Free festival for all


Don’t miss the family-friendly Festival of Thrift in September, with two packed days of activities The UK’s national celebration of sustainable living is back for another year, looking to be bigger and better than ever at its new venue of Kirkleatham Museum and Grounds, near Redcar on Teesside. Over the weekend of 17-18 September, The […]

On the market


If you haven’t visited yet, you’re in for a treat… It’s an online marketplace for vintage and pre-owned design furniture as well as a popular lifestyle blog where you can get loads of inspiration for your home and garden. A family business run by a mum and her two daughters, Layer started from the […]

Party time: The #UpcycledHour summer gathering


You may be aware that between 8 and 9pm every Tuesday evening, there is a Twitter-based gathering of upcyclers who chat, show off their latest pieces, and talk about all things repurposed under the hashtag #UpcycledHour. Hosted by Chris Billinghurst, the hour is proving very popular. She says, ‘#UpcycledHour is a real community of professional […]

Colour pop


Who says colour is just for interior decoration? You can now have a garden as multi-coloured as Joseph’s coat thanks to the new range of Garden Shades paint from Cuprinol. It has been specially developed to colour and protect sheds, fences and other garden wood and there’s a whopping 93 shades to choose from, with […]

Mirror, mirror


The mirrored Art Deco style is everywhere at the moment, so we were very excited to discover Rust-Oleum’s Mirror Effect spray, which can achieve that look in an instant. Available in gold or silver, the spray gives a unique coating that is applied to the reverse side of glass or acrylic to create a reflective […]

New ways with wax to try


On our shopping list this month are black and white chalk paint waxes – the latest products to emerge from the Annie Sloan studio. You’ll be amazed at what a difference they make to the finished look of your upcycle. Using the black wax after painting with bright colours is perfect for achieving a warehouse, […]

Book Review: The Beach Book: Loads to do at lakes, rivers and the seaside


The Beach Book: Loads to do at lakes, rivers and the seaside Authors: Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield Publisher: Frances Lincoln Limited Price: £9.99 Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield previously published “Loads to do with” Sticks, and Wild Weather. Now it’s the turn of lakes, rivers and the seaside. This “how-to” guide is about discovering […]

Living in an upcycled world


If you’re in need of some instant upcycling inspiration, look no further than – a creative company based in Scotland which gives people the skills, knowledge and confidence to upcycle, through online tutorials, tips, events and workshops. If you live in Scotland you’ll be pleased to hear that runs creative reuse workshops in […]

Dates for your diary: August


✽ 5­–7 AUGUST DECORATIVE HOME AND SALVAGE SHOW Cheshire Showground, near Knutsford Expect to find the best in reclaimed and salvaged materials, garden furniture and statuary, restored and upcycled furniture, period home fixtures and fittings, decorative and architectural antiques and industrial items. Details: Tickets £5, under 16s free. Available to buy on the door. For […]

Preview of issue 33

Napoleon's Surrender

In issue 33 Lindsey Harrad is rifling through Kirstie Adamson’s recycling box and exploring how this exciting eco-collage artist is turning torn pieces of paper into masterpieces such as Napoleon’s Surrender below. Pick up your copy today.