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7 inspiring upcyclers to follow on Instagram


by Shayna Sappington
29th May 2020
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These DIY interior Insta accounts are all the inspiration we need during lockdown


Looking to do some renovations while housebound? Well, revamping your home doesn’t always have to include buying new stuff.

It’s time to get out those tins of leftover paint, old fabric swatches and your trusty sander. Upcycling and upholstering furniture is easier than it seems – all it takes is time, focus and creativity.

Interior Instagrammers are always working on a new project, whether it’s updating on overmantle with a fresh coat of paint, removing plaster to expose a redbrick fireplace wall or punch needling trendy cushion covers.

Here are seven upcyclers to follow for daily tutorials, tips and inspiration:

Catherine Keher – @ck_ireland

Catherine is currently renovating her 200-year-old townhouse and her creativity is incredible. She recently upcycled a built-in corner cabinet by adding a glass door and a fresh coat of white paint. Now, you can see her beautifully displayed pieces.

Debbie Walsh – @thevintagechalkhut

A colour guru, Debbie’s feed is flooded with golden apricot chairs, key blue sideboards and olive green wicker. She recently updated her old overmantle with a coat of classic black paint and gold gilding – stay tuned for the finished results.

Joanne Condon – @joannecondon

Author of Furniture Crush, Joanne makes upcycling easy for beginners. In her latest project, she bravely took on organising her pantry, adding wall shelves, white, wicker baskets and colour-coded wheelie boxes.

Frieda Furlong – @frieda_100

A self-dubbed “teak geek”, Frieda has filled her Edwardian, red brick home with Scandi-style furniture. She removed all the plaster from her fireplace wall in a weekend to expose the brick underneath. Check out her “Exposed Brick” story for progress updates.

Darran Heaney – @oldvictoriannew

Darran’s award-winning interior blog oldvictoriannew.com is just as inspiring as his aesthetically pleasing Insta page. He’s currently renovating his Victorian home and has a fantastic step by step tutorial on reupholstering chairs on his “Upholstery” story.

Joanne Mooney – @aproudhome

As well as an interiors expert, Joanne is a punch needle pro. She’s made gorgeous mats, cushion covers, laundry baskets, plant pots and more. Her stories are always filled with how-tos and you can even buy one of her punch needle starter kits.

Dan Lovatt – @lookweboughtahouse

Taking advantage of housebound jitters, this renovation-pro started a #lockdowndiychallenge and is using leftover paint and materials to upcycle his home. Dan’s home has sleek, modern interiors with unique touches – be sure to check out his circle painting tutorial on his “Circle Painting” story.


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