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Autumn Home Decor and Upcycling Projects

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With Autumn well and truly here, and winter just around the corner – it’s the season for cosy nights in, duvet days and wooly jumpers indoors. Your home becomes your haven in Autumn and Winter, so use this time to make some beautiful home-changes. If you’re going to be stuck inside because of the rain, wind or cold – then it’s better to be stuck somewhere cosy, comfy and homely, right?

Here are some great home DIY and upcycling ideas we love, to make your home the ultimate indoor retreat this season. You’ll never want to leave!

Solve an Autumn dilemma using upcycling

If you want to start a bigger project and completely rehaul some furniture this autumn, then these are some fantastic ideas we found around the web. And (lucky for you!) these amazing tutorials also solve some of the home-decor dilemmas we find ourselves facing during this time of year too.

The “sad couch” dilemma

You’re going to be spending a lot of time on the sofa in autumn and winter (hopefully getting cosy with someone special!) or maybe just cuddling up to your cat or dog. Either way, you want to be sitting on something nice and comfy! This handy YouTube tutorial gives you an idea of how to transform a ‘sad couch’ into a happy couch… The difference is amazing!

The “dark nights, dark rooms” dilemma…

We all know in autumn and winter that the nights draw in and the evenings get darker, quicker. Because of the lack of sunlight during these colder months, it’s easy for your home to start feeling a bit dark and dreary too. If you want to avoid that, and you want to breathe a little bit of light and life into your rooms, then repainting furniture in a lighter shade, can be an easy way to do this.

We’d recommend going for big pieces of furniture that take up a lot of room. For example, if you have a dining table and chairs in dark wood – it’ll be darkening the whole room as it’s such a central piece of furniture. Revamping it and upcycling it to be lighter in colour, can really help turn this around.

Chalk paint is a great place to start, it’s beginner-friendly but loved by pros and experts too. Here are some Pinterest-worthy projects for inspiration;

Autumn Home Decor and Up-Cycling Projects
Image credit: Gray Table Home
Autumn Home Decor and Up-Cycling Projects
Image credit: The Black Sheep Shoppe
Autumn Home Decor and Up-Cycling Projects
Image credit: Lisa Linnard – Dovetails Vintage

The “Big Boots, No Storage” dilemma…

In winter it seems like the quantity of shoes we have to have doubles. In summer, a pair of flip-flops and a pair of trainers is fine…. But in Winter we need wellies, walking boots, winter boots, trainers, slippers…. The list goes on. If you find yourself struggling for shoe storage, then hopefully this blog will give you some inspiration!
Check out the tutorial for this bright, colourful shoe rack here.

The Wow-Factor Upcycle

If you want to do something truly jaw-dropping this autumn, and really push the boat out with your upcycling and DIY’ing – then these ideas are going to be perfect for you. These ideas may take a little longer, but they’ll definitely be worth it in the end.

Soft Furnishings: Cushions and Throws

One of the main parts of feeling comfy and cosy, is having loads of soft, cuddle-worthy cushions to sit with. Revamping your soft furnishings to suit the colours of the season is a great way to quickly update your indoor space.

We love the idea of DIY’ing some autumn inspired cushions and using old jumpers or blankets to create beautiful new designs. If you’re a seasoned DIY addict, then this 3D fabric pumpkin might be more of a project for you. These pumpkins will never go mouldy, and they certainly don’t need carving!

They look so adorable placed by a fireplace, or even placed at the bottom of your bed.
Learn how to make them via the video below:

So now that you’ve read through these incredible Autumn home decor and upcycling ideas – where do you begin? Choosing your first (or next) project is a tricky one, as there are so many incredible tutorials and ideas out there!

If you need a helping hand getting your new projects or materials back home, get in touch with AnyVan today for a free quote!

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Free pianos for worthy homes!

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We were contacted by several nice people wanting to donate unused pianos – so we found new and worthy homes and transported the pianos to them for free! It was a win-win for everyone, so we teamed up with our friends at Preloved and decided to do lots more! Watch our video and share with anyone that could be interested!

Winchmore School

Winchmore School, a secondary school in North London with over 1,200 students, had a broken piano in their main hall and not one fully functioning piano in their music block. With the first 3 years taking part in compulsory music lessons – a new piano was a must!
“We think it’s fantastic that it will be going to a school to help children learn how to play. The piano was kindly given to us by a neighbour whose children used to play but have since grown up and left home so the piano was no longer being used… Our daughter started to learn to play the piano a couple of years ago and this piano was great when she was a complete beginner but we are now wanting to ‘upgrade’, hence why we want to give this piano to a new home and hope others can benefit from it as we have.”
– Mrs J Smith, Pianos original owner

Pemberly Academy

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The Assistant Head of Pemberly Academy had heard about how our Magic Van piano project had helped another local school in the area brighten up the music department and got in touch. She told us how the school was only opened in 2015 and that they were still building up their resources. A piano wasn’t currently on the board’s shopping list and it would be a blessing for the school.
“Just wanted to thank to for organising the donation of a piano for our school yesterday, it’s fabulous and very much appreciated! Thanks to the guys who delivered it too, they did a great job! Thanks again!”
– Lisa Fish, Teacher

Ashmole Academy

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Ashmole Academy is a newly opened primary school located in Southgate, North London. We were put in touch with the head of the music department who were thrilled at the opportunity to receive a free piano.

