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Formica Fascination Mid-century style with Lucy Turner

Pret ty as a picture

stem-sational Turn your flowers into wall art with junk-shop finds

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Max McMurdo’s creative charity upcycle

Weekend updates Cute Easter wreath Patchwork chair seat Simple shopping bag

Salvage yard secrets

There’s no need to reupholster chairs – just paint them!

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The art of book folding

Raindrop scarf Easy fabric paint project

Modern retro

Annie Sloan’s bright makeover


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There’s something very luxurious about the Easter break. Not only am I looking forward to hot cross buns, indulging in a little bit of chocolate and perhaps some lovely warm weather, but I can’t wait for four days of guilt-free time to get on with some upcycling. One particular on-going project is updating an old sofa bed; while I’ve recovered the seat cushions already, I’m not sure I have the patience to make the rest of the cover. So, following the painted fabric chair project on page 80, I’m going to open a can of furniture paint and give it a go! We’ve got a whole host of other creative and inspiring ideas for you, which would make great alternatives to confectionary gifts – such as the stash-busting Russian dolls (page 38), a vintage-inspired zip flower brooch (page 69) and a roller-printed scarf (page 24). For something a little more unusual, try the book-folding masterclass (page 89) – you’ll discover it’s easier than you think to get great results. If you’re on the lookout for something with unique period style, why not take a trip to your nearest reclamation yard? Read our feature on page 63 before you go, for some hints and tips from the experts. If you’re lucky enough to bag a bargain, remember to take a photo and tag us on social media – we may even share your salvaged gains in the next issue.

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Full of the joys of spring, Annie adds vibrant colours to a mid-century makeover

34 a future with furniture Inspired by the upcycling trend, a new scheme brings skills and confidence to young trainees

48 challenge max This month Max McMurdo combines two challenges, with a tin can upcycle for charity

63 salvage uncovered We get the low-down on the reclamation business, with advice on sourcing unique finds



74 modern-day marquetry Discover Lucy Turner’s bold furniture restorations using inlaid Formica

84 salvage sister



Charis Williams shares her latest metalwork project, from food facts to forging





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♼ Scrap paper and strands of ribbon are perfect for making a pretty Easter garland. If you only have plain paper, paint it to finish off leftover tester pots. Use complementary bright colours sparingly to make a bold statement.

Steps for this Easter garland by Naomi Sheik can be found in Fold and Cut, published by Search Press (ÂŁ12.99); photography by Nicki Dowey and Phil Wilkins.

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CREATIVE HUB News ♥ events ♥ products This is the place to come for essential insight from the world of upcycling – dive in and be inspired!

Mirror table and granite coffee table (below), as featured on Money for Nothing.


Proud of the work you’ve done on your shed to give it a new lease of life and fancy showing it off? Well, you’ve got until 15 May to enter the Shed of the Year 2017 competition, which celebrates innovative and inspiring sheds of all kinds. Previous winners have included a Roman temple look-a-like, a boat-roofed shed, a distillery and a shed made from 90 per cent recycled materials – could yours be next? Judging and filming for Channel 4’s Shed of the Year programme, hosted by George Clarke, will take place in the summer. Visit for more information and to enter.

Last year’s overall winner, West Wing.

Master of his craft An award-winning designer offers the chance to learn the craft of wallpaper screen-printing Following his appearance in the first episode of the new series of Money for Nothing – in which he wowed us with his spectacular coffee table crafted from reclaimed granite – you’ll be thrilled to hear that you can learn a little bit more about the work of designer-maker Daniel Heath in his wallpaper printing workshops. An independent wallpaper, textile and surface designer, he is renowned for his craftsmanship and sustainable design through upcycling authentic heritage materials. Trained in the traditional process of silk-screen printing at the Royal College of Art, he set up his studio in 2007 to make bespoke, hand-printed wallpapers and crafted interior surfaces exclusively made to order. His four-hour workshops, which are being offered as part of AirBnB Experiences, are held in his converted Victorian factory space in the heart of London’s creative district, Hackney Wick. As well as providing knowledge on traditional wallpaper craft skills, Daniel will show how to create a repeating design by hand, expose an artwork onto a silk screen and screen-print it onto

a length of paper, like one of East London’s most famous designers, William Morris. l Workshop dates are available in April, May and June and cost £60 per person, with refreshments included. For more information and to book, visit

To be totally impressed, visit Daniel’s website,, to see his collections of furniture and bespoke projects. His elegant antique mirrored tables, finished with hand-turned iroko legs and polished brass glides, are at the top of our lust list.

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A WORLD OF CREATIVITY Make a spring wreath

Hobbycraft has wreath templates in all shapes and sizes, including rattan rings, grass-covered hearts and plain polystyrene circles, starting from £1. Embellish them with greenery and flowers from the garden as well as bits and pieces you have around the home, such as colourful jewellery, pompoms, buttons and ribbon (turn to page 20 for more inspiration).

an Egg-cellent display!

Hand-paint some blown or plastic eggs in pastel shades and decorate them with washi tape to create a pretty display. Take ideas from our example and use this set of seven rainbowcoloured washi tapes from Paperchase (£10).

EASTER INSPIRATION Give your home a touch of spring magic with these project ideas, perfect for adorning tables at Easter and for keeping little ones busy during the school holidays…


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Turn something yellow and it instantly looks bright, beautiful and spring-like. Go to town on old plant pots, tables, photo frames and even twigs from the garden for a table decoration with Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Sun Yellow Spray Paint (£7, from Wilko).

Complete our survey and you could win a fabulous Jaipur Stencil Starter Kit and a selection of additional stencils from Nicolette Tabram, worth £60. We’d love to hear about what you think of Reloved magazine’s projects and features, plus what you’d like to see more of and read about. Once completed, one lucky reader will be chosen at random to receive the stencil kit. l Visit to find the link to the survey and our terms and conditions.

On 3–7 May, the third London Craft Week takes up residence in the capital, showcasing the very best international and British creativity and craftsmanship. There will be more than 200 events from all corners of the globe, fusing making, design, fashion, art, luxury, food and culture, held in locations around London and featuring unknown makers, celebrated masters, famous designers, brands and galleries. Events, which include demonstrations, workshops, exhibitions and talks, cover disciplines from boat building to silversmithing, watchmaking to leatherworking, tailoring to glassblowing, book binding to steam bending and even the Japanese art of china mending, kintsugi. And you’ll be able to find plenty of examples of how makers are recycling and repurposing materials. Don’t miss the talk on 6 May by Maria Speake of salvage and design purveyors Retrouvius together with footwear designer Tracey Neuls, where they will be discussing the role of craft in their practices. Maria will share her approach to making with reclaimed materials and her collaborations with craftsmen and women, who she challenges to engage with salvage in its many forms. For international inspiration, there are wood carvers from Japan, woodblock printers from China, ceramists from Taiwan, porcelain painters from Germany, glass artists from Sweden and a guitar maker from Spain. Crafts from the UK include upholstery from Norfolk, knitwear from Derbyshire, steam bending from Cornwall and Scottish weaving. l For further information and a full programme of events, visit

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Support online artisans


There’s crafty inspiration to be had over at online giant Amazon. If you haven’t checked out the Handmade at Amazon store on the main website yet, then you’ll be in for a treat, as you’ll find thousands of handcrafted products created by artisans from all over, with the same ease of shopping that Amazon is renowned for. It’s an ideal place to sell your creations too, if you’re looking to grow your business. You’ll get a profile page where you can tell your story and describe how your products are made. Find out more at

Supplies & tutorials

Soon there’ll be a new home for craft supplies and you’ll find it at Etsy Studio, an online marketplace to be launched by Etsy, where you can find everyday and unique craft supplies, as well as tons of inspiration. Etsy Studio champions the joy of making with original how-tos, DIYs and inspiring ideas alongside all of the supplies you need to bring creative projects to life, whether it’s a chunky knit or pompom-embellished hoop earrings. Visit to keep up to date with the latest news and to sign up to be the first to hear when the launch date will be.


REVAMP YOUR LOOK Seek inspiration for your latest furniture upcycle at Vintage Rocks Interiors, a supercool company which sells furniture paint in a wide range of colours, as well as finishing products, including our favourite – Metallic Flakes, available in gold, silver and bronze. Perfect for adding a touch of glamour, you can apply the flakes with your finger or a small brush on PVA glue that has been left to go tacky. We love their latest product too –

Blackout Liquid Kohl. It’s a pitch black, velvety matt paint that can be used on furniture or to add artistic details, or used on walls and glass for a chalkboard effect. l Visit to shop for all the products online, find a stockist or check out the gallery of painted furniture pieces. You’ll also find information on furniturepainting workshops, if you’re looking for a hands-on tutorial.

Ever wondered what to do with all those leftover chocolate wrappers from Easter? Take inspiration from these sweet upcycle ideas… a make-up purse, pencil case or wall art. A great way to enjoy chocolate without the calories! Created by Mylittlesweethearts at

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SOCIAL HUB original desk upcycles you’ve shared on our social media pages this month…

Claire Palmer This funky desk was painted in subtle green and pale pink, and the pattern achieved with a selection of stencils.

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This month we’re heading across the pond to a husband and wife who are currently touring the US mountains in their RV, which they have Mountain kitted out using mainly Modern Life natural, recycled and salvaged materials, all upcycled into something that looks truly cosy, homely and a little bit luxurious. Through their blog, Mountain Modern Life, Eric and Katie share their passion for all things DIY, rustic-modern and reimagined, as well as details of their adventures and efforts in self-sufficiency. These two are experts in storage solutions and making the most of small spaces and you can’t help but be inspired by their home improvement achievements.‘To us, this blog represents not only the rustic-modern design style we love and want to implement, but a lifestyle we want to live and share with others,’ says Katie. ‘We think it’s important to create a home that reflects your own personal story, regardless of size, and we hope to inspire you to do just that.’ On the website you’ll find an abundance of DIY

projects, including storage using horseshoes, painting an upholstered chair, creating furniture from salvaged wood and wall art using natural materials. On top of this there are plenty of wedding project ideas – perfect if you’re planning your big day on a small budget. There are even free printable pictures to choose from, including wedding invitations and motifs for your projects. ‘My mom is the one who inspired me to upcycle,’ says Katie. ‘When I was eight, I watched her turn the base of a waterbed into shelves for our living room. I didn’t realise it was upcycling at the time, but it definitely encouraged me to think outside the box. Some of the reclaimed materials used in our tiny home were found on Eric’s family farm or given to us from the owner of the mountain venue we were married at. We love that these materials, and the projects we created with them, tell a story throughout our RV, and reflect our personal style. ‘One of my favourite quotes is from motivational speaker Dr Wayne Dyer: “Everything that exists was once only imagined.” For that reason, I think it’s important to make time for our imaginations, and upcycling is just one way to do that.’

This upcycled Ewbank mangle provides a sophisticated workspace with vintage charm.

Paula Rolls Alice in Wonderland was the inspiration for this fabulous desk upcycle. We love the playing-card motif knobs.

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PERFECT PASTELS Bring the new season’s colours into your home! Autentico has embraced fresh spring hues in its range of eight new colours, recently launched to complement its existing 150-colour palette of vintage furniture paint. Available from 100ml, starting at £5.95. l To see the full range of colours and find a stockist near you, visit


The humble pencil is the canvas for this Russian artist’s work, where he shows what beauty can be created from such a simple object. It seems there’s nothing too intricate that Salavat Fidai cannot achieve in his magnificent miniature carvings in pencil lead – from world landmarks and musical instruments, to flowers and animals. ‘Graphite is an extremely brittle material, and sculptures often break down in the process,’ Salavat explains. ‘But it does not upset me; on the contrary, I find it exciting and suspenseful. Every new sculpture is a challenge and there is no absolute guarantee that I will succeed. The more complicated the shape, the more interesting I find it.’ l To see more of Salavat’s work, visit

STENCILS WITH STYLE A big trend this year is using tile-inspired stencils, and we can’t get enough of them. Perfect for adding instant style and life to floors and walls, we’ve picked two of our favourites on the market right now. The Large Medina Floor Stencil (30.5 x 30.5cm, £17.99) is part of a range of tile patterns from Nicolette Tabram which are designed for floors, but can also be used on fabric and walls (pictured above, left). The stencil is made from premium quality 190 micron mylar and available to buy online at

The Mandala Fusion Tile Stencil (26 x 26in, £40) from Royal Design Studio Stencils is inspired by vintage embroidered textiles and features a repeating circular pattern with a folk floral motif. You can use it as a tile stencil or repeat it to create an allover pattern on walls and floors. The large scale of the pattern makes it easy to introduce multiple colours within it, so you can create a truly unique design. Find Royal Design Studio tile stencils at Edie Mae’s, the first UK stockist, at The Old Post Office, 15 Shaston Road, Blandford Forum, or visit

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Sell your upcycles




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

22–23 April

Ever fancied making money from your upcycled pieces, but don’t know where to start? If you can get to Hailsham in East Sussex on 22–23 July for the Food Feast South East show and enter the competition set up by Bentley’s Vintage Fairs, you could bag yourself an outside pitch worth £100. At Food Feast South East you can expect to find stalls selling garden ornaments, vintage clothes, furniture, jewellery and more, alongside traders making and selling tempting dishes from around the world, plus a farmers’ market and old-fashioned entertainment for young and old. It promises to be a great day out!

