My son brought home a selection of different sized wooden cable reels and I knew just what to do with them! I painted them in a pretty pink called Nancy’s Blush by Farrow & Ball that I had left over from a previous project, then stacked them up in the garden to display my plants potted in old tins, crockery and even a traditional girl’s shoe.’ Janis Goodwin

We love how simple yet effective this garden display is, and the tiered effect is ideal for trailing plants.

Bathroom blitz

‘I wanted a vanity unit that was modern-looking but with lots of storage. I paid £10 for this sideboard then stripped the varnish, removed the top and took away two of the drawers. I made the shelf section and top, painted the base white and applied an exterior oak varnish to make the top splash-proof. Adding new handles and a square basin were the finishing touches.’ Louise Moss

What a great transformation from a jaded piece of dark furniture to a contemporarystyle unit at a snip of what you’d pay for a brand new one.

Grand renovations

‘I found this old chair at a local car-boot sale. It has a solid wood frame but the plasterwork decoration was broken in places. I spent two days removing hundreds of studs and nails so I could save the old fabric as a template! The springs were in good condition, so I just recovered the seat and back with a Laura Ashley fabric which is a perfect match for Everlong’s Earl Grey paint. To add detail, I drybrushed it with Everlong in Mercury to highlight the plasterwork.’ Julie Wright

This ornate chair in Scandinavian greys shows how choosing paint and fabric together is so important for a coherent result.

A lotta bottle (tops) ‘After collecting lots of different coloured bottle tops I set about updating an old table base. I cut a sheet of marine plywood into a circle, then arranged the bottle tops on the table, gluing them into place. After adding a flexible edging strip I applied grout to all the gaps.’ Sylvie Léost

A creative way to upcycle old bottle tops, this unique mosaic piece would be the focal point of any garden.

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The only tricky bit is stopping Our Revive range makes upcycling so fun and simple, you won’t want to stop.

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Bookshelf This month we’ve been reading about…

Taking farmhouse style out of the country and into the city; and crafting beautiful household items, party decorations and gifts using macramé knots, all types of paper and leftover fabrics.

City Farmhouse Style

Designs for a Modern Country Life Author: Kim Leggett Publisher: Abrams Price: £25 (on sale 12 September)


Farmhouse style is very much in vogue, and one of its leading lights is Kim Leggett, US designer, author, and antiques and vintage dealer. In this gorgeous coffeetable hardback, Kelly explores modern-day versions of ‘farmhouse’, employing a relaxed attitude to blending periods and genres in a twist on laid-back farmhouse living outside the familiar rural setting. She explains how paints, wallpapers and textiles can add simple vintage farmhouse style, and furnishing, lighting, architectural detail, and reclaimed household objects lend a welcoming sense of comfort and nostalgia to contemporary city living. Sumptuous photographs of beautifully styled rooms focus on ‘Uptown City’, ‘Suburban City’, ‘Designers’/Salvaged Style’, ‘Creative City’, ‘Sophisticated Study’, ‘Writer’s Loft’ and ‘Top-of-the-Town Garden Style’, and combine with informative commentary on how to achieve the look. Try grouping vintage crockery, objets d’arts or cooking utensils together; creating a piece of salvaged wall art from an old

mirror and recycled timber; or slicing an existing door in two to create a ‘Dutch door’. Kim’s advice is to ‘buy what you love when you see it, even if you don’t know how it will fit into your home’. A great tip for upcycling fans everywhere (as if we needed any encouragement!).

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Half Yard Gifts

Easy sewing projects using left-over pieces of fabric Author: Debbie Shore Publisher: Search Press Price: £9.99

Debbie Shore’s latest practical sewing guide combines her love of homemade gifts with her passion for upcycling, and features 22 clever ideas for turning leftover ‘halfyard’ pieces of fabric into bespoke gifts for family and friends. Basic sewing advice, tools, tips, techniques and simple instructions make the projects easily achievable for both beginners and experienced sewers. We love the sentiment behind recycling unwanted materials into something special for someone special, with projects including a gardener’s kneeling pad, tablet cover, decorative string of birds (see page 54), cosmetics bag, child’s apron and pyramid paperweight.

Paper Parties

Over 50 paper projects for the perfect party Author: Erin Hung Publisher: Pavilion Price: £16.99

Erin Hung’s love affair with paper craft has built into a thriving business. Her talent is abundant in this creative collection of tutorials featuring party goods for every occasion. Rated by difficulty and using basic materials, the projects are simple to follow and beautifully styled. Dip into more than 50 ideas using wrapping paper, crêpe paper, craft paper and card, to fabricate origami lanterns (see page 88), giant tissue-paper flowers, cards, backdrops, place names, gift wrap accessories, floral bomb pinatas and table decorations. With these ideas you can add a beautiful handmade touch to your wedding, birthday or children’s celebration, and have lots of fun doing it.


The craft of creative knotting for your home Author: Fanny Zedenius Publisher: Quadrille Price: £12.99

Macramé is enjoying a revival as a meditative, addictive craft with infinite possibilities. Fanny Zedenius’s modern guide has a beautifully fresh contemporary feel, and complements her already popular Instagram account Creataholic. Combining instructions on some of the basic knots and materials with more advanced techniques, the book is separated into ‘Macramé Secrets’, ‘Knots’, ‘Patterns’ and ‘Projects’. There are 21 ideas in total, divided into four categories – plant hangers, wall hangings, dream catchers (see page 75) and other ideas (including a table runner, decorative garland and outdoor lantern). Whether you’re a novice or an expert, this book will encourage you to get knotting!

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This month, Annie travels ‘back to the future’ to recreate a malachite paint effect, discovering a new, more simplified way to get the look. ne of my favourite interior styles is neoclassical. It has such a wow factor and I love how the pairing of strong, positive colours (think ultramarine and cobalt blues, which in my colour palette translate to Napoleonic Blue), with decorative stone materials like marble or malachite add such a sense of grandeur. The style emerged in the 18th century and is based on classic Greek and Roman architecture, where you would find marble and stone everywhere – from columns and obelisks, to inlays and surfaces of furniture. Creating stone effects, such as malachite, on furniture using paint is such fun and a technique I adored in the 1980s. Malachite is a rich, deep blue-green mineral (formed from copper, hence the colour), its arches of intense colour having crystallised over millions of years. To mimic this pattern, a torn piece of card is used to shift and comb the paint across the surface – I find it quite incredible that you can recreate the look of a semi-precious mineral with such a humble tool! In my first book, The Complete Book of Decorative Paint Techniques, I used oils and glazes to create the look. But since then I’ve discovered you can make the effect using just my paint, Chalk Paint and without all the extra products, which was joy to my ears!

Contemporary techniques I decided to give this new method a go on a neoclassical-style table, but to give this project a contemporary feel, I wanted to create a large and over-the-top version of the pattern to fill the whole table top, rather than a realistic and faithful rendering of the stone, as I would have done in the 1980s.

The malachite-effect table top created with Annie’s Paint.

‘I find it quite incredible that you can recreate  t he look of a semiprecious mineral with just a  t orn piece of card’

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Annie plans and practises the patterns in her sketchbook first.

One thing I had to bear in mind when taking glaze out of the equation was the speed at which I worked – the glaze is there to give you more time to work the paint before it dries out. As this was my first attempt without glaze, and I hadn’t tried this technique in around 15 years, I worked out a loose progression of where I would make the shapes on the table top, so I would know where to go without thinking on the spot and running out of space or ending up with too many blank areas! The planning worked and I got the pattern down on my first go (which is essential because of the drying time). The key is to just keep going. I did abandon a piece of card when it became too sodden to use, and another because it didn’t make a good stripy design.

From paint to stone I began by painting the table top with a base colour of Chalk Paint in Florence. I wanted quite a smooth finish at this stage, so applied a couple of thin layers with my Flat Brush. To create a barrier between the first and subsequent coats of paint, I applied a layer of my Lacquer. Once dry, I tore off the side of a cardboard box and fashioned myself several different comb shapes. Don’t make these too neat and perfect – you’ll find that the best side for working with is the torn edge. I roughly mixed Florence and Aubusson Blue together so that the colours were still slightly separated when I painted them on. In some places it was almost pure Aubusson Blue and in others nearly pure Florence. Using this colour mix, I painted about half the table and, while the paint was still wet, combed through it with my cardboard combs

The combed paint mimics the stripes in the stone.

– sweeping around and curving, sometimes stopping and pulling down on the comb. Then, I quickly applied the paint to the rest of the table and continued combing to make that striped malachite-inspired effect. I did work on the table in two halves to make sure I was always using wet paint. Once dried, I applied my Clear Chalk Paint Wax all over the surface to seal the finish. To allow the rich and dramatic table top to be the star of the piece, I chose to finish the rest of the table in my lamp black shade, Graphite. Revisiting this technique has made me think about using other colours from my palette to create a similar effect. Perhaps using the same base colour and a Graphite topcoat, or creating a very neutral look with Old White for the base and a mix of French Linen and Country Grey for the topcoat. Now that I’ve started I can see endless possibilities!

Have a go

If you’re inspired to try a malachite paint effect on a piece of furniture, the Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan range is made in the UK and comprises 36 decorative and historic shades which combine well to provide a larger colour palette. Chalk Paint is available from Annie Sloan stockists – located in the UK and across the world – and online. For a Colour Card or further info, call 01865 803168, email or visit the website at

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Shed heaven

A shed used to be considered just a practical outbuilding, where tools, bikes and old tins of paint were stored. Not anymore. With a little upcycling know-how and a bit of inspiration you can turn this humble structure into a stylish living space. Words by Lucy Evans 23 022-7_RL45[featShedsV5]NTSJLB.indd 23

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Inside the shed is a practical space with a workbench and storage.

