CraftBlogClub Challenge – Upcycle Children Clothes for a Memory Keeper

I decided to take part in the CraftBlogClub Summer Challenge, which was to complete an upcycle challenge of your choice.  You can read more about the challenge here.  The host of this challenge was Jenniffer Taylor queen of the #sewingrevolution.  So I decided to use one of my sons little shirts, you know you always have a favourite little outfit they wore and don’t like to throw away ….. so I wanted to keep this and use it as wall art for his room.  It would be something I would have of his to keep.

So this was the shirt …. there are little anchors running through it and it was cotton so an ideal medium to embroidery something on it.  So I decided to keep with the nautical theme and used this design from Kelly Fletcher’s “Embroidered Home” Book

How to upcycle your childrens clothes to wall art to display

How to upcycle your childrens clothes to wall art to display

I traced it onto a sheet of Sulky sticky fabri solvy , peeled it off and stuck it right on the material.  This product is great & acts as a stabilizer as well.  You then rinse it off with some water when finished your stitching.

Here’s some progress shots ………

How to upcycle your childrens clothes to wall art to display

And the finished result……. all hooped up and ready to hang.

How to upcycle your childrens clothes to wall art to display

Have you used something of your childrens as a keepsake ? Any other ideas ? Id love to hear.

Till next time

Maura x


Upcycled Cable Reel Table

I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of these old cable reels for free – yah go me! they have become so popular now for upcycling.  People are now charging extortive money for them!

I wanted one for my garden, as the table we had, had seen better days and was literally falling apart. So here is my before picture, I had just started sanding it.

Upcycle cable reel table

and here it is all finished and sitting nice and pretty in the garden, with some flowers that I wish I could say I grew in my garden but ahem no ….


I decided against painting it, I know! major shock for me too! I just gave it a good sand down with my trusty hand sander.  I left the wording on it and left it a bit rustic and rough looking.  I then gave it two good coats of wood decking oil, left it to soak in and thats it!

Here’s a few shots of the work in hand.

Upcycle cable reel table

A nice effective upcycle and there’s even a little hole to put your umbrella in, result !

Upcycle cable reel table

So have you used a cable reel in any project? I’d love to try a smaller one for a coffee table.

Till next time ….

M x


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How to Upcycle Kilner Jars or any Jars

I love these little jars, especially when painted & distressed. The Americans have Mason jars, we have these!

Here’s some I recently did ……

Upcycle your Jars with chalk paint & napkin decoupage, even some folk painting - tutorial

Upcycle your Jars with chalk paint & napkin decoupage, even some folk painting - tutorial

Upcycle your Jars with chalk paint & napkin decoupage, even some folk painting - tutorial
So if you want to try your hand here’s how …..


  • Jars of course!, doesn’t have to be the Kilner ones by the way, but try & get some that have a bit of detail on them. I like using the Bonne Maman jam jars too.
  • Paint; I use chalk paint, it’s easy to distress but you can use acrylic or some people use paint specifically for glass.
  • Foam brush, I prefer to use these as they don’t leave brush marks.
  • Sealer; I used Americana Decor Creme Wax, it’s a lovely creamy wax varnish, great to work with & gives great results, but you can use regular varnish too.
  • Fine sandpaper or try a nail file
  • Napkins & glue if you want to try some decoupage on the jars.

Ok, let’s get started.

  1. First up make sure your jars are cleaned thoroughly, maybe run through the dishwasher first and remove any stickers.  Some people rub them with spirits first but I don’t and they work out just fine.
  2. Choose your paint & give the jar about 3 coats of paint, let it dry in between the coats. Paint in one direction.  On one of the jars, I originally painted it pink and then gave it 2 coats of grey and sanded it to bring out the pink.
  3. If you are going to decoupage then match the paint to your napkin, click here to read more on trying out decoupage on your projects or try a bit of painting on the jars, I did a small bit of folk art painting on one.
  4. If you are happy with the coverage then you can begin to distress.  Using your fine sandpaper or nail file , lightly sand over the detail on the jar, I worked on the name & the tag bit to the front. You don’t have to distress, you can leave it as is too. I just love distressing things!
  5. Once you are happy with the look, it’s time to seal the jar , I gave the jars 2 coats & let them dry in between. It gives the paint a nice finish & brings out the colour more.

