My Ercol sofa makeover – finding fabrics and choosing colours

What do you do if you have a sofa but don’t like the colour of the fabric any more? Why, re-cover it, of course! Okay, okay, that’s a rather flippant way of looking at upholstery, but why not give it a go yourself? Especially if the alternative is just to get rid of the sofa and buy a brand new one. By attempting to revamp my sofa, I’ll not only save money, it’ll be keeping a bulky item out of landfill too. Let’s get aboard the upcycling train and try to make the most of what we’ve got, right?

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How to turn a pallet into a driftwood-style bathroom storage hamper

I’ve been working on another pallet upcycling project and this month I’ve been creating much-needed storage for my bathroom. Pallet wood is my favourite material to make furniture from – it’s sturdy, looks much better with just a little TLC and, best of all, it’s free! Here’s how I DIYed a bathroom laundry hamper and sink caddy from a pallet…

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How to make a platform bed from pallets + win a copy of ‘Pallet Style’

If you need a bed but are on a budget, why not make one yourself? Today’s blog post shows you how to build a platform bed on wheels using pallets, with step-by-step photos of the whole process. If, like me, you’re a fan of upcycling and like to build things with pallet wood, the newly published book Pallet Style by Nikkita Palmer and Billy Barker is the one for you. And the great news is that I’ve got a copy of the book to give away to one lucky winner so read on to enter..!

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How to make a funny stalk of sprouts Christmas decoration

Christmas trees? Nah! Santa? Who? We all know that the real star of Christmas is the sprout. Whether you love them or loathe them, they’re the most hotly anticipated visitors on the 25th December and I think they deserve to be celebrated. So I’ve DIYed my own stalk of sprouts, with fluffy green pom-poms and a big stick. Here’s how to make this most-festive-of-all-decorations for yourself…

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How to use heat-transfer vinyl to DIY your own Christmas jumper

I’ve made my own Christmas jumpers this year! What do you think? After a quick rummage in my local charity shop I found three different types of jumpers just calling out to be upcycled, so I thought I’d share this heat-transfer vinyl project with you so that you too can make your own festive jumper this Christmas…

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Low-cost art & craft ideas to create personalised Christmas decor

December is here and if you haven’t already jumped at the chance to put up your tree and make your home look as festive as possible, you might be looking for some more affordable and creative ways to decorate your space for the Christmas period. There are so many amazing ways to put your own creative spin on Christmas decorations and decor, but to give you a few ideas, here are a select few festive arts and crafts you should try this season… 

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How to DIY a retro cocktail cabinet for your festive parties

If you’re planning to entertain over Christmas and New Year, it’s a great idea to have a cocktail cabinet ass a place to serve delicious drinks to your guests. Here’s how to make your own DIY retro bar from an old display cabinet…

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Step-by-step DIY: How to upcycle a rusty old metal filing cabinet

If you long to create the home office of your dreams but have been shocked by the price of office storage furniture, today’s DIY project could be the solution. Here’s how to upcycle a rusty old filing cabinet so that you can add castors for a flexible office configuration, or turn it into a desk with built-in drawers…

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Autumn decor projects to light up your interior this November

Autumn is here, so that means it’s time to get out the kids’ winter clothing, mow the grass one final time, and fill your home with festive decor. But if you’re not quite ready to go full-on Christmas just yet, here are some easy and low-cost ways to decorate your home for autumn using things you already have…

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How to DIY a light-up outdoor bar using pallets & solar fairy lights

If you’re planning a festive get-together over the coming months, this light-up bar would make a great focal point to serve up cocktails. And even better, it’s made from pallets! So get out the drill, pop open that pot of paint and have a go at DIYing it for yourself…

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How to DIY a nautical bathroom cabinet using pallet wood

If you need a cabinet in your bathroom for all your beauty bits ‘n’ bobs here’s an easy DIY cupboard you can make in a day using pallet wood. It’s a great way to recycle an old pallet and mirror, and you can make it any size to suit the space you have in your bathroom… 

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Step-by-step tutorial to make a macramé daybed

Macramé is everywhere these days, isn’t it? I can barely open up Pinterest without pinning countless designs for plant hangers and knotted wall art. Today I’m sharing a step-by-step guide to making your own macramé daybed – it’s a rather impressive project but it’s one that you definitely can make at home.

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Before renovating your bathroom, read this…

Are you excited to renovate your bathroom? Have you been waiting to renovate the space ever since you moved in? Before you start ripping out the suite, take a deep breath and make sure you’re ready to get started. The following are some of the things that you will want to do before anything else..

