DIY can be a real money saver (Picture: Karen McCarthy)
One couple took their conservatory renovation into their own hands by opting for a DIY approach – and saved cash as a result.
Together they managed to save £580, as a professional would have quoted them £880 for the job that they did for just £300.
Karen McCarthy, 45, a medical secretary and mum of two from Norfolk, and her partner Richard Evans, 27, a carpenter, turned the dated room to a modern design.
They used vinyl flooring and paint, accessories from B&M and upcycled an old Ikea unit.
‘I knew I wanted to bring an outside colour from the garden into the conservatory and this colour green was perfect.
‘We moved into our new home in November last year. It was built in the 1950s but hasn’t been updated for many years so it is a project which I absolutely love to do.
‘I work as a medical secretary and my partner Richard is a carpenter and very good at all sorts of DIY projects that we encounter.’
How the conservatory looked before (Picture: Karen McCarthy)
The room was originally red and dated (Picture: Karen McCarthy)
Richard working on the flooring (Picture: Karen McCarthy)
She continued: ‘This is our first home together and we are really enjoying making it into a lovely family home for my two daughters, 12 and 14, and Richard’s daughter who is six.
‘We had a tiled floor in the conservatory before and this needed levelling out. My partner covered the floor in PVA first as this helps the screed to bond, and then used a self-levelling screed from Screwfix to level out the floor.
Karen and Richard are glad they went DIY (Picture: Karen McCarthy)
During the renovation (Picture: Karen McCarthy)
‘This takes four hours to dry out so try to ventilate the room as much as possible or use a dehumidifier if possible.
‘The vinyl floor was £11 per metre, so it cost around £190 for our size room.
‘I upcycled the Ikea grey Kallax units by painting them with Johnstones black metal and wood paint.
‘It needed three coats but very thin coats are best. I also bought storage boxes and ornaments from B&M.
A serene look (Picture: Karen McCarthy)
Simple patterns (Picture: Karen McCarthy)
Calming sage green (Picture: Karen McCarthy)
‘We wanted to make it look light and airy and bigger which I think we have achieved and we absolutely love sitting in here now with a coffee and watching our cats in the garden.’
To screed the floor it would have cost the couple £250 professionally, but they did it for just £50.
‘The painting of the room is typically around £400 for a room that size and it cost us £20 for one tin of paint, so we saved £580 in total.
‘With all of the price hikes in utilities and fuel at the moment, every saving you can make at the moment really helps!
‘I was also really chuffed to have accomplished this by ourselves,’ she added.
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