My Adventures in Upcycling 2013

Since watching my favourite make do and mender Kirsty ‘Crafty’ Allsop on the telly I am a bit recycle, upcycle mad. This year I have undertake a few projects and thought it was about time I shared them with you. The first that I undertook after our move was to upcycle the wobbly, weather worn garden bench that the previous owner had left behind:

Upcycled Garden Bench

Tools:  Sharp scissors, hammer, screwdriver and a heavy duty staple gun, Oil Cloth/PVC Fabric and Foam padding. To be honest not much planning goes into my up cycling projects it just so of go with the flow and see what happens.

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Up cycled garden bench

I started by painting the metal frame with some Hammerite I found in the garage.

  • Cut the foam padding into strips the same width as the struts.
  • Cut the fabric 2.5 times the width of the struts
  • Then I loosened the struts but left them in place
  • I held the  foam which I had already cut into strips the in place and wrapped the fabric around the strut and staple gunned in place.
  • Once I completed the strut I screwed back into place.
  • Take each strut in turn until all were covered.
  • Used hammer and tacks as required where the staple gun wouldn’t hold or if you want a little more security.

Easy peasy and looks fab even if I do say so myself. I made sure that the oil cloth/pvc fabric completely covered the foam so that water could not get into the foam. Costs:  about £25.00 material and foam. PVC Fabric  purchased from Dunelm Mill.

Upcycled Nest of Tables

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Upcycled nest of Tables

Nest of tables purchased from a charity shop for £3.00. Tools:  Sandpaper, Paint, brushes, Optional : Decopatch paper, Acrylic sheeting

  •   Quickly gave the tables a rub down with some sandpaper I found in the garage
  • Cracked open a left over tin of normal silk emulsion, this was in a creamy colour.  I used soft stone as this matched my living room.  Gave each table 3 or 4 coats so that the lovely brown colour disappeared.
  • I left them to dry and a few days later I placed some decopatch paper underneath the acrylic which I have just placed on top to protect the paint.

Costs – tables £3.00, paint left overs from painting the house, acrylic sheet sheeting came from freecycle, decopatch paper £2.oo from my local shop No Two Things.

Upcycled Wing Back Chair

When I bought these chairs home my husband completely freaked.  They are known as the pissy chairs and this seems to have stuck.  Everyone refers to the pissy chairs.

I have been looking through home magazines and have seen loads of chairs all with huge price tags and thought what the hell, I can do that!  Ha that was until I started.  There has been many swearing session, blood and wine consumed during this process.  It wasn’t easy!

I purchased the two chairs which are slightly different as I didn’t really want matching for the bargain price of £15 each from a local charity shop.  Popped to my local Dunelm Mill and bought 3 metres of fabric (too much I know) but it was reduced to £1.99 a metre so thought I had better make sure I had extra, just in case!  I  borrowed a sewing machine from a colleague at work, then I got cracking.

No pattern no and idea where to start and hadn’t touched a sewing machine since about 1987.  Though I found these LINKS helpful and after reading several versions I went for it.

I started at the top and took it section my section trying to cut rectangles and squares and pinning as I went.  It was a very hit and miss attempt but it turned out ok.  Not brilliant by a long chalk but its ok.

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Upcycled wingback chair – Pissy Chairs

 Now the other  chair will have to wait!

Good luck with your up cycling ventures.  Now I am off to freecycle to see what else I can find.

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I really appreciate your comments and your time. Elaine