Festival of Vintage York Racecourse A jam-packed weekend of nostalgia with vintage sellers, fashion shows, dance lessons, live music, classic cars and thrifty craft workshops.

23 April If you’d like to win a spot to sell your upcycled pieces, visit the contacts page at www.foodfeast and email the organisers telling them why you would like to win the pitch, with ‘Reloved Competition’ in the subject line.

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National Vintage Wedding Fair The Assembly, Leamington Spa Find exhibitors showcasing everything you need for your vintage-inspired big day, from cakes and flowers to hairstylists, photography and stationery – not to mention beautiful bridal wear.

23 April Fox & Moon Vintage Antique Fair Coal Mining Museum, Nr Wakefield A great selection of vintage and antique collectables in a relaxed environment. Find everything from furniture, kitchenalia and clothing, to jewellery, accessories and coins.

Pyrography is the latest craft craze, and now it’s even easier to get on board, thanks to the new pyrography tool at Hobbycraft. It allows you to burn and engrave your own personalised messages and designs into any wooden item, transforming an everyday object into something special and meaningful – be it wooden hangers, a keepsake box or a chopping board. Perfect if you’re planning a DIY wedding. l Available for £10 at Visit the blog for step-by-step instructions of how to use the tool, and for project ideas.

27 April Natural Dyeing Workshop Clerkenwell, London Learn how to naturally dye your own silk scarf using wild foraged plants and explore a range of different effects that you can create.

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27–29 April Crafting Live Belfast


Titanic Exhibition Centre Visit a vast range of exhibitors selling stamps, dies, decoupage, fabric, ribbon and much more. As well as stocking up on all of your craft essentials, you can join in workshops and find lots of inspiration.

4 May


Following our feature on kitchen makeovers in the last issue, reader Byron Sutton was spurred on to transform his own. So eager was he to show us his work, that he still had the floor covering down! We love the fresh, sophisticated look that Byron has managed to create with a splash of paint and new cupboard door handles.

by you We’d love to see the projects from Reloved that you’ve been inspired to make. Send your ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures to

Upcycle and Upholster Workshop Nr Ashbourne, Derbyshire From decoupage, paint effects and fabric application to quirky design concepts, this one-day workshop with interior designer Lucy Renshaw will give you the skills and inspiration to transform your furniture.

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Homemade Gifts

This month we’re… Repurposing books into beautiful art, crafting our way to 15 simple homemade gift ideas, and learning how to expertly plan and design the rooms in our homes.

Space Works

Author: Caroline Clifton-Mogg, Joanna Simmons and Rebecca Tanqueray Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small Price: £30

Author: Nicki Trench Publisher: C&B Crafts (Collins & Brown) Price: £9.99


Whether you’re a serial renovator or just fancy a change, this impressive hardback provides a visual masterclass in planning, designing and decorating your home in a way that reflects your style. This could mean rearranging or redesigning existing spaces (lighting, storage, furniture, colour schemes or soft furnishings), or planning a space completely from scratch. Eight chapters focus on kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, children’s rooms, bathrooms, home offices, outdoor and open-plan living, analysing how you wish to use each area, before discussing its interior design. Larger challenges such as flooring and plumbing are tackled first, followed by advice on the finer detail and design finishes to complete the look. Expert tips from three designers are beautifully illustrated using a catalogue of over 200 pages of inspirational photos. Upcycling ideas include repainting kitchen cabinets, replacing splashbacks, and hanging kitchen pans on a wooden ladder from butcher’s hooks; or adding vintage charm to the bedroom with china teacups, vases and crystal cake stands as jewellery storage. Whatever your style or scale of project, we think you’ll find something to draw from. Reader offer Space Works is available to Reloved readers at the special price of £25, including p&p. Call 01256 302699, quoting code KC7, to purchase a copy.

Dedicated crafters and absolute beginners alike will enjoy this book by Nicki Trench, a designer, author and expert on domestic handicrafts. This is a purposefully simple guide to celebrating the current handcrafting revival, with easy step-by-step instructions on how to create 15 homemade gifts (see the tote bag on page 28). Techniques such as knitting, embroidery, crochet, cooking, baking, sewing and mosaic are clearly explained and illustrated. Ideas include a hand-sewn make-up bag (perfect for using up oddments of fabric), baby chick egg cosies (ideal for teaching children to crochet with yarn remnants), and a mosaic plaque (a clever way to transform broken china into a special initial or number). We hope you’ll agree that this is a delightful little book.

Folded Book Art Author: Clare Youngs Publisher: CICO Books Price: £14.99

Folded Book Art is a perfect introduction to the craft’s wonderful potential, and this charming guide demonstrates designer and illustrator Clare Youngs’ ideas for 36 transformational projects. Paperbacks and hardbacks are refashioned into folded art, imaginative display scenes and other designs. Simple but impressive folding projects include butterflies (see page 89), birds, hearts and a festive tree; folding and cutting projects make interesting display scenes such as a fairy-tale castle, honeycomb bees, and little paper theatre; and cut pages are remodelled into a vintage lampshade, patterned paper weavings, and block-printed gift tags and cards. Truly inspirational uses for old books!

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F420 The Innov-is F420 is packed with a huge range of features including 140 stitches, lettering, lock stitch button, automatic thread cutter, and Square Feed Drive System for strong, smooth, even sewing on all types of fabric.

Create your own style

55FE The feature-packed Innov-is 55 Fashion Edition will shape your fashion dreams into reality. 81 stitches including 10 one step button hole styles plus lettering together with the included 12 accessory feet make this an excellent all round machine.

27SE The Innov-is 27SE offers fantastic versatility for both the beginner and experienced sewer. With fingertip controls, 50 stitches including 5 one step button hole styles and a protective hard case; it’s ideal for all kinds of sewing.

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WRITES Inspired by the vibrant new colours of spring, Annie shows how to create a sleek contemporary look with a mid-century makeover.

am all about colour, and what a better time of year to truly embrace it than spring! Here in Oxford, where Annie Sloan HQ is based, there is colour everywhere that I look. The cherry blossom is in full bloom, littering the cobbled streets with pink and red petals, and the green fields are overtaken by that bright, sunshine yellow of the daffodils. It makes me want to bring all of that glorious nature inside! If you are one of those people who loves colour but is a little daunted by the thought of bold tones in your house, spring is the perfect time to embrace it, and I’m here to lend a helping hand.

a very long time. He had inherited this fine table from his parents who originally bought it from Heal’s, that British mecca for all things furniture and design. Over the years it had become damaged, the top of the table was rising, and there were scratch marks all over it. There was even a gaping hole right in the middle, drilled by Chris many years ago – I think to hold his Christmas tree! As I’ve said, if this piece was in mint condition it would be glorious to keep just the way it is, but unfortunately it was looking rather worse for wear. Nothing was to be done except fill the hole and then paint it with Chalk Paint.

A modern palette

Add a little sunshine

An interior design style that embraced colour for maximum impact was the mid-century modern movement of the 1950s and 60s. Filled with glorious technicolour, the primary reds, blues and yellows that dominate this style automatically make me think of fresh and new beginnings, ideal for spring. When choosing a piece of furniture, be inspired by the same style or time period to create true authenticity. So, if you do go for a mid-century look, source something from around the same era, particularly something sleek with interesting details, such as square handles or pin-shaped legs. Stay clear of painting an antique or a piece in mint condition; they are beautiful just the way they are. However, if you come across a replica, and there are plenty of them out there at the moment, or a damaged piece, like my table here, then why not pick up a paint brush? This table was a gift from Christopher Drake, my photographer and great friend who has worked with me on my books for

The colours I chose to work with here, Provence and Arles, can be found all over the mid-century palette. When paired together

they just say ‘spring’ to me with that gorgeous turquoise blue-green contrasting with the stripe of yellow. I wanted to stay true to the style by giving the paint a smooth, modern and sleek finish, so opted to use a synthetic bristle brush, as its super-soft bristles leave little-to-no marks on the paintwork. I loved that the tiered detail of the table allowed me to use two contrasting colours, while keeping it subtle by painting one for the main body and one for the trim. I think the end result is joyful, fun, fresh and modern, while still paying homage to the style and the design of the table itself. It looks especially gorgeous as the spring sun beams in, bouncing off the Provence and flooding the room with sunny, fabulous tones. Now if that doesn’t make you want to pick up a paint brush and inject some bright colour into your life, I don’t know what will!

Heal’s mid-century tiered table Materials Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan in Provence and Arles Chalk Paint Lacquer by Annie Sloan EQUIPMENT Annie Sloan Flat Brushes (both sizes)

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A ♥ Step 1 As this piece of furniture is modern it needed a flat, even paintwork, not anything rustic or distressed. To create the smooth, even finish I used one of my flat synthetic bristle brushes and painted in one direction. I added a little water to the paint to create a smooth texture – aim for the consistency of single cream and make sure you mix it well. I chose Provence, a bright and cheery turquoise blue for the main body of the piece. ♥ Step 2 For the edges, I chose Arles and used the smaller of the two flat brushes for this, wiping the paint gently along the strip (B). ♥ Step 3 I normally use my Clear Chalk Paint Wax on all my furniture and it’s certainly my finish of choice by a long way. But here I chose to use my Chalk Paint Lacquer on the table, applying it thinly and using long straight lines and brushing a couple of times to get a good flat finish (C). Let it dry overnight so it’s really set hard and firm.

‘When paired together, Provence and Arles just say “spring” to me with that gorgeous turquoise blue-green contrasting with the stripe of yellow’

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If you’re inspired to add vibrant spring colour to your home, the Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan range is made in the UK and comprises 34 decorative and historic shades which combine well to provide a larger colour palette. Chalk Paint is available from Annie Sloan stockists – located in the UK and across the world – and online. For a Colour Card or further info, call 01865 803168, email or visit the website at

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From pretty to practical, our latest upcycles bring fresh spring colours into your life, using discarded items or leftover remnants to create something beautiful.

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Wooden peg Easter wreath

The trend for decorating our homes at Easter is growing year on year as, just like Christmas, it is a time for relaxing with family, enjoying great food and spoiling ourselves rotten with tons of chocolate!

Colour scheme Choose a colour theme for your wreath, selecting papers and tapes within that scheme. I also used a plain colour to give contrast to all the different patterns.

Project and photography by Kate Beavis

Wooden peg Easter wreath how to... Materials Wooden clothes pegs (approx. 70) Wallpaper or wrapping paper offcuts PVA glue Washi tape (optional) Cardboard, approx. 30cm (12in) square (e.g. cereal packet) Felt squares Printed pages from an old magazine/newspaper Buttons Easter egg decorations EQUIPMENT Pencil Scissors Paint brush Dinner plate Needle and thread


♥ Step 1 Using a pencil, draw around one of the clothes pegs on the back of the wallpaper or wrapping paper (A) and cut around the shape using scissors. I chose three different colours of wallpaper in pastel shades.

♥ Step 3 Alternatively, you can use a couple of mixed rolls of washi tape to decorate your pegs. Cut out the correct size and stick to the peg (C). You can fold any overhang along the sides to neaten the edges.

♥ Step 2 Using the PVA glue, stick the wallpaper piece to the front of the peg (B). Repeat this step for all the pegs, choosing a varied selection of patterned papers.

♥ Step 4 When all pegs are covered, position them into the largest circle you can on a flat surface. Mix all the colours and patterns throughout the circle (D).





