A COUPLE have completely transformed their dark and gloomy pad into stylish home with just £6,000 – despite having no DIY experience.
Jenny, 33, and husband Sam, 31, from London, first bought their first home – a 1907 Edwardian terrace house – in September 2019 for £550,000 and have since tackled the renovation themselves.
The couple spent £6k renovating their entire home, turning it into a stunning padCredit: Jam Press
When they bought the house it was “dark and gloomy” and very run downCredit: Jam Press
After renting in the capital for several years, the pair were excited to have their own place and eagerly set about giving it a makeover during lockdown.
Jenny, who is a children’s surgeon at a large children’s hospital in central London, has been documenting their journey on Instagram to the couple’s 12.9k followers – who are blown away by the stunning results.
While £6k might still seem like a fair amount of money, that amount covered furniture for the new house as well as fresh carpet, paint and extra tools.
Jenny said: “We had zero DIY experience, and only owned a screwdriver when we moved in but we were keen to learn and do as much as we could along the way.
Jenny, 33, and husband Sam, 31, had no DIY experience whatsoever, and tackled the whole thing on their ownCredit: Jam Press
They painted the whole house and replaced all of the flooring throughout Credit: Jam Press
“We made a long list of things that we wanted to change in each room and started work straight away.
“The bathroom was already beautiful when we moved in, so we were lucky that we didn’t have to do that.
“We started on the sitting room first and the first job was to pull up the black carpet, which was a very messy job.
Their bedroom looks so modern and cosy and the couple made thier own roman blinds and headboard Credit: Jam Press
They spruced up the fireplace with some tiles to match the black and white colour palette Credit: Jam Press
They changed the blue walls and grey carpet and made it feel much warmerCredit: Jam Press
“We discovered 110-year-old floorboards underneath and set to sanding them back. They were dark brown and covered in dirt and dust.
“Next up, we stripped back the textured wallpaper, definitely one of our most hated jobs.”
The couple did most of the work by themselves, barring hiring a builder to skim the walls and build shelving on either side of the chimney breast, which they then primed and painted.
Jenny said: “I love painting so decided to paint the walls and do all the paintwork white.
The stairs and hallways were given a makeover with Victorian mosaic tiles Credit: Jam Press
The couple stripped the carpet and Sam made his own panelling for the stairsCredit: Jam Press
The space was very outdated and grubbyCredit: Jam Press
“We love dark colours and the room is so light – it works really well we think.
“We styled it with a Laura Ashley sofa, a mustard ottoman and a West Elm coffee table.
“We also found two French button back armchairs in our local antique shop in Blackheath and had them reupholstered to finish off the bay window.”
A big challenge was the hallway, which the pair re-did with Victorian mosaic tiles – but they couldn’t find matching border tiles.
The couple tackled the project this yer during lockdown, with no experienceCredit: Jam Press
They did all the renovations themselvesCredit: Jam Press
Jenny said: “Sam spent hours cutting and templating the tiles and we laid them ourselves, which was quite tricky but totally worth it.
“Every time we walk downstairs we smile as it was our first big DIY job.”
Sam then set about panelling the hallway and stairs.
Jenny said: “We painted the woodwork white and the walls ammonite. We finished it off with a wool herringbone carpet with matt black binding along the sides.
They created a cosy and stylish office space for themselves Credit: Jam Press
They painted over the walls and replaced the flooring Credit: Jam Press
The London-based couple bought the 1907 Edwardian terrace house in 2019 for £550kCredit: Jam Press
“It is our favourite part of our transformation so far.
“For our bedroom, we wanted a change from the blue walls and grey carpet. We chose Farrow and Ball Oxford Stone for the walls and wardrobes.
“I made roman blinds and headboard in a fabric we bought from Laura Ashley. We bought tiles and recreated the hearth around the fireplace to complement the black and stone colour theme.”
The couple have spent a total of £6,000 on the makeover so far and most of the transformation took place during the past year.
Luckily, the bathroom was in pretty good condition and the couple didn’t have to do much to itCredit: Jam Press
When they ripped up the carpet they discovered floorboards which they sanded back and made new againCredit: Jam Press
Jenny said: “It was the perfect lockdown project but the templating, cutting the tiles and making sure they were central was definitely the hardest part.”
“We find painting the walls makes such a difference and for rooms like our office and bedroom, just changing the colour had such an impact.
“The fact we have done it all ourselves makes it that bit more special, too.”
The couple are beyond delighted with their home, with their favourite room the hallway, as it was very dark when they purchased the house.
The tiled entrance took them the longest, but it’s their favourite part of teh houseCredit: Jam Press
Sam spent hours cutting and templating the tiles which they laid themselves Credit: Jam Press
They plan on renovating the kitchen and dining room in coming months, which they expect to be a very big project, and look forward to having friends and family over to showcase their new home.
Jenny said: “Ironically, no one has seen it in person due to Covid-19 restrictions.
“They have loved seeing the transformations on Instagram but we really cannot wait for people to come when it is safe to do so.”
For others who are thinking of doing a bit of home DIY, Jenny added: “Speak to your neighbours and find a good team of local tradespeople – this is essential.
“Next, make a list, and tackle each room one at a time.
“Instagram is perfect for inspiration, and people are generally very helpful at giving you tips etc., we have learnt so much along the way.”
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