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Upcycling ideas in under a day

Get your teeth into this month’s round-up of innovative upcycling makes – tools at the ready!

Top Tip

When painting, spraying or using glue, make sure you set up outside – on a nice day of course, or in a well ventilated area so you’re not breathing in any harmful fumes.

Hooray, it’s the month of May, which means two bank holidays! And what better way to spend your well-earned days off than by updating your pad with some thrifty new additions? If you’re stuck for ideas, Juliet Bawden and Amanda Russell have plenty of inspiration for you over the next five pages. If you’ve only got a spare hour, whip up an eye-catching art canvas or a stylish storage box. Or for those with more time, try making an asymmetric coffee table or paint up a chair with a cleverly transformed drop-in seat.

p89 Bright ideas, fresh for spring

p87 Designer DIYs for less

Drop-in chair

We discovered this old chair in a charity shop for just £10. It was begging for some TLC, so we thought we’d paint it bright green, then covered the drop-in seat using a pretty patterned tea towel.

Takes 4 hours

You will need

✱ Charity shop chair, £10 Q

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Transforming your home on a budget? You’ve come to the right place. Begin your bargain hunt with a stop-off on page 6, where you’ll find the best décor buys the high street has to offer – starting from just £2. Next, get your fix of design inspiration with our four fabulous real homes; Rebecca Hadley’s stairs (p.16) and Janice Issit’s bathtub (p. 46) are feats of creative magic. Steph and Abbi on the HomeStyle team have completely demystified the dark arts of DIY on page 61, from tool box starter kits and tiling masterclasses to solving your worst decorating disasters. For those DIY-ing to add value to your home, flip to page 80, where we’ve brought a whole new meaning to packing on the pounds – you’ll be totally amazed by how easily (and cheaply) you can send your asking price through the roof. Elsewhere, cook up a storm with frozen produce (p. 72), read our ultimate guide to wooden flooring (p. 96) and explore the many different ways you can upcycle and embellish junk shop finds with Juliet and Amanda on page 83. And lastly, our super stylist Pippa is back with three fun room ideas with print and pattern (p. 90) to give our schemes a whole new spin. Enjoy.