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How to make a 1950s style vintage kidney table

How to make a 1950s style vintage kidney table

Certain shapes and styles of 1950s tables are hard to find, and when you do, they are often in terrible condition. Here I have taken an old coffee table that was beyond repair and used the legs to create a new version of a popular style; the kidney table. MATERIALS USED: 3 screw on legs […] Read more…

How to upcycle a vintage laundry basket

How to upcycle a vintage laundry basket

It can be hard to find a vintage laundry basket in the right colour or even in good condition so why not upcyle your own and add a seat top too. Here I have created a distressed look basket and covered the lid in a vintage tablecloth that had a large stain on it. Now […] Read more…

Upcycled painted crystal for your dressing table

Upcycled painted crystal for your dressing table

Pressed coloured glass dressing table sets were popular in the 1920s and 1930s, often made in Czechoslovakia. Comprising of a glass tray in a pastel colourway alongside candle sticks, perfume bottles and jewellery pots; this was a glamorous look for any ladies’ bedroom. As these become rarer, why not recreate the look by painting crystal […] Read more…

How to make a copper pipe candle holder

How to make a copper pipe candle holder

Copper continues to be on trend in our homes, so why not create a centre piece to wow your guests? What is great about this copper pipe candle holder, is that you can make it as small and simple or as big and ornate as you want; I have designed something large but simple – […] Read more…

How to make an upcycled cotton reel Christmas tree

How to make an upcycled cotton reel Christmas tree

Rather than making a wreath this year, or maybe as well as, why not create another festive shape such as a Christmas tree or star? I have created a framed tree using lots of cotton reel, bells and buttons to add even more festive cheer to my fireplace! MATERIALS USED: An old frame Chicken wire […] Read more…

How to make vintage fabric lampshade fairy lights

How to make vintage fabric lampshade fairy lights

Autumn is finally here, the evenings are getting darker and the clocks soon will be put back, so it is now time to cosy up your home. I love this time of year, I enjoy adding fluffy throws and textured cushions onto my vintage sofa, as well as extra lighting here and there to create […] Read more…

How to make a tyre footstool

How to make an upcycled tyre footstool

Brighten up your decking or even a kids room by creating a brightly coloured tyre footstool from an old thrown away item. Add vintage fabric to give it a retro feel, then sit back, put your feet up, grab an ice cream and enjoy the sunshine. MATERIALS USED (All measurements are dependent on tyre size; […] Read more…

DIY Tutorial: A Clothes Peg Wreath by Kate Beavis: Easter Upcycling

How to make an upcycled clothes peg wreath

The trend for decorating our homes for special holidays is growing year on year, as just like Christmas and Easter, it is a time for relaxing with family, enjoying great food and spoiling ourselves rotten! Every year I make a wreath with the children, with a spring feel, to hang in our kitchen diner and this […] Read more…

DIY Tutorial: Vintage Bakeware Bird Feeders by Kate Beavis

How to make a Vintage enamel upcycled Bird Feeder

Rather than buying a plastic bird feeder this spring time, why not create your own upcycled bird feeder using old bakeware that is beyond repair such as cake tins and enamel lids. They look great hanging in groups too and the birds will love you for it! MATERIALS USED: A selection of vintage metal and […] Read more…

DIY Tutorial A Pipe Christmas Tree Picture by Kate Beavis

DIY Tutorial: A Pipe Christmas Tree Picture

If you don’t have space for a Christmas tree, why not create one for the wall? This month’s upcycled project uses off cuts of plumbing pipes to create a tree shape, so that you can display your treasured vintage baubles inside the circles. This is a great idea for parents of young children or even […] Read more…

DIY Tutorial A Vintage Jewel Christmas Tree by Kate Beavis

DIY Tutorial: A Vintage Jewel Christmas Tree

I was busy thinking about Christmas last month as I love to introduce a few festive things to my home in advance, a bit like a Countdown to Christmas! I start with a few table decorations, some original vintage and some handmade, created by my whole family. This year I have made a Christmas tree […] Read more…

DIY Tutorial, how to make a three tiered vintage tin desk tidy by Kate Beavis

DIY Tutorial: 3 Tiered Tin Desk Tidy

If you are anything like me, your desk is covered in lots of pretty stationery and craft materials. I know they should be organised into drawers but I use them all the time so want them close at hand. To solve this problem, I have created a desk tidy from tins – some vintage and […] Read more…

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