Furniture Hacks Book Review

I’ts been a little while since I did a craft book review, but I’m particularly excited about today’s one! Furniture Hacks is a new title by Hester Van Overbeek from Hester’s Handmade Home.

Full of upcycled home ideas and clever furniture hacks, Hester brings a range of crafts to customise your home. It’s a great book if you have very little or tons of DIY experience as the projects are really varied.

Furniture-Hacks-Book-Review-By-ClaireabellemakesI met Hester at Blogtacular this year where we chatted about the excitement for her first book. I loved Hester’s business cards – totally nailed my dilema of what to call oneself. Why not everything?!!

Hesters-Handmade-Home-Business-CardThe book is split into sections to show DIYs for each area of your home. The styling of each project is spot on with some gorgeous shots of Hester’s nautical style beach home.


There are no end of clever ideas for creating upcycled pieces that are functional too. This kitchen island is genuis! Each tutorial is laid out really clearly with a step by step guide with reference to the tools and techniques used (there’s a comprehensive guide at the back of the book).

Upcycled-Kitchen-IslandCrafters who are less confident with power tools, can try simpler projects such as the geometric chest of drawers decorated with washi tape.

Washi-Tape-Decorated-Chest-of-DrawersOne of my favourite projects from the book is this Expedit style shelving for the living room. Eat your heart out IKEA!


There are pillow cover DIYs, patchwork rugs and side tables made from magazine stacks.

Pillow-Covers-DIYHester’s cute dog Kermit has his moment on the cover too. Adorable!

Furniture-Hacks-Book-CoverI am so pleased that craft books are still thriving in this digital age of blogs and Pinterest! As much as I love being online, I also love looking through craft and cook books for inspiration.

Handmade-Home-Style-BooksI’m really proud of Hester and can’t wait to see what everyone else thinks of the book! Join the bloggers listed below for the rest of the book tour.

My verdict: a great book for renters and homeowners who love to get stuck in with craft and DIY projects. Be prepared to learn how to make something from scratch and to find creations that require you to learn a new skill or two. A perfect book for getting off Pinterest and staying inspired.


You can also find an interview I did with Hester back in 2014 for my Creative Inspiration series here. I’d love to know what you think it you have purchased the book! You can also see my vlog from the book launch party below where we tried out the clock making project.



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