Joel relaxes in his shed’s rooftop allotment.

f a peek over your neighbour’s fence at their sweet little summerhouse turns you green around the gills, you’ll be pleased to know there are so many ways to create one yourself. A shed in your garden can act as a space for your crafting and upcycling, or even somewhere you can set up a home office. We’ve brought together some beautiful examples of upcycled sheds and interiors, with a few tips from shed expert Joel Bird to start you off on your shed-building journey. Joel was the first winner of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year competition and has acted as a judge every year since. He now runs his own shed-building company, is about to publish The Book of Shed, and knows only too well the allure of creating your own garden space from scratch. His winning ‘allotment roof’ shed cost him just £500 to build. ‘I moved to London and my winning shed was the first one I built. I didn’t have a great deal of money but needed an art and a music studio and I knew I couldn’t rent them, so that was the impetus I needed,’ he explains. ‘I needed to build it on the cheap. I had to buy the structure from a timber yard as I

couldn’t take any chances with the roof, but lots of it is recycled – the windows and the doors are taken from my house, the cladding is all old fencing, the soil on the roof I’d taken from the footprint beneath the shed, and the shelves inside are made from pallets.’ It is, of course, the rooftop allotment which makes Joel’s shed really stand out. ‘I’d always wanted an allotment and they’re quite hard to get in London as everyone wants one and I didn’t have a great deal of room in the garden to grow veg, so it was a logical step – why not put the allotment on the roof? I spend more time up there than in the garden below!’

labour of love

If you want to build your own shed from scratch, Joel advises that you’ll need to set aside the right amount of time. ‘When I build for other people I have an 18-day schedule,’ Joel says. ‘For my allotment shed, I built the structure first then added on the other things over time. It’s a proper working shed and good sheds do evolve over time. The allotment roof was finished over several months, bit by bit. The main structure took around two weeks.’

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Joel’s tips for shed-building beginners

Advice to help you avoid the common construction pitfalls

1 Plan ahead

If you’re changing your mind as you go along you can waste money. Having said that, when it’s your own build you can spend time with your shed and find out what’s working, then you can add and take away bits, and that’s part of the joy of it.

make sure your roof 4 Always is watertight

With cheap sheds the roof felt can deteriorate quickly, allowing water to seep in. For that reason I use rubber roofing material, not roof felt.

2 Be careful with the structure 5 New materials aren’t necessarily better I knew what I was doing structurally because I come from a loft-building background originally, so I know how forces work. If you’re putting soil on the roof as I did, you should at least understand something about structural weight – you can’t just see how it goes! Ask for advice if you need to.

3 Add cladding inside and out

Cladding is a great way to use reclaimed wood. I use a breathable membrane around the structure and then batons to create an air gap and at that point it’s semi-waterproof, so you can add cladding. If the cladding splits or breaks you can just replace that part. Experiment with internal cladding too – if it goes wrong you can just replace it and it won’t affect the structure in any way.

Below: Joel built this cottage-style shed to match a period home.

I always tell clients to look on eBay for things like doors – old solid front doors and hardwood doors that are 100 years old are likely to last another 100 years. I buy internal pine doors from eBay then reclad them and I know the wood is solid. New doors can cost a lot more and you don’t always know how good the wood is – they’re often hollow as well.

6 Bond with your shed!

Make your own interior fittings and furnishings such as shelves and desks – it will bring you closer to your shed. Even if I’m building a shed for a client, I’ll suggest they oil or paint the exterior or interior themselves to connect with it.

This light-filled artist’s studio has a glass roof and is made with reclaimed timber.

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Greenhouse to Glitterfarm

The central table has been made from an old desk; the addition of castors makes it mobile and practical.

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Jenny painted everything with her own organic paints made from natural chalk and clay, which she sells from her online business, Glitterfarm.

With the help of friends, mixed-media artist Jenny Karp constructed her Californian dream studio from salvaged windows, old French doors and wood from a pergola that was due to be torn down. With a style combining Hawaiian beach house and rustic ranch, the many windows offer plenty of natural light.

Clever storage ideas include this red file drawer with magnetised tins attached to the side.

Diffused light from the ‘greenhouse’ roof is ideal for Jenny’s painting and art pursuits.

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windows on the world

Another shed enthusiast who wouldn’t be without their very own workspace in the garden is craft artist Sally Atkins. Using reclaimed pieces of wood often together with found objects, such as tea plates, discarded wooden utensils and tools in her art pieces, her shed is so important to her that it’s the name of her business: Sally’s Shed! ‘The shed is located at the bottom of our garden in Lichfield and was built about two and a half years ago. Prior to this I had a brick-built

shed which was originally the coal bunker!’ says Sally. ‘My husband and his nephew built it using as many recycled bits and pieces as possible. The main uprights are from a shop in Lichfield that was having a refit, the wooden flooring came out of someone’s conservatory and the four glass-panelled doors (two of which are installed as full-length windows) were all rescued from various skips, garages and sheds.’ For Sally, the upcycled shed not only reflects her ethos as an artist, but provides an essential workspace. ‘I love working in the shed – it’s just perfect! There’s plenty of room to store all my many bits and bobs which eventually become my artwork, and also space for a generous work area with a view of all the garden. It’s wonderful to disappear into my shed and work undisturbed, although I do take my mobile phone with me!’

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Joel Bird builds bespoke sheds, outhouses, garden rooms and studios – for details, visit You can find artwork from Sally Atkins at

The Book of Shed by Joel Bird is published on 21 September by Blink Publishing (£20).

She Sheds: A Room of Your Own by Erika Kotite, published by Cool Springs Press (£16.99).

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Coastal charm

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Perched on the edge of an American seaside town in Massachusetts is a traditional colonial-style home, which has been given a nautical update using furniture finds and the artistic eye of Finding Silver Pennies blog writer Danielle Driscoll.

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he moment Danielle Driscoll and her family walked through the door of a 1920s Dutch colonial house in Scituate Harbour – a small coastal town just south of Boston – she knew it would be her forever home. ‘When we stepped into the house and I saw the dark woodwork and the crystal doorknobs I got butterflies in my stomach! I loved everything about the house.’ Four years later, Danielle has transformed the interior filling it with beautiful furniture she’s collected and painted herself to create a comfortable, family living space with a maritime feel. Already having an eye for colour and design, Danielle’s degree in theatre arts and English from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts followed by a masters in film and television production from the University of Bristol in the UK, shaped her skills. ‘Both degrees dealt with set and prop design, while my love for interiors came from my mom who at a very early age started me on the road to antiques and thrift shopping,’ Danielle explains. ‘We had an old house which she decorated beautifully with Laura Ashley paper and pretty curtains.’ Living in Bristol and London for five years left an impression too. ‘I love traditional dark panelling, Chesterfield sofas, Aga cookers, old English antiques and slipcovered chairs.’

Shades of white

Once the family had moved in, the first thing Danielle was keen to do was to lighten up all the walls to tone down some of the dark woodwork. ‘I wanted to open our home and brighten it up. Many of the rooms are painted varying shades

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The wood furniture in the sunroom has been given a wash of paint in soft ocean blues and greys.

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The dining room with Luke’s handcrafted table.

Danielle’s styling tips Add organic elements Shells, driftwood, rocks, pine cones – these seem to crown a space and make it feel peaceful. Use books for styling I love finding antique books with character – the fustier the better! You don’t always have to have the spine facing out either. Think about turning books with pages out for a more muted look. Choose chippy furniture for family living If your furniture is already distressed, then you don’t need to worry if your children or pets add to it with knocks and scrapes. Bring rooms alive with plants I love mixing real and artificial plants. I used to be

anti faux plants, but the stuff they make now is so realistic – it even feels real! Create perfection with white linen White bedding and towels look fresh, classic and match any styling – and you can use bleach to keep them looking new. Transform with paint Paint is like magic in a can. If you’re on a budget it allows you to completely change a room or even a piece of furniture with just a small amount at little cost. I’m always surprised by paint’s transformative properties.

of white, but our home is an organic process and evolves over time as my style changes. For example, when I found a wonderful Welsh dresser that had been imported from Britain on a Facebook yard sale site I decided we needed to redo the dining room, so my husband Luke built a gorgeous farmhouse table with reclaimed heart pine and salvaged legs, to go with the dresser.’ With the addition of a set of slipcovered chairs from IKEA, the room was complete. It’s important to Danielle to understand a room before dipping a paint brush in a pot. ‘I always start by thinking about the room and how it will be used. How do we want to feel in there? Is it casual? Do we want it to be comfortable? Do we want it to be serene? All this plays into my decision on what to put in the room. I love upcycling and painting furniture, so I try to source vintage items that will add character early on in the design stages.’ At this time of year Danielle likes to spend time in the sunroom which is warm right through to the end of autumn, and with the abundance of windows the natural light offers the perfect ambience for a lazy breakfast or a late evening supper. ‘The walls have been painted in Simply White by Benjamin Moore,’ says Danielle. ‘It reminds me of the colour of sailcloth.’ Paired with the pale blue ceiling and the stained floor which gives the impression of driftwood, it truly reflects its seaside location, especially with the wall-mounted oars found on Freecycle. ‘I painted them with Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan to tie into the coastal theme.’ Many of the pieces in Danielle’s home have been gathered from yard sales or found on the

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The Chalk Painted cupboard in Danielle’s office still has the original handles.

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The boys’ room is decorated with classical nautical colours and flags.

roadside and given a new lease of life. ‘I found the side table for the sunroom at a yard sale around the corner from my house and I gave it a coat of soft grey milk paint.’ Danielle has also found room for some long-loved furniture. ‘The trunk is from my childhood (see page 31); I painted it with Saltwash [an American product available via mail order] mixed with some blue paint to give it a textured look.’ When Danielle needs time to herself to work, whether that’s writing her design blog or painting watercolour pictures, she retreats to her office. The cupboard, perfect for storage, was sourced at a favourite local antiques shop. ‘Each month they open for a barn sale and I

find great things there! I painted it in Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan in Old White and distressed the surface with sandpaper and a paint scraper. The knobs are original and my favourite part!’ she enthuses. While the office is where the writing happens, it’s in the basement that Danielle gets to spend time revamping furniture. She can be found here working at the chippy table she discovered at an antiques store. ‘The blue is the original finish and I sealed it in as I love the colour! It’s great to have a studio in my house so I can pop down and do a coat on a piece of furniture, and then come back upstairs to work on photography or writing or spend time with my boys, John and Conor.’