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4 Tips to keep your home renovation on track

If you’re planning a house renovation, being thrifty and creative are brilliant qualities to have when it comes to making changes to your home. Here’s some advice to keep your renovation moving along smoothly without too much drama…

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Guest Post – How to make a personalised baby onesie

Want to put some love and effort into creating a ‘welcome to the world’ gift for the baby in your life? Today’s guest DIY project by Naomi shows you how to hand make a personalised onesie for the little one… 

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How to make a DIY pallet bench for your garden

Ahh isn’t it nice when the sun shines? Don’t you just want to sit out in the garden and watch the world go by? Here are some ideas for making your own bench (using pallets – a big win for upcycling!) and finding lovely garden furniture if you’re on a budget…

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My quick kitchen updates that made a big difference

If you want to make a big change in your kitchen but don’t have the time (or money!) to completely remodel the room, here are some quick updates you can do in a weekend that’ll make a big difference…

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DIY Patterned bathroom cabinet upcycle

If you want to add a splash of colour and burst of pattern to your bathroom, my upcycled bathroom cabinet project is so easy to make. You can coordinate the design with your existing tiles or create an eye-catching pattern to funk up a plain white suite…

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Household DIY: What is joinery?

It is fair to say that wood is one of the best building materials you can use. But how can you use it to best effect when DIYing your home? Here are some tips on using joinery in your project… 

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5 Little-known disadvantages of renting your home

Today, an increasing number of families rent their homes from private landlords or agencies, by choice, or because they are unable to save up the deposit for a mortgage. I rented for my whole adult life until a year ago and it worked for me for all those years. But whatever your reason for considering […]

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The (almost) DIY en-suite bathroom

Do you have to wait in line in the morning to take your shower or to go to the toilet? Most pre-1990 family homes are built with only one bathroom, which isn’t enough if you need to share it with other family members. It’s time to stop dancing from one foot to the other when […]

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DIY video – How to paint a mountain mural wall for a child’s nursery

If you’ve got a little one on the way and want to decorate their nursery in a creative and non-gender specific way, why not try this mountain wall mural? It’s a project that you can complete in a weekend – which includes drying time – and gives you an impressive feature wall in your child’s […]

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DIY improvements to make my home cosier this winter

Advertisement feature in collaboration with EDF Energy. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own You never really know everything about your home until you’ve lived in it through the winter, do you? No matter how cosy a house can seem in the autumn, or how light and airy it can appear in the […]

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DIY Furniture: How to upcycle a drawer to create a coffee table

Today I’m sharing an easy project to make a DIY wheeled coffee table. My husband made this within an hour, while I was painting another of our DIY furniture projects so I’m sure it’ll be simple enough for any enthusiastic DIYer to make for themselves.

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How to decorate cocktail glasses for a party

Great news – my project on prettifying glassware for New Year’s Eve was published in Reloved magazine this month! Check out Issue 50 for the step-by-step guide to creating these decorated cocktail glasses.

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How to DIY a Christmas tree wall unit

It can be difficult to fit a big bushy Christmas tree into your home, can’t it? Especially if you’re living in a flat (how do you even get it up the stairs?!) or a cosy terrace with Victorian proportions. If you’re lacking in space but still want to feel festive, how about making my Christmas […]

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Sew-your-own Christmas Angel

Remember your childhood Christmas tree – I bet it had an angel on the top, didn’t it? Over the years I’ve spotted more and more stars adorning the tops of our festive trees, but I love the traditional look that an angel adds when sitting at the very top of the tree. So today, here’s […]

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DIY Decorations – Reusable Christmas tree advent calendar

With December 1st fast approaching, I’ve come up with a quick and easy DIY advent calendar that you can make as a family. Plus, it’s reusable so you can refill it with treats every year and will never need to buy a chocolate calendar again! Here’s what you’ll need to make this Christmas tree advent […]

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5 Alternative uses for your old garage space

Now, does your garage actually have a car in it? Or has your garage become a big messy room you use to store all the items you don’t need, but don’t feel like throwing out? And I’m using the term ‘store’ very loosely. In my experience the more likely scenario is that the garage is […]

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Planning a successful home renovation

As you might have seen over the past few months, I’ve been renovating my new home this year. It’s time-consuming, costly and really tiring! But I’m loving the progress we’ve been making. Sure, some home renovations are a waste of money, but not all projects are bad investments. If you can renovate your home properly, […]

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How to upcycle your old Christmas jumpers into cosy fair isle cushions

Do you have a lovely Christmas jumper that you’ve shrunk in the wash? Did the moths nibble their way through your favourite festive pullover? Don’t bin them – you can turn your old knits into Christmas cushions! All it takes is some straight lines of stitching to make cute throw pillows to dress up your […]

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Easy ways to upcycle your rubbish rather than binning it

Our world is changing and it’s more important than ever that we find new and innovative ways to help make it a better, more healthy and restorative place by putting less in our landfills. It only takes a little creative effort to find some amazing ways to recycle the things we already have in our […]