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‘Every year I make a spring wreath with the children, raiding my stash of scraps and offcuts to make something beautiful’

♥ Step 5 When your circle is finished, you need to measure it to see how large to make the cardboard frame. I used a dinner plate to measure it by placing it on top of the pegs (E). This was the right size for 70 pegs. Place the dinner plate onto the cardboard, draw around with a pencil and cut it out (F and G).


Flower power The paper flower will sit on top of the felt flower, so you may wish to cut it slightly smaller so you will be able to see more of the felt.

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♥ Step 7 Either freehand or using a flower-shaped cookie cutter, draw a flower shape onto another piece of card (L). Cut this out to make a template. Repeat this step making a smaller template. ♥ Step 8 Using the template, cut out flower shapes in different coloured felt, and also from old printed paper (M and N). I used a ripped vintage magazine, but you could use a modern newspaper or map too. ♥ Step 9 Glue the paper flower onto the felt flower. Choose contrasting buttons and sew into the centre using coloured thread. Glue the flowers into position on the wreath (O). I chose to glue them together in a cluster, so I could still see the pegs.

♥ Step 10 To give the wreath a more Easter feel, attach some small decorations, such as eggs and chicks. I chose polystyrene eggs which I pinned in place, so they can be removed once Easter is over.

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♥ Step 6 Position a peg onto the edge of the cut cardboard shape and roughly draw an inner circle which will sit inside the pegs’ grip (H). Cut this out so you are left with a ring shape (I). You may want to repeat this stage so you have two rings, then glue these together to make a sturdier frame. Position all the pegs onto the ring (J and K).

About the designer Kate Beavis is the author of Style Your Modern Vintage Home, a buying, styling and restoring guide focusing on the 1920s to 1990s. She also writes a regular blog, is a freelance writer and business consultant, and is the director of the award-winning National Vintage Wedding Fair. w Katebeavisvintage vintagekateb yourvintagelife ihavethisthingwithvintage

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Roller-print infinity scarf Looking for something new for your spring wardrobe? We show you how to create this raindrop design scarf using a lint roller for quick-and-easy fabric printing. Project by Cassie Fairy, main photograph by Leanne Dixon, step photography by Andy Greenacre

Roller-print infinity scarf how to... Materials A4 craft foam Double-sided tape White A4 paper Docrafts Capsule Kraft Fabric Paint in Sky Blue Old tablecloth or cotton/linen fabric Thread

♥ Step 1 Cover half of an A4 sheet of craft foam with double-sided tape. Remove the tape backing (A), fold the foam sheet in half and press to stick together to create a thicker foam.

♥ Step 3 Use scissors to cut out each raindrop, leaving a rectangle of foam around each shape (C). Sharp nail scissors are good for carefully cutting out intricate shapes.

♥ Step 2 Using A4 paper, print out or draw multiples of the raindrop (or any shape you wish to use). Stick this template to the foam sheet using double-sided tape (B).

♥ Step 4 Unravel the top sheet of paper on the lint roller to reveal the sticky surface. Space out the foam raindrops and press them firmly onto the lint roller to stick in place (D).

EQUIPMENT Scissors Lint roller Ink tray Iron Basic sewing supplies Sewing machine

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‘Using a lint roller is a quick and cost-effective way to achieve a continuous pattern. Once practised, you can move on to more complex designs’ One direction While you’re printing the design, or stitching pieces of fabric together, take a moment to ensure that the design is all running in the same direction!

♥ Step 5 Fill an ink tray (or even a baking tray) with fabric paint and spread out over the surface. Carefully roll the lint roller into the fabric paint so that the raindrops pick up an even coat of paint (E). ♥ Step 6 Cut a piece of fabric from your cloth measuring 220 x 40cm (86½ x 15½in). If you don’t have this exact length, you can make up this measurement using two, three or four rectangles. ♥ Step 7 Place the fabric on a piece of cardboard with the right side up. Use the lint roller to print the raindrops onto the fabric (F). When the print becomes patchy, re-roll in more fabric paint and continue. When you have finished printing, allow the paint to dry for at least 6 hours and follow the product instructions

to ‘set’ the paint. In this instance, the dry fabric paint needs to be ironed on the reverse for 5 minutes to set it in place and make it machine washable. ♥ step 8 If you have separate lengths of fabric, stitch them together now to make one long piece. Fold the fabric strip in half widthways with right sides together and pin in place. Use a sewing machine to stitch along the edge with a 1cm (3/8in) seam to form a long tube of fabric (G). ♥ Step 9 Turn the tube of fabric right side out and tuck one end inside the other. Fold under the loose edges of the outer piece of fabric and pin in place, before stitching straight across to join the ends together, creating your infinity scarf (H).

About the designer



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



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Sewing makeover

Reversible tote bag It’s easy to transform a simple piece of fabric from an old curtain, for example, into a practical bag with so many uses from carrying shopping to collecting laundry. It’s also reversible, so if you get bored with one design then simply turn it inside out! Project by Nicki Trench, photography by Holly Jolliffe

Reversible tote bag how to... Materials Main fabric Lining fabric

♥ Step 1 Measure and cut two 39 x 46cm (15¾ x 17¼in) pieces in both the main fabric and the lining fabric.

♥ Step 3 Cut seams diagonally across the two bottom corners of both lining and main fabric, being very careful not to cut into the stitches (A).

Equipment Basic sewing supplies Iron

♥ Step 2 Using the main fabric, pin the back and front pieces together with right sides together. Sew with a straight stitch down two sides and across the bottom with a 1.5cm (2/ 3in) seam allowance. Remove the pins. Repeat with the two pieces of lining fabric.

♥ Step 4 Press all the seams open on the main fabric and lining by pressing the seam down one side first, then turning the bag over and pressing down the other side of the seam (B).

Material matters Pick similar colour tones in your two fabrics to complement each other, or perhaps go for two opposite design styles – for example, pastel vintage floral together with bold and bright graphic – to create two completely different looks.



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‘Once you’ve made one, you’ll realise just how easy it is and you’ll be making more bags for all your friends and family’


C ♥ Step 5 Turn the main fabric bag right side out, making sure the corners are neat and square. Put your hand inside the lining fabric bag and slip the main fabric bag over the top, smoothing the creases and easing the two layers together. Make sure that the lining fabric is thoroughly inside the main bag. ♥ Step 6 Measure 33cm (13in) from the bottom of the bag and place a marker pin in three places along the top, on each side of the bag (C). ♥ Step 7 Turn under the main fabric at marker points, press and then take out the marker pins. Pin the folded-over top in place ready for sewing. Fold the lining fabric inside to meet the fold on the top of the main fabric bag, making sure that the lining and the main fabric are exactly the same height (D). Press in place. ♥ Step 8 Cut two strips 58 x 6cm (23 x 2½in) from both the lining fabric and the main fabric. On one of the lining fabric strips, fold over by a

D quarter of the width down the entire length of the strip. Press in place, then repeat on the other side of the strip. Repeat with the other lining fabric strip and both main fabric strips (E). ♥ Step 9 Put one lining and one main fabric strip together with folded edges aligned and all raw edges to the inside. Pin in place. Sew down each edge of the strap as near to the edge as possible (F). Repeat to make the other strap. ♥ Step 10 Slide the ends of one of the straps between the lining and the main fabric on one side of the bag. Each end of the strap should be positioned 8cm (3¼in) from the side seam of the bag. Pin in place. Turn the bag over and insert the other strap in the same way, making sure it is exactly the same distance from the side seams as the strap on the other side. Pin so that both bag handles are an equal length. ♥ Step 11 Sew around the top edge of the bag, catching the ends of the straps as you sew.

F Use the edge of the machine foot as your width marker. Press. ♥ Step 12 Sew a small hand stitch in the bottom corners of the bag, so that when you reverse or wash it, the two fabric layers will stay together.

Project taken from Homemade Gifts, £9.99, published by Collins & Brown.

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Yarn project

Crocheted Mason jar cover Working in openwork and lace stitches with fine crochet threads to cover an old Mason jar, this fancy and functional project makes a great tea-light candleholder. Project by Carol Meldrum, photography by Lydia Evans

Crocheted Mason jar cover how to... Materials Mason jar Adriafil Ricamo 8 (100% cotton, 137m/150yds), small amount of each colour: Yarn A: 75 Lilac Yarn B: 76 Purple Yarn C: 17 Red Yarn D: 30 Orange Yarn E: 07 Yellow Yarn F: 79 Green Yarn G: 64 Pink EQUIPMENT 1 .5mm crochet hook Safety pins Elastic band Iron and damp tea towel

PATTERN NOTES This project is worked in the round from the base up towards the top of the jar, using a combination of chains and stitches to create an open-lace fabric. Working through the first six rounds of the pattern will give you an understanding of the basic techniques and construction. Once you are comfortable with the techniques used, try changing colour, adding bobbles and clusters. All instructions follow UK crochet terms.

jar cover Using 1.5mm crochet hook and yarn A, or colour of choice, make 9ch, sl st into first ch to form loop. Rnd 1: Work [6ch, 1dc into ring] 4 times, 3ch, close round by working 1tr into first 6ch-loop (5 loops). Place stitch marker into last loop worked to help keep track of the rounds. Rnd 2: MP, 3ch, 1dc into next loop, 5ch, MP, 3ch, 1dc into next loop, work [3ch, MP, 3ch, 1dc into next loop] twice, 4ch, 1dc into same loop, 3ch, MP, 2ch, 1dc into last loop with stitch marker. Rnd 3: 9ch, 1dc into next loop after picot, place stitch marker in loop just worked, 5ch, 1dc into next loop before picot, 5ch, 1dc into same loop after picot, 5ch, MP, 3ch into next loop after picot, 3ch, 1dc into next loop before picot, 7ch, work 3tr into next loop, 3ch, 1dc into next loop before picot, 2ch, close round by working 1tr into 9ch-loop at beg of round.

Use your stash Oddments of fabric can be added into the design to mix up the crochet sections, using the fine crochet hook to ‘puncture’ the material. If you want to use up your own remnants of yarn, you can use a bigger hook and heavier-weight yarn, such as 4ply, with this pattern, but you would then need less foundation chain stitches. The joy of freeform crochet is that you can go where the stitches take you and not be constrained to a format.

Rnd 4: Work [2tr, 2htr, 1dc, MP, 1dc] into 9chloop, place marker into first st worked into 9chloop, 4ch, 1dc into next loop, 2ch, MP, 3ch, 1dc into next loop, 2ch, 2tr into next loop before picot, 5ch, 1htr into same loop after picot, 3ch, MP, 3ch, 1dc into next loop, 2ch, work [2dc, 1ch, 4dc] into next loop, 3ch, 1dc into next loop, 4ch, MP, 2ch, 1dc into next loop. Rnd 5: 6ch, miss 2 sts, 1dc into next st, place marker in 6ch-loop just worked, 5ch, miss 2 sts, 1dc into next st, 6ch, 1dc into next loop, MP, 7ch, 2dc into next loop after picot, 1ch, 2dc into next loop, 3ch, work [3tr, 2ch, 1tr, 1htr, 1dc] into next loop, work [7ch, 1dc into next loop] twice, MP, 3ch, work 1dc into next 2 sts and ch sp, 3ch, miss next st, 3dc into next st, 1ch, work 4dc into next loop, 2ch, 2dc next loop, 9ch. Rnd 6: 1dc into next loop, place marker into 9chloop just worked, MP, 2ch, 1dc into same loop, 5ch, 1dc into next loop, MP, 2ch, 1dc into next loop after picot, 6ch, 1dc into next loop, MP, 7ch, 1dc into next ch sp, 3ch, 1dc into next st, MP, 6ch, 1dc into next 2ch sp, 3ch, work [1dc, 1htr, 1tr, 1htr, 1dc] into next loop, 4dc into next loop, 5ch, 1dc into next loop after picot, 3ch, work 1dc into next 2 sts, 3htr into next loop, 3ch, work [miss 2 sts, 1dc into next st, 2ch] twice, 1dc into next 6 sts, 5ch, 1dc into next loop. Depending on the size of jar you are covering, you might need to work a few extra rounds using the same techniques to reach the correct size needed to fit snugly around the jar. Continue working as set into the loops and stitches of the previous rounds. Make sure that

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‘Adapt the pattern to cover old jam jars too and make a collection for a garden party display’ the fabric doesn’t get any wider – slipping the fabric onto the jar every few rounds can help with this, or keeping it on the jar and working around as you go. Remember to change colours – use the picture as a guide if required. Once you’ve almost reached the required depth, stretch the fabric up over the shoulders of the jar and toward the top opening to open out the fabric. Place an elastic band around the jar to keep the fabric from slipping down. Work the last round using slightly shorter chains, working dc into the loops of the previous round. Once you have worked around the top, finish off the round by working a sl st. FINISHING Weave in all loose ends, then press gently if required as follows: place the jar on its side and cover with a damp tea towel, press with a steam iron; repeat until all sections of the fabric and base have been pressed.

