Both of these ideas were nicked from other bloggers and I'm hoping that by reading this I may inspire one of you in turn, to have a go at tarting up something. Blogging is so great for sharing ideas, dontcha find?
Take one bog standard table lamp with a smattering of insect poo (gather some wonderful inspiration here and here)
Throw some pretty fabric and pom-poms at it, et voila!
I have to admit that after searching chazza's fruitlessly for weeks for suitable floral fabric, I gave in and bought it in C & H. Not quite the thrifty approach I normally like to employ but I was just too darned impatient to wait any longer. The bias binding which hides the joins was knocking around in my sewing basket. It was still a makeover for under a fiver and I like it so much more than before.
My next recycle is an old garden sieve as I'd seen this fab idea here. Again, I looked for months in junk shops and auctions to no avail, but then I came across this one at a 'vintage' garden furniture place nearby and couldn't resist. It wasn't a bargain, although I did manage to knock them down a couple of quid. I think it looks lovely framing this pink diascia on the front of my house, plus it hides the ugly air brick without preventing ventilation. What do you reckon?