Made It My Own with Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan developed her unique Chalk Paint™ over 20 years ago, and she is now perhaps the world's most respected expert in decorative paint, colours and techniques. With Chalk Paint™ you get a velvety matt finish without the need for tiresome printing and sanding. The paint sticks to just about any surface... wood, concrete, metal, matt plastic, earthenware and more. Add Annie Sloan Soft Wax to achieve a subtle sheen as well as protection and durability.

The colours available and finishes you can achieve are just amazing, and you'll find a fabulous range of tips and techniques on the website. Try two-colour distressing, a smooth, modern finish, or how about the rustic, chippy look.

Everything you'll need for your painting projects can be found on the Annie Sloan website - paint, wax, brushes, stencils, even books and fragrances, and I'm pretty taken with their range of fabrics.

Get inspired by creations and transformations others have achieved with the help of the Annie Sloan range...

And when you're ready to start on your own project, you can share and show off your creative flair and up-cycling skills, as well the chance to win $100's of Annie Sloan prizes. Made It My Own with Annie Sloan is running until the end of September, so there's still time to be a part of it. To find out what's involved and how to enter click here.

Genbyg Design

Many of us are embracing the art of upcycling. Upcycling is taking something that would otherwise be thrown out and finding a way to make it into something better. Not only are you helping our planet, but do it right, and you're creating something really cool.

Genbyg Design are doing it right. A Danish company, they specialise in creating amazing furniture out of used building materials. They process the materials contained in their joinery workshop and collaborate with other designers to develop products that are both beautiful to look at and to pay for.

This desk is made from old filing drawers

Old window frames turned into a room divider

A bookcase made of rolling scaffolding and varnished floor boards

Gorgeous stool - the base is made from old doors, and the padding is a used leather jacket

A mosaic of old floorboards create a unique wall decoration

A desk of varnished floorboards