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Fill Your House for Free-Episode 2

I’m loving Tuesday nights at the moment-Fill Your House for Free on the TV, and Twitter going mad with people’s brilliant upcycles!

Here’s my round-up of tutorials, if you want to re-create some of the makes from the show yourself.

Painting Furniture
There are lots of tutorials out there for painting furniture, and lots of different types of paint you can use.

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  • There’s a great post I found here on Pinterest that I found about prepping and painting furniture

Tea Chest Chair
Charis Williams made a brilliant chair from a tea chest and an old pallet. I couldn’t find a tutorial, but here’s some more tea chest inspiration!
She also gave the genius tip of painting wood with strong coffee to stain it-what a fab idea!


1. This charm looks very similar to the one that Charis made in the show-I love the funky storage bit underneath! Found on Good DIY via Pinterest
2. Another variation on the chair theme! Via Pinterest
. You could go all out, and have Tea Chest Kitchen Units! Found on Mckay flooring via Pinterest
4. Strap some Tea Chests together to make a great storage/display unit. Found on Homelife via Pinterest
5. Tea Chest Table via Pinterest
6. Tea Chest Storage Seat from Uniche Interior Furnishings
7. Tea Chest Planter via Pinterest

Max McMurdo is perhaps a slightly more ambitious up cycler than maybe most of the rest of us, and does have a liking for using bits from old car engines, and aeroplanes. As you do.
This week, he made a stunning table using a bit from an engine, but also these fabulous shelves from old snowboards. And happily enough, there is a video showing how he did it on the Fill Your House section on the C4 website 🙂

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Between them, the designers do use some pretty fancy kit that not everyone would have at home, but before you rush out and buy an angle grinder, have a look for Tool Hire places nearby, or if you are super lucky, your town might even have a tool library. Tool libraries are awesome, and a fabulous way to save resources and money! They do seem to be more prevalent in the USA at the moment, but I think some Transition towns might have one. If you don’t have one in your town, and think it sounds like a great idea-how about starting one..!  Failing that, sites like Streetbank are a great way of sharing resources and tools between neighbours.

If the show is inspiring you to go on the hunt for free stuff, but you don’t know where to start, I did a blog post last year compiling many of the free sites into one handy page!

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  • Reply Just ask! | My Make Do and Mend Year July 21, 2014 at 8:38 am

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  • Reply lindaswildlifegarden July 16, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    lovely post Jen I was watching hive alive I have to see if I can re watch on iplayer

  • Reply donnerscott July 16, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I love that programme! I’m not a confident wood-basher, though I should be as I was a bit of a CDT prodigy at school… what happened!!?

    That said, OH and I were looking round our house… only a few pieces of furniture were bought knew. We had second-hand, inherited and skipped stuff long before we committed ourselves to our whole downshifting lifestyle.

    Did you see The Men Who Made Us Spend part 1? The presenter had a right go at the boss of IKEA for encouraging people to constantly want to ‘upgrade’ their perfectly good furniture with their ad campaigns.

    • Reply Jen July 16, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      Hoping to catch up with The Men Who Made Us Spend on i-player-sounds like a really thought provoking programme.

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