Win a copy of Upcycle

Upcycle: 24 Sustainable DIY Projects (£15.88) is a brand new book published this month that is just going to wow lovers of upcycling.

Laurence King Publishing have just released Upcyle by Rebecca Proctor. It is full of original, do able, interesting high end upcycling projects and it is  rather fabulous.

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I love a bit of upcycling but sometimes it an look a bit rubbish can’t it? Let’s be honest here. But these projects well they dont look like rubbish at all really they are works of art. Check out these amazing upcycled plastic bottles….

Flowers that last indeed!

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Ot how about learning to make this beautiful cross stitch chair?

 

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All you have to do is  follow the designers’ individual step-by-step instructions . I thought this could really interest the readers of Thrifty Home!

Other projects include a clever waterproof mat woven from marine rope, a geometric lampshade made of strips of Tetrapak carton, a hanging rail using leftover copper plumbing pipe  and many more. With clear illustrations and how-to diagrams, each project is easy to follow and complete at home.

I’m really enjoying this book and feel inspired to have go. i think you will too!

 

How to win

 

I have 2 copies to give away..simply complete the rafflecopter below for a chance to win

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  1. iain maciver
    August 3, 2015 / 2:59 pm

    my chair

  2. Gill Barwood
    August 3, 2015 / 3:16 pm

    My 2 Lloyd Loom chairs, found thrown out many years ago, and repainted many times!

  3. Paula Barker
    August 3, 2015 / 3:18 pm

    My dressing in the kitchen, which I have painted a bright red

  4. Darrell
    August 3, 2015 / 3:22 pm

    My favourite piece is an 8 drawer chest of drawers that I bought from a boot sale for £10 and have repainted it & upcycled it and it now looks really impressive 🙂

  5. lucky cat
    August 3, 2015 / 3:44 pm

    My pine blanket boxed I’m currently up-cycling 🙂

  6. JULIE WARD
    August 3, 2015 / 3:47 pm

    Corner wardrobe in back bedroom

  7. Allan Wilson
    August 3, 2015 / 3:48 pm

    We have an antique sideboard that I just love.

  8. Claire D
    August 3, 2015 / 4:44 pm

    I love my corner leather sofa

  9. Tracy Nixon
    August 3, 2015 / 4:46 pm

    I have a cuddlechair (it is larger than an armchair but smaller than a two-seater).It is so soft and I just sink in the middle! It is a great size for me and my chihuhua to snuggle up on! My kids call it mam’s cuggle chair!

  10. Sarah Spencer
    August 3, 2015 / 5:06 pm

    My Sheesham 12 Drawer Storage Trunk/Coffee Table

  11. Alison Hammond
    August 3, 2015 / 5:38 pm

    I would love this book to get some fab ideas for my tired, lacklustre home

  12. debbie smith
    August 3, 2015 / 5:51 pm

    my brother got an old bedding box witch he gave me i painted it and placed fabric squares on it i really do love it now and so glad i decided to keep it x fab giveaway

  13. michelle banks
    August 3, 2015 / 6:32 pm

    I LOVE MY BED X

  14. laura stewart
    August 3, 2015 / 6:35 pm

    has to be my bed 🙂

  15. Hayley Atkins
    August 3, 2015 / 6:45 pm

    An old brown leather corner suite which is more comfy than my bed!

  16. nicola clarkson
    August 3, 2015 / 6:54 pm

    my dressing table

  17. kelly holden
    August 3, 2015 / 6:56 pm

    My sofa!

  18. Emily C
    August 3, 2015 / 7:33 pm

    At the moment my favourties are my two pine wardrobes and matching drawers in my bedroom. They were given to me by my aunt and I’m looking forward to finding something interesting to upcycle them soon.

  19. Shirley Evans
    August 3, 2015 / 8:16 pm

    The smallest table from my nest of tables,its uses are numerous,childrens eating place,colouring/painting table,coffee table,card table

  20. LESLEY BRADLEY
    August 3, 2015 / 8:43 pm

    My sewing box on wheels which doubles as a padded footstool

  21. Amanda A
    August 3, 2015 / 9:19 pm

    My writing bureau which I bought from a second hand junk shop all unloved and very dark stained wood.
    I removed its grubby knobs, sanded it, primed it and painted in a dip-dye/two-tone forest green effect finished off with pretty floral knobs 🙂

    Its my most favourite piece of furniture as well as the cheapest!