‘I always start by thinking about  the room and how it will be used. Is it casual? Do we wan t it to be comfortable? Do we wan t it  to be serene? All this plays in to my decision on wha t  to pu t in it’

Seaside sanctuary

Sometimes when life gets a little hectic, Danielle likes to retire to her she-shed with a cup of coffee and a stack of magazines. It was bought off the peg as a simple shell, but by adding shiplap to the outside, painting the interior white and adding some upcycled furniture, this extra room offers a wonderful peaceful space.

Transatlantic accents

One of the first pieces Danielle put paint to was the Union Jack chest of drawers which takes pride of place in her sons’ bedroom. ‘This was from my childhood and I knew I wanted to do it up for our boys. It’s painted in Annie Sloan’s Napoleonic Blue, Old White and Emperor’s Silk.’ The red, white and blue theme is carried on through the room with an American flag built from planks of wood and decorated in chalk paint with a star stencil, together with frames housing more nautical ephemera. ‘I found white shadow boxes and wanted to use them for old nautical pennants,’ she explains. ‘I mixed paint with Saltwash and used it to cover the frames, creating a rustic, old world look.’ When the working day is over Danielle and Luke retreat to their cosy bedroom, which of course has been given a beautiful, upcycled makeover. The walls are the same soft blue-grey that they found when they moved in, but all the furniture has been painted in a range of warm greys, browns and chippy whites. Luke made the bedside tables and Danielle used chalk paint to emulate a soapstone effect. Ever thrifty, Danielle’s furniture foraging has also helped her make friends locally. ‘I found the chest of drawers on the side of the road. The sign read “Free or Best Offer”, so I knocked on the door to make sure it was okay if I took it and now I’m good friends with the previous owner. I stained the top with a dark ebony and painted the body with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in a colour called Ironstone. I wanted it to chip and flake and it did that perfectly.’ The centrepiece of the room is the bed, and to offset the crisp white linens the creative couple made their own headboard. ‘It’s one of our first DIYs,’ Danielle recalls. ‘We made it for our first home with wood from a DIY store and

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The white bedroom is offset by a rustic-looking homemade headboard.

used carriage bolts and special walnut stain to recreate a reclaimed look.’ This look could easily be replicated with salvaged materials such as scaffold boards or reclaimed floorboards. Over the summer, as well as spending time in her shed gathering upcycling inspiration, Danielle will continue to tend her garden and harvest her homegrown fruit and veg which include berries, rhubarb and numerous vegetables – you can read on her blog how she prepares and preserves the gluts. She’ll also be working on more watercolour paintings which are available from her online store to download as printables – and are perfect for placing in upcycled frames.

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Find out more Through experimentation and adapting techniques learned through trial and error along the way, Danielle has documented her progress via her blog and has even written an ebook, On the Tip of My Paintbrush, that’s packed with tips and ideas for transforming furniture via a range of paints.

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

With the country in the midst of a heatwave, Max finds ways to keep cool, reveals his new glamorous TV work partner and starts sprucing up the Upcycling Workshop bus to go on tour.


ow, British summers can be intense! Life aboard the houseboat (as featured on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces) in these sweltering conditions is very eye-opening and educational. For example, I’ve learned that even with incredible insulation in the walls and ceiling, a through draft is very important and something I’m currently lacking – I’d obviously overlooked this in my original design! As a result, I’ve invested in a gorgeous Dyson fan which works a treat and has got me thinking – with design technology now considered a secondary subject on the school curriculum, where are the next James Dysons going to come from? Well, fingers crossed that some of the TV shows we’ve been filming over the last month will prove inspirational for the next generation. Do keep an eye out for my first appearance on the next series of Channel 4’s daytime show

Find It, Fix It, Flog It alongside Henry Cole (TV producer and motorcycle fanatic) where we rummage through sheds to find discarded things we can repair or upcycle, and sell on for a profit. In other very exciting news I’m at last able to talk a little bit more about my new show which I’ll be filming over the summer. I’ve been so fortunate over the last few years to work with some of my favourite presenters and this show is certainly no exception. Move over Kirstie, George and Gok – my new ‘work wife’ is the amazing Julia Bradbury, a keen environmentalist, lover of design and all-round gorgeous woman.

We’ll be travelling, renovating, upcycling and generally coming up with some crazy ideas that will hopefully inspire and make you giggle!

Lotions and potions The Soupervan – my upcycled caravan soup kitchen that I take to the streets of Bedford with a group of friends, to provide warm meals for homeless people – has proved just as important in these warm evenings as in the cold winter months. I had mistakenly assumed that life on the streets would be easier during the summer months. However, after chatting

I spashed out on an oh-so-cool Dyson fan for the houseboat.

Julia Bradbury, my new upcycling partner in crime.

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Life on deck

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It may be summer, but we’re still serving soup to homeless people from the Soupervan.

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to rough sleepers on a soup run they told me that in the hot weather water, suntan lotion and toiletries are just as welcome as a warm meal. As a result, I’ve been urging friends, family (and strangers!) to send me small bottles of toiletries – like the complimentary range of shampoos, soaps and shower gels you receive as a guest when you stay in a hotel. If you don’t use these, please pop them in your case then post them on to the Reestore workshop; I promise we’ll distribute them to rough sleepers in need. Last month also marked the first anniversary of our Upcycling Workshop tour bus, and to celebrate we’re getting her through the MOT and back on the road. Expect to see us at a few festivals this summer, where you can hop on board to discover more about powertools and make your very own upcycled project. First stop will be at Southport Flower Show which runs 17–20 August. We’ll be revealing more of the route in upcoming issues.




Living on a boat has many positives, but one downside is there’s nowhere for a garden. However, I can still give the illusion of having my own backyard with a bit of added greenery from the upcycled wheelbarrow chair upholstered with fake grass – which you may recognise from my book Upcycling – and this very stylish-looking planter for my olive tree that was once the drum of a long-dead washing machine. You can find me sat here most evenings as I continue work on my second book, which is now well under way. The upcycles for it have been so much fun and I’ll be able to share a few sneak peek pics next month.

‘Move over Kirstie, George  and Gok – my new “work wife” is the amazing Julia Bradbury’

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With a dream of having his own treehouse and a need to provide cover for his motorbikes, Quinn Petersen pulled together a collection of salvaged materials to create a calming space to relax. Words by Jane Field-Lewis, photography by Tina Hiller

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uinn Petersen is the first to admit his backyard treehouse in Utah bucks the trend. For a start, rather than being suspended sky high in the leafy canopy, it sits close to the ground. It wasn’t supposed to be a treehouse at all – he ran out of space in his garage and wanted a platform cover for his motorbikes. He modestly claims that the deck and roof just evolved. Owning a treehouse had always appealed to him, but he had no mature trees. His brainwave – to suspend it between a cluster of Chinese elms next to his driveway – came late one night while he was tossing and turning in bed, and he began constructing it the very next day. The biggest challenge was working with five separate trees: ‘During a storm, they naturally want to move and tear the treehouse apart.’

‘The trees surrounding the house ac t like huge needles piercing and weaving through the skin of the wood’

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The gorgeous wooden chair was rehomed after it was discarded in a neighbourhood rubbish bin.

To prevent this tension on the structure it was built low to the ground (there is less movement towards the base of the tree, enabling a more stable building) and the floor was pinned by seven bolts. He built a rubber skirt to allow some movement in the same way as a ship at sea when it’s anchored but still able to oscillate. Quinn describes the trees as ‘trashy’, but if anyone knows how to turn unloved pieces into design genius it’s him. He owns a company that makes artisan wallets, bags and ties, mainly from reclaimed vintage fabrics. Upcycling is the theme of his treehouse, too, including the standout feature wall of repurposed windows. He already had a few left over from previous projects, while the rest were collected from antique stores and yard sales. All the wood is recycled from the old fascia on his house, which was used to repair rain gutters.

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The large patchwork of windows, with their Mondrian-like criss-cross of lines, dominates the interior. Quinn has cleverly chosen pieces that work with this feature rather than trying to compete with it and he is also adept at stitching together difficult materials. In this creation, the trees surrounding the house act like huge needles piercing and weaving through the skin of the wood. He’s also got a keen eye for texture, marrying the warm, weathered patina of the tongueand-groove panelling to the glint of tin on the roof and the sculpted metal of his motorbikes, standing like sentries on guard duty below. They make you feel that the cabin is not just a retreat but a small fortress defending Quinn’s commitment to the handcrafted, creative spirit of America that is threatened by today’s mass consumerism. A ‘drawbridge’ ladder up to the treehouse tucks neatly away when not in use, providing a visible and real disconnect from the world outside. Rather modestly, Quinn concedes that this is a ‘pretty neat addition’. While he was leading a workshop with a local Scout group, they clambered in, drew up the ladder and pretended they were in a spaceship. This treehouse proves that stretching your architectural imagination will take you anywhere you want to go.

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Make it in aUGUST

We show you how to bring colour into your garden this summer, with easy steps using paints and pallets to create unique upcycled planters, shelves and seating.

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Pallet potting table You won’t want to hide this gorgeous table away in a corner of your garden! With its handy wall-mounted storage, it’ll make life so much easier when it comes to potting up plants. Project by Amanda Russell, photography by Antonia Attwood you will need 2 wooden pallets 2 wine boxes Cast-iron sewing machine stand Small brush Coarse sandpaper Rust-Oleum spray paint in Green Apple Tape measure Pen or pencil Jigsaw Saw Screws Drill Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan in Provence and Scandinavian Pink Paint brushes S hooks





Brush down the pallets and wine boxes to remove any dust and dirt, paying particular attention to the corners. Do the same with the sewing machine stand to remove any loose flakes of paint. Smooth any paint that remains with sandpaper. Cover the stand in green spray paint. Apply several thin layers, rather than one thick one, to prevent runs, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next (A).

Source it Pallets can often be found for free. Search Freegle and Gumtree, as well as visiting builders’ merchants. Sturdy and characterful cast-iron sewing machine stands are the perfect table height and can be bought for a song at online auctions.

Take one of the wine boxes which will be used for the compost tray and measure 8cm (3in) from the base (B). Draw a line, then cut along the line using the jigsaw to remove the top section, leaving the base as a tray. Cut down one of the pallets for the table top, then cut off the supporting struts (C). Place the table top onto the sewing machine stand and screw it to the base.


