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Upcycling ideas in under a day

We’re poised and ready for this month’s offering of thrifty makes – we hope you are too!

Lighter evenings mean that there’s no excuse not to dig out that old paintsplattered shirt and crack open a tin of paint to cover, well, anything and everything. Here, Juliet Bawden and Amanda Russell have a few ideas to whet your appetite. Put your stamp on a preloved deckchair and give it a dazzling new colour and an embellished seat to match – your neighbours are sure to be impressed. Or update a room with a fun Matisseinspired wall canvas made from fabric scraps. Hands up if you remember Meccano? We thought so. Why not rummage in the loft and put an old box of pieces to use and make a quirky lamp with a funky bulb and flex?

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If you’ve been busy upcycling things for your home, then we’d love to take a look.

Email us a few snaps, and you could be featured in a future issue of HomeStyle

Insect découpage drawers

To transform this brightly coloured chest of drawers which we thrifted, we opted to give it a creepy crawly makeover using copyright-free images. Découpage is such a fun and easy way to update plain and boring furniture.

Takes 1 hour You will need

✱ Chest of drawers, £35, charity shop

✱ Drawer knobs, £2.50 each, B&Q

✱ Computer and printer

✱ Waterslide decal paper, £2.15, Crafty Computer Paper

✱ Paper scissors

✱ Plain paper

✱ PVA glue

✱ Paintbrush

✱Quick drying matt varnish, £6.99, Homebase

Total £54.14

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About Homestyle

Breathing new life into your home gives you the chance to really challenge your creativity – especially if you want statement style on a shoestring budget. This issue’s four real homes show just how far you can let your imagination soar; from Rebecca McNamara’s hand-painted willow mural (p.20) and Clare Morton’s unifying monochrome scheme (p.26), to Morgan’s fabulous floral staircase (p.43) and Corinne’s unique ways with vintage fabrics (p.50). Cover girl Joanna’s kitchen is a masterclass in getting a designer look for less (p.100) – you won’t believe her worktops aren’t marble! Plus Lisa’s hallway (p.94) and Jane’s bathroom (p.106) are crammed full of incredible ideas to transform the smallest areas in the house. Speaking of small spaces, many of us are making our rooms work double-duty to get even more bang for our buck. Whether that’s an office/bedroom or a living room/dining area, we’ve got savvy tips to squeeze every last inch out of your home – without scrimping on style. Turn to page 72 to get started. Also, there’s decorating inspiration a-plenty on page 66, where we get to grips with three different floral trends, and six pages of painted wall fabulousness on page 60. Enjoy the issue!