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Upcycle a vintage chair with Junk for Joy

March 1, 2012

If you love breathing new life into old things then this book, Junk for Joy, is for you, says craft journalist Clare Kelly. Our favourite ideas from the book include how to upcycle a vintage chair (below).

If you’re a bit of a collector and are often described as ‘someone who can’t throw anything anyway’ then rest assured, author and green campaigner Siân Berry is here to help. Junk for Joy! is all about being resourceful but stylish and each project is designed to look good in your home, literally taking trash and turning it into treasure.

how to upcycle a vintage chair

How to upcycle a vintage chair

I love this idea beautifully photographed by Sarah Cuttle from the book.

Kitchen cupboard revamp

One of my favourite projects is the ‘kitchen cupboard revamp’ illustrating perfectly how paint can really transform a tired (but trusty) cupboard. And for those of you who collect wine corks and have pondered what to do with them, how about the ‘memo board’ – a great way to repurpose those neglected corks.

There are also lots of ideas which would work well as house-warming gifts such as the ‘padded chair transformed’ – it looks stunning but doesn’t take as long as you might imagine. In fact, you could pick up some cheap chairs in a junk shop and transform them all in about half a day.

Feeling inspired yet? Pick up a copy of Junk for Joy! and you soon will be.

junk for joy book

Junk for Joy! by Siân Berry is published by Kyle Books, RRP £16.99.

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1 Comment

  • Peony and Thistle March 1, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    This looks like a book which is just up our street! We love upcycling too! Will have to look out for it in the bookshops. Thanks.

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