Up-cycled side table

This table was very stained and sad looking when I spotted it in a seaside charity shop. In the same shop were some old sailing charts and that gave me an idea. Why not decoupage, that’s essentially gluing and sticking, some charts onto the table.

homestyle_febmakes_5_043_LRYou will need


Tester pot dark grey paint

Paint brush

Paper scissors

PVA glue


Charts x3



  1. Sand and then paint the table with grey emulsion. Leave to dry, if it needs a second coat of paint, do this now.
  2. Measure the diameter of the circular table top and bottom and draw 2 circles to this measurement minus 1cm on the back of the sailors chart and cut out.
  3. Paint a coat of PVA glue on the fronts of each circle of chart, leave to dry and then repeat with the back.
  4. Using more PVA glue, stick the circles in place on the table. Leave to dry. Repeat step 4 with more coats of PVA to create a sustainable and usable table
  5. When you paint on the PVA it will look milky and opaque, don’t worry it will dry clear. If you get bubbles in the chart, prick them with a pin and stick it down.



Recycled Kitchen stool


This has to be one of the best value and easiest makeovers there is. I bought the stool in a junk shop for £7 and gave it a new lease of life.

You will need

A stool

Spray paint in orange

Piece of gift wrap, choose one printed on thick paper

Sand paper

PVA glue

Paint brush


1.Choose the steps

2.Sand the metal parts of the stool to remove any flakey bits of paint

3 Cover the wooden parts of the stool and in an outdoor space, spray the metal parts of the chair. Leave to dry. Re spray as necessary.

4 Choose a piece of substantial wrapping paper. The one shown here came from Dulwich Picture Gallery.

  1. Lay the stool on top of the reverse side of the paper and draw round the shape.
  2. Stick the paper onto the wooden steps with PVA and leave to dry
  3. Water down PVA and paint a protective coat over the paper. It will look milky to begin with but as it dries will become clear.

STOOL DETAILkitchen stool


Create a smart padded coffee table from an Ikea Nornas table and a cut up mattress

I transformed an Ikea table into a stylish padded coffee table, using an Ikea mattress and some fabulous butterfly print  linen fabric from Harlequin

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You will need


1.5m of Harlequin butterfly fabric

1 Nornas coffee table from Ikea

Sample pot of black emulsion

1 x Vyssa mattress

1m of 2 oz wadding




Large dressmakers Scissors

Staple gun

Tape measure

Felt tip pen


  1. Measure half way down the legs of the coffee table and saw each of them in half, at this point it will feel like the table will be very low.
  2. Paint the legs that you are keeping and the underside of the table with black paint. Once the paint is dry, following the instructions, put the table togethe
  3. Lay the table top on top of the mattress and draw round it with a felt tip. Cut out the mattress. You will have one oblong the same size as the table, and the other oblong will need to be made up of pieces. Place the pieces of mattress on top of the table and fit and together until you have an oblong shape the dimensions of the tabletop.
  4. Place the complete mattress piece on top of the pieces that are on top of the coffee table, Cover the whole thing with wadding and staple to the underside of the coffee table. The wadding will hold the mattresses in place.


  1. Place the butterfly fabric on top and staple this over the wadding. You may need to fold and sew at the corners for a neat edge.

https://www.harlequin.uk.com/shop/fabric/amazilia-fabrics/papilio/?code=HAMA120344 price £56 a meter

 Tip I used expensive fabric for a lovely look but you can find cheaper options especially if you look in the sales or bin ends.


Upgrade your duvet cover and create ombre bedlinen.

Recycle your old cotton bed linen by using dyes in this years fashionable Pantone colours of Rose Quartz and Serenity, or as we know them pale pink and pale blue. We also added some jeans blue as Denim is so fashionable at the moment.


You will need

1 packet of each of the following Dylon hand dyes in Powder pink, Flamingo pink, Ocean blue and Jeans blue.

750 grammes of table salt

cling film

Double duvet, 2 pillow cases in 100% cotton

Measuring jug

2 buckets and a large container in which to dye


Silicone gloves


You will need lots of hanging and rinsing space for drying between different colour dyeing.


1.Wash the duvet cover and pillowcases and leave them damp.

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  1. Use cling film to wrap the part of the duvet and pillowcases that you do not want to dye. (About 2/3rds of it)
  2. Mix the powder pink dye according to the instructions on the packet. If you want to make the colour a bit brighter then add about 1/3rd of the colour from the flamingo pink.

