During the cost of living crisis, many homeowners are looking for ways to save money when it comes to their home improvements. A mum, who has a passion for DIY and interior design, has now revealed how she renovated her dull bathroom for less than £30.
Abi Hugo, 32, revamped her bathroom in just 24 hours by turning her pre-loved furniture into bespoke pieces. The money-saving mum started sharing her de ella love of interiors on her de ella Instagram page de ella in 2018 and has now amassed 111,000 followers.
Abi now helps other homeowners by sharing her DIY and upcycling hacks to help people renovate their rooms on a budget.
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“This transformation was definitely up there as it made a massive difference to the room that I just felt was very boring and not very pleasant to start with,” Abi told Leader Doors .
“The whole transformation only took 24 hours because when I get hooked on an idea and I see it in my head I just have to get it done.
“It just started with me painting the radiator, and seeing how it goes, and then one thing led to another and I didn’t go to bed till like 2am in the morning.”
Abi is all for a bargain and is always thinking of new and cheap ways to bring new life to old things.
“The renovation was basically free as I used leftover stuff from the other rooms that I upcycled in my house, so that includes leftover wood and paint,” she said.
” I was able to use leftover paint rather than going out and buying a new tin. If you can just reuse paint, wood and decor from all over the house to pull it all together it will all flow really nicely.
“The only thing that I bought was the peel and stick floor tiles from Dunelm which were £14 a pack and I brought 2, so just under £30. I am all about the budget renovation.”
Abi uses Pinterest for inspiration for her renovations and also has a handy hack for using Google to find products you like.
“Use Pinterest for a mood board because it will really help you solidify what look you are going for, and help you plan before you dive in. Also, I would say research is key, look into your interior style.
“If you come across a product you love like a lamp or something, one of my top tips is to use Google Reverse Image Search, where Google will reveal all the places the product is found, and you might be able to find the product cheaper somewhere else.”
Talking about the design for her bathroom, Abi said: ““I made sure I kept soft, neutrals in my paint colors throughout. I chose to use wood as accents to make my wall a feature, so when doing this, I added leftover wood around my mirror which was very quick to do.”
“I don’t want to waste anything, so for me, it’s always like what I have got to hand. Layering textures is something that makes a fantastic impact to a space, so for me, I brought pampas grass from outside to implement character into the room. So dried grass, warm neutrals, soft organic linen is the style, and accents of black with painting things like the pipework black.”
“Just have fun with it! Paint can always be painted over so don’t overthink things. With DIY, as it’s such as step-by-step process, you can’t really go wrong, because if it were to go that way you’ll notice before you get to the next step, so just have fun with it and try things.”
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