  22. Colette
    August 3, 2015 / 9:47 pm

    Love up cycling ,re spay my pine bed to old English white for a rustic effect

  23. Jean Vaughan
    August 4, 2015 / 5:15 am

    A lovely old sideboard bought by my husband & I in 1978 for our first home. It was the apprentice piece belonging to the owner of the house we were buying so totally unique, made in oak, scarred and worn but loved and cherished.

  24. Lisa J
    August 4, 2015 / 6:08 am

    A set of drawers that we worked on for one of the kids bedrooms

  25. Kasia
    August 4, 2015 / 6:55 am

    Coffee table

  26. August 4, 2015 / 9:14 am

    I love my dressing table – it’s a vintage kidney bean one with a glass top 🙂

  27. charlotte
    August 4, 2015 / 9:32 am

    my fave piece is a footstool that we keep putting different fabric on just with the stapler

  28. Ash walbridge
    August 4, 2015 / 10:14 am

    I love my bed lol.
    Don’t get to see it often enough with 4 children buy I love just snuggling up and watching tv. Plus it’s gorgeous x

  29. Rachel Butterworth
    August 4, 2015 / 10:36 am

    My bed.

  30. Kirsti Peters
    August 4, 2015 / 2:18 pm

    Deffo my trunk that we use as a table

  31. August 4, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    my chair in my bedroom

  32. Maxine G
    August 4, 2015 / 4:33 pm

    My battered old toy box/blanket box, passed down through the family with lots of memories!

  33. Anthony G
    August 5, 2015 / 12:18 am

    I’m struggling to think of a “favourite” piece. I don’t think I have one. Possibly my makeshift bedside table that I put together. 🙂

  34. Ruth Harwood
    August 5, 2015 / 6:36 am

    the bedside cabinets because I’ve upcycled them myself 🙂

  35. August 5, 2015 / 7:41 am

    My favourite item in my home is my sofa. I bought it from a secondhand store for a very low price & wasn’t sure if it was even going to fit in my room – I didn’t measure it before buying because I fell in love with it. It’s like the ideal ‘coffee shop’ sofa & really squishy so I love sitting on it & pretending I’m in ‘Friends’, haha!

  36. judy kennedy
    August 5, 2015 / 10:54 am

    My chinese cabinet that I have had for over 20 years, it cost nothing weighs a ton & is stuffed full.

  37. Emer Fogarty
    August 5, 2015 / 1:14 pm

    My 1960s Louis XI reproduction bedroom set; shabby chic!

  38. August 5, 2015 / 2:46 pm

    I upcycled a Welsh dresser and love how it came out

  39. K KAUR
    August 5, 2015 / 2:51 pm

    My sofa is my fav piece it’s so comfy and lovely.

  40. Penni
    August 5, 2015 / 2:54 pm

    I love the ‘table’ I am currently resting my laptop on. It was once upon a time the stool for an organ, but has turned itself into a really decent wooden table which can open to put things inside!

  41. Julie Booth
    August 5, 2015 / 3:45 pm

    an old wood veneered chest of drawers which was very solidly made. I stripped it down and painted it light blue and it is gorgeous now.

  42. Louise A
    August 5, 2015 / 3:48 pm

    My favourite piece of furniture is a vintage (antique?) piece of furniture that I inherited when my dad died. Its about 10 feet long, in 2 sections which is hung on the wall and made up of lots of drawers, shelves and a tiny cupboard. Great for putting my sewing bits and pieces in and different odds and ends like pencils etc.

  43. Helen Adams
    August 5, 2015 / 4:46 pm

    Definitely my bed!

  44. Lisa Parker
    August 5, 2015 / 4:54 pm

    My bookcase, as I love its simple style and I have many interesting little bits on it. x

  45. August 5, 2015 / 5:14 pm

    The sofa. It’s leather and now after a couple of years it is starting to look good.
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  46. Simon Childs
    August 5, 2015 / 6:17 pm

    My Fave Armchair

  47. Louise A
    August 5, 2015 / 7:00 pm

    My computer chair!

  48. Francesca
    August 5, 2015 / 8:11 pm

    I love my vintage chest of drawers. My gecko vivarium sits on top of it for all to see 🙂

  49. Amanda
    August 5, 2015 / 9:07 pm

    My wooden bed as I got it second hand and it had a very bad paint job where the wood had bled through so I sanded, primed and painted it and it now looks lovely!

  50. dawn deacon
    August 5, 2015 / 9:20 pm

    My very comfy bed, with my amazing wool filled British Made Mattress.

  51. Soph H
    August 5, 2015 / 9:32 pm

    My sideboard which I got at an auction very cheap!

