Savvy mum turns home from drab to fab on a budget – by using DIY upcycling hack

A mum turned her home from drab to fab without breaking the bank.

Kim, who posted pictures of the transformation on the @miss_mustard_design Instagram page, went with colourful furnishings and vibrant wallpapers.

The 34-year-old told Swyft Home: “Transforming the whole house was so therapeutic and I thrive off design, pattern clashing and bold dramatic colours.

“I thrive working under pressure with big transformation reveals at very little cost.

“I love the challenging task of working within a budget creating an incredible glow up.

“My whole house consists of my own handy work and creativity constantly making dramatic changes for less money."

Kim continued: "We transformed the kitchen by spraying the kitchen units with a deep green acrylic eggshell emulsion and added accent brass detailed knobs.

“We also completely transformed our fridge.

“I lightly sanded it back, applied a thick layer of difficult surface primer then painted purple with gold accent feature handles and it still looks incredible.”

The interior design fan cut costs by upcycling furniture to make it look more interesting.

For example, she overhauled the bed with two tins of spray paint.

She also DIY-ed the lighting by hanging an affordable ring light above the bed, which she attached with a double layer of bold bird feathers.

Kim said: “These lights are sold for hundreds of pounds and mine took me £50 to make.”

As well as rolling up her sleeves and getting stuck in, the mum is savvy with her shopping.

She explained: "I often head to local vintage stores and charity shops treasure spotting.

“It's amazing what a bit of spray paint can do! Everything after a bit of love and attention can be transformed into a show stopping statement piece of decor."

Kim has now shared her renovation tips to help others who want to re-vamp their properties.

She advised: "For successful design I'd recommend gathering samples of materials to create a tactile mood board so you can get a sense and feel of the space you are wishing to transform, paint large areas of colour swatches on the walls in different areas as each angle of every colour reacts differently depending on the lighting, so can be quite misleading.

“Fabric swatches are always a good idea then you can sense the mood the material creates with the atmospheric surroundings for the scheme.

“Recreating my design style would be a case of indulging in maximalist soft furnishings, bold colour and pattern with quirky gold statement accessories."

She also recommends celebrating your personal design style instead of going with trends.

Kim added: “Go with your own personal design style of what you love and don’t be influenced by other people's style and design, as interiors is such a personal decision.

“My house is a complete mix up of everything we love as a family, an eclectic mix of dramatic pattern and bold colour reflects us as a family and our personality."

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