A couple of months ago, I decided it was time for a home makeover. When I suggested giving the house some love, my landlord jumped on board straight away, so I rolled up my sleeves and dug in.
I’ve been living there for almost three years, and was really excited to finally put my own stamp on the place. So far, I’ve tackled the kitchen, utility and the main bedroom.
Along the way, I’ve made many mistakes. For example, I dropped an entire tub of paint (not just any paint either, GLOSS!). I changed my mind about colour halfway through one of the rooms. I also foolishly decided to get a manicure the day before I started.
I advise you not to do any of the above.
With all that said, I like to think that I learnt a lot from these mistakes. I now have some pretty useful DIY tips to share with fellow DIYers and the house is really starting to take shape.
Before: The kitchen
After: The kitchen is now lovely and bright in ‘Country White’ and ‘Duckegg Delight’, both by Dulux
I know what it’s like to find yourself on the verge of a DIY mission. You are filled with enthusiasm. Maybe you’ve been lamenting over a certain room for the last few years. Or, maybe you suddenly woke up a week ago and felt like 2004 rang and wanted its wallpaper back(!!). Either way, you’re ready for a change.
You do things like create a board on Pinterest. You indulge in luxurious fantasies of high thread counts. You follow ALL the interior pages online and you become an overnight whiz kid. Personally, I found myself using DIY lingo almost straight away. I started dropping phrases like “creating texture” and “pop of colour”, much to the amusement of my other half.
I used spray paint to upcycle the doorknobs on the wardrobe