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Up-cycling, Thrifting and Make Do and Mending!

July 12, 2012

Has anyone else noticed a massive influx of vintage home style on the high street? It’s everywhere! Having bought and renovated a new house this year I am even more obsessed with home decor than usual, and have loved decorating and furnishing my new home to my taste. But the high street really isn’t the only option for a vintage shabby chic look. This style can be created, cheaply and ethically, by almost anyone.

I wanted to share a few of my recent projects just to show how easy it is. I love to buy furniture and fabric at car boots and charity shops and not only does the money go to people who need it, it also gives me the opportunity to own one-off pieces and learn new skills. The real secret is to have an eye for an items potential. I see old dark wood furniture all the time that really wouldn’t suit the look I’m going for. However carved features and nice shapes can really be brought out with a little paint.

Take this dark wood side board for example. I bought it for £80 from my local British Heart Foundation furniture shop.

Here it is again painted antique white. Such a beautiful piece of furniture for under £100!

We had so much fun doing it as well, and it only took a couple of days.

Here’s a few of our other recent up-cycles…

The chest of drawers cost £20 and we painted it with Laura Ashley pink and the gorgeous dresser was £70 and painted cream and pale duck egg.

Theres no reason to stop at furniture here’s a few things I’ve made recently…

The lavender bunnies were made from an old cardigan and stuffed with lavender from the garden and the stuffing from an old cushion, The pin cushion was made using an old tea cup and a scrap on fabric, and the clips are made from old dresses and my daughters love them!

I made this cushion using fabric patches and its backed with the fabric from a vintage pillowcase which I bought in a charity shop for 75p! The cushion pad inside was £1.50 from Primark.

Lastly here’s a skirt I made for my daughters teddy using an old dress and my net curtain cut offs.

I hope I’ve inspired you with a few of my ideas. I have so many unfinished projects underway at the moment including my antique chest and two victorian chairs. So will hopefully be able to post some more pictures soon.

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    July 12, 2012 at 10:58 am

    What stunning pieces of furniture – good quality and excellent prices 🙂

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