I’m super-excited to be today’s host of Hester van Overbeek (from craft blog Hester’s Handmade Home)‘s blog tour to celebrate the launch of her new craft book, Furniture Hacks. Released on August 13th, this book is full of projects that mix crafts and DIY to make new pieces from bits you might find lying around the house. It’s upcycling with a modern edge.
The 35 step-by-step projects Hester shares in the book are grouped by room – living room, kitchen and dining room, bedroom, home office, and outdoor space. They range from larger pieces such as a modular bookcase, kitchen island (made from an old cabinet, this project is genius) or four-poster bed, to Hester’s ‘Instant Updates’, one of which is her garden candles which I had a go at making myself following the easy-to-follow instructions in the book (p132). At the back of the book there’s a very handy ‘Tools and Techniques’ section which is full of great information if you’re not a DIY-pro.
As a big fan of junk shops and car boot sales, Furniture Hacks is right up my street. I’ve always loved mixing old and new in our home, and Hester’s hack ideas are creative and achievable (both from a DIY and a financial point of view). I’ve definitely got some things I’ll be looking out for on my next junk shop visit with an eye to tackling more of her projects – an apple crate is top of my wish-list to make myself an apple crate coffee table (p120). And if we ever get our garden sorted, I want to build Hester’s outdoor bench, made from decking boards (p128).
Furniture Hacks and other creative updates for a unique and stylish home by Hester Van Overbeek is published by Cico Books, priced £14.99.
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