I’m so pleased to share that this blog has been nominated for the Best DIY and Craft Blog 2015 in the Amara Interior Blog Awards. It means a lot to be nominated in this category as the past year has been a really creative and interesting one as I’ve slowly renovated my first home on a tiny budget and shared all my DIY and Craft makeovers with you all along the way. I’ve loved becoming part of the wonderful blogging community, sharing advice and tips and learning so much from others in the same position. So I wanted to say a big thank you for all the support and encouragement you’ve shown me so far. The shortlist for the awards will be chosen by public vote so I would absolutely love it if you wanted to vote for Style Made Simple here. The winner will be chosen by public vote and voting is open for a few more days!
To celebrate being nominated I thought I’d take this opportunity to round up some of the Craft and DIY projects I’ve blogged about this year, in case you need a bit of weekend DIY inspiration.
1. Chair Makeover: This is a really simple project to have a go at if you’re new to up-cycling. I gave a dark wood vintage chair a fresh new look with a coat of white paint and some smart new fabric. Take a look at the before and after photos here.
2. Copper-Painted Clock: Want to tap into the copper trend? I had a lot of fun with a tin of copper spray paint for this quick update and turned a black plastic clock into a metallic copper one. I also turned my feet, and half of the garden copper at the same time… Take a look at the how-to for a quick and easy weekend DIY project (1 hour max)
3. Bedside Table Makeover: If you’re interested in upcycling a small piece of furniture without the need for any tricky upholstering or fancy equipment, this bedside table DIY makeover will show you how quick and easy it is to transform something with just a tin of chalk paint and a couple of new drawer pulls. Take a look at the before and after photos here
4. DIY Chalk Paint Kitchen Makeover: This was a labour of love as I took my entire kitchen apart over the course of two weekends to paint each and every door with several coats of white chalk paint for a fresh new finish on a £200 budget. If you fancy undertaking a similar project, take a look at the before and after photos and read my tips on what to do and what to avoid.
5. Quick Lampshade Makeover: This lampshade makeover using fabric paint and masking tape was one of a series of craft videos I filmed with the lovely Housetohome team and will take you 1 hour maximum. The how-to for this, along with all the others in the series can be viewed on the craft video tab above.
Craft and DIY projects bring me a lot of joy and I absolutely love the entire process, including sharing them all with you. It would mean a lot to me to be shortlisted for this blog so if you would be kind enough to add your vote you can vote for my blog in the Amara Blog Awards here. Thank you!