Using a saw, cut the frame off the back of the second pallet (D), then cut the rear support struts in half using the saw (E) taking care to avoid nails, for a frame to mount the wine-box shelf and hanging your garden tools.


Paint the pallet table top and shelf frame with a turquoise chalk paint (F). Check you have covered all the areas you will see when the frame is mounted.







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Brush any spare chalk paint on plastic flowerpots to coordinate with your potting table.

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Paint both wine boxes with pink chalk paint. Use screws to secure the second wine box in place at the top of the pallet frame (G).


Secure the pallet frame to the wall using screws (H). Use S hooks and a loop of twine to hang your gardening tools from the frame (I) .

About the designer

Interiors stylist Amanda Russell designs and art directs for a number of home interest and craft magazines as well as companies, where upcycling and sustainability is more often than not part of the brief. She also runs team-building craft and styling workshops for corporate clients and museums. soulfoodstudio


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Folk-art string of birds Five little birds on a string of beads make an adorable decoration for your home. They’re also a great way to use up fabric scraps, buttons and beads. Project by Debbie Shore, photography by Garie Hind

you will need Card, for the template Pencil and marker pen Round dish measuring 6.25cm (2½in) across Round glass or similar measuring 4cm (1½in) across Basic sewing supplies 10 squares of fabric, two of each of five different patterns 2 circles of contrast fabric for each bird (10 in total), measuring 7.5cm (3in) across, for the wings 10 buttons, to attach the wings Handful of wadding 10 small buttons, for eyes Length of strong thread measuring approximately 1m (39¼in) Embroidery needle A string of beads


Draw around the dish onto your piece of card. Overlapping slightly, draw around the glass. You’ll see a little bird shape starting to form (A). Draw a line out from the top of the bird’s ‘back’, about 4cm (1½in) in length, then join this line to the tummy to create the ‘tail feathers’. Draw around the tail feathers, under the tummy, curve around the neck to join the head, make a little point for a beak, then draw over the top of the head and curve the line around the neck to join to the body (B). Cut out the template.


Take your first pair of squares of fabric, place right sides together, and draw around your template. Cut out the fabric shapes. Repeat for the other four pairs of fabric squares (C).


Cut each wing circle in half. Sew each pair of semi-circles right sides together, leaving

a gap of about 2.5cm (1in) in the straight side for turning. Snip off the corners, then turn right side out and press. Topstitch across the opening side to close (D). Fold each one ‘almost’ in half, and press (E).


Sew a contrasting wing to the centre front of each of the bird pieces, sewing through a button to attach them (F). Sew a pair of bird pieces together, right sides facing, all the way round, leaving a gap of about 5cm (2in) in the top for turning. Snip into the curves, then turn the right way out. Stuff with a little wadding, then hand-sew the opening closed with a ladder or over-edge stitch (G). Repeat for the other four birds.


For the eyes, take your needle and thread straight through the head, attaching a button on each side (H). Tie off the thread under one of the buttons to hide the end.

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Get a grip

If you find it difficult to pull the thread through, use needle grippers to hold the needle.



‘A little bell on the end would turn the bird string in to a cute wind chime’




Take the strong thread and embroidery needle. Start to thread on a few beads, knotting the bottom one to secure (I). Thread about 2.5cm (1in) of beads, then push the needle straight through the base of the tummy of a chick, bringing it out at the centre of its back (J). Thread on another 2.5cm (1in) length of beads, then attach the second bird as before. Continue threading beads and birds until you’ve joined all five together.


When you come to the top of the final bird, attach about 7.5cm (3in) of beads to finish and make a loop in the thread for hanging.

Project taken from Half Yard Gifts, £9.99, Search Press.

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Tyre footstool Brighten up your decking by creating a rope-covered footstool from an old tyre. Add vintage fabric to give it a retro feel, then put your feet up, grab an ice cream and enjoy the sunshine. Project and photography by Kate Beavis

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you will need Small 30cm (12in) tyre (inner rim diameter) Pencil and ruler/measure Thick rope Screws and screw driver/drill Clear grab adhesive and mastic gun 50 x 50cm (19½ x 19½in) piece of MDF or a thick plywood Jigsaw Sandpaper 50 x 50cm (19½ x 19½in) piece of foam seat padding Strong scissors 50 x 50cm (19½ x 19½in) piece of fabric Staple gun and staples Large button (optional)

Source it Ask at your local garage if they have any old tyres going spare, as they usually have to pay to have them removed and recycled, so should be happy to give one away.




Clean the tyre thoroughly using soapy water and leave to dry completely. Measure it to establish the amount of rope that will be needed. First, measure the circumference of the tyre, then the height including the flat top. Multiply the two together to get the overall dimension. You then need to divide that by the thickness of rope you will be using – the wider the rope the less you will need (I used 30m of 12mm-thick rope). Doublecheck you have enough before you start gluing!


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Colour match

If you’re ordering rope for the project, think about the fabric you’ll be using to cover the top if you want it to coordinate.

excess glue as you go (B). Continue applying the glue and rope until you get to the top of the tyre. Make sure you pull each row tight and push it down to meet the row below to avoid any gaps.





Starting at the tapered edge of the tyre base, attach the end of the rope using a screw, inserting it only a small amount. This will hold it in place. Slowly and carefully, apply a layer of glue around the bottom of the tyre using a mastic gun (A). Then stick down a row of rope. Attach one row at a time and clean up any

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Tricky sticky

The rope gluing is quite a fiddly job, so it’s a good idea to get a friend to help! It’s also quite messy, so make sure you cover any surfaces with something that can be thrown away afterwards.

The next stage is to apply glue and rope along the top flat part of the tyre. To ensure it doesn’t move, apply as many screws as you need. Continue until the tyre is covered (C). Measure the hole in the centre of the tyre where you will be adding a seat. Draw the circle onto the MDF or plywood, then cut out using a jigsaw (D). Sand the edges to ensure a smooth finish.


Use the wood circle as a template to cut out the foam seat padding (E). Stick the foam to the wood using the glue and leave to dry. You may wish to add something on top to weigh it down and speed up the process.

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‘The rope provides a nautical theme  to tie in with  the decking and striped chairs’


Measure the thickness of the seat to work out how large the circle of fabric needs to be (F). Using the seat as a template, draw out a larger circle in the fabric, adding the seat thickness plus another 4.5cm (1¾in), then cut out the material (G).


Lay the fabric right-side down and place the seat in the centre, foam-side down. Fold the fabric onto the wood and staple in place, taking each side in turn and ensuring the fabric is pulled taut (H). Turn it over and check there are no wrinkles. If needed, simply remove the staples and start again. Turn in each corner, creating folds on the underside, then staple into place (I). You may need a lot of staples to achieve a smooth finish.


Position the seat into the centre of the tyre. You may need to cut away some of the rope to get it to fit. Remove the screws that have been holding the rope in place. Measure to find the centre of the seat cushion and attach a staple using the staple gun (J). Glue a vintage button on top to finish the look.

About the designer

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

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Mosaic plant pot Don’t ditch lacklustre plant pots – instead, transform them into little works of art with the help of colourful tiles. Project and photography by Rachael Sharpe

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DIY tiles

Break up any cracked or chipped crockery into small pieces to create your own tiles for making mosaics – but do handle carefully, watching for any sharp edges.

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‘Stick to simple patterns and designs on small pots for maximum impact’

you will need Mosaic tiles in a range of colours Plant pot (ceramic or terracotta), washed and dried Marker pen Strong glue White mosaic grout Plastic pot, for mixing Protective gloves Sponge Soft cloth


Decide on a pattern for your mosaic and practise the tile formation on a flat surface (A). When you’re happy with the design, use your marker to put some guides on your pot. If you make a mistake don’t worry, as the pen lines will all be covered up when you add the grout.


Before you make a start on your design, apply the glue to the section around the top edge of your pot, and firmly press a row of tiles to the surface (B). This is so it looks neat when finished.



Apply glue to your plant pot in small sections and firmly press your tiles onto the surface. Leave small spaces in between your tiles, as evenly as you can. Continue to cover your pot, working in sections (C). Set aside for about 3 hours to dry.


Mix up your grout following the packet instructions and stir until the mixture has the consistency of thick paste. Remember you can always mix more later. Wearing protective gloves, use your hands to spread the grout over the entire surface of the pot, filling in every groove between the tiles (D). Set aside for about 2 hours to dry.


When the pot is completely dry, wipe it down with a damp sponge to remove any excess grout. Set aside for a further hour to dry completely before polishing the entire surface with a soft cloth (E). Now you’re ready to add a plant and admire!

About the designer

Rachael Sharpe is a freelance writer, maker and photographer, based in Devon. She is currently renovating a Victorian townhouse with her husband and spends most of her free time upcycling things to go in it. R_L_Sharpe rachaellaurasharpe

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Parrot quilted wall hanging

This decorative wall art is made from an old batik tablecloth but it would be a great use for a tropical-print shirt too. More scraps of fabric and we have a pair of macaws on a branch – perfect for your urban jungle. Project and photography by Debbie von Grabler-Crozier

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you will need



1m (40in) batik fabric or a large Hawaiian-print shirt Light-weight fusible interfacing Basic sewing supplies Scraps of cotton fabric in red, blue, tan, green and some linen Water-soluble marker Glue stick Sewing machine with a darning foot Black thread Medium-sized embroidery hoop (optional) Rotary cutter and ruler (optional) Turquoise fabric Matching thread for your fabrics 1 x 1m (40 x 40in) backing fabric 1 x 1m (40 x 40in) wadding White thread Stick about 1m (40in) long and 2cm (3/4in) in diameter Jute twine


Begin by cutting a square 33.5cm (13¼in) from your batik fabric and fuse a piece of interfacing to the wrong side. Use the template and water-soluble marker to draw the birds onto your fabric scraps. Cut them out and glue into place on the batik fabric (A).


Embroider the birds using free-motion embroidery and the black thread. If you attach an embroidery hoop upside-down on your fabric it helps provide something to ‘steer’ it (B). Tidy up your stitching by snipping off the loose threads and making sure there are no puckered bits at the back where threads have been caught.