  52. Minnie15
    August 5, 2015 / 10:28 pm

    My coffee table 🙂 x

  53. Amanda Hart
    August 5, 2015 / 10:48 pm

    I love my table and chairs in my dining room

  54. Hassina Begum
    August 6, 2015 / 12:25 am

    I love my bed

  55. carole n
    August 6, 2015 / 9:05 am

    chest of drawers in my spare room, filled with all my handicraft equipment and bits and bobs.

  56. daria morgan
    August 6, 2015 / 11:19 am

    i love my Conran writing desk, Its a lovely oak wood with a leather covered drawer. it sits perfectly in the corner of my bedroom. love it!

  57. leanne weir
    August 6, 2015 / 4:26 pm

    my slob settee!

  58. Lyla
    August 6, 2015 / 5:44 pm

    I love my captains chair

  59. damian thomas
    August 6, 2015 / 8:55 pm

    My bean bag 🙂 just comfort

  60. Caroline Blaza
    August 6, 2015 / 10:00 pm

    Has to be my bed. x

  61. Caroline H
    August 6, 2015 / 10:31 pm

    Got to be my Lloyd Loom ottoman that i found by a bin many years ago and brought home on the bus!

  62. Debbie Nichols
    August 7, 2015 / 11:08 am

    I have a dresser that was my friends parents, then hers, and now mine. I know that one day I will give it a refresh and it will be like having a whole new piece of furniture.

  63. Diane Anderson
    August 7, 2015 / 6:30 pm

    An old Parker Knoll chair I have had for years

  64. JEANETTE KEMP
    August 7, 2015 / 8:43 pm

    My late parents bedroom furniture

  65. fozia Akhtar
    August 7, 2015 / 9:18 pm

    My gorgeous comfy tub chair

  66. claire little
    August 7, 2015 / 9:26 pm

    my dining table.

  67. REBECCA EVANS
    August 7, 2015 / 9:47 pm

    A small quirky table that reminds me of the Magic Wishing Chair from the Enid Blyton book – it has the same legs! 🙂

  68. Donna
    August 7, 2015 / 10:14 pm

    an antique oak bureau I inherited from my great-grandparents. I’m hoping one day to also inherit the matching bookcase which currently sits in my nans lounge (although not too soon of course!!)

  69. janine atkin
    August 8, 2015 / 8:19 am

    my desk in my little office.

  70. Laura Nice
    August 8, 2015 / 12:18 pm

    My sofa, It was £20 and is as good as new! 🙂

  71. Daniel Stacey
    August 8, 2015 / 2:01 pm

    My sofa

  72. donna l jones
    August 8, 2015 / 4:10 pm

    my armchair

  73. Rick Carr
    August 8, 2015 / 5:03 pm

    My old computer desk

  74. claire woods
    August 8, 2015 / 5:54 pm

    My sofa.

  75. Joanna Butler-Savage
    August 8, 2015 / 8:42 pm

    my bed – its so comfy

  76. Katie Witherington
    August 8, 2015 / 9:43 pm

    has to be my bed!

  77. Troy Ratcliffe
    August 9, 2015 / 10:44 am

    My personal “dad” chair

  78. August 9, 2015 / 10:45 am

    My sideboard

  79. Pamela Gossage
    August 9, 2015 / 11:51 am

    A Tallboy made of Burr Walnut

  80. Lizzy Cooper
    August 9, 2015 / 12:29 pm

    My favourite piece of furniture is my 20’s dark wood, barley twist table with mix and match chairs found from all over the place!

  81. Donna Caldwell
    August 9, 2015 / 12:48 pm

    My sofa

  82. Amy Jane Beckett
    August 9, 2015 / 1:41 pm

    Love our rocking chair

  83. Sue Dorking
    August 9, 2015 / 1:56 pm

    Love my old bookcase which I’ve painted and lined the back board with old wallpaper

  84. karen Howden
    August 9, 2015 / 2:18 pm

    love my television cabinet

  85. liz ferguson
    August 9, 2015 / 5:18 pm

    my vintage bed (with modern technology mattress .. best of all worlds) xx

  86. christine WESTLAKE
    August 9, 2015 / 6:21 pm

    An old orange box that my grandmother turned into an ottoman during the 2nd world war.

  87. Pam Francis Gregory
    August 9, 2015 / 6:36 pm

    Love my welsh dresser

  88. Joanne Greer
    August 9, 2015 / 6:42 pm

    My fave piece would be my big comfy sofa

  89. Barbara Handley
    August 9, 2015 / 7:50 pm

    My bedroom furniture is third hand and I am busy renovating it at the moment. Hope to have unique items when I have finished. I am new to doing up furniture but have been inspired by Kirsty Allsop.

