1. BUY REMNANTS
|Stair runner: Discount Carpet Warehouse|
We have now carpeted three rooms with remnants, and it has saved us so much money! We are getting our study and spare bedroom carpeted this week (today if all goes to plan!) with excellent quality wool carpet for £300 (we were quoted similar for just one room by Carpet Right). We also saved money by pulling the carpet up ourselves (most places charge to do this) and by keeping the underlay that was already there. Apparently our underlay is good quality, and can be re-used, so check before you throw it out…
2. PAINT YOUR FLOOR
For our loft, I knew I wanted white wood floors but real wood floors were so expensive, so our builders laid down cheaper pine and we painted it. I passed on this info to Hannah Rochell who did the same with her loft, and I love the grey. My husband stripped and sanded our stairs himself, and the good news is it doesn’t have to be perfect if you’re painting over the top. We’re going to do the same with our living room floor, and then cover with an oversized Moroccan rug.
|Hannah Rochell’s loft conversion, see the post here|
3. Farrow & Ball colours needn’t be expensive…
You can go into your local Homebase and ask them to mix other paint to Farrow & Ball colours (as sometimes, they are the best!). Or, as we actually love F&B paint quality (you really only need 1 – 2 coats) we just paint small portions of rooms – for instance our living room is painted in Dulux Brilliant White but behind our bookshelves is Farrow & Ball ‘Railings’ for that expensive look, but only buying one small tin of paint.
4. GET SPRAY-HAPPY
I remember seeing this on friend Anneli Bush‘s site and going straight out to buy the spray! A great tip for updating handles on wardrobes and cupboards.
|See Anneli’s full post here|
5. REPAINT CABINETS
|Erica Davies’ repainted linen cabinet|