My latest up-cycling project!
Compilation photo showing before and after
Found this beautiful old chair being thrown away.
So I rescued it!
Cleaned it up,
Sanded it down,
and gave it a new lick of paint!
I love up-cycling, as I got to give an old chair, a second life.
You never know the history of something, and you could save it from being thrown to scrap. And I have a beautiful chair for my dressing table now too!
Close-up photo showing carving detail
I love the carved detailing on the legs, by doing a light coat of white on top, and leaving the dark wood in the grooves brought the carving out in its full glory!
And, it fits perfectly with my up-cycled dressing table!
(See photos below!)
Close up of finished chair
Wide shot with up-cycled dressing table
Up-cycled dressing table
I up-cycled an old wooden desk into a vintage map inspired dressing table
I have always loved old maps, and as I have recently moved to London I used an old map of London on the draws to add character and personalise it
I bought the large mirror, with refurbished wood frame, from a charity shop
When my brother was moving out, he needed to dispose of this old wooden desk and I wanted to give it a new home rather than see it get thrown away
I liked the style but the old varnished pine look is quite dated and didn’t fit into my room
So I decided I would up-cycle it into a dressing table for my room!
Photograhs showing the desk transformation
Desk before make-over, with equipment used
Clean and sand desk
Paint white (or chosen colour)
Attach maps to draws and apply protective layer of PVA glue
Sewing jars, candle holder, heart pegs and greetings cards
Sewing jars, greetings cards and candle holder
We just celebrated my Mums Birthday and she loved the variety of wrapping paper and envelope colours she received, so I made bunting out of her favourite ones as a permanent reminder
Mums Birthday presents and drawing
Mums Birthday Bunting
I bought a bright pink stool at a carboot-sale to decoupage
I bought a vintage ‘Rupert the Bear’ children’s book to cover the seat
And used pages from another children’s book on the legs
Rupert the Bear children’s stool, with Vintage children’s toys
Close-up on childrens stool
When I bought these pegs at a carboot sale, they were a scruffy dark brown wood, but I could see the potential in them
I sanded them down and painted them this calming blue to give them a new lease of life
Baby blue pegs with hearts
I was given a beautiful buttons jar with pin cushion top from Liberty for my birthday, and I was inspired to create my own
I washed and removed labels from old glass jars.
I attached stuffing and patterned material to the lid to create a pin cushion
I used ribbon and other decoration to give them an individual style
Lastly, I filled the jars with buttons, beads and other sewing pieces
Vintage peg memo boards or key hook boards
I created these music and vintage inspired organisers, with hooks for keys and pegs for memos
I have always loved old maps, stamps and anything else really!
Music sheet Vintage inspired note boards
Close-up of Vintage inspired note boards
I cut planks of wood into sections and sanded the edges
I made holes in the back so it can be hung on a nail on a wall
I glued vintage maps or music sheets to the front
I painted wooden pegs in bright polka-dots to add a modern edge, to act as a memo holder. And attached to the boards
I then attached a variety of decorations including; stamps, buttons and vintage style drawings
PVA glue top coat to secure decorations
I added hooks on the bottom of some to act as a key hook
Music brings us to life and can evoke many emotions. I collected vintage music sheets as the covers and sheets are beautifully designed. So I decided the create some unique greetings using original music sheets
I created these cards out old music sheets, to give them a second life
Music is such an important part of many peoples lives, it can portray emotions and inspire memories
What better way to celebrate someones Birthday than with a song that reminds you of them!
Compilation of Music sheet greetings cards, on a background of Vintage Music books
The cards are displayed on a background of some of my favourite pieces from my Vintage Music sheet collection
Close-up of Music sheet greetings cards
I have always liked collaging, for these cards I wanted to play with perspective by incorporating objects of different scales to a background of a similar theme
I created these cards using images I cut out of old magazines
I wanted to experiment with scale and perspectives to create images with depth and charecter
They’re each completely unique and personal to you
They’re created using recycled materials, great way to use unwanted magazines and create something unique and beautiful!
Selection of collage greetings cards
Look through your favourite magazines and cut out a selection of different objects you like
Choose a background image and choose objects that fit with the theme
Place the different objects on your background, try to build up a story or theme
Play around with perspectives and scales to give it a twist
Once you are happy, glue them together
To ensure pieces do not unstick, apply a top coat of sticky-back-plastic or PVA glue
Collage greetings cards displayed with other craft projects