Make four strips from the turquoise fabric to create a border for your parrots. Cut two measuring 4 x 33.5cm (1½ x 13¼in) for

‘This appliquéd piece would also make a beau tiful cushion cover on a cane chair in a conserva tory, surrounded by lush plan ts’ top tip

Cutting shortcuts

An easy way to make the strips is to cut them the correct width but make them as long as the fabric will allow. As long as they are longer than where you need to put them, you are on the right track. Stitch, then trim to the size of the centre panel. And keep the offcuts for your next appliqué project!

the sides, and two measuring 4 x 42cm (1½ x 16½in) for the top and bottom. With right sides together, stitch the strips onto the parrot piece to make the border (C).


Cut four strips from the batik fabric measuring 7cm (2¾in) wide and the longest possible length. With right sides together, stitch the strips onto the turquoise border and trim any excess (D and E). Press the front panel and it is ready for quilting.


Lay the backing fabric down onto a flat surface, cover with the wadding, then place the parrot panel face up on top, making sure it is centred. Pin through all three layers. Quilt with a random wavy pattern, using the darning foot and white thread (F). Watch out for puckering on the back.


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Machine embroidery

Most modern sewing machines can do free-motion embroidery – check your manual for specifics. You will need the darning foot and either to drop the feed dogs or to set the stitch length to zero (the feed dogs are the jagged ‘teeth’ under the needle; they normally pull the fabric through and you don’t want this when you are embroidering). Go over some areas twice to emphasise them and don’t feel you have to be too precise.

Template shown at 50% Photocopy at 200%

Feather pattern: continue over the entirety of the wing

Dotted line indicates a pattern piece behind another


About the designer

Debbie von Grabler-Crozier has been a professional craft writer for over 20 years and contributes regularly to magazines, as well as having written several books. She believes craft and upcycling go hand in hand, and loves the way nothing goes to waste.



Trim the whole quilt back to the size of the top panel and round the corners (G). Bind the edges of the quilt with binding made from the fabric leftovers or from purchased coordinating binding (H).

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Trim the stick so that it is just a little longer each end than the wall hanging. Handstitch the quilt to the stick in three places using matching thread. Cut a length of twine and tie it to each end of the stick to hang (I).

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Made from reclaimed pallets and dressed with a variety of pots, this handy shelf is sure to become a decorative focal point to your outdoor space – on a balcony, patio or mounted on a wall. Project by Nikkita Palmer, photography by Billy Barker

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Use a pallet breaker or crowbar to take the pallet apart (A). Remove the nails from the wood, using a hammer to knock them through on the reverse side and the claw of your hammer to remove them (B).




you will need Wooden pallets Pallet breaker or crowbar Claw hammer Tape measure Combination square Pencil Saw Clamp Hole saw and drill Sandpaper or electric sander Mask Wood glue 30mm pin nails Metre rule Good quality masking tape Vintage Rocks chalk paint in Mineral, Songbird and Petticoat Paint brushes Ronseal Outdoor Varnish

Source it Try to find wider pallet pieces for the shelves, so they will fit the holes to slot your plant pots in. A variety of widths for the back give the best effect, but ensure they are all the same thickness.

Decide on the width of your shelf unit. I cut my three shelf pieces to measure 45cm (17½in). To make the back of your unit, arrange the narrower slat pieces on a flat surface. You may need to cut one down so that when combined they measure 45cm (17½in). Experiment with the heights of your back pieces for a quirky uneven effect. When you’re happy with the heights of the slats, use a combination square to achieve a 90-degree angle at the unit base end of each slat piece (C). It’s a good idea to number your pieces and take a photo of them at this stage.


Use your combination square at the 45-degree angle setting and mark the top of your back slat pieces at various heights (D).


Cut all of your marked pallet pieces using a handsaw.

Take two of your pieces of shelf wood and work out where you would like your plant pots to sit. Use the hole in the bottom centre of the pot to mark where the centre of your hole saw should be (E). The size of your required hole saw will depend on the size of your plant pot – you need it to be the diameter just below the lip of the pot, this will ensure the plant pot will rest on this lip when placed into the hole. Clamp your wood onto a secure surface and use your hole saw and an electric drill to drill the hole (F). Please ensure you clamp your wood securely, as hole saws can easily rotate wood which can be dangerous.


Sand all your wood using a mediumgrit sandpaper, ensuring you wear an appropriate mask for this task and carry it out in a well-ventilated area.


Now you have all of your wood ready to assemble, lay your back panels out in the required design with the hole-free shelf flush with the bottom of your back panels. Mark the

‘Use the shelf for a collec tion of herbs or bo tanicals, to be added to cooking or even a homemade gin!’

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position of the shelves, including the sides too, so the marks are visible from the back when flipped over (G). Flip your back panels and place the bottom shelf in the required position with glue applied to the edge. With an extra pair of hands to hold the shelf in position, tap in your pin nails, allowing at least two for each piece of pallet wood.


Take your metre rule and draw the lines for the remaining two shelves on the back as a guide (H).


Attach your top shelf first, followed by the middle shelf, using the same method as in Step 8 and using your guide lines from Step 9 (I).



Mask up your shelves and copy my design or paint your own (J). Once the paint is dry, apply varnish to protect both the wood and paint when outdoors.

About the designer

A recent graduate from Nottingham Trent University with an ever-expanding surface design portfolio, Nikkita Palmer has set up a business with her partner Billy Barker, creating bespoke furniture and homewares from reclaimed materials for domestic and commercial interiors.

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Dress your planter

For added details, paint geometrics onto your terracotta pots. Terracotta is very on-trend at the moment, so leaving elements of this showing looks great. If you want to attach your planter to the wall, apply simple picture hooks. NikkitaPalmerDesigns


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Currently on a round-the-world trip, Swedish author and string artist Fanny Zedenius is reviving the retro art of knotting string and bringing it up to date for today’s interiors. You’ve studied lots of crafts. Which have been your favourites? Ever since I was a little kid I’ve spent many hours at a time on different creative projects, but I’ve never taken courses in any craft. I love teaching myself new crafts by either studying them and figuring out how they work, or by looking at instructions. For example, I taught myself crocheting by looking at YouTube videos. Besides macramé, which is my all-time favourite craft, I tend to come back to sewing, painting and drawing, knitting, crocheting and woodwork.

How did you get into macramé? It was after I’d seen a photo of some macramé plant hangers and I really wanted to learn how to make them myself. I found a DIY instruction on Pinterest that included illustrations of the five different knots I needed to learn to finish the plant hanger, and that was that! I later used those same knots to make plenty of other macramé projects.

Why does macramé hold such a fascination for you? I love the feeling when you start a big wall hanging, for example, and you cut hundreds of metres of string to work with, knowing that just tying the cords together can create something really beautiful.

Were any knots particularly tricky to master? It took me a little bit longer to master the Crown knot and the Josephine knot than with others.

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Macramé was hugely popular during the 1970s. Do you find people are nostalgic about it? It depends on which generation you talk to! Those, like me, who discovered macramé in the last couple of years don’t really have any connection to the 70s macramé. The generation before us, however, are very divided – some hate it because they really don’t like the old retro 70s vibe they associate macramé with, while some are more nostalgic.

What’s your favourite item to make? I would say wall hangings. They just offer endless creative opportunities!

What upcycled elements do you like to use when crafting? I’ve reused fabric strips in wall hangings where I incorporated weaving together with the macramé – and I loved the result! I’ll certainly be including more of these types of wall hangings in my next collection.

You like to use tree branches on your wall hangings. Are you constantly on the look out for interesting shapes and does the shape affect the final design? I can never see branches anymore without thinking of macramé! I’m lucky since my family has a holiday home close to the sea and washed-up, sea-polished branches are the most beautiful I know. The shape of the branch most definitely affects how the wall hanging turns out. If it has lots of bends, for example, it will be more difficult to make a wall hanging with straight lines.

What are your favourite materials to macramé with? My favourite material to work with is natural cotton string in different thicknesses and textures. It isn’t always easy to find really good cotton string, so when you get your hands on some fine quality string it’s like Christmas!

You hold macramé workshops. Do you find that more young people are taking up the craft? Absolutely! I would say most of my workshop participants are in their twenties.

Tell us about your Createaholic Instagram account. I started my Instagram account in 2014, before I had discovered macramé. My idea at the time was just to use it as a way of showing different

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projects I was making for fun. It was a mix of jewellery, paintings, dreamcatchers, crochet, clothes and much more. But once I started posting pictures of macramé that’s when I got more and more followers and encouragement, and eventually also requests from people who wanted to buy my art, which led to me opening an online store. And that was all thanks to Instagram and the supportive community that I’ve found out there.

To start out with some simple knotting, try Fanny’s T-shirt yarn dreamcatcher, opposite.

Tell us about your current trip round the world. I’ve been travelling for 10 months over four continents, but I’m soon returning to Sweden to start working full time with Createaholic and my macramé again. At the beginning of the trip I was still putting together my book, Macramé (see our review on page 19), and I haven’t had that much time to work with macramé while I travelled. Most importantly, my head is now full of ideas of what I will make for my next collection once I’m back home!

find out more

Fanny’s new book, Macramé (Quadrille, £12.99), contains 21 contemporary projects to make, including wall hangings and planters. fannyzedenius createaholic

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Master a few essential knots before creating this beautiful dreamcatcher crafted from homemade T-shirt yarn in soft pretty pastels. Project by Fanny Zedenius, photography by Kim Lightbody

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Learn the ropes

you will need

Square knot (SK) 1 Move cord B to the left across the white filler cords, forming a loop, and behind cord A. 2 Move cord A behind the filler cords, and pass it up though the loop from behind. Pull cord A gently to the right, and B gently to the left, while holding the filler cords straight. 3 Move cord B to the right across the filler cords, forming a loop, and behind cord A. Move cord A behind the filler cords, and pass it up through the loop created by cord B, from behind. 4 Tighten the knot by pulling cords A and B while holding the filler cords straight. 1


3 A A







Metal or wooden ring, 40cm (15¾in) in diameter 25m (273/ 8yd) of blue T-shirt yarn 20m (22yd) of yellow T-shirt yarn 36m (393/ 8yd) of pink T-shirt yarn 1 2

Alternating square knot (ASK) Rows of square knots can be offset to create a net-like pattern. 1 Tie a row of square knots. On the second row, use the outer working cord of each pair of adjacent square knots as the filler cords and the nearest pair of filler cords as the working cords, so that the second row of square knots will be offset. 2 Tighten each knot, placing it close to the first row to create a fine net, or position it further apart from the first row to create a looser net. 3 Continue alternating the filler and working cords used to tie the knots on every other row.

