Woman renovates home by recycling charity furniture and Facebook – including £ 5 wardrobe
A woman explained how she saved a fortune by remodeling her home by recycling used furniture.
Deborah Stubbington, 40, of Essex, wanted to spruce up her two-bedroom detached home without spending any money on new furniture.
Instead, she scours charity stores and the Facebook Marketplace to find items she loves to revive.
In one of her best deals, Deborah found a TV stand on Facebook for £ 5 and embellished it with black paint and rattan doors that cost just £ 1.
She also redesigned her bedside tables, dresser and bedroom furniture by recycling them with sprays, paint and adhesive vinyl to create a geometric style.
Deborah estimates that she spent around £ 150 on these parts.
The thrifty spender also recycled an old IKEA dining table using old parquet from a theater building she worked in.
Deborah started planning her home makeover by creating mood boards on Pinterest.
With a background in theater, she spent years building sets and stages and now puts her skills to use.
Deborah, who lives with her dog Jack Russell Gus, said: “I love Pinterest, I always pin ideas on it.”
She added, “I browse Facebook Marketplace several times a day. It is a great place to do some good business.
“I found so many great pieces like small furniture and small decorative items too.
“I also like a charity shop and have lots of items from both at home.”
If you’re not good at DIY, Deborah says that even the smallest of changes can also transform an old piece of furniture – for example, changing its handles.
While most of her furniture is recycled DIY, Deborah also bought a few pieces from inexpensive chain stores such as B&M and Matalan.
She says her best advice is to check out Facebook Marketplace and eBay, but also mix up new items in budget stores.
She said: “I made a lot of mistakes that I learned but I love the result and I am very proud of it.
“It was a long and difficult project, but I think once you’re done and can enjoy an item you’ve created that is unique to your home, that’s the rewarding part.”
She added, “I still think the best way is to think about how you can reuse what you already have.
“There are so many great products on the market now, like sprays, paints and tacky vinyl, that you can recycle items on a budget. “
If you are planning to recycle your old furniture, make sure you are sure you can take on a DIY project before you get started.
Taking more than you planned could end up wasting money or ruining what you already have – but when it goes right, the results can be dramatic.
For example, we recently reported how a couple built their own DIY mirrored wall panel in their dining room for just £ 79.
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