Project taken from Freeform Crochet with Confidence, £10.99, published by Search Press.

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A future with furniture Inspired by the upcycle movement, a youth charity has launched a community scheme to help young people from difficult backgrounds learn new skills, gain confidence and enter the job market. Interview by Lou Butt


n a disused church hall in Reading, a group of parttime tutors and volunteers are helping a number of out-of-work young people to learn new skills, make a living and gain much-needed confidence, thanks to a project called Against the Grain. Not only are these young trainees being given a great opportunity, but they are also learning to upcycle and reimagine furniture that would otherwise be discarded and sent to landfill. The results of their hard work are so good that their furniture is being sold in local pop-up shops and commissions are also being taken. The scheme was founded in 2015 when Katharine Horler, CEO of charity Adviza, became concerned that the number of young people in the Thames Valley area who fell into the NEET category (Not in

Education, Employment or Training) was rising. As a charity, Adviza is passionate about supporting young people and Katharine wanted to try something different to address the problem. At the same time, she was also very aware of the trend taking place in recycling, upcycling and the popularity of vintage homeware, which sparked her idea for the project.

From sewing to selling Once workshop premises had been found, four trainees were selected for the project following a recruitment event. ‘Two of the recruits had already been attending workshops run with Reading’s youth participation officer at a local community centre and two were on placement from the NACRO Work

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Community spirit

One of the trainees sands down a unit in preparation for painting. A project worker with the three trainees and the project co-ordinator.

‘All of the skills they have learnt during the traineeship have had a positive effect on each of them and the aim to make them more employable after 18 months has definitely been achieved’ Pairing Programme [NACRO is a social justice charity]’, says Sarah Sandle, the project’s commercial coordinator. ‘All four were from difficult backgrounds, facing issues at school and long-term unemployment at home. One in particular has spent most of his life in care and has been living independently since he was 16. Unfortunately, one of the young people originally recruited chose not to pursue the opportunity after a few months.’ The programme is delivered by a mixture of volunteers and paid staff, and skills taught include painting techniques, basic upholstery, minor repairs, finishing, wood-turning and sewing. ‘Being part of the community is a very important element to Against the Grain,’ says Sarah. ‘We’ve been working

closely with a local group called the Silvers, a friendly workshop which is open to all but appeals to older men, especially those who’ve retired and miss going out to work. The team has been to their workshop on numerous occasions and called upon the expertise of the older generation to connect with the young trainees. This intergenerational work has also worked well with a local ladies’ sewing group who invited Against the Grain to attend. These are all groups of people which these young men wouldn’t ordinarily get a chance to mix with.’ The project relies on public donations for the furniture that’s repurposed. ‘We never know what we’ll be working on next – whatever comes through the door!’ says Sarah. ‘We’ve upcycled a number

The official launch of Against the Grain took place last October with several high-profile people in attendance, including Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire, Mr James Puxley. There was a selection of furniture on display, a keynote speech by Katharine Horler and the head of the board of trustees, together with a silent auction. The project has been funded by many sources including Adviza, the Earley Charity (a Reading charity which offers funding to community organisations in need), crowdfunding and a grant for £10,000 from Berkshire Community Foundation. The funding and money raised will be used to continue the current trainees’ 18-month programme for tuition from experts and to pay for on-going costs for supplies, such as tools, paint and materials.

Reloved and ready to be sold, this stool was saved and given new life.

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HEROes The new workshop manager demonstrates his knowledge.

Getting ready to step out of their comfort zone, two of the trainees prepare to sell their furniture.

Shop front

For the last six months, Against the Grain has been fortunate to have had the use of an iconic local retail space in Reading called Jackson’s. Once a well-respected department store, it sadly closed its doors in 2013, but has now become home to numerous local voluntary groups,

‘The trainees have had some basic training in spotting items of value, such as Ercol furniture. The style we are following is bold, unique and eclectic which we feel makes us stand out in the marketplace’

including Against the Grain where the team have displayed their work and held regular popular ‘mini market’ sales.

of different pieces of furniture which include chairs, dressing tables, desks, footstools, picture frames, bookcases, coffee tables and cushions. The trainees have also had some basic training in spotting things of value, such as Ercol furniture or retro items that are considered collectable. The style we are following is bold, unique and eclectic which we feel makes us stand out in the marketplace.’ In November, the team attended its first major event at Windsor Christmas Gift Fair. They were tasked with not only designing the stand, but also getting involved with the selection of furniture to be displayed and to interact with members of the public in a situation that they had never found themselves in before. ‘They were encouraged to hand out leaflets about the project, take contact details for those who wanted more information, and process sales – all of which was new to them. The event was a big success!’ Sarah enthuses.

A matter of confidence All of the trainees have come on leaps and bounds in the past year, both in terms of skills and personal development. ‘Initially they wouldn’t even talk to each other and would work in relative silence!’ laughs Sarah. ‘In conjunction with the workshop manager and the project coordinator, when they work on a project now they discuss the best way to go about achieving the result; agreeing who will carry out the painting or upholstery and how they envisage the finished product will look.’ The programme seems to be fulfilling its aim. One of the trainees has shown a real interest in pursuing a career in woodworking and has received some one-toone tuition with a volunteer who has recently graduated as a woodworking student. Another trainee has shown leadership qualities among his peers and has been given additional responsibilities in the workshop to reward that. ‘No-one has a fixed plan at the moment but there has been talk of registering for a woodworking course at the local college for one of the trainees and another

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New skills are put into action, such as reupholstering chair seats.

has expressed an interest in helping to train some of the new recruits. All of the skills they have learnt during the traineeship have had a positive effect on each of them and the aim to make them more employable after 18 months has definitely been achieved.’

Making use of a closed down department store, the Against the Grain team put on a pop-up market of their upcycled pieces.

Skills for success Against the Grain is in the process of moving into new premises which will be shared with other local community groups, where the trainees will continue to develop their skills and widen their range of upcycled furniture. ‘A new workshop manager has just been employed who has experience in taking upcycled furniture to market, as he has run his own business for some years. Together with his fresh ideas and the new premises we are setting our sights high for the second phase of the project,’ Sarah explains. ‘We aim to recruit three further trainees in April and to also take on some short-term work experience members of the team to increase production. We’ve just secured a prime position in a Reading shopping mall in which we hope to offer upcycling courses to small groups, alongside a repair service for furniture and of course to sell our products. This is a huge leap forward from where we were 12 months ago and we are all very excited by it!’ The project has generated much interest locally and a number of community groups and local organisations want to get involved, in particular with an exhibition to be held in May where they will be displaying furniture in a local gallery while demonstrating the team’s skills to the public.

Katharine says the project has been a great success: ‘We are hugely proud of how far the team has progressed since we recruited them, learning completely new skills and using them to create such bold pieces of upcycled furniture. As a social enterprise we have a clear picture of where we want to be with a goal of self-sufficiency within three years, and the aspiration to roll the concept of Against the Grain out to other locations across the Thames Valley.’

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Sewing makeover

Stitched Russian dolls Based on the beautifully decorated matryoshka dolls, these colourful little toys use up scraps of fabric for a quick-to-make gift. Project by Carolyn Forster, photography by Paul Bricknell

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‘These small dolls work best using fabrics with small, detailed patterns in vibrant colours’

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Stitched Russian dolls how to... Materials Thin card, to make templates For the small doll: 4 fabric scraps 6.5 x 10cm (2½ x 4in) For the medium doll: 6 fabric scraps 6.5 x 13cm (2½ x 5in) For the large doll: 8 fabric scraps 6.5 x 15cm (2½ x 6in) Felt, for faces Stranded black embroidery thread Polyester toy stuffing or similar EQUIPMENT Scissors Rotary cutting mat, ruler and cutter (optional) Basic sewing supplies Sewing machine Iron Pen, to mark fabric Embroidery or crewel needle, no. 5

FINISHED SIZES Small 10 x 7.5cm (4 x 3in) Medium 15 x 10cm (6 x 4in) Large 20.5 x 13cm (8 x 5in)

♥ Step 1 Copy one of the doll templates onto card and cut it out. ♥ Step 2 Stitch half of the scraps together lengthways to make a rectangle for the front of the doll. Stitch the remaining scraps together in the same way for the back. Press the seams on the front piece in the opposite direction to those on the back, so they fit together when right sides are facing. ♥ Step 3 Cut the oval for the face from felt, following the outside line. Draw the markings onto the felt for the facial features and use two strands of embroidery cotton to stitch them using a backstitch.

Floral stuffing Freshen up drawers by turning the smallest doll into a scented bag and stuffing with traditional dried lavender. Add a ribbon loop to the top to hang from a drawer knob or hanger.

give a smoother line when turned through, and turn right side out. ♥ Step 7 Stuff firmly and smoothly, and stitch the opening closed. Follow the same method for each size of doll.

♥ Step 4 Position the face on the front of the doll, with the strips running horizontally. Stitch the face on to the fabric using backstitch. ♥ Step 5 Lay the front and back fabric pieces together, right sides facing, and use the template to mark the stitching line. Sew along the drawn line, leaving an opening at the bottom for stuffing and turning through. ♥ Step 6 Trim away the excess fabric, leaving a 5mm (¼in) seam allowance. Snip the curves to

Project taken from Twenty to Make: Jelly Roll Scraps, £4.99, published by Search Press.

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Patchwork dining chair Traditional dark-stained chairs with drop-in seats can quickly and simply be given an update with a little paint and patchwork effect upholstery. You can even wax the fabric to make it more durable for busy families. Project and photography by Vicky Myers

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Patchwork dining chair how to... Materials Dining room chair Sugar soap Chalk-based paint Clear furniture wax Handle and screws (optional) Upholstery fabric scraps Greenland Wax (or similar, for rewaxing clothes) EQUIPMENT Sandpaper Paint brush Lint-free cloth Bradawl Drill Big Shot Sizzix machine with 10cm/4in square die or quilter’s ruler, rotary cutter and cutting mat Basic sewing supplies Iron Staple gun Hairdryer

Colour combos Jazz the project up with bright colours, or soften to tone with your décor.

Step 1 Start by preparing your chair. Remove the seat for reupholstering at a later stage, then thoroughly wash the frame of the chair with sugar soap to remove ingrained dirt (A). Sand the chair if necessary, for example, if you have peeling varnish. ♥ Step 2 Paint the chair with a thin coat of chalkbased paint (B). I suggest following the grain of the wood with your paint brush. Allow to dry and then apply a second coat. Watch out for drips – chalk-based paint dries quickly!

Step 5 Wash and dry your upholstery fabrics. If they are preloved they will benefit from a freshen-up, and if they are new it’s best to wash them first in case they shrink. ♥ Step 6 Cut out 10cm (4in) squares of fabric using a Big Shot Sizzix machine or a quilter’s ruler, rotary cutter and cutting mat (D). You will need approximately 25 squares, depending on the size of the seat of your chair.

Step 3 Once completely dry, apply wax to the chair, rubbing it into the surface with a lint-free cloth. The wax prevents any grease stains being absorbed by the chalk paint. ♥ Step 4 Using a bradawl, mark on the back of the chair the position of the screws for the optional handle (C). Drill small holes and screw the handle to the chair.


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E ♥ Step 7 Lay out the different fabrics into a pleasing random design. Place right sides together and stitch two squares together along one edge, then add another until you have a chain of five squares (E). Repeat for a further five lines. Press with an iron. Place the right sides together and stitch along the long edges to create one large square of fabric.


‘Waxed sea ts can preven t staining – a grea t idea when you have young children. A handy handle means you can hook spare sea ts on the wall when not in use’

♥ Step 8 Lay your fabric on a flat surface, wrong side facing upwards. Place the seat pad on top, with the stitch lines parallel to the seat. Starting from the centre of the sides, pull the fabric taut and attach it to the seat pad frame using a staple gun (F). ♥ Step 9 Apply the Greenland Wax to the fabric cover (G). Patiently rub over the surface, following the grain of the fabric.