Remember these jars are only for display purposes & you can’t put them in the dishwasher.  Just a wipe of a damp cloth should do, if needed.

You can use these for so many things & try different techniques  ….. Here’s a few more I did a while back.  Works great on tin cans too.

Have you tried to do these ? Did it work out?

Decoupage tin: with a paper napkin, paint and some gold leaf, distressed & a bit of twine for effect
Upcycle your Jars ... heres how with paint and decoupage
Upcycle your Jars ... heres how with paint and decoupage
I have a Pinterest board on upcycling your Jars/Tins here, have a peek for some inspiration.
Till next time ..!

Upcycle your Jars with chalk paint & napkin decoupage, even some folk painting - tutorial

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Giveaway prize from the Crafty Mummy Blog …. so here’s what I did

I recently won a giveaway from the Crafty Mummy blog, yah me! I never win anything, in fact the last time I won something was back when I was about 12 years old and it was an umbrella ….. ugggh so, to say I was delighted was an understatement and especially as it was all crafty stuff.  So I got my box of goodies, thank you Kasia by the way …..

This was the prize (picture from The Crafty Mummy Blog)


and here’s what I did ………….

Upcycled Jars

I painted & decoupaged some of the Jars and tried some folk art painting on one.  My hooks & pens are taking pride of place in these.



I decorated some of these little wood cut outs with some paint and more folk art hearts






Upcycled Jars


Upcycled Jars

With the ribbons and hesin & other little bits, I decorated some more jars that I use for my craft supplies.  All prettied up now.

There was some chalk board paint included so I upcycled one of my old kitchen doors and put it in my craft room.  This paint is amazing by the way, its goes on so smooth, much better than other brands I have used in the past.

UPcycled Kitchen door into a chalk board Blackboard paint





If you want to read more on The Crafty Mummy blog, please hop over, she has a great crafty blog and I am loving her stuff.  She also has recently started up a new business venture called The Cute Kitsch, which is a monthly craft subscription box full of craft goodies! So please do pop over and have a peek.  Wishing you all the best Kasia.

Till next time folks!




It was a cot, now it’s not ….. an upcycle project!

Upcycled project, how I turned my old cot into a hanging rail

We had an old cot  ready to be dumped, we couldn’t sell it on or gift it, as himself sat on it one night, whilst reading a story &  forgot he wasn’t a lightweight & broke the lats so that was the end of the cot bed! It  was a swift move into the big bed for the small fella.

So it was left sitting in our garage for a while along with various other crap projects. The front and end pieces were perfect so I decided to use one piece as a hanging rack.  Here’s a before picture.Upcycle project, how i turned one old cot bed into a hanging rack. Tutorial and pictures.

and here’s the end result.

Upcycle project, how i turned one old cot bed into a hanging rack. Tutorial and pictures.

Gather your supplies and for this project I used the following:

  • Bin Zinsser, which is primer, sealer and stain killer
  • Wood filler, to fill in the old screw marks
  • Some nice wrapping paper.
  • Mod Podge or PVA Glue
  • Paint, I used a tester pot of Valspar paint called Shy Girl, it’s a nice dusky pink
  • Hooks or knobs,  I had these lying around (as you do!)
  • Gold leaf and glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Stencil
  • Embossing Paste & some acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  1. I started firstly giving it a quick rub down and a light sand.  Next, I used the Bin to prime the piece, this stuff is great, as it provides a surface to hold the paint.  Leave your windows open as it’s quite strong and smells terrible.  I left this to dry.
  2. I used the wood filler to fill in any old screw marks
  3. I then painted the piece with the Valspar paint, I gave it three coats in total and left it to dry between coats.
  4. I cut my paper to match the indent on the top part of the cot.  I only had enough paper for this part otherwise I would have used it on the second indent. I used some mod podge and glued this on and again I applied the mod podge on top of the paper to seal it. Here’s a close up of the paper. Upcycle project, how I turned and old cot into a hanging rack, Pictures/ Tutorial
  5. I had only 2 of the ribbon hanging hooks but I decided it needed another hook.  I had this old door knob, so this would go in the middle. The other long one in the picture was used for purely decoration purposes.  I used some gold leaf on the knob and distressed it a bit to match in with the other hooks. Upcycled Cot6
    Upcycled Cot10Upcycled Cot8
  6. These were then screwed into the piece.
  7. I felt the end indent was a bit bare and I wanted to try out some embossing paste I had, so I mixed in a bit of green acrylic paint to the paste and applied it to the stencil. I left this to dry overnight.  This give the stencil a raised 3D look.  I used a tiny bit of bitumen I had to give the stencil an old look to blend in with the hooks and the paper.
  8. I slightly sanded down the piece in places to give it a distressed look, not much though.Upcycled Cot3Upcycle project, how I turned and old cot into a hanging rack, Pictures/ Tutorial

