Upcycled Creative is an award winning small business founded by Lee Richards in 2012 in response to witnessing the sheer number of items that could have been recycled being thrown away. He set out to show that reclaimed items could be given a new lease of life whilst helping the environment.
A trend that is becoming increasingly popular when designing and decorating homes is upcycling furniture. It brings with it several environmental benefits such as reducing the production of raw materials and reducing waste sent to landfills. It also gives people the opportunity to create a unique style in their homes through attractive vintage furniture that can’t be seen anywhere else.
There is a financial benefit to upcycling. Rather than purchasing new expensive furniture, it is much cheaper to purchase older materials which can be transformed into beautiful furnished items, or so it may appear.
Vintage furniture should be properly examined for woodworm prior to purchasing or salvaging it. Woodworm will not just damage the vintage furniture it currently lives in but could possibly spread to other items of furniture and even the timber frame of your home.
Woodworm is a common name for the larvae of wood boring beetles and these beetles will eventually emerge from any furniture they have lived in as grubs and find a suitable place to mate and lay eggs. Therefore, it is important that anyone looking to upcycle furniture knows how to identify woodworm before bringing vintage furniture into their property.
SIGNS OF WOODWORM
Burrow Holes and Tunnels
Keep a close eye on small burrow holes in the wood. These small holes will resemble those in a dart board and are a clear indicator that the furniture has been infested with woodworm. However it is worth noting that while these holes are evidence of an infestation, this could be the result of a previous infestation that is no longer active. These holes are where beetles have burrowed out of the wood so it is unclear if any more remain in the furniture.
You may also notice raised “tunnels” within the furniture. This is an obvious sign of woodworm as it is evidence of the beetle’s journey within the timber.
Fine Powdery Dust
Fine, powdery dust also known as frass may be evident near the exit holes, on the back of or on the underside of the vintage furniture. Frass is the faeces left behind by larvae beetles and is a clear sign your furniture is infested with woodworm. This material will be similar to moist sawdust.
If the woodworm is not treated, there will be an ever-increasing amount of burrow holes and this will cause the timber to appear crumbly as a result. Crumbly edges suggest that the infestation is a long-term problem and therefore must be treated fast to avoid further damage to the furniture.
Dead or Alive Beetles
If you find beetles emerging from the wood or dead beetles in close proximity of the furniture, this is a guarantee that the furniture has been infested with woodworm. The most common “woodworm” beetle is the Common Furniture Beetle which is small and brown in colour and die after mating so it is not uncommon to find dead beetles near the furniture or even in parts of the furniture such as drawers.
MY FURNITURE HAS WOODWORM – WHAT’S NEXT?
If you are looking to purchase vintage furniture but notice the furniture has evidence of a woodworm infestation, then it is recommended that you do not go ahead with the purchase due to the dangers of the woodworm spreading and seek advice prior.
Mothering Sunday falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent and was a day when children who worked as domestic servants were given the day off to return home. Along the way they might stop to pick wildflowers, presenting a small bunch to their mother on arriving home. It originated from the time when, once a year, people were expected to return to their mother church (home church). Mother's Day is marked today with the giving of cards and presents, including flowers.
If you're looking to treat your mum this Mothers' Day then why not give a gift with a difference this year? At Upcycled Creative we have a “Fusion” gift set that includes a brush and pot of paint, enough to paint a couple of bedside tables. It is also suitable for beginners, coming complete with step-by-step instructions. With Fusion Mineral Paints there are over 50 colours to choose from and all are easy to apply and provide great coverage giving an impressive matte finish. “Little Star” is a yellow Fusion paint bringing to mind daffodils or choose “Coral”, Pantone's colour of the year, which resembles the colour of roses.
If you're looking for something that bit more special then why not consider booking a place on one of our furniture painting or upholstery workshops. These are all-day workshops where your mum will learn the necessary skills to work on a project before taking home her very own finished piece. The workshop even includes a delicious lunch.
We can also create bespoke workshops personalised to your specific requirements. Whether it's a particular upcycling project or a workshop that includes afternoon tea and cakes, just pop in to our shop in Wirksworth or give us a call and we will help you create your perfect gift.
Make this Mothers' Day one to remember with a gift that promises to be as unique as your mum.
Light up the life of your loved one with a unique gift this Valentine's Day. If you're looking for something different then why not let Upcycled Creative take the hard work out of finding that perfect gift that's guaranteed to wow the special person in your life.
Whilst flowers and chocolates may be traditional, a quirky lamp from Upcycled Creative will last long after the roses have wilted and the chocolates have been eaten!