“The piano previously lived in a church in Watford. When the church was forced to close, they let our children have it so that they could learn how to play. They have now grown up and left the nest, so we wanted to continue the tradition and donate it so that young children can grow up learning how to play the piano. We hope the children enjoy it as much as mine did.”
– Bob, previous piano owner

Ryelands Residential Care Home

magic van moves pianoThe dementia wing of the Ryelands/Brooklands residential care home in Beddington Gardens had been offered an upright piano to be used for or on behalf of the residents, but they had no way of transporting it from Kenley to Wallington. The management team believed that the piano would be beneficial for the wellbeing of the residents to have a piano for music therapy, music events, in-house church services and general entertainment. This is when Mr. Webb got in touch with the Magic Van team here at AnyVan. The piano was picked up and delivered to the Ryelands residential care home in May to the awaiting residents. We hope the arrival was music to their ears!

How to get in touch

If you’re looking for a piano, please get in touch via this request form, alternatively you can tweet us with the hashtag #MagicVanMoves or email us at magicvan@anyvan.com and we can help get you a piano absolutely free for your worthy community organisation. We are starting to roll the project out in the Greater London area, but hope to branch out further afield in the near future!

 

AnyVan - Move Anything, Anywhere.
No matter what you are moving: from a King-Sized bed to a framed picture of the Queen; a Grand Piano to a classic Capri; we’ll take care of it all the way from Penzance to Peterhead and beyond.
Save up to 75% on your deliveries and removals.

Mental Health Charity SANE

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AnyVan are very proud to announce a partnership with SANE, the charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for people affected by mental illness. We’ll be joining Legal and General, Deloitte and Asda in supporting this worthy cause.

SANE was established in 1986 to raise awareness and combat the stigma about mental illness, provide care and support to those affected, and initiate research into the causes and treatments of mental illness.

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We are supporting the Black Dog campaign by transporting the Black Dog statues (reflecting the term used by Winston Churchill to describe his darker moods) around the UK to corporate headquarters, public spaces, schools, universities and more. These statues have helped raise awareness to countless people in finding help, and deliver a positive message of support with ‘coats’ designed by celebrities, artists and members of the public.

The physical presence of a Black Dog is intended to help people to define their experience of the ‘invisible’ condition, and promote more open discussion, understanding, and acceptance. Think of them as a very visible White Elephant that breaks down barriers.

Read what Stephen Fry has to say and watch this video from SANE to find out more about their Black Dog Campaign and how SANE are helping change mental health for good.

“SANE and their Black Dog Campaign has my fullest possible support. What they are doing is wonderful and important.”
– Stephen Fry

We’re also going to be giving the Magic Van some special livery to help raise awareness of key initiatives such as Mental Health Awareness Week, so keep your eyes peeled!

John, a fundraiser at SANE, got in touch with us reading our Magic Van blog and how we have helped other charities in the past, and we were more than happy to contribute.

Do you know of any other charities or good causes that need our help? Get in touch via our email at magicvan@anyvan.com or Twitter hashtag #MagicVanMoves if you need help transporting items –  our Magic Van is on hand to help!

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AnyVan - Move Anything, Anywhere.
No matter what you are moving: from a King-Sized bed to a framed picture of the Queen; a Grand Piano to a classic Capri; we’ll take care of it all the way from Penzance to Peterhead and beyond.
Save up to 75% on your deliveries and removals.

Southport Schools Charity Mission

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Children from schools from all across Southport walked out at the end of the day barefoot and donated their school shoes to Sal’s Shoes, a charity who collect preloved shoes and distribute them to children around the world.

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23 schools took part, including Farnborough Road Junior school who got in touch with AnyVan to help them transport over 7,500 pairs of shoes to Redhill, Surrey, where the charity would sort them and send them off to find new feet in poorer corners of the world.

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Adrian Antell, one of the project organisers, explained that the children took their shoes off at the end of the school day and left barefoot to show of support for the children who have to walk to school barefoot each day. The shoes were collected and bagged, ready for AnyVan to transport to Sal’s Shoes in Surrey.

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AnyVan have helped Sal’s Shoes out with their mission on two other occasions. In September 2016, we were asked if we could complete a job which included moving 200 pairs of shoes from Newcastle to London to then be distributed across Africa. Happy with how the previous project went, CJ from Sal’s Shoes got back in touch to ask for help with a project they were completing with pre-school football class company Little Kickers.

When Adrian from Farnborough Road Junior school got in touch with us and informed us that he was working on a charity project with the Sal’s Shoes team, we were more than happy to get our Magic Van involved again.

In total we have helped Sal’s Shoes transport almost 10,000 pairs of shoes to be distributed over 26 countries.

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Do you know of any other charities or good causes that need our help? Get in touch via our email at magicvan@anyvan.com or Twitter hashtag #MagicVanMoves if you need help transporting items – our Magic Van is on hand to help!

AnyVan - Move Anything, Anywhere.
No matter what you are moving: from a King-Sized bed to a framed picture of the Queen; a Grand Piano to a classic Capri; we’ll take care of it all the way from Penzance to Peterhead and beyond.
Save up to 75% on your deliveries and removals.

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