1 blue cord, 15m (163/8yd) long 8 yellow cords, each 240cm (94½in) long 4 pink cords, each 180cm (707/ 8in) long 28 pink cords, each 100cm (393/8in) long 24 blue cords, each 40cm (15¾in) long, used to make the blue tassels

Step 1 SK



Square knot sennit (SK sennit) 1 Begin the sennit by tying a right-facing square knot. 2 A sennit takes form when you tie a series of matching square knots placed directly underneath each other. Continue by tying a new right-facing square knot placed directly underneath the previous one. 3 Tighten the knot by pulling the working cords, while holding the filler cords straight. To know which cord to continue with at any stage of the sennit, always begin with the cord coming out behind the vertical ‘bump’. In this illustration the last bump is to the left, therefore you should use the left working cord next. 4 Repeat Steps 2–3 until your sennit is the length you require.

Lark’s head knot (LHK) 1 Fold the cord in half and then fold the loop away from you over the dowel or anchor cord. 2 Pass the 2 cord ends through the loop at the front and pull the cords to tighten the knot.







4-ply crown knot (4-CK) 1 Lay out your 4 strands in 4 different directions. You can use a knot to hold them together in the centre; otherwise hold them with your nondominant hand, using the other to tie the knot. If you use 2 strands, lay them across each other to form a cross. 2 Take any of the strands and fold it round over the strand next to it, creating a loop. Then take the second strand and fold it around over both the first and the third strand. 3 Take the third strand and fold it around over both the second and the fourth strand. For the fourth strand, fold it over the third then the first strand, and pass it through the loop formed by the first strand. Gently pull each strand, one at a time, to tighten the knot. 4 The first sequence is completed. Repeat Steps 2–3 until your crown knot is the desired length.


Fold the long 15m (163/8yd) blue cord in half over the ring and work a sennit of square knots (SK) around the ring, using the ring as the ‘filler cord’. You can force the knots closer together to make the ring show less between the knots. When the ring is completely covered, take the loose ends and make the hanging loop by tying a bow from which the dreamcatcher will hang.


Fold the 8 yellow cords in half and attach each to the inner strand of a square knot on the ring, using a lark’s head knot (LHK) Use a crochet hook if the square knots on the ring are too tight to push the cord through. Place 4 on each side of the hanging loop you created in Step 1, each spaced about 4cm (1½in) apart.

Step 2 LHK

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Step 4 SK (x6)

Step 4 ASK (x15) Step 7 ASK (x4)

Step 5 SK Step 7 SK Step 6 SK

Step 6 SK

‘T-shirt yarn is perfec t  for making dreamca tchers, the stre tchy  fabric makes it easy to achieve a perfec t net in the ring’


Take the 4 long pink cords and attach them adjacent to the yellow cords using lark’s head knots as in Step 2, again spacing them 4cm (1½in) apart.


Begin the net for the dreamcatcher by tying 6 square knots about 3cm (11/8in) from the inner edge of the ring, 4 in yellow, and 2 in pink. Then tie 5 alternating square knots (ASK) underneath, 3 in yellow with 1 in yellow and pink on each side. Then make 4 more rows of alternating square knots with the yellow cords, with 4 in the first row, 3 in the second row, 2 in the third row and 1 in the last row.


To continue the net, make sure you follow the illustration and use the right cords to tie the rest of the knots inside the ring. Attach the 2 yellow cords on the very left and right to the blue cord on the ring, by stretching them out using a crochet hook and knotting in place. This knot will later be covered by the blue tassels, so you don’t have to make it a pretty knot, just make sure the cords are stretched.


For the 3 pairs of yellow square knots at the bottom, place the working cords in front of the ring, and the filler cords behind, and tie 1 square knot for each underneath the ring to fasten the cords.

top tip

DIY T-shirt yarn

It’s easy to cut up old T-shirts into long strands to make your own yarn for this project. If you need advice, go to YouTube to look for tutorials.

Step 8 SK


Now take the pink cords and tie them together in front of the yellow cords using 4 alternating square knots placed slightly under the centre of the ring. Stretch 4 strands on each side out to the ring beside the yellow square knots, then attach them by using the outer cords as working cords to tie 1 square knot on each side underneath the ring.


Take the 28 pink cords and fold each of them over the bottom of the ring, between the yellow square knots with 14 on each side of the centre yellow square knot. Tie 1 square knot with every 4 strands, with the cords folded behind the ring used as working cords. You’ll have 7 square knots on each side.

Step 9 4-CK


To make the blue tassels to go on each side, take 12 cords for each tassel, divide them in 2 and tie 2 rounds of a 4-ply crown knot (4-CK). Tighten the knot firmly and then take 2 cords and tie them around the ring, placing the tassels just on top of the knot you tied in Step 5.


Finish the dreamcatcher by cutting all the cords the length you would like.

Project taken from Macramé: The Craft of Creative Knotting for Your Home by Fanny Zedenius, £12.99, published by Quadrille.

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Appliqué tea towel It’s easy to brighten up any plain kitchen towel by raiding your stash box and adding a little patchwork and embroidery. Project and illustrations by Aimee Ray, photography © Sterling Publishing Co Inc 78 078-9_RL45[proCherryTTowel]NT2SJLB.indd 78

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you will need 3–5 different red and pink patterned fabric scraps cut to the following sizes: 2 pieces, 9 × 9cm (3½ × 3½in) 2 pieces, 6.5 × 9cm (2½ × 3½in) 4 pieces, 5 × 9cm (2 × 3½in) Carbon paper Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies Embroidery floss: 1 skein each of pink, light pink and red Iron Cream or white tea towel, 40.5 × 63.5cm (16 × 25in)

Pink back stitch

Light pink back stitch

Light pink back stitch

Red back stitch

Red back stitch


Arrange the fabric pieces in a row and sew them together, using a 6mm (¼in) seam allowance. The finished strip should measure 42 x 9cm (16½ x 3½in). Motifs shown at 66% Photocopy at 150%


Using carbon paper, trace the embroidery patterns onto the fabrics. Then stitch the kitchen motifs according to the patterns, using three of the six threads of embroidery floss.

Pink back stitch


Press the patchwork strip flat, folding under the top, bottom and sides 6mm (¼in). Pin it in place 5cm (2in) from the bottom of the tea towel. Topstitch around the edge with red thread.

Light pink back stitch

Pink back stitch Red back stitch

Red satin stitch

Red satin stitch


Transfer the cherry pattern to the bottom corner of the towel below the patchwork strip, and embroider it on.

Pink back stitch

Light pink back stitch

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DIY tea towel

Pink back stitch

Don’t have any plain kitchen tea towels? You can sew your own by double-hemming the edge of a piece of fabric to this size. Project taken from Patchwork Embroidery, £16.99, published by Lark.

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Tea towel stool Add a pop of colour to a room with this quick and easy stool hack, to make a simple side table. Project and photography by Chloe Hardisty

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D you will need IKEA Frosta stool Tea towel Tape measure Scissors Mod Podge glue in matt finish Glue brush


Lay the stool seat on top of your tea towel and measure a circle 7cm (2¾in) wider than the stool (A), then cut out the circle from your tea towel (B).


Brush a layer of the glue onto the top of the stool seat (C). Lay your tea towel on top of the stool and smooth out any creases (D).

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Material gains F

You don’t need to use a tea towel – any heavy cotton or canvas material would work well for this project.



About the designer

Chloe Hardisty has always enjoyed 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, finding inspiration in bright colour combinations, the 1950s era and Scandinavian design.


Now paste the glue around the sides of the seat and the bottom edge (E), and start to fold and press the excess fabric onto the underside (F).


At this stage, attach the legs, as this will make the next part easier. Add a layer of glue on top of the folded edge to help flatten the fabric against the stool (G and H).


Stand the stool up and add another layer of glue to the top (I). This will make the fabric more hardwearing and wipeable. cottonclara cotton_clara


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As end of term looms, our intrepid metalwork student takes on a scrapheap challenge of prehistoric proportions.


ontrary to popular myth, the life of a student isn’t all about leisurely get-ups, watching reruns on Dave and hanging out at the student bar. I’ve been running around like a headless chicken recently completing the end-of-year work for my creative metalwork course – up to my eyeballs in paperwork and notes, filling out my welding journal and technical diary and making sure all the projects I’ve worked on are neatly presented in my visual studies book, which meant working every single spare moment. I thought it would never end! And now it has I can now reveal I’m the proud recipient of two more distinctions this year. Whoop, whoop! At least the paperwork torment was worth it, eh? Part of the welding module was a designmake project. The brief was to work in pairs to design and fabricate an animal from the scrap metal in the bins in the welding area and forge, but we only had two lessons to complete the assignment. I was teamed up with my pal Ali; she’s the same age as me and we’re both very passionate about our work so it was a great fit. We were told that cutting must be minimal as there is only one plasma cutter and one acetylene torch, so not enough for everyone to use at the same time, which meant we had to be able to construct our creature mainly with the forms that are in the bin. Most of the scrap pieces were rectangular bright drawn or hotrolled steel sections which had been welded (badly) into T sections with fillet welds, or butt or lap joins. Looking at the scrap in the bins we decided we’d need to make some kind of plated or armoured creature. A flamingo or crane would make a beautiful sculpture, but with the straight lines of the rectangular scrap, our lack of time and inability to cut curved feathers due to the cutting restrictions, we

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A fossil showing a prehistoric trilobite.

decided we wouldn’t be able to make it look good enough. An armadillo or ankylosaurus dinosaur could work, but would be too complex to make in the timescale, so we were back to the drawing board.