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♥ Step 10 Iron the wax coating, ensuring you thoroughly clean the iron afterwards. Alternatively, use a hairdryer to heat the wax; you will see it melt and absorb into the fabric (H).

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

Choose hardwearing fabrics Use strong natural cotton fabrics to cover your seat cushion – you don’t want a manmade fibre falling apart in three months’ time!

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No-sew clutch bag

There’s nothing like a quick DIY to create a new fun accessory! Repurpose old leather or vinyl from a battered armchair or seat cover to fashion this cloud-style bag. Project and photography by Kirsten Nunez

No-sew clutch bag how to... Materials Paper or card Leather, faux leather or vinyl Hook and loop strips (e.g. Velcro) Strong craft glue F lat-back studs EQUIPMENT Pencil Scissors Felt-tip marker pen High-temperature hot glue gun

♥ Step 1 Using a pencil, draw a cloud on a large piece of paper or card. The bottom edge should be straight, while the top edge should have bubble-like curves. Adjust the drawing until you’re happy with how it looks. Next, cut out the cloud. Trim the bottom left and right edges to create continuous seamless curves (A). ♥ Step 2 Trace the paper cloud onto the wrong side of the leather or vinyl. The felt-tip pen will come in handy for this part. Cut it out, keeping it as clean as possible (B). Take the cloud and use it as a template for the second piece – but don’t forget to flip it over! The second leather/vinyl cloud should be a mirrored version of the first. ♥ Step 3 Cut and trim hook and loop strips to fit

the bottom opening edges. Stick them on with craft glue (C). Even if your hook and loop strips are adhesive, use glue for extra security. ♥ Step 4 Position the clouds so the wrong sides are facing each other. Add a thin line of high-temperature hot glue along the curved edge (D). Make sure the glue doesn’t form clumps. Instead, keep it seamless and neat to prevent the fabric from bunching up. For best results, work in small increments, as hot glue dries fast, then press the two clouds together. ♥ Step 5 To embellish the clutch, glue flat-back studs (or rhinestones) around the curved edge. You can also take it up a notch by adding painted details.

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For best results‌ Use faux leather or vinyl lined with some kind of interfacing. The hot glue has a better chance of adhering to this kind of surface. And if you decide to use a sewing machine, make sure you use the appropriate needle to stitch through this thick material.

About the designer Kirsten Nunez is a New Yorkbased lifestyle journalist and blogger, and the author of Studs & Pearls: 30 creative projects for customized fashion. She can often be found happily lost in thrift stores hunting for items to upcycle. wildamorblog



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Boot bookends Do you have an old pair of shoes that have seen better days? Don’t bin them, because with a little paint you can turn them into stunning bespoke bookends! Project by Jeanette Sultan, photography by Rod Miller

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‘Shoes that have a sentimental value are especially good for this project’

Boot bookends how to... Materials Pair of old boots Sugar soap Chalk-based paint in a range of colours, including white Enamel paint in a range of primary colours, plus black and white (for the studs) Selection of coloured Sharpie pens 2 x heavy bricks PVA glue Strong glue (e.g. epoxy resin) EQUIPMENT Soft sponge and cloth 12mm (½in) rounded soft-bristle paint brush 6mm (¼in) angled cutting-in paint brush Fine paint brush

♥ STEP 1 Clean the boots with a damp sponge covered in sugar soap. Wipe with a damp cloth, then leave to dry. ♥ Step 2 Give the boots an undercoat with the white chalk paint – include the inside and the underside of the boot (A). Use a soft rounded brush that will get into all the folds in


the leather and a small, angled cutting-in brush for any seams or zips that are awkward to get into. Expect to have to apply up to three coats at this stage. ♥ STEP 3 Now apply your colours to the boots (B). I wanted mine to have a ‘ghostly’ effect, so the prominent feature would be the detailed metal studs. To apply the colour to the boots, use the round soft-bristled brush and work quickly to avoid the paint drying and forming an ‘edge’ where the colours blend. You will not need a lot of paint, so do not saturate the boot in colour; allow some of the white basecoat to show through.

About the designer Jeanette Sultan is a full member of the Scottish Artists Union, a registered profile maker with Craft Scotland and has just returned to college to study construction. She specialises in funky bespoke upcycled furniture and believes that by thinking outside the box everyday items can be turned into art.

♥ STEP 4 Use the enamel paint and a small fine paint brush to decorate the metal studs (if you have them). You may need to apply three coats. ♥ STEP 5 When you are satisfied with the density of the colour of the studs, draw designs onto them using a selection of Sharpie pens (C). ♥ STEP 6 Prime your bricks by painting them with at least three coats of PVA glue to prevent them soaking up the paint. Now paint the bricks in as many coats of white chalk paint as desired, depending on the effect you want. For this project I have applied three. Glue the sole of the boot onto the brick using strong glue.



Made to measure Ensure the brick you are using accommodates the size of your boot. Feel free to experiment with different colours and materials on this project. It should be all about letting your imagination go and having fun!

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Challenge Max

There were lots of suggestions on Twitter and Facebook for this month’s upcycle: @GemmaLane put forward upcycling some old soup cans, while @NewmanLucas proposed making something useful for the people of Kenya. Regardless of the vote, Max combined both ideas into one brilliant challenge!


’ve been friends with Luke Newman for years and when he suggested on Twitter that I make something useful for the Kenyan people as my #ChallengeMax project this month, I got very excited at the prospect. Every year, Luke embarks on a trip to Kenya with members of his family to help build schools, so children in the country have the chance of a better future through more accessible education. However, when the #ChallengeMax suggestions went to public vote, the soup can upcycle was the popular choice of the social media followers. Not one to dwell on things too long, it occurred to me that the two ideas could go hand in hand (quite literally) as one of the biggest issues environmentally in Kenya is the disposal of waste, in particular food packaging.

My design was conceived with the idea that it could be created from any flat packaging material, from plastic bottles to metal and even wood. It’s basically a primitive knife and fork, which when slotted together form tongs for eating one-handed. They were straightforward to make: I marked the template onto the can, put it in the vice and cut out the shapes with my trusty angle grinder. After filing off the sharp edges, the utensil was ready to be used as two separate pieces, or slotted together to make a handy pair of self-sprung tongs.

out of africa Luke’s first excursion to Nakuru in Kenya was in 2014 with a charity called African Adventures, which provides consistent, longterm support to various communities in Africa.

Here he explains a bit about his trips: ‘A typical day involves us driving through the city to the location of a new school site, where we help construct classrooms using the different techniques, tools and methods that the Kenyan workmen use. For the last few years, we have been working with St Trizah School, which was completed in 2016. On my last visit I took 250 small cuddly bears with me to give to the children, and seeing their happy faces when they held a teddy in their hands was priceless and it made me so humble. I’ve completely changed as a person due to my experiences in Kenya. I’m more understanding and patient but also very grateful for what life has given me. I believe it is possible to educate everyone, everywhere, and I am committed to that.’

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For more information, including a day-by-day blog of Luke’s three trips to Kenya, visit his website, Educate Everyone Everywhere, at

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‘Hopefully the cutlery sets will make mealtimes easier, more enjoyable and more hygienic for the Kenyan children’ I’m hoping to join Luke out there one year to help build classrooms; he does some incredible work. In the meantime, I’m going to give him some templates to take on his trip and hopefully the cutlery sets will make mealtimes easier, more enjoyable and more hygienic for the Kenyan children.

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The new recruit As ever, I’ve had a very busy month. We’ve started filming for a new Channel 4 salvage and upcycling show and, as a result, we’ve stumbled across the everso-talented and handsome new member of the Reestore team, Chris Hanlon. Chris will be showing off his design and fabrication skills on your telly boxes very soon – not only is he a magician with the tools but he gives me a run for my money in the talking stakes too! And in between filming, watching rugby (actually, don’t mention the rugby…) and celebrating my new puppy Luna’s six-month birthday, I’ve been beavering away on book number two! The title is top secret, but it’s going to be awesome fun. We’ve already been looking around at shoot locations and it’s making me giddy just thinking about the beautiful photography!

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Make your own original ‘antique’. Following simple steps, you can create affordable period-effect furniture using a canvas from an old oil painting – no art-school skills required! Project by Karen Jones, photography by Debbie Weaver

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French-style cupboard with inset painting how to... materials Oak cupboard Old oil painting Frenchic Paint in Funky Dora, Anguilla and Ivory Tower Frenchic Frensheen in Gold and Silver Frenchic Finishing Coat Frenchic Rustic Wax Equipment Paint brushes Hairdryer Measuring tape Cutting mat Craft knife Metal ruler Wax brush Sanding block

♥ Step 1 To choose the colours to paint your piece, take a look at your painting and pick shades that stand out (A). If you want to use a dark wax to finish your piece the colours will change, so apply a few paint samples to a piece of paper, allow to dry and add a little wax. Place it next to the picture to check the shades before you commit. ♥ Step 2 Apply the base colour (B). This is probably, but not always, going to be the colour seen most on the piece. I always start by turning the chosen piece upside-down and painting the underside first, this way it’s not forgotten, which often happens.

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♥ Step 3 Most often oil paintings that you’d use for this type of project are old, tattered and damaged, therefore an aged and distressed finish will suggest that the painting and piece of furniture have always been together. To create this look, hold the loaded paint brush in one hand and a hairdryer in the other, and dry the paint while moving it around with the brush to create texture (C). This is essential when using Rustic Wax to finish, as all the wax collects in the areas that are textured. ♥ Step 4 Start to add extra colours to the piece (D and E). Don’t worry about how neat this is around the edges, as these areas will be sanded down at the end of the process and the more untidily this is done the better!

Source it Choosing the right piece of furniture is usually dictated by the size of the painting you want to use, and pot cupboards, wall hanging cupboards and boxes are all good candidates. Those pieces which have a recessed area and beading around the recess are ideal. You can easily find old oil paintings at flea markets, auctions or car boot sales.

♥ Step 5 Because I have a love of all things French – where using gold on furniture has been around for centuries – I love picking out some gold detail. Mix Frenchic Frensheen with Finishing Coat to create a paint. I use a mix of gold and a little silver to give a more antique gold finish. On this cupboard, I used it around the tops of the legs (F) and on the beading where the painting is going to be fixed.



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J Perfectly distressed Avoid just running sandpaper along the edges but instead sand inwards from the edges, as this gives a much more realistic uneven, aged look. Pay special attention to areas that would wear quickest – around handles is always a good place to start.

♥ Step 6 Using a measuring tape, carefully measure the inside of the area to affix the painting (G). To be more accurate, use a soft tape, rather than a metal one, to get right into the corners. Draw the required shape straight onto the back of the painting. If you want to ensure it’s the correct size, cut out a paper template to test before cutting out the actual painting.

down firmly, making sure there is no trapped air underneath (I). Leave to dry.

♥ Step 7 Next remove the painting from its stretcher. Place it face down on a cutting mat and cut out the exact size needed, using a craft knife and a metal ruler (H).

♥ Step 10 Apply Rustic Wax to the whole cupboard to give a lovely aged effect, especially in the areas which had texture created early in the process (K).

♥ Step 8 There are many mediums you can use for ‘gluing’ the painting onto the cupboard – here I used Finishing Coat. Simply apply it to both the cupboard door and the painting and, with the furniture placed on its back, press the painting

♥ Step 11 To create the aged finish, take a sanding block and be as heavy-handed as you like, especially if, like me, you want a very distressed look (L). When you are happy with the overall effect, add one final coat of Rustic Wax.

♥ Step 9 Once the painting is firmly stuck down, apply a couple of layers of Finishing Coat to protect it from flaking (J). This also means that it can be wiped down with a damp cloth from time to time to keep it clean.

‘I’ve always loved hand-painted an tique European furniture, so I decided  to recreate this look by repurposing damaged oil pain tings’

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Test tube flower box Get a gorgeous pop of floral colour with just a few beautiful blooms in this clever display box. It’s wall-mounted too, so will save on space and make a stylish feature of your cut flowers. Project by R&B Designs, photography by Antonia Attwood

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Test tube flower box how to... ♥ Step 1 Spray the wooden box with copper spray paint, leave to dry, then give it an extra coat to touch up any bits you missed (A).

Materials Old wooden box Valspar Metallic Spray Paint in Copper Lime-green paint Command Picture Hanging Strips

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♥ Step 2 Decide how many test tubes you will need for the project and wash them in warm soapy water. Cut a strip of disposable cloth, wrap it around a knitting needle and clean the inside of the test tubes (B).

