I transformed my boring sitting room into a chic space for under £100 using charity shop bargains and home-made throws

A DIY fan has revealed how she transformed her dull beige sitting room into a chic new space for under £100.

Graphic designer Megan Cameron, 27, bought her first home in Durham with her fiancé John, two years ago. 

Since then, Megan has turned the space into a moody, maximalist dream.

She spoke to Swyft Home about how she transformed her dated 1920s property on a modest budget:

She explains: “I’ve been obsessed with interiors ever since I bought my home. I have always been creative and loved designing, so decorating my own home was a dream for me.”

Megan breathed new life into her bland, magnolia living room on a strict £100 budget.

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She says: “The units and shelves we built didn’t cost much more than £100 and once painted it really made such a dramatic change to the room for the better. 

“I feel it makes it look like more of an expensive home and I have been able to add more decoration and plants to achieve that dramatic, maximalist finish”. 

DIY-savvy Megan shopped secondhand, upcycled an old chair from her dad and made her own cushions to keep the budget down to a minimum.

“To keep the budget down I’ve made a lot myself or used items gifted to me,” she says.

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“I’ve included a chair I got for free from my dad and painted it black and gold, along with cushions I’ve made myself and throws knitted from my nana.”  

“I’ve bought most of my furniture from second-hand shops and done them up myself, I’ve painted, added gold leaf and even wallpapered some of my furniture! I’ve recently started creating my own prints to put on the walls to save money as well! 

If I know I can do something myself I tend to as I love the challenge and how rewarding it feels knowing you’ve made something yourself rather than buying it.”

She used her DIY skills to renovate every room in the house without breaking the bank and with a little help from her father-in-law.

She says: “We renovated every room with a budget, we did this by doing 90% of things ourselves including ripping out wardrobes, building the units and shelves in the living room, ripping up and laying flooring, and replacing doors and skirting boards ourselves. 

“It was a lot of hard work and we spent around 6 months doing everything before we could move in… It was a lot of late nights and strenuous tasks but it was worth it in the end, and knowing we did it ourselves make it feel like the house is more your own!”

Megan likes to get adventurous with paint colours, and aside from the luxuriously deep charcoal she used on most of her walls, she also decided to paint the guest room ceiling pink – and now this is one of her favourite rooms! 

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“Painting the ceiling pink was the scariest but the best thing I’ve done. I remember sitting with the paint for about an hour thinking, should I do this?” she adds.

“I think if anyone wants to instantly change up a room and make it more exciting, painting the ceiling with a pop of colour will elevate any room and definitely get people talking! Every time we have guests over we always get comments on how amazing the room is. 

“I wanted to create an interesting space for my guests, by adding eclectic prints and furnishings it feels like you’re at a crazy museum. I’ve considered making this my bedroom a few times as I love it so much.”

When Megan moved in, the property was dated, but she saw its potential from the get-go.

“It was very outdated so we had to get ceilings and walls skimmed as our house was built in the 1920s,” Megan adds.

“We did get a few nasty surprises including uneven flooring, random holes in the walls (taped up with cereal boxes) and dodgy plumbing. This ended up costing us more but we got there in the end.

“Looking back at previous photos of the house it looks completely different just by changing the carpets and painting the walls!”

Megan used mood boards to help her design each and every room in the house.

She says: “When I first started decorating I knew exactly what I wanted each room to look like, I did this by creating mood boards for each room which I found really helped. 

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“The more I’d decorate the braver and more carried away I’d get, I’d paint more exciting colours, buy more eclectic décor and fill the walls with more prints. I would definitely describe my taste as eclectic, moody and maximalist. I know it’s not everyone’s taste but it’s mine and I love it. 

“I don’t understand why everyone wants their house to look like everyone else’s, it should be personal and reflect who you are.”

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