creature from the deep Then I remembered a weird prehistoric creature in the BBC’s Walking with Dinosaurs series that my son was obsessed with, which looked like a giant woodlouse. If only I could remember what it was called… I searched ‘massive prehistoric woodlouse’ online which revealed my mystery animal to be a trilobite. This creature lived over 400 million years ago and there are over 20,000 known species, which makes it one of the most diversely evolved species. Some trilobites are just 1mm in length, while others have been found at over 700mm. (That’s your lesson for today, folks!) Our first stop when we got into college on build day was to check the scrap in the forge. There were lengths, shapes and even two curled flat irons which would be perfect for our trilobite’s antennae. We laid out the pieces and spent quite a while moving them around and working out what should go where. Eventually we got to a stage where we were happy with the

shape our creature was taking and had a plan, but decided we were probably best off building a frame to support all the flat plates of ‘armour’ before trying to go too far, as it kept falling apart. We wanted to plump out his back to make it 3D rather than flat, so we needed to create a mound-shaped framework to attach the armour. We tried using a triangular piece of angle iron and a length of flat steel in various arrangements. We took our scrap-welded angles and placed them on our frame to work out how they would sit best to create the most realistic shape for our trilobite. They kept falling off, obviously, so we found we couldn’t go too far with the design at any one stage. The design was evolving on its own, as it so often does when fabricating with scrap! We came up with an idea to put the welds on the inside of the plates by turning the trilobite upside-down and working on the inside of the bottom plates first. This meant you wouldn’t be

‘I searched “massive prehistoric woodlouse” online which revealed my mystery animal to be a trilobite’

able to see any build up of ‘slag’ (residue left behind from stick welding) that was present and we wouldn’t have to worry too much about chipping it off.

Weld and swage Next, the plan was to fill the creature’s flanks with more steel sheet. I think in hindsight it might have been better to use smaller sheets for his sides. He looked quite boxy and square at this stage, so we needed to think up a way of making him softer on the edges and more organic. I had the idea of putting some of our sheet metal through the swaging machine to create a decorative ridge. You can fit different wheels to the machine for different effects and the wheels can also be moved closer

Taking shape at the end of the first day.

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A swage machine is used to create a decorative ridge in metal.

or further apart depending on the thickness of the metal and the depth of the groove needed. I also wanted to use the acetylene torch to heat the edges of our creature and hammer them into a downward curve. We began the second day by welding more scrap welded angles onto his back to create the

Ali marks the galvanised sheet ready for cutting.

trilobite ridges. Because he tapers in towards his rear there wasn’t really enough room to fit a middle ridge, so we had the idea of giving him a fin which was a triangular piece of scrap. Time was now seriously running out, we hadn’t fixed or even cut the galvanised sheet yet, and we still had his face to do! We measured up our galvanised sheet for cutting. We were going to use tin snips to cut the sheet because we didn’t want to heat it unnecessarily as it could be dangerous. Cutting the sheet this way took quite a while – mainly because we’d reinforced its strength by putting ridges in it with the swage machine. You live and learn! If I used this technique again I’d spend more time finding the correct materials and cutting them to size before swaging them. With our lengths of swaged sheet cut down we had to weld them in place. This was not going to be a nice experience (because it’s galvanised) but very necessary!

Once a month not enough?

For the final touches we streamlined the shape of our trilobite, added more detail with a face and tail, plus texture using the MIG welder to get a scaly effect. And if my venture into scrapmetal artistry has inspired you, check out the awe-inspiring work of sculptor Alan Williamson (opposite), to show you how it’s really done!

Our finished scrap-metal trilobite after two days’ hard labour.

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.

I sketched out our plans on my iPad Pro.

Charis Williams aka The Salvage Sister





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

How long have you been a metal sculptor and how did you get started? I’ve been a metal sculptor for the last 16 years in between doing other types of work to bring in money while I developed my skills, techniques and portfolio of work. I’ve worked as a fabricator and blacksmith, but it’s only been in the last seven years that I’ve developed my current style of sculptural artwork with the materials I now use. How do you come up with the concept for each piece? The concepts for my work are almost directly inspired by nature and wildlife, with the exception of the odd dragon or mythical beast which I create from my own imagination. Do you draw your creations before fabricating them? I’ve always kept sketchbooks for getting ideas down and drawing definitely helps with the making process. Working with metal (especially

© Ben Cox

Alan Williams, metal sculptor when making an armature to work on) is like drawing in three-dimensional space. The most important part for me in each creation is getting the life and character right. The elements that bring this together are usually quite subtle yet critical to getting the piece how I want it. You use a lot of scrap metal, including bicycle and engine parts. How do you go about sourcing these materials? It can be tricky. I find myself going around garages and mechanic’s workshops explaining what I do and hoping that people are interested enough to help out by donating usable (to me) scrap metal. I also go to car-boot fairs and charity shops. A lot of good finds are down to timing. I tend to get more misses than hits but it sometimes pays off. I’m always on the lookout for interesting materials to use. What sort of challenges does your artwork present? One of the biggest challenges in my work is

relying on other people/companies for a process I might require. An example of this would be getting something galvanised. When you have a process that needs doing that is out of your control, it’s always a bit of a concern. When you’ve spent three months working on a piece of art and you see it carted off on the back of a lorry in between a load of large, heavy industrial lumps of metal, all you can do is cross your fingers – that’s never a good feeling! l Find more of Alan’s work at

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Wrapping paper origami lantern

These clever paper lanterns look impressive but are easy to make, and are ideal thrifty party decorations. Project by Erin Hung, photography by Charlotte Tolhurst and Lana Louw

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you will need 3 sheets of A1-size wrapping paper Scorer or scalpel Ruler Sticky tape Scissors Hole punch Black/white baker’s twine Double-sided tape


Place the first sheet of paper in front of you with the long edges horizontal. If the paper is single-sided, the front (patterned) side should be facing up. Following the folding guide, fold the sheet in half to make a horizontal mountain fold (a fold that points upwards) (A).


Make seven equally spaced vertical valley folds (folds that point downwards), dividing the sheet into eight equal columns (B).

top tip

Mini makes

You can create a miniature version of this lantern by using three sheets of a smaller paper size and following the same method. Choose wrapping paper with your child’s favourite design to make a decoration for their bedroom.

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‘This lantern is made with a vibran t floral prin t, which adds interest and con trast to the geome tric struc ture’


Project taken from Paper Parties by Erin Hung, £16.99, published by Pavilion.



Use a scorer or scalpel and a ruler to score diagonal lines as shown on the diagram, using the previous fold lines as guides. Crease these scored lines into mountain folds (C).



Repeat Steps 1–3 with the remaining two sheets of wrapping paper to make three identical pieces.


Use sticky tape to join the three sheets together on the back to make one long sheet. Cut off the end column of the strip along the fold as indicated on the diagram (D). You should now be able to fold the paper inwards (horizontally) from the sides, naturally following the direction of the folds to collapse it into a flat folded piece.


Use a hole punch to cut two holes through each layer of the flattened piece. Position the holes as shown in the photograph (E). You will probably need to do this a few layers at a time, depending on your hole punch.


Cut two 50cm (20in) lengths of twine and thread one through each stack of punched holes, then allow the folded paper to open into a round lantern shape. Tie each string securely into a double knot and trim the loose ends.


Tuck one end of the lantern under the folds of the other end to complete the spherical shape, and secure in place with double-sided tape. Hang the lantern using extra twine.

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We take you through everything right from the very beginning in a very friendly environment. It’s a very small group of people at each workshop so you get that personal attention. It can be great fun, people like to come with friends and family members, which is great as you can collaborate and work together. Join us for your full day workshop with lunch and don’t forget to quote LOVE17 for your 50% discount offer.

Start with a beginners course was £79.95 now £39.97 or jump into a special effects course was £89.95 now £44.97.

Call to book a workshop by 30th September to receive your 50% off, don’t forget to quote LOVE17 or visit and use your code at checkout. 35A - 35B Barfield Road, West Mersea, ESSEX CO5 8QX Email: Tel: 01206 673034 Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm Sunday 10am - 2pm

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Paint and colour expert

Meet your local Annie Sloan® Stockists… BERKSHIRE


Country Mouse

My English Home

At Country Mouse we aim to inspire our customers to create their own unique style through the products and services we provide. We stock the full range of Annie Sloan products and run regular workshops to give customers the confidence they need to tackle their upcycling projects. Look out for our summer evening ‘Paint and Prosecco’ workshops.

Exclusive Bristol Stockists of Chalk Paint™, a decorative paint by Annie Sloan and products situated in the historical Clifton Arcade built in 1876. Soft furnishings, hand-painted gifts, Annie Sloan workshops, furniture commissions. Interior styling at its very best! “ClickandCollect” check our website for more information.

Moss End Garden Village Maidenhead Road Warfield RG42 6EJ

12 Clifton Arcade Boyces Avenue Clifton BS8 4AA

WARFIELD | 01344 422730 |

BRISTOL | 0117 973 4555 |



Country Chic

Studio in the Park

Everything you need to bring character and rustic charm to your home! Full range of Chalk Paint™, a decorative paint by Annie Sloan. Friendly advice and everything to get you started! Teaching paint techniques that will bring new life to old furniture. Check our website for workshop dates.

Studio in the Park is nestled in Markeaton Parks Craft Village. The shop caters for the many enthusiasts who come to learn everything they need to know to embark on their project. We pride ourselves on good service and exellent product knowledge. We have a dedicated teaching room and there is parking on the drive to the craft village.

5–7 Southgate Street Launceston Cornwall PL15 9DP

Markeaton Park Craft Village Markeaton Lane Derby DE22 3BG

LAUNCESTON | 01566 779979 |

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Source for the Goose

Fleming & Sell

A gem of a store selling Chalk Paint™, a decorative paint by Annie Sloan and beautiful home accessories. Think of vintage French style paired with the simplicity and thrown together look of rustic English. Source for the Goose has many unique items which will act as an inspiration for creating a stylish home.

Part studio, part gallery, part emporium it was created from a love of all things gorgeous! All artworks and homewares are contemporary and stylish. So, whether you are looking for a unique piece of work, a special gift or perhaps something fantastic for your home, here there will always be an exciting and distinctive display of work for you to look at!