There you go, all done! What do you think? Have you tried any upcycling lately?

Upcycle project, how I turned and old cot into a hanging rack, Pictures/ Tutorial

Header pic from Barn Images

How I upcycled my Writing Bureau

Hey there, as promised here’s my take on upcycling an old writing desk or if you prefer bureau!

We had this old writing bureau in the back back room as we call it, well…. because it’s a room in the back of the back room! Dont ask! That’s a whole other post!  Let’s get back to it, it  was left abandoned there along with a load of other old crap. Doesn’t everyone have a room like that in their house, that you just dump stuff into?? Please say you do?!

It was a nice piece, but had not been used in many many years.  Eventually when I got around to clearing out, said room, I kinda liked the look of this cabinet.  Big and spacious and loads of space to hide store my craft stash.

Upcycled Writing Bureau Tutorial : The Start

So my vision for this cabinet was to paint her a bright colour on the outside but to leave the inside in the wood.  There is a pull down shutter to the front of the cabinet and there is also a pull out leaf so it’s a great craft cabinet! I decided to try out some stencilling on the shutter and on the pull out leaf.  I saw some pretty cool wood stained stencils over at the ambitious procrastinator, she has some great tutorials.  So I thought, this was the perfect project to try it out.

Ok, lets talk supplies, I used the following:

  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Antibes Green
  • Annie Sloan Clear & Dark Wax
  • Sugar Soap
  • Sander
  • Sandpaper
  • Stencils
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Wood Glue
  • Stain, I used Indian Rosewood
  • Soft cloth or brush


  • First off, I cleaned cabinet down with some sugar soap and let it dry
  • I gave it a sand down with my sander, there was a lot of marks and dirt on it.
  • Next up, I used the wood glue to fix back any loose bits, there was a small strip hanging off at the bottom of the drawer.
  • I usually give any pieces I do an undercoat or some kind of primer but this time I decided not to do this step, as first of all its chalk paint and you don’t need to prep.  I don’t necessarily believe this, as I think if you prep your pieces first they will last a lot longer, but anyway I had no primer & no patience so I just brushed on the paint.  I find AS paint to be quiet thick, so I did water it down somewhat and it goes on a lot easier.  So after 3 coats, yes 3 it look in total, it was ready. I decided to leave the lips on the drawers in the wood, I just painted the drawer fronts.
  • After each coat, I gave it a light sand.  I like the look of the paint after you do this.  I distressed the piece in places, harder in some areas and lightly in others.  I like the shabby look.
  • I then used the clear wax all over, I love how the paint looks after you wax it. I decided to age it a bit so I used the dark wax after the clear in places.  Just by dabbing the wax on and rubbing it off again it gives it a nice old look.
  • I decided to try out the wood stain stencil on the pull out drawer.  I positioned the stencil and used a stencil foam thingy (you know what I mean!) with the glue. I let this dry.  It was a nice effect but it wasn’t very obvious to see.  Maybe my stain was too dark ?Wood Stain Stencil Effect Tutorial
  • After that I decided to use white acrylic paint on the stencil for the pull down shutter and try to show off the stencil.  Again, I positioned the stencil and instead of the glue, I used the paint. Left it to dry and yes, this time I was happy with this result.
  • Next up, I needed to stain the pull down shutter over the stencil.  I used Indian Rosewood stain.  Just a small piece on your cloth or brush and rub it into your piece.  Do this in small bits at a time until you are finished.  Let it dry and lightly wipe off any excess.  I lightly sanded where the stencil was to give it a slightly distressed look.
  • I also stained the lips of the drawers and in the end I stained the inside part of the desk too as there was a slight difference between the wood colours.