EQUIPMENT Disposable cloth Knitting needle Masking tape Household sponge Ruler Drill Sandpaper

♥ Step 3 Once dry, use a strip of masking tape to isolate the bottom of the test tubes (C). Cut off a small piece of the sponge and use it to apply a thin layer of green paint (D). Allow to dry, then repeat with a second layer of paint. When completely dry, carefully peel off the tape. ♥ Step 4 Measure one of the long sides of the box frame and mark where you want the holes for the test tubes (E). Using a large bit, drill the holes to hold each of the test tubes (F).

No flowers? At times when you don’t have any flowers, you can simply remove the test tubes and use the frame as a decorative display box.

♥ Step 5 Sand the holes smooth, before inserting the test tubes (G). Use the picture-hanging strips to mount the box to the wall.

About the designers Juliet Bawden and Amanda Russell have been working together as R&B Designs for a number of years after meeting via Twitter.




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Salvage uncovered Are you looking for the character and unique style that period salvage can bring to your home? We get the low-down on how the salvage business works, with advice from the top yards on where and how to source what you’re looking for. Words by Jon Bennett

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Adam Hills, co-founder of Retrouvius salvage company.


All images: Tom Fallon, unless otherwise stated

alvage yards can seem like intimidating places to the uninitiated. Often dusty and disorientating, it’s no wonder some people think it’s a lot easier to look online than to go down to a yard when they’re thinking about sourcing vintage elements for a project. The reality is, though, that there are numerous items at salvage yards that you just aren’t

likely to see on the internet. From sinks to flooring, radiators to baths, you can discover a treasure trove of material that you won’t find elsewhere. This is because the best yards work closely with commercial properties or large projects. When a hotel, housing estate or an office block is about to be demolished, the yards will go in and strip out all the material that can have another life. It’s easy to forget that architectural reclamation like this is a relatively recent concept. But now that the fashion for recycling vintage pieces and blending them into modern settings is well established, salvage yards have become an increasingly popular option for architects and interior designers. We spoke to Adam Hills, the co-founder of Retrouvius, one of Britain’s top reclamation businesses, to ask his advice on how to get the best out of salvage and a visit to a yard. If you’ve had a meal in one of the Hawksmoor steakhouses in London or Manchester, then you’ll have experienced what the Retrouvius team can bring to a project. The restaurant chain’s signature look – a gentleman’s club combination of wood and brass fittings – was designed in consultation with the company, who then sourced the appropriate pieces. Adam acknowledges his business is not the average salvage yard – you pay a premium for his stock because of the London location and

the quality of the materials – but as a lifelong salvage addict he is the perfect person to ask for advice about how to get started.

You opened your salvage yard 24 years ago in Glasgow. What got you interested in it? I was renovating my flat and had zero budget because I was a student. I was walking past a skip one day and found a marble fireplace. I pulled it out and installed it in my flat, and ended up doing the same with some skirting boards and doors. At that time I didn’t know salvage companies existed – I just had a light-bulb moment where I realised that because the houses in that part of Glasgow were identical, you could take a window shutter from one house and put it into another and it would fit. So I started with the idea of salvage being conservation-led. At that point no one thought about taking a Victorian floor and putting it into a 1980s building – it was seen as bizarre. That combination of upcycling and salvage aesthetic we have now just didn’t exist at all.

Has that aesthetic changed? Yes, I think there is a more sophisticated use where designers have moved on to a more craft-based reuse and appreciation of what salvaged materials bring to a project that something from a

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An Italian two-seater sofa from the 1950s.

Display cabinets sourced from a London museum.

builders’ merchant wouldn’t. I think the underlying philosophy of salvage is about eco-awareness and being historically aware. We are more used to mixing a lot of different periods together now, but we also want to be more individual as more and more things are massproduced. Essentially salvage is a talking point and people enjoy being able to discuss finding unusual things and taking pleasure in their uniqueness.

deal in any of those things because we concentrate more on interior fittings like lighting, furniture and sometimes higher-level floorings. We like to handle quirky things that have an interesting background too; for example, we’ve just bought 200 shelving units from a university and 14 mahogany cabinets from a London museum.

What can people expect to find in a salvage yard?

A massive one, both positive and negative. It’s positive in that it’s facilitated the availability of reusable material; a lot of things now won’t go anywhere near a salvage yard because they can be sold on online auctions. On the whole, salvage companies work in conjunction with demolition companies – that’s historically where we’ve got our best lots from. A few years ago we salvaged the whole of Terminal 2 at Heathrow and there was no way that could ever go on eBay, for example! Ultimately, the key behind what

By definition, salvage companies are opportunistic, so you can find a wide variety of things. It’s also worth bearing in mind that the things you find in yards regularly are the items that haven’t sold. My yard is atypical because it’s in Central London, whereas most are in places where space is less expensive. Most salvage yards will have stone flooring, bricks, small timbers, wood flooring, fireplaces, baths and radiators. We don’t

What impact has the internet had on salvage companies?

‘People enjoy finding unusual things and taking pleasure in their uniqueness’

French art nouveau doors with floral-painted panels.

we do is curation. My customers tend to be reasonably wealthy and they come to us because they want to know that the light fitting they are buying is rewired and ready to go into their house, or that the fireplace they’re looking at is complete. If you buy online you may not have that peace of mind.

What are the best buys at the moment? The best buy is always what you need. It’s very easy to get distracted and buy things because they’re cool, but then realise they’re not going to fit in. Be

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Wells Reclamation photographs: Emma Smith

Wells Reclamation Tips on salvage hunting One of Britain’s biggest and best salvage yards, Wells Reclamation in Somerset is also one of the oldest yards in the UK. With over five acres of stock, items range from architectural antiques, reclaimed building materials, antique and vintage furniture, natural stone and timber flooring to garden statuary. The size and range of stock makes Wells one of the most popular yards in Britain and they sell their products all over the world. We asked for their top tips on getting the best out of using a salvage yard.

Bring an open mind Unless you know the yard has a specific product, arrive with some ideas but be prepared to compromise. Bring a tape measure and measurements of the space you need to fill. If you are trying to match an old tile or brick, for instance, bring one with you. There are numerous variations and these items are often non-returnable.

Take your time Give yourself enough time – at least a few hours. And make sure you are wrapped up warm on colder days! Expect to get your hands dirty.

Don’t expect a discount If you feel you must haggle, do so with good humour and good grace. And do not be offended when your request is refused. The majority of items on sale are old and original. Any damage or wear and tear has already been factored into the price – the beauty of old things is in their imperfections. If you have an item to sell, be realistic in your asking price. If something similar is on sale, do not expect the retail price.

Want it, buy it!

checked if it will fit your requirements. So often customers come back a few weeks later to find their perfect piece has already sold.

The stock in these places changes on a daily basis. If you find something you really want, buy it on the same day, or ask if it can be reserved until you have gone home and

l To view a selection of available stock at Wells Reclamation and get more information, visit

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More top salvage yards to visit Glasgow Architectural Salvage

Photograph: Tom Fallon,

The team here have a real passion for encouraging more recycling within the building industry. As well as a large range of salvaged products, with oddities like 1950s plastic handles a favourite of the owners, they also offer services such as expertly patching doors with matching timber where modern locks have been cut into them.

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Low Newton, Nr Cartmel, Cumbria If you fancy making a day of it, then this is the place to go. As well as a stunning range of salvage, you’ll find garden designers, furniture restorers and artists’ studios in this sprawling 19th-century farm. After all that you can check out their on-site café, Harry’s Bar, which stocks local produce and beer.


What always flies off the shelves? Worktops, lighting and textiles. We didn’t do textiles five years ago, but now there’s a more decorative and less minimalist look that lets you put a rug on the floor. Things with colour always sell well, and we sell a lot of mirrors too.

Have certain things gone out of fashion? We used to sell an awful lot of fireplaces but we don’t anymore. I’m not sure why. There’s clearly more technology in homes now and it’s funny how that affects things. We used to sell a lot of rolltop desks but they became less popular because you couldn’t fit a PC in them. Now people have laptops, so suddenly we sell more of them again!

Is it possible to say what the next trend will be? It tends to be dictated by what buildings are currently being demolished. At the moment in London it’s a lot of midcentury office buildings and they don’t have that much salvage. They might be clad in slate or marble so that would interest us and the boardroom might be panelled. We’re salvaging them

Pear Mill Vintage

Bredbury, Nr Stockport, Manchester Sat on the River Goyt, this old mill house is home to seven floors of vintage retail space. Over 70 independent vendors guarantee that you’ll have a great day out while searching for affordable pieces to display or upcycle. www.pearmillvintage–

English Salvage

Leominster, Herefordshire This yard has an interesting expertise in supplying props to film studios, making regular trips to Shepperton and Pinewood Studio. They also specialise in kitchen items – they’re a good choice if you’re looking for a butcher’s block – as well as tiles and industrial or shop signage.

not because they’re fashionable, but because they need to be salvaged and you can market it to people as better quality than things they’d buy new.

What’s your key advice to anyone at the start of a project? Salvage works really well when it’s integrated early on in the project. It works really badly when it’s an afterthought. What drives me crazy is when people gut a house, fill 14 skips with everything that


London and Milton Common, Oxfordshire One of the UK’s best-known reclamation yards, Lassco has been in business for nearly four decades and now has three sites. It’s very popular with architects and designers so hidden gems are hard to come by, but the stock is expertly chosen and the staff really know their stuff.

restrained and focused when you’re shopping. Go to a yard a few times, get excited about something but measure it, reserve it, go away, look and think about it. Having said that, I think integrating salvage where it’s needed is the best way to go. So I consider hardwood worktops for your kitchen or a fireplace a better bet than something that sits on a shelf and gathers dust.

Hulme, Manchester Insitu started trading in 1984 with a focus on doors and fireplaces, but it has grown to offer a huge range of classic design pieces and salvage such as radiators and stained glass. Based in a 4,000 square foot, four-storey, Victorian building which was once a pub, the team are also happy to source items if you have something specific in mind.

was in it and then they go to a salvage yard and buy it all over again and kid themselves they’re being eco-friendly. Plan ahead!

Find out more For further information about Retrouvius, go to You can visit the reclamation yard at 1016 Harrow Road, Kensal Green, London NW10 5NS.

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60-minute make

Zip flower brooch These flowers are a quick decorative project to make use of old zips that can be cut out of unwanted clothing, cushions or jeans. This clever design also has a great steam-punk vibe! Project by Susan Mercer, photography by Tom Cosgrave

Zip flower brooch how to... Materials 30cm (12in) metal zip Small piece of wadding Small piece of felt (in colour to match zip) Matching thread Brooch finding Equipment Old scissors (for cutting the zips) Sewing needle


♥ Step 1 Cut the zips into seven pieces measuring 6cm (2¼in); these will form the petals. Cut another piece of zip to measure 7–8cm (3-3½in); this will form the centre piece. Cut a circle of wadding with a 4cm (1½in) diameter, and a circle of felt measuring the same (A).



♥ Step 2 Take one of the petal pieces. Using a running stitch and matching thread, sew 5mm (3/16 in) away from the zip selvedge, from one end to the other (B). Pull the thread taut to gather into a horseshoe shape and secure with an overstitch (C and D).


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K Heritage blooms Choose zips in rich colours to add to the ‘antique’ feel of these brooches, complementing the golden tones of the teeth.




♥ Step 3 Fold in half and, with right sides together, close the end by sewing both pieces together with a blanket stitch (E). Open out and flatten between your finger and thumb, then secure with an overstitch (F). Repeat with the other six petal pieces.

♥ Step 6 Insert the centre piece into the middle of the flower, by forcing the selvedge through the hole and making sure it protrudes through the wrong side (K). Sew the selvedges of the centre piece to the back of the flower, working all around with a tacking stitch to secure (L).

♥ Step 4 Form the centre from the longer piece of zip. Fold the end over by two or three zip teeth and secure with knotted thread. Roll/ wrap the zip teeth forward tightly and secure another two or three zip teeth at a time (G), as close to the zip teeth as possible (Helter-Skelter style). Repeat until all of the centre piece is held together and secured (H).

♥ Step 7 Align the wadding and felt and place over the wrong side of the zip flower to cover all the stitching. Sew all around the edge of the felt circle, catching both the felt and the back of each petal in turn (M). Force the needle from the back of the flower up through the middle of the centre piece – catch around one of the teeth and pull back through to ensure it is firmly attached to the back.

