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Upcycling ideas

Upcycling is a great way to divert waste away from landfill and make a positive impact on the environment. It also allows you to express yourself creatively, while sharpening your DIY skills. This page showcases my latest upcycling ideas. If you need some inspiration, have a look through, and maybe you'll come up with some ideas of your own.

Upcycled bookcase
I spotted this bookcase in a house clearance. It was so old and battered, for a split second I thought about leaving it behind. But then I remembered what Woodwork Matters is all about, and I decided to give it... Read more
Bureau desk - Side view open
I was lucky enough to retrieve this vintage bureau desk from a house clearance in my street. It had been gathering dust in a corner for about 50 years, so I thought it would be nice to give it some... Read more
Vintage upcycled chest of drawers
I knew it would be a good day when I noticed a house clearance on my street. The owner was moving into a care home and the family wanted to get rid of all the old furniture as quickly as... Read more
Sewing box
As I was raiding a skip for off-cuts, I spotted this sad looking sewing box looking up at me. I’d never worked on one before, and structurally it was in surprisingly good shape so I grabbed it and took it... Read more
Welsh dresser completed
The welsh dresser is a traditional type of kitchen furniture dating back to the 1600’s. Originally the drawers and cupboard would have been used for food storage, with the work surface being mainly for food preparation. Then as times changed,... Read more
Upcycled coffee table with hinged top
I was lucky enough to spot this tired looking coffee table at the local recycling centre. It was dirty, dusty and covered in scratches and bits of paint. However it was structurally in good condition. So I took it home... Read more
Windsor dining chair close up
While dropping off some rubbish at the local dump I couldn’t believe my eyes when I came across 4 of these lovely windsor dining chairs. And I knew that with some care and attention they could be restored to their... Read more