Roadside furniture renovations

Chest of Drawers

Hard rubbish is a suburban treasure trove of potentially adorable pieces of furniture just waiting to be adopted! Turn shabby hard rubbish into a cute centrepiece with a little help from TW’s (and probably more from Bunnings):

  1. Find a piece of hard rubbish made from reasonable quality timber and check for borers (wood-eating insects) and major chips. Remove any handles or knobs so they don’t get ruined during sanding/painting.
  2. Sand your piece of furniture so the paint will adhere nicely to it (ensure any greasy stains are sanded off completely). Then pop down to Bunnings or your local hardware store to get some paint for timber surfaces and apply several layers, ensuring you allow the timber enough time to dry between each layer.
  3. Hop online or to a homewares store, like Provincial Home Living, and buy some decorative knobs to match your paint – or mix them up for a quirky look. If you feel like going all-out, buy some pretty wrapping paper or scented drawer liners to place in the bottom of your drawers to protect delicate silks from wood splinters.
  4. Screw in your knobs or handles and add your drawers liners and voila! A rescued, rejuvenated and adorable unique piece of furniture!

 Hard rubbish footstool revamp

I found an old, cheap and rather nasty looking foot stool on the side of the road, much to my husband’s dismay. I covered it in some lovely striped fabric and now it’s so smart looking! The cover is also removable, so you can wash it too : )


  1. Find an old, but clean, piece of furniture, such as a footstool or armchair to recover. Granny might have one? Don’t worry about the cover, but the shape is important and make sure there aren’t any mice living in it ; )
  2. I make patterns using newspaper and this will assist you to work out how much fabric you will need. I place pieces of the newspaper over the piece of furniture and pin it in place. Then I cut it out in newspaper and then use it as a pattern to cut it out of material. If you are using thinner fabric or linen which could stretch a little, it’s good to also include a non-stretch backing fabric to hold it in place and protect it. I got my fabric from no chintz in Balmain.
  3. Pin the fabric together over the furniture to make sure it fits snugly then tack sew together. Make sure that once you’ve checked your cover fits perfectly turning it the right way around, before you hem your edges. Some fabrics can fray very easily and your cover will need to put up with some wear and tear if it’s going to be sat on all day so hemming helps with this.
  4. Lastly pin then stitch on any trimmings. Pom-poms and fringes look particularly delicious on fat little foot stools and armchairs!
  5. If you think your cover might move around with lots of people lounging on it all day, you can sew some ties under the chair/foot stool where you can’t see them to hold the cover in place.

Cuteness ahoy! (just don’t put your smelly socks on my foot stool Henry!)