Category Archives: Upcycling

A rusty frame

My second attempt at upcycling

A few years ago, while clearing an overgrown corner at the bottom of the garden, I came across a small rusty frame made out of racking; something that my dad would have put together. I can’t remember seeing it in use in the garden, but I hung on to it, thinking it might come in handy one day. Two years on, I decided to have a go at making it into a table for the garden. The table didn’t need to be anything too fancy as all I plan to do is put pots of plants on it. Continue reading


Upcycling an old ‘chair’

There’s a programme on the BBC called Money for Nothing. It’s about saving items that are about to be thrown away and enlisting some of the UK’s finest craftspeople to turn the said items into something beautiful, functional and profitable. I’d like to think that I’m pretty good at recycling, but since I started watching the programme I’ve really thought differently about what items I throw away and what items I might be able to repurpose. Perhaps it just satisfies my inherited desire to hoard things because ‘they may come in handy one day’.

Terracotta pots

We’ve had some beautiful weather in the UK this summer and during one such spell, I set to work clearing an area at the bottom of the garden, which had become a bit of a dumping ground for anything and everything. How I wish I’d taken some ‘before’ photographs so you could see what it was like. There were lots of terracotta and plastic plant pots, a dismantled concrete coal bunker, two old plastic dustbins, lots and lots of different types of stones, plants that had long since died and an old wooden, ahem, ‘chair’ that was covered in bin bags. Continue reading