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Creating Amazing Upcycled Furniture with Unique Wallpaper

March 30, 2021 2 min read

Creating Amazing Upcycled Furniture with Unique Wallpaper

New ways with wallpaper

Until now I don't think our wallpapers had ever been used for upcycling furniture. 

So I was a little surprised when I had two enquiries in the same week for our 'Hit the North' real cork wallpaper to be used on two very different pieces.

I was blown away by the results!

Upcycling furniture by the professionals...

Kayleigh from Kookiwood  created the stunning G Plan wardrobe above.

This glamorous gin bar by  Reloved MCR was commissioned by one of my first supporters - Helen from  The Curtain Co,  for her new country home to remind her of her roots in the North.

Before - Upcycled gin bar by Reloved MCR

You can see the amazing transformation in these before and after pictures. 

Hit the North Wind Bar by Reloved MCR

Both  Kookiwood and  Reloved MCR  are available for commissions.

Do it Yourself Upcycling

After seeing these amazing transformations, Deborah Faulkner decided to take on a project herself. 

This damaged but beautiful crescent shaped cabinet was to be turned into a useful and attractive shoe cupboard for her hallway.

Before hall cabinet shoe cupboard for upcycling

Using just one meter of our Hit the North wallpaper Deborah created this amazing statement piece for her hallway in a weekend:

After upcycled shoe cupboard cabinet in Hit the North real cork wallpaper by The Monkey Puzzle Tree

After Hit the North real cork wallpaper upcycled decoupage furniture The Monkey Puzzle Tree

And thanks very much to Deborah for the lovely review which made our day!

'I had a broken and scratched old cupboard languishing in the hall for months, waiting for me to find the perfect paper for the recycling project. I'd noticed this paper on a piece a furniture renovated professionally by @Relovedmcr and it stopped me in my tracks! It was THE ONE!!
The beautiful and unique quality of the cork paper and stunning print made easy work of making the tired old cupboard come alive. I don't like to use products without researching the company first and was delighted with the ethical stance of The Monkey puzzle Tree for supporting local communities, careful consideration of environmental impact of products and that they pay proper artist royalties. It was a premium purchase but one that I can honestly justify and will last me a lifetime.'


Hit the North real cork wallpaper

If you'd like to use our papers and fabrics for your own project please  get in touch 

We're happy to work around specific sizes for most of our designs, however you might be using them!


Watch upcyling expert Kayleigh talking to me about the inspiration behind The Monkey Puzzle Tree and our real cork wallpaper in this Instagram Live video.

View our  wallpaper collection here


About The Monkey Puzzle Tree

From rich linens and velvets to a risqué lace voile, The Monkey Puzzle Tree collaborates with artists to create truly unique home textiles with a twist and a conscience.

Founded by Charlotte Raffo in 2017, the business pays a 20%  royalty to their artists to help provide them with a passive income, and the unique designs are manufactured in the North of England, supporting traditional industries and maintaining high environmental standards. 

Awarded ‘Highly Commended’ for Best British Product Design in the Brit List Awards 2020, Finalist in the Northern Design Awards 2020.