Love Heart feature by Melanie Lozon, a fellow Fusion Paint Stockist; Duchene Paint & Accent Alley of Wallaceburg, Southern Ontario, Canada.
If you'd rather be creative and give a gift you've made yourself, choose Fusion Mineral Paint'sFort York Red and Cranberry. The paints require minimal preparation work, are easy to apply and give exceptional coverage – you don't even need to apply a top coat. Using the paints you can create the perfect piece whether it's upcycling an old table, breathing new life into a chair, transforming a vintage set of drawers or revamping a mirror.
Here at Upcycled Creative we're spreading the love this Valentine's Day and offering all our customers 15% off our lighting products purchased from either our shop or online - just quote the discount code LOVE2019 before midnight on 14th February. And that's not all! We can even send your purchase gift wrapped with your own special message for no extra charge.
So forget the roses and chocolates this Valentine's Day and give a lasting gift instead!
Here at Upcycled Creative we love creating new products from old and are equally as delighted to hear about other upcycling projects.
SewnUK produces customised embroidered clothing and accessories as well as handmade fabric flowers. However, founder Amy Murray has created a novel new twist to her flower making. Tired of seeing so much single use plastic packaging sent through the post, she has come up with a new way of recycling it. With imagination and creative flair she is turning what would otherwise be rubbish into roses.
Amy says, “So many couriers use plastic mailing bags, which only seem to increase tenfold when we‘ve hit the internet sales, that it’s hard to keep up with re-using them. <‘From Rubbish to Roses!’> is a simple yet effective way of reusing single use plastics and so quick and easy to do that anyone can have a go.”
Why not have a go at making your own roses by following Amy's step by step online video tutorial, you'll discover the joys of upcycling and the roses will brighten dull winter days.
From Rubbish to Roses! Recycle Single Use Plastic into Flowers - Tutorial - YouTube
Here at Upcycled Creative we are brightening dull winter days too with our wide range of lighting including a vintage Kilner jar lamp and a Haminex Topcon camera lamp. We also enjoy the challenge of creating bespoke products. You may have sentimental items or forgotten heirlooms gathering dust in the loft but that you cannot bear to part with. If this is the case then why not bring them along to us here at Upcycled Creative where we can transform them into a unique piece of furniture or feature light that promises to be functional whilst giving new life to old memories. Click here to contact us or, if you're passing by, then why not call in to our shop in Wirksworth – we're open from Monday to Saturday, 10am until 4pm.
Light your home with the warm festive glow of Upcycled Creative's range of unique lighting products. From cup and saucer lights to frosted multi-coloured bottle lamps, there's something to brighten every home.
With Christmas just around the corner, we are getting into the festive spirit with a selection of upcycled lamps and furniture inspired by our favourite tipples. Take a look at our Hendrick's Gin Table lamp and our Pipe bottle lamps to see how these empty bottles have been transformed into eye-catching lighting. If it's furniture you're looking for then our Barrel and cork table is sure to provide a stand-out piece. Or why not bring your own favourite bottle along to have it transformed into a lamp? For further details contact Lee here
Our usual opening hours are Monday to Saturday, 10am until 4pm. However, our opening times do vary over Christmas and New Year so we've included them below:
Christmas Eve - CLOSED, Christmas Day - CLOSED, Boxing Day - CLOSED
Thurs 27th, Fri 28th, Sat 29th Dec - 10am - 4pm
Sun 30th Dec, New Year's Eve - CLOSED, New Year's Day - CLOSED
From everyone here at Upcycled Creative we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year….
The days are getting shorter and the weather turning colder but Wirksworth will be bringing festive cheer to the town with its Christmas Street Market. Enjoy a day out in this historic Derbyshire Dales market town that boasts its own steam railway and celestial amphitheatre and soak up the festive atmosphere whilst finding gifts for all the family.
Wirksworth's Christmas Street Market takes place on Sunday 25th November when visitors will be able to browse numerous stalls offering a wide range of goods from local artisans and makers as well as street food. Wirksworth also has a great mix of independent shops including Traid Links, Marsden’s Gift Shop. And when it's time for lunch why not visit one of the cafes in the town such as Mercia, Le Mistral, Hope & Anchor.
Here at Upcycled Creative we will be open all weekend offering one of a kind, unusual gifts. Stand out from the crowd with our eye-catching yet functional furniture or brighten up dull days with quirky lighting.
With so much more for sale in our Wirksworth shop we're sure to have something even for the person who has everything! But if there's still nothing that quite fits the bill then why not commission your own bespoke item? Whether it's an item of sentimental value or a family heirloom lying forgotten in the attic, Upcycled Creative can give old items a new lease of life.