So here’s the final result!

Upcycled Writing Bureau Tutorial : End Result

Upcycled Writing Bureau Tutorial : Final Result !

Sorry about the state of my floor but I did fix it up after this project, to see what I did have a read over here

I just wallpapered my floor !

So hello! First post and all that so please be gentle!

Going to chat today about wallpapering your floor, yep that’s right I said wallpapering your floor!

I am in a facebook group and wow the amount of feedback and queries I have had on this subject was great so I decided to kick off my first post telling you all about it.

So here’s a few pics to give you a visual aid.

Pic 1 – yep pretty crappy floor there, it was just a cheap laminated floor, nothing special, it wasn’t really kept well, lots of marks and paint stains …. hey don’t judge my housekeeping skills.

Wallpaper Floor - Before


Pic 2 – This was the final result. I love love it! So clean and bright looking, it totally transformed the whole room.  This room is now my craft/office/hiding space. Yes it’s my space, no kids, no husband allowed!

Wallpaper Floor Tutorial, yes it can be done !

Wallpaper Floor - Before

So here’s how I did it.

Gather your supplies

  • Wallpaper of your choice.
    I got mine in my local store, nothing fancy about it, just really liked the pattern.  Also spotted it in B&Q.  It was called distressed wood. I used 3 rolls and had some left over.
  • PVA
    I used Contractors Grade PVA adhesive and sealer. It came in a 1litre bottle.  I mixed it with some water before I applied it to the floor.  This bottle was enough for my whole floor. You can get this in your local store.
  • Knife
    I used this to cut the wallpaper if it was needed at any angles or any funny corners that needed trimming.
  • Paste Brush
    I used this brush to apply to PVA to the floor.  It’s a wallpaper one but you could use any brush really.
  • Wallpaper Brush
    This was used to smooth out the wrinkles and any kinks when laying down the wallpaper.
  • Varnish
    I used polyurethane floor varnish.  This was a water based varnish in clear satin, not a fan of gloss.  Extremely tough & hard wearing so it says on the tin! This is what I wanted, plus its non-yellowing.
  • Roller/Brush & Tray
    I used the roller to apply the varnish but I also used the brush, kinda went between them. I felt with the brush it was soaking in more and I was able to get into corners and angles.

Here’s a nice picture of the supplies!


Wallpaper for the Floor



Next up, my method so here goes

  • Prepare your floor, I just washed it down and hoovered it, made sure there was nothing sticking to floor, no dirty sticky bits.
  • When the floor is ready, measure up your wallpaper. I just got himself to hold wallpaper down the length of the floor and cut across.  Nothing fancy, no measuring tools used here, we winged it!
  • Now you apply the PVA to the floor and spread it out, then lay your wallpaper down. Make sure wallpaper is lying flat, no bubbles, no kinks.  I had help with this process. Got himself to hold the wallpaper while I spread the glue and smoothed it out.  Ok Ok he was on the floor doing the grunt work while I issued instructions from above.  Sure I had to hold the paper straight!  We did this in stages going down the length of floor.
  • At the edges you can cut and smooth any bits level to you skirting boards.
  • When the floor was all covered with the wallpaper, I left it to dry overnight.
  • Final process! Get your varnish out and lather it on. On the first coat it just soaked into the paper. I let this coat dry completely. I did 6 coats of varnish in total, making sure each coat was dry before I did the next coat
  • That’s it! Move your furniture back, sit back & admire your handy work!

It’s been a couple of weeks since I did this and so far so good.  No tears, no bubbles.  I have some heavy bits of furniture in that room and I was wondering if they would tear the paper when moving back, but no everything held.

So in a nutshell, result! This project didn’t cost me a lot, and took the guts of a week.  It was a pain in the backside moving all the furniture out and back in again though

I am wondering will it last long term.  So maybe in a couple of months i’ll post back with a follow up.  What you think?

Costs involved
Wallpaper : I used 3 rolls @ €24 each
PVA : 1Litre bottle @ €6.75
Varnish: 2Litre tin @€33

Here’s more pictures of the finished result.

Wallpaper floor tutorial ! yes on the floor!

All done !

Wallpaper Floor - After

If you have any comments or if you did something like this, please do comment and tell me. Thanks for reading !