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Cute ghost lanterns DIY project for Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone! While I’m not planning to go out trick or treating or dress up for a costume party, I have spent a little bit of time making some spooky decorations for my home. I thought I’d share my latest Instastory DIY project with you today – how to make ghost lantern jars, the […]

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How to turn a Halloween t-shirt into a spooky cushion

If you want to get into the Halloween spirit (excuse the pun) by styling your home with spooky decor, I’ve come up with a quick and easy tutorial to turn an old t-shirt into a Halloween cushion. You could make a few and use them to dress up your sofa or pop a scary pillow […]

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Quick & easy (and rather silly!) Halloween pumpkin DIY video

If you follow me on instagram @Cassiefairy you may have spotted that I did a quick DIY on my instastory last week. Rather than scooping out a pumpkin and cutting a face into it, this year my Halloween decorations were easier to make and really rather silly too. For anyone who missed my instastory (I […]

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Taking on a Project: Power Tools for Renovating a House

The British obsession with buying and selling property is just as engrained today as it’s ever been. Taking on a project, whether it’s to eventually live in or to sell on for a profit, is more doable than ever – why? YouTube! The video sharing site and the wider world of the internet is the […]

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You know the drill – Top DIY projects to improve your home

If you’re a DIY enthusiast and have become more confident (and competent!) when it comes to tackling jobs around the home it could be a good time to up your game and put your skills – and your tools – to the test. Here are some DIY projects that you might want to consider for […]

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DIY picnic basket, lunch box & flask upcycling project

Have you seen this month’s issue of Reloved Magazine yet? If not, quickly get yourself a copy from WH Smith, Sainsburys, Tesco or Costco, because my picnic project is in the magazine with an impressive double-page spread (and 3 further pages of step-by-step photos, too!) Yes, I’m seriously excited! Not one but three of my DIY upcycles were […]

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Step-by-step guide to help you sew zips & sleeves

Today sewing blog post is a step-by-step guide to sewing sleeves and fitting zips. These handy projects have been extracted from Jules Fallon’s brand new book Complete Dressmaking (published by Quarto Press). I’ve started reading the book this month and I’ve already learnt a thing or two about sewing that I never knew before. It’s […]

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My bathroom renovation project – The “Finished” room

When I was writing my blog post about ways to spruce up your bathroom for summer yesterday, I remembered that I haven’t yet shared the “finished” photos of my bathroom renovation with you. I’ve put the word finished in quotation marks because, while all the plumbing, tiling and painting might be finished, I still need to […]

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Interior design inspiration: Monica’s apartment & how to DIY the room

Ever since I visited FriendsFest last year I’ve been desperate to write an interior design blog post about Monica’s apartment. One of the main attractions of FriendsFest is a tour of the iconic apartment from Friends and, as I walked around Monica’s living room, I couldn’t believe that I was really there. I sat on the sofa, I peeked into […]

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Get creative with lighting – 5 fun projects

Never underestimate the power of great lighting. It can completely transform a room if you do it right. There are plenty of things that you can do with a few well-placed lamps and mirrors to create a lovely atmosphere, but that’s not very exciting. If you really want to impress visitors, why not get a […]

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My bathroom renovation project – Bold blue tiles

Welcome back to another installment in my bathroom renovation – blimey, it’s taking longer than I expected: I thought we’d be done within 5 days but nooo. So far we’ve taken out the old bathroom and prepared the whole room for some new plumbing, tiles and fittings – we’ve come a long way since I […]

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My bathroom renovation project – How to fit a deluge rain shower

If there’s one thing that I thought I’d never do in my life, it was probably fitting a shower in a bathroom. It seemed like such a difficult process and I thought that we’d probably end up with a soaking wet bathroom and no shower. But it turns out that fitting a shower was exactly what […]

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My Lloyd Loom chair makeover is in Reloved magazine!

More fabulous news from Cassiefairy HQ, my latest makeover project has just been featured in Reloved magazine. I hoped that the project would be used when I sent over the photographs of my Lloyd Loom chairs and was absolutely delighted when I spotted a little pic of them on the front page of the magazine! I […]

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My bathroom renovation project – Before + during… eek!

Today I’m sharing some snaps of my bathroom renovation project with you. It’s been a couple of weeks of hard work but we’ve made good progress and things are looking up. So I thought I’d post some photos of how the bathroom looked before we started and what we did to improve the room. I’ll be […]

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Lint roller printing – and my April showers scarf is in Reloved Magazine!

So excited to share with you my latest project for Reloved because my DIY infinity scarf was chosen to be photographed on a model for the magazine! Pick up a copy of the magazine this week to see my step-by-step guide to fabric printing using a lint roller.It’s a doubly-thrifty project because I’m upcycling an old tablecloth and […]

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