Wicker cat dome cable tidy

One of the annoying things about British houses is that the phone sockets are always in the hall. I fondly remember my childhood sat in a freezing hall calling friends. Thankfully we now have cordless phones and you can call people from the comfort of your sofa. The problem is that the phone still needsContinue reading “Wicker cat dome cable tidy”

Losing your marbles?

Not much time to make things with a seven month old baby filling the hours. Appropriately, this week’s upcycle involves the marbles from my childhood. Placed in a vase, they make a nice ornament in our bedroom. Shame they are a horrendous dust trap. Might be a few years until it’s safe for the babyContinue reading “Losing your marbles?”

Water tank raised vegetable bed

This amazing old water tank was found in the corner of our new garden. I dragged it from the wall, lined with plastic and filled with compost. It looks great, a shame it isn’t in a more prominent place, but I found after constructing the structure for the garden. For the last couple of yearsContinue reading “Water tank raised vegetable bed”

Markets around the world

My wife and I are both keen travellers. Having visited over 70 countries, one of our favourite past times is meandering through markets, enjoying the noise, colours and occasionally the smell. These places are bustling with activity. Some countries have specialities, most have food, others zone their markets by theme- such as metals or fabrics.Continue reading “Markets around the world”

Upcycled chalk painted chest of drawers

Slowly continuing the preparation of our new baby’s nursery. I had already made a toy chest from pallets and upcycled a wardrobe. Next up was a chest of drawers- these were also handed down and saved from the skip multiple times. The upcycling was pretty simple, with a different shade of green chalk paint completingContinue reading “Upcycled chalk painted chest of drawers”

Upcycled IKEA billy bookcase

These IKEA bookcases most be one of the most upcycled pieces of furniture ever. My attempt was light green in the inside and dark on the outdoor. It was old wall paint and then varnish. I had a plan to stick maps on the inner, buy never got round to. It was probably one ofContinue reading “Upcycled IKEA billy bookcase”

Reclaimed timber garden table

I have written before about my scaffolding garden benches. A pair of scaffolding tables were made at the same time. These were early upcycling creations and their flaws have created rustic charm. When we moved into our new house, my wife was keen for garden furniture, refusing to buy, I set to work with reclaimedContinue reading “Reclaimed timber garden table”