  90. August 9, 2015 / 7:56 pm

    An old bureau that my grandparents bought when they married some time before 1910. It means the world to me.

  91. MichelleD
    August 9, 2015 / 8:27 pm

    My setee, it’s so comfy and so stylish!

  92. Sam Cornford
    August 9, 2015 / 8:52 pm

    My dining table. Where we all sit together, I love family meal times.

  93. A.E. ADKINS
    August 9, 2015 / 10:04 pm

    Sideboard – not yet upcycled! & bedside cabinet successfully upcycled.

  94. Colin Gault
    August 9, 2015 / 10:28 pm

    My bed 🙂

  95. Kerry Smith
    August 9, 2015 / 10:33 pm

    My sofa it’s battered and scarred but so darn comfy

  96. Keith Hunt
    August 9, 2015 / 11:03 pm

    A very large oak bookcase.

  97. August 9, 2015 / 11:33 pm

    My bed is my fave piece of furniture – however my fave upcycle project is my bedroom chair 🙂 I got an old grotty looking chair from freecycle – recovered it in a gorgeous piece of pink and gold material (from a charity shop for a massive price of 50p!) I sprayed the metal frame gold with left over paint from xmas decs and drilled holes in 6 golf balls which I also sprayed gold and then fitted to each of the feet and either side. It looks fab and is very comfy and unique noone else has the same seat 😀

  98. Victoria Prince
    August 10, 2015 / 7:00 am

    The bureaux I inherited from my grandparents 🙂

  99. zoe somerfield
    August 10, 2015 / 7:02 am

    A repro medical cabinet which houses my medical collection

  100. Emma Fox
    August 10, 2015 / 7:33 am

    It has to be my sofa

  101. August 10, 2015 / 7:38 am

    My marble coffee table,it’s oblong and quite low and looks so good.The other thing is that I have young grandchildren and it’s perfect for them having meals.They can also draw and paint there as nothing marks it,any spills or mess can be just wiped away x

  102. Diana
    August 10, 2015 / 7:54 am

    Our wardrobe

  103. Andrew Grange
    August 10, 2015 / 9:00 am

    An old wooden trunk. It has so much character.

  104. Keshia Esgate
    August 10, 2015 / 9:06 am

    I love my bed!

  105. Susan P
    August 10, 2015 / 9:10 am

    My favourite piece of furniture is my bed, 🙂

  106. Stephanie Whitehouse
    August 10, 2015 / 9:41 am

    I’ve just made a footstool from an old futon mattress and curtain fabric

  107. Spencer Broadley
    August 10, 2015 / 9:41 am

    My sofa to lounge on with the laptop

  108. Gina Gould
    August 10, 2015 / 11:38 am

    My favourite piece of furniture has to be our two-seater sofa. Great way to unwind after a long day at work 🙂

  109. Hannah Igoe
    August 10, 2015 / 11:46 am

    I have a table made of books, I love it because its different and fun

  110. Jill fairbank
    August 10, 2015 / 12:02 pm

    My sofa just pity I can’t sit down so long to enjoy it

  111. Jeanette Davison
    August 10, 2015 / 12:05 pm

    My settee. I love to curl up on in to relax and it being a bed settee it means my son and his family can come to stay with us often

  112. Lauren Old
    August 10, 2015 / 12:09 pm

    My favourite piece is an old fashioned chair which still looks great!

  113. Vickie Jackson
    August 10, 2015 / 12:35 pm

    My dresser 🙂

  114. Kathryn Casbolt
    August 10, 2015 / 12:58 pm

    My three piece suite. Although now very shabby and wrecked by an over zealous cat it is still so comfortable. I feel it could become my first upcycling project 🙂

  115. Fiona K
    August 10, 2015 / 1:09 pm

    my favourite piece of furniture is an old chest with brass decoration that we bought over 40 years ago. It gets better looking every year and has built up a lovely greenish tinge round the edges of the brass.

  116. Melanie Burton
    August 10, 2015 / 1:54 pm

    My Rocking chair

  117. Greig Spencer
    August 10, 2015 / 2:17 pm

    love my bed lol

  118. Averil Lea
    August 10, 2015 / 2:44 pm

    My favourite piece of furniture is my corner cabinet where I store all my china ornaments.x

  119. Wendy Guy
    August 10, 2015 / 3:01 pm

    My favourite piece of furniture in my house is my wooden bed.