5 East Street South Molton Devon EX36 3BU

25 Fore Street Topsham Devon EX3 0HD

SOUTH MOLTON | 01769 579483 |

TOPSHAM | 01392 759013 |



Country Seats

Halcyon Days

Country Seats is a well established interior design company located in a popular Dorset coastal market town, specialising in interiors for private homes, hotels and commercial premises. Stocking Chalk Paint™, a decorative paint by Annie Sloan and running paint courses, they are happy to help with any questions or advice you need. 18 South Street, Bridport Bridport Dorset DT6 3NQ

Specialists in restoration of furniture, floors and the unusual. We teach furniture painting using Chalk Paint ™ & Fabrics by Annie Sloan. We are commissioned for commercial, domestic and National Trust properties. 3 The Warehouse The Strand Rye East Sussex TN31 7DB

BRIDPORT | 01308 427968 |

RYE | 07968 625130 |



A Little Distressed

Village Chic

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Family run business, handmade personlised gifts, hand painted furniture sales & customer refurbishment service. A Little Distressed are not defined by one style, creating new looks for furniture based upon colour. Stockists of Chalk Paint™, a decorative paint by Annie Sloan. Mantle Lane Springboard Centre, Unit A32 Coalville Leicestershire LE67 3DW

Village Chic are based in the East Midlands so accessible to all who wish to visit their showrooms in Sileby which sells Chalk Paint™ & Fabrics by Annie Sloan. Also providing an excellent range of French Style Furniture, Lighting and Accessories. 8 High Street Sileby Leicestershire LE12 7RX

COALVILLE | 07913 339532 |

SILEBY | 01509 812035 |




Tomlinsons, Dulwich

Voted a top London boutique by Time Out Magazine, HAYGEN is a stunning lifestyle store selling contemporary and design led home ware, gifts and fashion. They stock the full Chalk Paint™ range, a decorative paint by Annie Sloan and run 2 sell-out workshops per month in central London. Book now online, in store or by phone. 114 Islington High Street London N1 8EG

ISLINGTON | 020 7226 9528 |

Tomlinsons has a sense of calm when you walk through the door. The vintage feel homeware & unusual decorative pieces are mostly sourced from France & Scandinavia. Tomlinsons stocks a wide range of Chalk Paint™, a decorative paint by Annie Sloan & accessories & run workshops, please drop by to find out more about how these fantastic paints can transform your home. 89 Dulwich Village London SE21 7BJ

LONDON | 020 8299 1260 |

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The Painted Chair

Fancy That

Visit our beautiful shop in Liverpool City Centre to see the full range of Annie Sloan products, improve your skills with one of our many workshops or browse our painted pieces for your home. The Bluecoat School Lane, Liverpool Merseyside L1 3BX

Fancy That is a beautiful, romantically styled gift and home decor shop situated in Banbury Old Town, known to locals as an Aladdin’s cave. Stockist of Chalk Paint™, a decorative paint by Annie Sloan and accessories. We inspire our customers with unique items sourced all over the world and painted furniture. 20 Parsons Street Banbury Oxfordshire OX16 5LY

LIVERPOOL | 0151 706 0420 |

BANBURY | 01295 258818 |



Elizabeth Lee Interiors

Humming Bird

Lizzy Lee invites you to enter a world of her design, combining modern touches and soft furnishings with impeccably sourced antiques from around the globe. We take pride in our ability to provide pieces that meet your specifications to a tee – with our team of skilled craftspeople, we are able to make your dream home become a reality. 1 Bath Street Frome Somerset BA11 1DG

Beautiful home interiors, gifts, lifestyle accessories, quirky one off vintage pieces and lovingly restored and repainted furniture. A mix of styles from contemporary Scandinavian to English vintage and mid century. Just lovely things to inspire. 10-12 Church Street Dunster Somerset TA24 6SH

FROME | 01373 453377 |

DUNSTER | 01643 821880 |



Little Gems Interiors

Meldon House & Home

Modern Country and French; painted furniture, lighting, mirrors, gifts, jewellery, handbags, clothing. They will work with you to find furniture and accent pieces that bring out your personal style. They also run workshops. The Barn, The Street Assington Sudbury Suffolk CO10 5LW

Revived, bespoke & tailored furniture, decorative architectural salvage, mirrors, gifts & more. Meldon offers a selection of workshops all using Chalk Paint™, a decorative paint by Annie Sloan & products. For enquiries call or email Meldon House & Home. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest & the Annie Sloan website. The Old Dairy 30 Station Road West Oxted RH8 9EU

SUDBURY | 01787 210951 |

OXTED | 01883 716005 |



OG Home Limited

Marmalade on the Square

Traditional with a twist – furniture, accessories, fresh flowers, gifts and treats for the home. As well as Chalk Paint™ Workshops our flower workshops are a great success too! We also offer a furniture painting service using Chalk Paint™, a decorative paint by Annie Sloan. 106 Hagley Road Oldswinford Stourbridge DY8 1QU

STOURBRIDGE | 01384 395577 |

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Vintage tea room offering Stylish country vintage and rustic; painted furniture, collectables, and gifts. 21 Bull Ring Wakefield West Riding WF1 1HB

WAKEFIELD | 01924 200203 |

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♼ Bring the outside in and brighten up a corner of a room with an occasional table painted in English Yellow Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan.

This burst of colour is the perfect shade to offset gold Moroccan-style tea-light holders, to add a little atmosphere to late-summer evenings.

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Smarten up your home office with a variety of paint techniques, clever upcycle ideas and space-saving solutions

Meet the team Editor Lou Butt Group Managing Editor Sarah Moran Production Editor Suzanne Juby Art Editor Nick Trent News Editor Samantha Coleman Contributors Kate Beavis, Lucy Evans, Debbie von Grabler-Crozier, Sally Hackett, Chloe Hardisty, Max McMurdo, Nikkita Palmer, Amanda Russell, Rachael Sharpe, Annie Sloan, Charis Williams

Publishing Publisher Tim Harris Group Advertising Manager Jennie Ayres 07882 459930 Advertising Sales Manager 07734 952626 Ad Production Manager Leila Schmitz Circulation Manager Tim Harris Production Manager John Beare IT Manager Vince Jones Subscriptions Manager Chris Wigg Published by Tailor Made Publishing Ltd PO Box 6337, Bournemouth BH1 9EH t +44 (0)1202 586848

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4ever Vintage


Bespoke painted upcycled furniture, home décor, hand made and personalised crafts and gifts. Commission painting service.

2 Greyhound House, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 7EB Telephone: 01258 268080 Email:

Vintage & Retro Hand Painted Furniture Commissions / Furniture Painting Service Gifts & Homewares Official Autentico Stockists Workshops Unit 4, Daniel Owen Precinct, MOLD CH7 1AP Mon-Sat 9.30am to 5.00pm. Tel: 01352 750685

Gainsborough’s outlet for all things Vintage, Chic and Retro, Gifts & Homeware. Commission work undertaken for upcycling and painted furniture items. 136 Trinity St, Gainsborough DN21 1JD Telephone: 01427 239144

Find us on Facebook @Jacatata

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: Phone: 01579 384376

independent, fabric, wool and haberdashery shop located in central grimsby


Roydon, Norfolk PE32 1AQ

Courses Workshops Fabric Craft Supplies

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:


Based in the seaside town of Hythe come and find us at number 108 Hythe High Street, Hythe, Kent CT21 5LE Tel: 07765 068449

ZERO 2 VINTAGE An eclectic mix of vintage and vintage inspired items and stockist for Autentico Chalk Paints.

Artisan Quarter Cattle Market car park Liskeard Cornwall PL14 4BH

07943 135899 Find us on Facebook

Independent retailer specialising in selling fabric, yarn, haberdashery, jewellery, arts and crafts

10 Chinns Court, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 9AN

Tel: 01985 211725

2-4 Bethlehem Street, Grimsby DN31 1JU Tel: 01472 357800 Email:

The home of chalk paint, fabric, wool & haberdashery items. 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.


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07737 567086

The home of beautiful hand painted furniture and pretty gifts, home accessories and a pretty little tea room.

Workshops | Coffee Shop | Ethical Interiors Reclamation Room, Lee Street, Uppermill Oldham OL3 6AE Email: Tel: 01457 870870

1 Bridge Street Tiverton Devon EX16 5LY Tel: 01884 257030

7 Ladies Lane, Hindley WN2 2QA

Professionally Painted Furniture, Workshops Available and Commissions Undertaken Woodmeadow Garden Centre, Kettering Road, Hannington NN6 9TD

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

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One Of A Kind Handmade and Handpainted restyled and Upcycled Furniture by us at The Shabby Hut London

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Amanda Russell

A stylist with an eye for sophisticated upcycled luxe, Amanda loves urban interiors and dramatic colours. Find her gorgeous potting table project on page 50. © Paul Craig

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My first upcycle

This tallboy project was an absolute joy, revamping a dull brown, varnished cupboard using a vintage-find jungle wallpaper with bold green paint. A super-stylish low-cost solution!

A bit of drama

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© Antonia Attwood

I really enjoy dramatic dark colours, combined with the zing of bright, acid tones.

Print perfection

© Paul Craig

Pattern has the power to transform. This mid-century sideboard was decorated at the back of the shelves using paper hand-printed with found objects, and I printed the cupboard doors with a bold monochrome design.

Botanical beauty

i love the Little Green range of paints and their confident take on tr aditional colours. Their new Colours of Engl and is bang on-trend, and I love earthy Mortl ake Yellow and Buff along with their newly introduced colour scales palette.

Vintage and industrial-style designs are set to continue; plants in interiors are big; and neutrals and texture with ethnic pattern continue to be a firm favourite.

creative space

It’s a must for me to have an organised place to design in, so a studio has to have lots of storage and a generous work area. One of my favourite projects was putting together a work desk including storage, using classic IKEA Billy shelving units.

I’m currently really enjoying stylist Sara Emslie’s Urban Pioneer. It’s packed with clever ways to help you achieve interesting and individual urban interiors.

© Antonia Attwood

Industrial chic

Home win

For interiors, I love 91 Magazine and 2 Lovely Gays, both full of fabulous ideas and brimming with visual inspiration.

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