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Upcycling ideas in under a day

Lacking ideas to give your space a little lift? We’ve got a few creative hacks up our sleeve...

Top tip

Looking for an even cheaper cheat? Skip steps 2 and 3, and swap the spray paint for a roll of metallic washi tape – it’ll cost a couple of pounds and you’ll have plenty left over.

Brick bookends

Add a dash of glitz to your book shelves with repurposed bricks. Sound strange? Maybe so, but they couldn’t be simpler (or quicker!) to make, plus, the finished effect will be second to none.

Takes 1 hour

You will need

✱ Bricks

✱ Artiste light grey acrylic paint, £1.25, Docrafts

✱ Paint brush

✱ Masking tape

✱ Valspar Metallic Brilliant Gold spray paint, £8.24 for 400ml, B&Q

✱ Newspaper or dust sheets

Total £9.49

1 Paint all sides of the bricks with light grey acrylic paint and leave to dry.

2 Using masking tape, create an even diagonal stripe design on each brick. The taped areas will stay light grey, any untaped areas will be sprayed gold.

3 In a well-ventilated room, cover nearby surfaces with newspaper or dust sheets, then coat the masked sides of both bricks with a thin layer of gold spray paint. Leave to dry, then remove the tape.

We’re edging ever-closer to winter, and with the darker days comes the duller décor, right? Wrong! Call us crazy, but we just won’t settle for anything less than lovely, which is why we set our (also very lovely) designer, Suzie, the task of tarting up everyday objects to add sparkle to our homes; even when the weather’s dreary. She started by overhauling a standard Ikea coffee table; giving it a classy designer look with marble-effect film and metallic paints. She then knocked together a personalised button picture and wowed us with her repurposing of bricks (who knew?). And we mustn’t neglect to mention the mega-cute medicine cabinet revamp on the final page – it’s a statement, for sure.

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About Homestyle

Is it just us, or is autumn an awkward time of year? Don’t get us wrong, it’s pretty as a peach, but we’re still sulking about the sorry excuse for a summer that snuck past, and while we’re (obviously) excited for the impending festivities of Christmas, we’re just not quite there yet. So this year, the HomeStyle team have resolved to embrace the autumn months and all they have to offer. We’ll be donning our best leaf-crunching boots and shopping for the fluffiest blankets to run home and curl up in. In fact, if you’re thinking of indulging in something similar, you’ll love the three cosy living room looks we’ve rustled up (p.66) – they’re suitably snug, and are sure to get you excited for cuddling up in the chilly months to come. If your home’s looking a little worse for wear and needs more than just cushions and candles to get it in shape, then our expert advice on page 60 should help solve some of your house horrors, and our ideas for utilising unusual spaces on page 72 will give otherwise untouched areas of your home a whole new purpose. Talking of horrors, we’re ripe and ready to get pumpkin carving, and have been perfecting our squash-chopping skills ready to whip up the delicious recipes from page 88 onwards. There’s bargain buys aplenty, and did we mention the truly beautiful real homes? You can thank us later...