If, on the other hand, your family and friends are the creative type then a gift voucher from Upcycled Creative would make the perfect present. We offer one day furniture painting and modern upholstery workshops throughout the year with lunch included too.
The Wirksworth Christmas Street Market promises to be a great day out and we look forward to welcoming visitors to our shop. However, for those who can't make it along, we do also have an online shop where you can browse our range of products for sale
Here at Upcycled Creative we have been busy making lots of changes over the last few months. We are delighted to have moved into our new premises in Wirksworth – we're on the main street of this picturesque Derbyshire Dales town with its narrow streets, historic architecture, independent shops and its own steam railway.
Our new shop provides us with a showroom displaying our latest ranges of upcycled furniture and lighting as well as brand new dedicated workshop space. So if you've always fancied learning the basics of upholstery and furniture painting or already know a little and would like to further your skills then come along and join us at our workshops, which we hold regularly throughout the year. For further details of all the courses we run visit our workshops page.
With a change of premises often comes a change of decor and here at Upcycled Creative we are proud stockists of Fusion Mineral Paint and Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, which we now use in all our upcycling projects. In fact, Creative Director Lee Richards is so impressed with the paints that he has become a regional ambassador for the brand. Lee says, “I think they are the best paints that are out there. They're new, they work, they give a nice finish and they save you time.”
Fusion mineral paints come in over 50 colours and, being pre-mixed, are easy to use. They're suitable for painting all kinds of surfaces including wood, fabric, metal, glass, plastic, melamine and laminate. Fusion Mineral Paints do not require an additional top coat of paint, will not chip or peel and are waterproof too. Read more about Fusion Mineral Paints here.
Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint is made up of just five natural ingredients – milk protein (casein), limestone, chalk, clay and natural pigments. Its powdered form provides an indefinite shelf life until you're ready to paint when you simply mix with water! It is the perfect paint for raw wood as it soaks into the fibres so retaining the natural wood grain. It can also give a more aged, antique finish. Read more about Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint here.
At Upcycled Creative we know how important it is to choose the right paint for your upcycling project so why not pop in to see us in Wirksworth or email email@example.com and Lee can advise you on the best paint for your individual project – to make sure that whatever you're upcycling it continues to look its best year after year.
It's arrived! The winning item in the Parcelforce upcycling competitionhas finally come through the doors of our workshop and we're eager to get working to find the hidden beauty in this rocking horse that's ended up looking a little tired and neglected.
This little fella has arrived, ready for an upcycled make over.
Many of us have items in our homes that are full of sentimental value and nostalgia, but we just don't know what to do with them to bring them back to life. It could also be down to the fact that we are a little apprehensive about giving them a new lease of life, in case our creativity goes drastically wrong.
This is where Upcycled Creative teamed up with Parcelforce to give a lucky winner the opportunity of having their cherished item revived by a professional.
We have had a few ideas as to what to do with this little fella, but we'll keep them to ourselves as we would hate to ruin the surprise for the owner. However, we would love to hear your thoughts and creative ideas as to what you would do with a fantastic piece such as this one. Do you have something similar lurking in your home that could do with a little TLC and upcycling 'love'? You can share with us via Twitter @reupcycled.
Keep an eye on our blog as we will be sharing with you the process of this transformation over the next few days.
We hope that Parcelforce will continue to hold further competitions such as this one in the future to really help give a few more forgotten treasures a new chance to shine and maybe inspire a little creativity to us all. Keep an eye on their Twitter feed @parcelforce and Facebook page for future opportunities.
Now it's time for us to turn this Rocking horse into a.....
Have you always fancied having a go at upcycling, but not too sure where to start, or found it all a little daunting?
You're not alone. For many of us there's that creative upcycling spark just waiting to be ignited, but we're just a little apprehensive to take the first steps. However, what if there was a workshop that could help to set the wheels in motion?
Well the good news is.... drum-roll please.... that Upcycled Creative has just started to launch our series of workshops. If you fancy having a go at turning a classic footstool into your own creation then you might just be a little bit excited about this.
The classic footstool workshop is a one-day extravaganza combining painting techniques with upholstery, perfect for beginners... And lunch is included as well.
This is just the first of many that we will be running and you can secure your place here. What a wonderful way to spend a day! The beautiful surroundings of the Derbyshire countryside is enough to get your creative juices flowing anyway, paired with learning new skills, a tasty lunch, awesome people (I know, we are biased), being shown this awesome technique and taking home the results... who wouldn't want to do this?!
Once you catch the 'upcycling bug' you'll be eager to find out the next workshops that we have in store. We're in the process of creating these, but rest assured we'll be looking to teach you even more skills to grow your upcycling confidence.