Making, Making Do

Fill Your House for Free-Episode 3

July 23, 2014
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I really hope that you have all been enjoying Kirstie Allsopp and team, as they introduce a whole new audience to the wonders of Upcycling and Buying Nothing New in Fill Your House for Free!

Episode 3 was jam-packed, as usual, with some great ideas-some easily replicated by you and I, and others perhaps needing a bit more in the way of equipment and balls to pull them off!
Here’s my round-up of some of the projects in the show, and some links to tutorials if you fancy having a go yourself!

Homemade Window Shutters
In the show, Lee Baker came up with the idea of making some shutters to provide some ‘window dressing’. I’ve had a quick look on  scoured Pinterest and found this tutorial on I Love that Junk:
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Lampshade Makeover
Kirstie did a brilliant lampshade makeover-she stripped a traditional lampshade back down to the wire, and then wrapped ribbon around the frame. I think she must have been reading the blog, as it’s very similar to what we did to make our Lampshade Christmas Tree..!

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Kirstie gave a great tip, which was to use thin double sided sticky tape to secure the ends before starting to wrap. And then it’s pretty easy-you can use ribbon, or tear fabric intro strips, either way it looks pretty cool!

Bannister Coat Rail
On the C4 website, they feature a tutorial by one of the designers each week, walking you through one of the projects from the show. This week, Lee Baker shows how to make a coat rack from a scaffold plank and some bannister fixings:

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Fish Tank
Charis Williams came up with a very cute upcycle of an old computer monitor, by turning into a fish tank! If you want to do the same, there is a tutorial here on Intructables:
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Upcycling or tarting up old furniture can often involve painting it, and there were several mentions of paint recycling schemes like Community Re-paint. I’ve had a quick look at their website, and it looks FAB! So fab, I think it deserves a whole blog post to itself, so keep your eyes peeled for that :)

I love that just with one little sentence, Kirstie can flag up and introduce schemes like Community Re-paint, that are doing such a brilliant job. She also attended a Give and Take in this episode-these are brilliant events, and again, warrant another blog post all of their own.
So a HUGE thankyou to Kirstie and the whole team behind Fill Your House for Free, for bringing the wonderful world of re-loving, upcycling, and Buying Nothing New out of the (secondhand) wardrobe, and shining a big fat (upcycled) light on it for all to see!