Upcycled Step Stool (IKEA hack)

A few years ago, for some stupid reason, when I bought the IKEA Bekvam step-stool I thought it'd be a good idea to get it in "black-brown". It looks way too dark. If, to that, you add 3-4 years of heavy use (I'm 5 ft 2 so I need it to reach pretty much every shelf and cupboard in the kitchen), it was looking a bit worse for wear. I was going to paint it but didn't want to lose the noce wood grain, so I came up with this.

You'll need:
- IKEA Bekvam step stool (old or new)
- mouse sander
- some paint (I used DIY chalkboard paint)
- wood varnish (I used extra tough floor wood varnish)

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Fox brooch

Shrink plastic fox brooch

I only discovered shrink plastic fairly recently but you can do a lot with it. Plus, it’s very satisfying to watch it shrink (unless it goes wrong, that is). Here’s a quick run through making brooches with it.

You’ll need:

– Sheet of shrink plastic (Mine are clear translucent, but you can get them completely clear or solid colours)
– Marker pen
– Colouring pencils
– Brooch pin (or safety pin)
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DIY Radiator Cat Bed Cover

DIY cat bed cover
(yes, believe it or not, that’s a cat on the picture, not a squirrel)

I’m sure I’m not the only one who got one of those radiator cat beds and the cat has destroyed the fabric. My cat is particularly keen on “kneading” the bed before he sleeps on it, so one of the corners is so worn off the fabric has come apart. I needed a new cover, but didn’t want to buy a new bed just for that as the metal frame is still perfect, so I thought of making one with an old blanket. Continue reading

Tiny Clothes Hangers

Tiny clothes hangers

This is a pretty useless craft project, but by now you’ve probably realised I quite like useless things if they look nice. They could be used as dolls clothes hangers, or just for decoration. It only takes a couple of minutes to make them, which is quite good if you’re as impatient as I am. Continue reading

DIY Ombré Drawers

DIY ombre drawers

I’ve had this cheap chest of drawers for a while now and, after 3 moves and considering how rubbish it was in the first place, it’s in a state. It’s really cheap foil-covered MDF and it came with some chrome effect plastic handles that broke a few months in. I’ve been thinking of getting rid of it for a while, but I needed the drawer space, so I thought I’d have a go at painting it instead of buying a new one. Even if I didn’t do a great job, it couldn’t possibly look worse, so it was worth a try. This is what it looked like Continue reading