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  1. Fill a container large enough to hold the duvet and the pillowcases, with water. Add the 250g of salt and then add the mixed dye to the water and stir.
  2. Add the wet unwrapped part of the fabric to the dye bath. The colour changes, as the dying proceeds. Stir as in the instructions on the packet. Leave for a further 45minutes.
  3. Once the fabric is dyed, rinse under a tap until the water runs clear. Cut away the cling film.
  4. Hang the duvet and pillowcase to dry. Drying between dying different colours makes the fabric easier to handle. A wet duvet is difficult to manoever.3dip dye

8. Repreat steps 2-7 but over dye the last 1/3 of the duvet cover and pillow cases in jeans blue.When the fabric has dried, cover the pink part of the fabric in cling film. You will then need to hold the part of the fabric you are going to dye under a tap to dampen it.

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9.Follow steps 2-7 with ocean blue. Dip all the remaining duvet cover and pillow cases in the dye bath

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Dye your own shibori chair

2C2A2810 copy.jpgRecycling week starts today so am posting some classy recycling projects on my blog this week. When I spotted this down at heel cocktail chair in a charity shop, I knew I was  onto a winner.

I made a pattern and then created my own shibori print just by pleating and using clothes pegs. The hook and loop tape opening on the side seam makes fitting easy.

Tip: Before doing anything with the fabric, wash on a hot wash and then tumble dry it on a hot setting. This way it will shrink as much as it is ever going to. Iron so you have flat fabric to work with.


You will need:

6m of medium weight Calico

Pins, needles and thread

Safety pins

Cotton tape

Water-soluble pen

Dylon Ocean blue hand dye


Clothes pegs

Sewing machine

Hook and loop tape


1.To make the pattern for each section of the chair cut out a piece of calico, cut them large so there’s enough spare fabric for fitting, the lower edge of the chair will need more than you think necessary to allow for making a tape casing, so be generous. Pin each section onto the chair and then add seam allowance. Remove the section and cut out. Sew the calico cover together, leave one of the side seams half open. Fit the cover onto the chair, pin the side seam closed and adjust the fitting, taking it in to give a closer fit.

2. Remove the calico cover from the chair, mark the sewn seams with felt pen as well as the centre line of each panel.

3.Unpick the calico cover, your pattern, and pin onto more calico to make the chair fabric. Cut out the fabric, into as many pattern pieces as you need, I had 6, and press.4 Pin pattern onto washed and ironed fabric.jpg

4.Concertina each pattern piece of calico into pleats.

5 Concrtina each pattern piece into pleats

5. Press flat with a steam iron.

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6.Peg the pleated pieces at even intervals.

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7. Wet the pegged fabrics. Mix the  Dylon hand dye according to the manufacturers instructions and then put in the pegged fabric pieces. Follow the instructions on the dye packet.

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8. Once the dye has taken, remove the pegs and open up the fabric and put the pieces under running water until the water runs clear.

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9. Wash and dry the pieces

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10.Sew the pieces together as you did for the original calico pattern leaving one of the side seams half open.

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11. Try the cover on the chair inside out and pin any adjustments that need to be made. Remove the cover and make the adjustments on the sewing machine.

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12. Cut a 3cm bias strip from calico to bind the curved raw edges around the chair legs. Pin, and sew, turn the raw edge under by 0.5cm then turn the binding and sew in place. Sew hook and loop tape to both sides of the seam opening.

13. To make the tape casing, turn lower edges of the chair cover in by 4cm, turn in the raw edge by 1cm then sew down close to the edge. Measure up for the tape, thread through the casings with a safety pin.






Jeans for Genes

This Friday 22nd September is Jeans for Genes day in the UK

Half a million children in the UK are affected by a life-altering genetic disorder. Jeans for Genes day raises money to transform their lives. Go onto the web site to find out more and see what you can do to help raise awareness and funds. Jeans for Genes


I have come up with a very simple way of customizing your jeans by using Dylon cold water  dyes.

 You will need

1 pair of clean old faded jeans

2 packets of Dylon cold water dye in Ocean blue and Jeans  blue


bucket to mix the dye

optional (miniature pom pom strip)

you will need




  1. Decided how much of the jeans legs you wish to dye and mark with a pen. I decided to dye 2/3rds of the bottom of the trouser legs. 1/3 was pale blue and 1/3 dark blue. Mix up the paler dye according to manufacturers instructions.
  2. Wet the area of the jeans that you are going to dye
  3. Place the jeans in the dye bath so that both the area that will be light and the area that will be dark blue is immersed. Leave for 45 minutes. Take the trousers out and leave to one side.
  4. Mix the darker dye according to instructions and add to the dye bath. Place the bottom 1/3 of the trouser legs in the dye bath and dye according to manufacturers instructions.
  5. Remove the trousers and wash in the washing machine.




If you want to add a pop of colour add a strip of narrow pom pom to the bottom edge of the trouser legs. I found mine on a child’s scarf in a charity shop so that was 20p well spent.

Wear with pride on Jeans for Genes day Friday 22nd of September