I like to be thrifty when redesigning a space. I see it as a challenge to transform something with minimal cost involved.

It helps that my boyfriend is a builder and can do a lot of things himself and always knows somebody for everything else.

But when it comes to interiors I would rather upcycle and breathe new life into something than buy new. I find the process rewarding and enjoyable. Saying that, sometimes I find something old and a bit battered and I love it as it is.

With the age and style of my house, upcycled and preloved furnishings are much more suitable.

Most of my spare time is spent traipsing around carboot sales, charity shops, house clearance shops or on Gumtree and eBay. I have also used the Schpock app a few times and been able to find things locally.

I also find myself looking in cheaper shops such as The Range and picking up things that I can upcycle or change the colour of. I prefer to buy older bits when I can, they are generally more durable as well as timeless.

I like to mix my older finds and upcycled pieces with my newer or more modern brick-a-brack in spaces to make them feel interesting, exciting and homely.


Below are the before and afters of the upcycled furniture used in the attic room –
Cabinets given to me by my sister. Scandinavian Pink Annie Sloan Chalk Paint used, distressed and dark waxed.
Chair bought from carboot for £5. Sanded down, painted with Provence and Old White Annie Sloan Chalk Paints mixed together and light waxed.
Ikea drawer painted with Country Grey Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, mix match handles bought from ebay and light waxed.
Stool bought from carboot for £3. Painted using a B&Q yellow tester pot mixed with Annie Sloan Old White and light waxed.


The attic room is now complete. It took a while to do but  as it was out of the way and not a room that we used regularly the disruption was minimal.

We started by ripping out a small wall and cupboard. We then took up the carpet to see the condition of the floorboard beneath, sadly they weren’t great. Then, we took all of the plaster off the walls.




Plasterboard was put on all of the walls and ceiling and we got a plasterer in to plaster over the top. Once that had dried we painted it with a white flat matt emulsion.


The flooring was bought online and we were able to lay it ourselves.




The inspiration for the room comes from a trend called Balance, which is based on the balance between nature and a new minimalism. This space isn’t a true reflection of the trend, but is where the inspiration for the space came from.
Chairs, bedside cabinets and drawers were upcycled. (The drawers were an Ikea hack) The king size bed was only £180 and the bedding from Primark. (Confession: I can’t get enough of Primark bedding!)