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?”

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”

Mother’s jam pan vegetable basket

It’s Mother’s Day and only fitting to show one of my favourite household/ garden items that I have found another use for. I actually have both my mother’s and grandmother’s jam pans. My grandmother’s is a stunning brass affair found in my hall. My mother’s, shown in picture, has found a more practical use andContinue reading “Mother’s jam pan vegetable basket”

Parquet and black pipe side table

If using parquet is a labour of love then this table was my most extreme upcycled project to date. My original vision was for a pair, I even made two matching tops. There was so much time and hard work in making this table I haven’t yet got round to making the second!  I doContinue reading “Parquet and black pipe side table”

Pallet planter course

Many things I discovered through trial and error.  However, some things I was taught.  My wife, as a present, bought me a community pallet planter making course.  Run through the community programme Cultivate Oxford I have used this as the basic template for all planters since. It was a fun day out, even although weContinue reading “Pallet planter course”