♥ Step 5 Join the petals to form a flower. Place the teeth edge of one petal on top of another and oversew to secure (I). Sew all the petals in this way until a ‘flower’ has been formed with a hole in the middle (J).

About the designer Susan Mercer is a volunteer at the Wiltshire Scrapstore, a community-based charity that collects unwanted craft and DIY resources to offer to the public for a small donation. The store team also find ways to turn the stock into items to sell at their Lacock-based shop, Barty’s.

♥ Step 8 Sew the brooch finding onto the felt. Use the holes provided and oversew several stitches on top of each other to fasten it securely to the flower (N).

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Painted antlers

Deer naturally shed their antlers and grow a new pair every year, providing the perfect opportunity to create a beautiful wall decoration. We’ve left the Victorian hunting lodge behind, and made this bold modern design with a touch of gold-leaf paint. Project by Willow Crossley, photography by Emma Mitchell

Painted antlers how to... Materials Washi tape Pair of antlers Gold-leaf paint Decorating paint, in colours of your choice Fishing wire (for hanging) EQUIPMENT Newspaper or protective sheet Small paintbrush (for the gold-leaf paint) Larger paintbrush (for the decorating paint) ♥ Step 1 Lay out the newspaper or protective sheet. Wrap some washi tape around the antlers, according to how wide you want the blocks of colour to be. Smooth the tape as you go. ♥ Step 2 Paint the antlers one colour at a time (this means less brush cleaning!). When you’ve finished painting the antlers, let them dry before peeling off the tape to reveal unpainted strips of natural colour. ♥ Step 3 Antlers are very heavy, so if you wish to hang them, rather than lay them on a surface, you will need to use something very strong, such as fishing wire. For the antlers shown here, I simply wrapped the wire in and around them until they felt secure and then hung them from a nail.

Source it Supplies of shed deer antlers can be found in pairs at online stores, such as eBay.

A natural finish The antlers are covered in tiny blips and ridges, which can make it quite hard to paint straight lines but, with the help of washi tape, it’s totally achievable. Washi tape is much easier to peel off than sticky tape, which would take any overlapping paint with it, leaving annoying chips.

‘Although I bought these antlers, I would love  to discover some for myself while stomping through the Scottish Highlands’

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Modern-day marquetry

Lucy Turner has carved herself a unique niche in the world of furniture restoration with her incredible Formica-based pieces. She talks to about her passion for this unusual material. Interview by Lucy Evans

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o you have a background in design?

Yes, I have a degree in 3D design from the University of Plymouth.

What led you to work with Formica for the first time? It started 12 years ago with a sideboard I bought from a charity shop for £5. At the time I lived in a dark and dingy house in Falmouth and the sideboard just looked gloomy sat in the corner. It was at a time when these beautiful well-constructed pieces of furniture were being chopped up and burned as nobody wanted them. It was criminal. I decided one day I wanted to update the piece, but not just slap some paint on it. Then it suddenly dawned on me – Formica! I’ve loved Formica from a young age. I would always choose to go to the Waverley Café, in Bath, because of its Formicatopped tables – I loved the feel and look of it. And it’s so practical too.

Were you aware of any other designers working with Formica in this way? Upcycling wasn’t really a thing then like it is now. I was aware of someone using wallpaper on furniture and shabby

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Handmade kidney-shaped tables are finished with stripes of colour.

A detail of the inlay from Lucy’s Foxglove cocktail cabinet (see overleaf).

chic was getting popular, but I don’t think anyone was using laser-cut Formica. I’ve had a few imitators, but it’s so labourintensive I think they gave up!

Can you tell us about the first pieces that you made?

Lucy’s designs often incorporate plants and flowers, like these palm leaves.

‘I’ve loved Formica from a young age. I would always choose to go to a café in Bath because of its Formica-topped tables – I loved the feel and look of it’

I covered that first sideboard in a simple white Formica with laser-cut flowers. They were cut out to reveal the wood underneath. It looked really classy and different. It took forever to make as I didn’t really know what I was doing, but when it was finished I decided to take it to a show, and it sold within the first day. I was so thrilled, but I received mixed feedback – some people loved it, other people thought I was ruining the true beauty of the sideboard. But at that time pieces like this were unwanted, so I felt I was saving them by giving them a new lease of life.

How long did it take to perfect your technique? It’s actually taken years! And even now I’m still perfecting and adapting it. I love pushing the limits of the laser cutter – and my patience for inlaying!

What’s involved in creating one of your pieces of furniture? A customer will give me specific dimensions of the space, and what sort of furniture they are after. Then I’ll go online to find something suitable and

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Dahlia blooms reveal the beauty of the wood in this 1960s sideboard.

draw mock-up designs for them using Photoshop and Illustrator, bearing in mind the constraints of their design and colour choices. If they like what they see then I’ll ask for a deposit and get to work. I get a lot of repeat custom, which is fantastic and some customers are literally collecting the pieces. It makes me so happy to think that they are buying them as pieces of art for the home. As for the actual upcycling process, I restore the piece inside and out. I laser cut the laminate and inlay the design – just like marquetry. I laminate the exterior areas, and sometimes the shelves inside, if needed. The laminating process is quite conditional on temperature and humidity, so you have to be careful you get it right. Next, I sand and oil the edges, then clean up the whole piece and add the handles and my Lucy Turner stamp. After that I make sure I take a photo of the finished piece to document it, then it’s ready to wrap up and ship to the customer. It’s a long process from start to finish. Some sideboards can take me a week to complete.

scratches quite easily, and when you re-oil it it literally comes alive again. It’s always a pleasure to work with.

What’s your favourite type of furniture to work on?

Tell us a bit about your jewellery pieces and gifts made from wood.

It has to be teak – I love teak! It’s such a forgiving wood. It’s easy to restore because you can sand out dents and

How do you decide on the motifs or style you want to create? Some of my designs are better landscape rather than portrait and vice versa. Sometimes it depends on my mood – it’s as simple as that. If it’s a commission, then the customer decides what they’d like.

When did you first realise your business had taken off?

Working with Formica ♥ If the look of Lucy’s pieces has you eager to give this unusual technique a go, read on… ‘I use Formica as it’s the best quality laminate and made in the UK. You can’t get the “look” of Formica by using other materials,’ explains Lucy. ‘It is unique in its qualities. It won’t fade, scratch or chip like paint; it’s so durable. But it is a tricky material to work with – it’s essential to work in a clean, large space that’s free of damp and dust. You’ll need to buy a laminate trimmer and always wear a mask as you work.’

I must admit, I almost gave up after four years. It was a hard struggle. Back then, people didn’t really use the internet like they do now, especially for furniture buying, and I was in Cornwall. When I realised I could give up my other three jobs – tiling, waitressing and cleaning – I knew it was becoming a business rather than an unpaid hobby. I now sell my work all over the world, from China and Russia to Bahrain, Europe and Hong Kong.

I developed these as I was due to have a baby and I thought that I’d find it hard

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Not just for furniture

♥ Lucy teamed up with her friend Lucy Spink to collaborate on a jewellery project. Using Lucy Turner’s Formica and surface design skills, combined with the other Lucy’s silversmithing techniques, the pair has released a collection of beautiful earrings from lasercut Formica and sterling silver. Visit Etsy and search ‘Turner & Spink’ to find their shop and view the full range of earrings.

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Lucy also makes fitted furniture with her colourful and distinctive inlaid laminate doors.

juggling my business and being a mum. I wanted to create smaller pieces that would take less time that I could do between breastfeeding. Unfortunately, when our son was six weeks old my husband Guy broke his wrist – he’s a tree surgeon and was unable to work. We’d completely run out of money after just buying a house, land and a workshop! So I was forced to return to work – it was a bit mad, but I did it, and am still doing it now. Guy still can’t go back to tree surgery as his wrist hasn’t healed completely, so we now run the business together. He does a lot of the restoration, I do the laser cutting and laminating, and we share childcare. It’s working out quite well!

spent in the workshop, and after lunch we’ll swap and Guy will go out to the workshop and I’ll be a mum. In the evening I’m back following up on emails to do with internet purchases. I also start organising the next day, making lists and updating my social media and website.

What’s your typical working day like?

Visit Lucy’s website at to see more of her work and for a full list of stockists. You can also find her on Facebook at Lucy Turner Furniture and Surface Design, Twitter @lucynturner, Instagram and Pinterest at lucynturner.

At 6am I wake up, have a coffee and check emails while I’m on baby duty, then I feed our chickens and goat, and check the sheep. The morning is then

What’s next for you? I’m really excited that I’ve been asked to design a range of furniture for a wellknown UK furniture brand. The prototypes are being made now, so watch this space! We’re also opening a London showroom on 1 March at The Old Cinema in Chiswick.

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Painted fabric chair Don’t have the time or money for a big upholstery job? We show you that chalk paint can work wonders not just on wood but on fabric too, to produce a completely updated look to restyle an old chair.

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Project and photography by Denise Zdziennicki

Painted fabric chair how to... Materials Fabric-covered chair Sugar soap General Finishes Chalk Style Paint in Bone White General Finishes Chalk Style Paint in Cardamom Brown Furniture wax EQUIPMENT Gloves and dust mask  Sandpaper Tack cloth Sponge/rag Small and large paint brushes Plastic containers (for the paint) Lint-free cloth

♥ Step 1 Clean the chair with sugar soap and lightly sand the wood frame to prepare it for paint. Remove the sanding dust with a tack cloth. If you’re using a chalk-style paint (as I did on this salvaged chair), sanding may not be required.

♥ Step 2 Paint the chair frame in a colour of your choice (A). I chose an off-white shade. To get under the upholstered fabric and into the crevices of the chair, simply lift and pull up the upholstered areas, and then paint underneath (B). If your frame paint is lighter than your fabric paint, you don’t have to be too particular, as the darker paint will cover up any mishaps. Paint the frame with 2–3 coats for full coverage, while letting each coat dry in between (C). For a professional finish, a light sanding between each coat is beneficial.


Applying Paint to fabric When painting fabric, chalk-style paints are the way to go! The pigment sinks into the fabric rather than just sitting on top like an emulsion paint would do. The key is to water the chalk paint down. Dip your paint brush in water or use a spray bottle and mist/wet the fabric before painting. And why stop at painting fabric a solid colour? Try adding stencilled detail or grain sack stripes.



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‘This chair caught my attention because I love the vintage shape and style, but I almost didn’t pick it up because of the dated fabric’


E ♥ Step 3 Now comes the fun part – painting the fabric! Fill a plastic container with room-temperature water and another with a chalk-style paint of your choice. Dip a large brush into the water. Remove the brush and let any excess water drip out, then dip your wet brush into the chalkstyle paint (D). Paint the fabric and repeat as necessary (E). ♥ Step 4 To get into the smaller, more detailed areas of the fabric, such as the piping and around the arms, try using a smaller brush, following the same technique as in Step 2 (F and G).


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waxing the fabric Once the fabric is painted and waxed, the fibres will feel similar to canvas or an outdoor fabric. When the wax has cured, it does not come off on clothes, and produces a longlasting, hardwearing finish.


I About the designer

♥ Step 5 Add another coat of paint if it is needed to fully cover the fabric. Let each coat dry before applying the next (H). ♥ Step 6 Once you’re happy with the coverage and the fabric is completely dry, it will feel a little stiff. Give the entire chair a light sanding and wipe the sanding dust off with a tack cloth (I). This will soften the fabric and prepare it for a wax topcoat. ♥ Step 7 Seal the fabric and wooden frame with wax (J). Any good quality furniture wax will do nicely. The trick to waxing fabric (and the wood)

J is to apply it sparingly. Work in small sections, and then buff with a lint-free cloth until you feel no drag or resistance.

Denise Zdziennicki is a popular Canadian blogger and furniture restyler. She’s always in pursuit of the next creative upcycle, and loves all things vintage and eclectic. You can find more of her inspiring furniture tutorials and salvaged DIY ideas in her weekly posts online. SalvagedInspirationsBlog SalvagedIns sidenise

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Our star student takes us from food facts to forging with the design inspiration – not to mention a few technical challenges – for her latest metalwork project.