  120. August 10, 2015 / 3:57 pm

    A Lloyd loom chair I bought 25 years ago it’s been everywhere I’ve lived since and painted more times than I can remember

  121. jo liddement
    August 10, 2015 / 4:36 pm

    My favourite piece of furnature in my house is an original oak Art Deco sideboard which I found in a junk shop for £40.It was covered in layers of dirt which I painstakingly cleaned off and after lots of beeswax rubbed in looks beautiful and is so usefull.

  122. Clare B.
    August 10, 2015 / 5:11 pm

    I love my bed because it was a second hand bargain on ebay and it gorgeous french carved oak.

  123. Leesa Dunn
    August 10, 2015 / 5:24 pm

    My Sofas

  124. Katherine
    August 10, 2015 / 6:12 pm

    To be honest my favourite piece of furniture is my bed!

  125. Natasha jones
    August 10, 2015 / 6:28 pm

    My Art Deco leather arm chair bought off a Woody Allen film shoot 🙂

  126. Janet T
    August 10, 2015 / 6:32 pm

    I love an edwardian table that I picked up. It is now my TV table 🙂 I won’t paint as it would destroy the patina. But I’m always looking for ideas for upcycling other things.

  127. Susan Pringle
    August 10, 2015 / 6:52 pm

    The Drawers I have in the living room

  128. Kristina Trick
    August 10, 2015 / 7:16 pm

    I love my coffee table that I wood burnt a heart design onto.

  129. Jodi hill
    August 10, 2015 / 7:27 pm

    A toy box I painted for my son, I decorated it with stars 🙂

  130. Jessica Townley
    August 10, 2015 / 7:38 pm

    My fave piece of furniture is my huge bouncy chair! Mega comfy and did I mention it was bouncy! 🙂

  131. Kirsty Woods
    August 10, 2015 / 7:44 pm

    My bed

  132. LEE HARDY
    August 10, 2015 / 7:51 pm

    my daughter’s desk.

  133. Zoe Coen
    August 10, 2015 / 8:09 pm

    my trunk that’s been passed down from my grandma

  134. Petra Beck
    August 10, 2015 / 8:12 pm

    I’ve got this huge wicker chair which is just perfect for curling up with a book!

  135. Catherine Gregory
    August 10, 2015 / 8:26 pm

    My wardrobe which I purchased for £20 from a charity shop and upcyled it myself. Still learning a lot about upcycling but enjoying it

  136. Jason Langford
    August 10, 2015 / 8:30 pm

    My nan’s old horse hair armchair – still the most comfortable in the house!

  137. Corinne Peat
    August 10, 2015 / 8:35 pm

    A chest of drawers in my bedroom

  138. Caroline Signey
    August 10, 2015 / 8:58 pm

    I have a gorgeous shabby chic set of bedside drawers that I adore

  139. Hayley Lynch
    August 10, 2015 / 9:00 pm

    Its an 88 year old library table which my Grandmother had as a wedding present ..mu Auntie had it then she passed it on to me

  140. Natalie Crossan
    August 10, 2015 / 9:05 pm

    my chair xx

  141. Laura Vitty
    August 10, 2015 / 9:22 pm

    My 1930s walnut bedroom set… I love the cuteness of his and hers wardrobes, even though I have them both to myself! And to top that all off, I got the two wardrobes and the dresser for £26 on eBay! Beats IKEA stuff any day.

  142. Ruth Wollerton
    August 10, 2015 / 9:29 pm

    My vintage chaise lounge xxx

  143. Chris Fletcher
    August 10, 2015 / 9:30 pm

    Mine is an old folding table I found at a charity shop. Was a bit of a mission getting it home but well worth it!

  144. Mary Chez
    August 10, 2015 / 9:32 pm

    My dining room table.

  145. Holly Boyd
    August 10, 2015 / 9:34 pm

    I have a beautiful old unit in the dining room which I love however it does need to be resuscitated.

  146. Katie Hodges
    August 10, 2015 / 9:43 pm

    I love my bed! We spent a LOT of money on it and it was worth every penny.

  147. Tressa Herriott
    August 10, 2015 / 11:08 pm

    My copper table which was my grandparents , it’s a pain to polish but when clean looks gorgeous

  148. Karen Kerner
    August 10, 2015 / 11:15 pm

    I’d like to reupholster my old sofa to modernise the look.

  149. Leanne Hansell
    August 11, 2015 / 1:38 am

    The sofa

  150. Cerys John
    August 11, 2015 / 8:32 pm

    Grandfather clock passed down the generations 🙂

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