Last week, we hungout on Google+ with our design ambassador, Abigail Ahern. She let us quiz her on your behalf, as we talked on a number of topics including DIY decorating on a budget and those all important do’s and don’ts with any design project. Abigail has been obsessed with interiors since she was around six years old and made her sister save up her pocket money to change their bedroom carpet to floorboards. If you missed her advice on decorating on a budget, don’t worry we’ll recap for you or you can watch the hangout in full here.
Why she advocates cheap and cheerful designing
When Abigail relocated back from America with her husband, they spent a lot of money on the renovation of their four storey house. They had no money for the fun part which is where she desperately wanted the money to be spent, so she had to get creative. It made her realise that “style has nothing to do with money and everything to do with creativity”, as she put it. Now she finds her passion in producing glamorous products that look expensive but are actually cheap to create.
Budget busting tips
If you’re a regular reader of Abigail’s blog posts, you’ll remember that she’s a big fan of finding furniture at a flea market and spray painting it a different colour. She revealed that there’s no market at the moment for brown furniture, so you can pick up dining tables, wardrobes and bedside tables for under £50.
During the hangout however, she offered some extra advice for sealing that high-end look… We can all buy sprayers from DIY stores and spray furniture ourselves but if we take our items to a garage, they’ll spray it in car paint to produce a lacquered effect. It’s very high gloss and a look that’s expensive to buy pre-made, whereas a garage will give you the same effect for a much lower price.
The ideal DIY result
As Abigail says, she likes “DIY to not feel like a craft project and something that you sort of do in preschool. “ She prefers it to feel glamorous to the extent that you don’t know that it’s DIY and mistake it for a professional design job. It’s all about gloss to add glamour, so avoid a matte finish if that’s the look you’re aiming for.
Credit for all images belongs to Abigail Ahern.
To hear more of Abigail’s tips, including how to decorate an open plan home, visit our Youtube channel where you can catchup on all of last week’s action. It’s especially worth a look if, like Lisa S, you’re wondering what she thinks about this year’s pastel trend!
For help and ideas with redecorating on a budget, post a job on Rated People in our Painter / Decorator category to receive quotes from our qualified and trusted tradesmen.