H Charis Williams

ello, you upcycling revolutionists! I’m currently bathing in the glow of achievement. I just found out that I earned a distinction on my creative metalwork course for my first-ever forged piece, which I researched, designed and fabricated using the new blacksmithing techniques I’ve learnt since last September. The project’s brief seemed simple enough: to research global food waste and design a forged object that reflects your emotional response. So I went off and spent a week reading about food waste globally, locally and

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Slicing through sheet steel with the awesome plasma cutter.

nationally, about supermarkets, wonky veg laws and how different countries handle food waste. I was shocked and angry and felt pretty useless, but at the same time also privileged not to be suffering from hunger. The more I read, the more guilt I felt that the UK and other first world countries continue to throw edible food away while people in third world countries go hungry. We just stick our heads in the sand and think it could never happen to us – in fact, it would only take a few bad droughts or a war and we could be sinking in the same boat.

The power of three I wrote down tons of stats and started to see a pattern emerging – they seemed to mention threes and thirds a great deal. For instance, a third of all food is wasted; the food thrown away in Europe and North America could feed all hungry people in the world three times over; and one-third of the world’s population goes hungry every day. I wanted to use thirds in my design, but first I had to come up with one! That was when I saw WRAP’s ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’ campaign, that lists apples among

the most wasted foods in the UK with 190,000 tonnes thrown away each year – I guess no one likes a brown apple, right? From there I went on a tangent looking up apples and their meaning: it turns out this simple fruit has a pretty heinous reputation! Apples have often appeared in folklore, fairy tales and myths. They represent temptation, sin, lust and beauty; some say they’re a symbol of evil, some say they are symbol of good. Think of the most famous apple story – Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. I knew I had found my design – what could be more compelling and iconic than an apple? I wanted it to look perfect and shiny on one side, only for the viewer to discover on moving around the apple that a third was missing and it was an empty, gnarled shell. I decided to call it ‘Ignorance is Bliss’, because as a first world country we are, on the whole, pretty blissfully unaware of the global food crisis. The globe-like structure of the apple would reflect the shape of our planet and the fact that hunger is cyclical, there’s no end to it. Since the dawn of time, there has always been famine somewhere in the world at every point throughout history.

I made a clay model to help with initial research.

Nerves of steel Now on to the juicy bit, my design. I wanted a perfect apple shape, so first I tried casting the apple in brass. This took three attempts to get it right, but I wasn’t happy with the result – I didn’t really like the colour, it was far too small and there was not nearly enough whacking involved! I moved onto my next idea – creating the apple shape from a steel sheet. I really had no idea how this was going to turn out, as I didn’t know how much I could get the steel to stretch or form. I’d never worked with sheet steel before,

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The heat from the propane torch made my welded seams pop undone!

My first idea was to cast the apple in brass.

which was a little scary given that I’d designed something that had to look so perfect in such a short time. This did give me a chance to learn how to use a plasma cutter, though. Oh boy, this machine is awesome! It can cut through up to 4cm of steel – WANT! (If anyone cares, my birthday is 1 May…) I started forging this piece as a test to see what I could do. It was going quite well until disaster struck – I burnt a hole! The next template I drew out wasn’t the right shape at all. I tried to think of a material I could use that’s like sheet metal that I could wrap around an apple, cut the excess off and unravel to give me an apple template. But in the end I decided to use the first template again, adding an extra margin around it to give a fuller apple shape – and this time I’d use thicker steel sheet which would hopefully stand up to the fire-beating I was going to give it. This time the template worked much better, but it took several attempts to get two halves looking the same. Once I’d managed

Forging using the mighty and magnificent power hammer.

it, I offered them up to each other and drew a line where I wanted them joined – which had to be done by my tutor, annoyingly, because we haven’t learnt welding yet. Argh! I hate waiting… My next job was to cut a top and bottom for the apple by drawing around the hole onto paper. The shapes were like leaves, once tackwelded in place they had to be shaped. I did this using the propane torch and a hammer, then had them welded in place properly once they lined up. Over the next few weeks I cleaned up the welds with a flap disc on a handheld grinder over and over again between getting it re-welded in several places, especially after using the propane torch to heat the top and bottom to shape the apple dip where the core sits – the seams kept popping undone!

Core values Eventually it was time for the core. I had a test attempt at this and decided I wanted to go way bigger, because to get the right shape and texture from the stock I needed to start massive and chisel it away, and because you also lose steel from each ‘heat’ (when the steel is put into the fire to heat it). I’d really like to try making another core with an old wrought-iron sash window weight (as described in last month’s column), but I really didn’t have time with my deadline looming, so I used a 40mm square stock of steel. I had to cut it long enough to be able to heat one end and hold the other – which is what we were taught, but I found this problematic with stock of this size because it holds the heat and quenching does no good, plus it weighed a lot. So my tutor cut the end off and welded on a smaller bar which I could hold and quench. The next problem with stock of this size is that it takes an age to forge it because you need such immense power to strike it over and over again. My tutor realised I was struggling and inducted

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I had to add an extra piece to the top of the apple to complete the shape.

Heating the apple core in the forge.

Front and back of the polished finished piece.

Copper sheet which was cut out to make the leaf.

me on the power hammer – and it’s as amazing as it sounds! You operate it with your foot to make the hammer come down with incredible force over and over again, while you manoeuvre your work to forge and form it. (Don’t forget it’s my birthday soon, and before you know it, it’ll be Christmas…) The power hammer has two hammer surfaces, one curved and one flat, you use whichever you need to create the form you want: I used the curved side to create the apple core and the flat hammer to create the stalk. Once I’d worked it I was still uncertain about the core; I felt it needed more detail in the centre where the pips would go, so I enlisted an extra pair of

hands to hold the hot metal (the ‘stock’) on the anvil while I worked two ‘nostril’ shapes into the core. I was absolutely sweating out worrying about burning the centre of the core and having to start again – it would mean weeks of work down the drain! Eventually I got to a point where it was too dangerous to work it any further. Now I realised all the heating and stretching to the centre had made my core a little longer, so I measured up against the apple shell and had to cut some length off the core. Again, this was terrifying – mess this up and we’re back to square one! I used the plasma cutter (yippee!) to cut a third out of the apple, placed the core inside and got it welded together. Now I just had the leaf to work. I made it from copper because it’s a lovely colour contrast to the steel, roughly cutting it out with a sheet metal guillotine then using a bench grinder to neaten the edges and a plumber’s torch to heat it (or ‘anneal’), so it was workable. Next I folded it in half with the use of my metal vice and a hammer, then pulled it apart and created some wave forms down the sides to give it a more leaf-like quality. Once all that was done I used the bench polisher to give it that beautiful sheen and hooked it in place!

Once a month not enough? Stay up to date with the Salvage Sister’s daily antics by finding her online, and don’t forget to send her your upcycling SOS questions and queries. You can also watch her YouTube videos with top tips and tricks for finding freebies, as well as the latest tutorials.

Charis Williams aka The Salvage Sister





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Folded butterfly book art With a limited amount of equipment and a little patience, it is possible to transform a secondhand book into a 3D sculptural form simply by folding the pages. This is one of those crafts that has you thinking the effect is beyond your skill, but it is actually very easy. Project by Clare Youngs, photography by Jo Henderson

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Using the template This book had 356 pages and the butterfly template was calculated to fill the complete book. You don’t need to have the same size book, but it must have more pages, not fewer. Count all of the pages in your book, including any unnumbered ones at the front or back. Subtract our number of pages from your number of pages and divide that number by two. For example, if the number you have is 32, count 16 pages (8 leaves) in at the front of the book and start the template on the following leaf. When you have finished folding the book, you should have 16 pages (8 leaves) remaining. This sounds complicated, but when you have the book and the template in front of you it will become clearer! Folded butterfly template: copy at 200% for actual size

Folded butterfly book art how to... MATERIALS Template Letter-size (A4) sheet of paper Hardback book measuring 24 x 15cm (9½ x 6in), with more than 356 pages EQUIPMENT Ruler Craft knife Set square Pencil Blunt knife, for scoring

for some of the angles – set the edge of the set square between the upper one of those points and the small nick you made in the top of the book in Step 2. Use a blunt knife to score along this line (B).


♥ Step 4 Now set the edge of the set square between the lower one of those points and the small nick you made in the bottom of the book in Step 2, and score along this line (C). If you find it difficult to see the nick, mark it with pencil before aligning the set square.

♥ Step 1 Print the template onto a letter-size (A4) sheet of paper. ♥ Step 2 With the book closed, mark a point 3cm (1¼in) in from the spine. Using a ruler and a craft knife, cut a line across the tops of the pages at this point (A). Do this at the top and the bottom of the book. ♥ Step 3 Open up your book and slip the template sheet beneath the book leaf you are starting on. Align the first vertical line on the template with the outside edge of the book leaf, and align the top edge of the template sheet with the top edge of the book leaf. You will see that the outline of the butterfly meets the first vertical line of the template in two places. Using a set square or ruler – I find a set square easier



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♥ Step 5 Before making any folds, make a small pencil mark on your template, in front of the line you have just used. If you get into the habit of doing this, you won’t get out of sequence. ♥ Step 6 Fold back the two flaps you scored in Steps 3 and 4 and press down firmly (D). You have made your first fold! This may take a bit of practice, but once you have mastered the technique you’ll speed up.


♥ Step 7 Continue through the book in the same way: align the second vertical line of the template with the outside edge of your second book leaf. Score the top and bottom flaps, mark the line you have just used in pencil, and fold the flaps. ♥ Step 8 Eventually, you will reach a part of the template where more than one section of the butterfly touches the vertical template line. When this happens, simply treat each section as a new page: score the upper and lower points of the top section first, fold the flaps, and move to the next page to score the upper and lower points of the next section down (E). Sometimes there are as many as three sections to score – each using a new page. Remember to mark off each line on the template as you complete the final section.

folded section with something small and heavy. As you progress further across the template, cut off the first few lines, so that the sheet continues to fit inside the book.

♥ Step 9 Once you have folded a number of pages, you may find it helpful to weigh down the

♥ Step 10 Continue to the last fold, close the book, and stand it up to see the full effect (F).

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Attaching ties


Folded ampersand template: copy at 200% for actual size

Folded ampersand This is a wonderfully graphic shape to fold. It will look great displayed on a shelf among your favourite things. Your friends will be fascinated by it and will want to pick it up and flick through the pages to see how you did it! Simply follow the same steps but use a book measuring 24 x 15cm (9½ x 6in) and with more than 390 pages.

Sometimes, once you have completed your folding, the large number of folds makes the book open quite wide when displayed. If you prefer your design with the book a little more closed, attach a ribbon to the front and back inside covers and tie them in a bow. This will pull the two covers in and condense the design.


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© Annie Sloan

♥ add a bit of fun This multifunction piece is perfect for storing plates, cups and kitchen linens, and the handy drawers have been given personality with Annie Sloan’s Hand stencil and Chalk Paint in Graphite.

This fresh-looking unit was first painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Greek Blue, followed by a layer of Old White. It was distressed in high-usage areas to let the blue show through. The stencil detail was then worked in Greek Blue.

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Karen Jones

From using dental tools to remove upholstery staples and repurposing old paintings to decorate furniture, Karen has her own unique style as can be seen on page 54.

My first upcycle

ught it would be I was about 14 and I tho of my mum’s one up a great idea to cut a top. She was ke ma to s loth beautiful tablec py and it didn’t (understandably) not hap t even turn out tha well…

Off to market I love to source my pieces from flea markets, auctions and when possible French brocantes.

I love France and in particular the Loire Valley, with Chinon being one of my favourite places. It’s the fading glory of old facades – I’m a bit obsessed with naturally worn, sun-bleached and peeling old paint on oversized doors!

A touch of gold My current favourite product is FrenSheen by Frenchic. It’s a metallic powder which, when mixed with Frenchic Finishing Coat, creates a beautiful paint – my favourite is a mix of the gold and silver to create a gorgeous antique gold, like on this table leg.

Château chic

I don’t really follow trends, But I hope that Victorian furniture makes a comeback as it’s totally underrated and looks fantastic as it is or upcycled.

Art addiction

The first time I put an oil painting on a cupboard I loved it and have done so many since, that now hunting for old affordable paintings is a bit of an addiction! I was inspired by an 18th-century chest of drawers which had a different hand-painted landscape on each drawer.

Instant extraction My dad was a dentist and I have a drawer full of dental forceps which are perfect for taking out nails, screws and upholstery tacks!

I love old fabric, even with the odd mark or rip in it. My style is very distressed and I think if I were to use new fabric on my items it wouldn’t look right. If I do use new fabric, I age it with a diluted paint and sometimes dark wax. Discover more of Karen’s beautiful upcycles at The French Nest on Facebook.

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