I saved £1.5k painting my own designer flooring

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A WOMAN has revealed how she saved over £1,500 by creating her own designer flooring.

Emma, ​​30, from Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, has achieved her dream home through numerous DIY projects, sharing her progress on Instagram.

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Emma was inspired by Orla Keily when she painted this stunning floor muralCredit: @ahouseonashbank / Leader Floors
Before the makeover, the room was in serious need of updating

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Before the makeover, the room was in serious need of updatingCredit: @ahouseonashbank / Leader Floors
Emma painted the floral design by hand after receiving a quote for £2,183

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Emma painted the floral design by hand after receiving a quote for £2,183Credit: @ahouseonashbank / Leader Floors

Speaking to Leader Floors, Emma said: “I love mixing patterns, colours, retro, vintage and industrial. I don’t think I have one style in particular, but rather a few that work together.

Emma’s love of retro styling is on full display throughout her home, but there are three rooms in particular that stand out, the master bedroom and two guest bedrooms.

These rooms feature hand-painted floors inspired by the prints of Orla Kiely.

Emma said: “We chose to paint the floor because I never find a rug that really suits my style. I just thought it was a really neat twist on the “feature wall”.

“We actually had a rug in the master bedroom when we first decorated 3 years ago, but it just didn’t work for me.”

In order to achieve the look she wanted, Emma was considering a cost of around £2,183 for flooring of a similar design.

In a bid to save where she could, Emma said: ‘I had the idea to pull up the carpet and paint the boards myself, and so that’s the direction we decided to take. to go.

“However, the floorboards were not in good enough condition to remain exposed, so we installed new ones on top of the existing ones ourselves.”

The process saved Emma and her partner an additional £500 on fitting costs.

She continued, “Once we installed the new floors, we primed and painted them with the ground color.

“I made a scale plan of the floor and the pattern I wanted to create, so I measured everything and made a stencil.

“I drew most of the pattern with a pencil, then painted layer by layer to build up the color and finished with 3 coats of floor varnish.”

In total, the floors in the three rooms cost just £636 to fully transform, which is a huge saving of £1,547 had she bought a patterned floor instead.

Emma added: “We also made our own cabinet doors to fit Ikea Pax, to make them completely bespoke.

“We had the MDF custom cut at B&Q and primed, painted and varnished it ourselves. We made Orla Kiely inspired pulls from scrap MDF using our power jigsaw and sander.

It’s not the only place in the house where Emma’s DIY skills have saved her money.

Speaking of their recent lateral return extension, Emma revealed, “We did everything other than the main construction ourselves – from digging and pouring the foundations to laying the concrete base. It saved us thousands of dollars!

“We also designed and fitted our own kitchen, buying elements from Howdens, then making all the drawer fronts and cupboard doors ourselves from birch plywood, painting, varnishing and adding handles. luxury. We even made our own micro-cement worktops!

If we see something we like, we try to figure out how we can make it or make it ourselves

Emma

“I also do tiling and wallpapering myself, which I love doing!”

Upcycling and restoring old and second-hand items is another thing Emma is a fan of in order to maintain a more retro vibe in her home.

Speaking about her biggest market, Emma said: “Our biggest market has been the vanity unit in our bathroom. We love retro 60s furniture and knew we wanted a piece to “upcycle” and turn into a sink.

“We bought one on eBay from a charity shop for just £30! We used an oil-based eggshell to provide water protection, which cost around £30, and with the taps and the sinks the whole set is around £220!Our end product was like the one we had seen on sale for over £1000!!It is like new two years later.

Sharing her top decorating and DIY tips, Emma urges, “DIY as much as you can! If we see something we like, we try to figure out how we can make it or make it ourselves – it can be your own version of something you’ve seen, which makes it unique, and often a fraction of the purchase price of a manufactured product!

“We have limits, but there’s so much you can do with a few basic tools, an electric jigsaw and a drill.”

And, when working on a budget, Emma recommends, “Be sure to figure out what materials and tools you’ll need to do the job before you start.

“That way you know roughly how much it’s going to cost, and if/where you can save and splurge.”

Emma wanted to give her kitchen a much needed update

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Emma wanted to give her kitchen a much needed updateCredit: @ahouseonashbank / Leader Floors
It now looks very elegant with trendy parquet

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It now looks very elegant with trendy parquetCredit: @ahouseonashbank / Leader Floors
The couple recycled this £30 vanity unit for the bathroom

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The couple recycled this £30 vanity unit for the bathroomCredit: @ahouseonashbank / Leader Floors

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