DIY-savvy woman adds £65k to the value of her property using upcycling hacks

Negi and her partner Paul with their two cats (Picture: Drum World)

A woman who added £65,000 to the value of her home has told how she did so by upcycling low-cost furniture to look designer.

Surgeon Negi Pirmajid, 34, lives with her fiancé Paul Moody, 34, and their two cats, Gus and Lucy, in Birmingham.

The couple bought the property because of its amazing location and original period features like coving, ceiling roses, Minton tiles and high ceilings.

They only viewed it once before putting down an offer and following its acceptance, moved in. Once in there, however, they found a series of problems they hadn’t expected.

The walls were made of crumbling Victorian lath and plaster and when the couple began demolishing areas they found it was held together with horsehair from the 1890s.

The kitchen before (Picture: Drum World)
And after (Picture: Drum World)

The walls were also covered in woodchip wallpaper, and had turned yellow with nicotine staining. The living room ceiling was bowed and cracked and the carpets were in desperate need of replacing.

With a few bargains, though, and some inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram, Negi was able to turn her home into a modern oasis.

Some of Negi’s favourite budget decorating tips include a DIY wall panel effect, which she achieved using pine moulding, wood adhesive, and a quick coat of paint – with the luxurious touch only costing £60 per medium sized wall.

The bathroom was clearly decades old (Picture: Drum World)
The bathroom is spacious and modern (Picture: Drum World)

She also enjoys upcycling cheap items into designer knock-offs, turning an Ikea Kallax unit into West Elm inspired sideboard – and saving herself £1354 in the process – using just Kallax shelves and inserts, wooden moulding, and legs and handles.

Negi said: ‘I’m inspired by natural textures like wood, clay, linen and plants. I would describe my interior style as warm, simple, natural and full of textures.

‘My mum was always very focused on creating a warm and inviting home which has always been an inspiration to me.’

The garden was crying out for some attention (Picture: Drum World)
It’s now Scandi-inspired and tranquil (Picture: Drum World)

In total, the couple have added £65,000 in value to the property and spent £10,000 on refurbishing the kitchen and £8,000 on the bathroom.

They’ve spent approximately £35,000 on refurbishing their house so far, with Negi taking on some of the final stages of decorating on her own to cut costs.

‘We’ve kept the structural work quite minimal,’ she added.

The living room before (Picture: Drum World)
Here’s the living room now, complete with some minimalist Halloween decorations (Picture: Drum World)

‘We opened up the galley kitchen into the dining room and then had the kitchen wall removed to open up into the little extension at the back. All in all, it probably cost us around £4,000.’

The couple say they’re planning to move house in three to four years.

Negi said: ‘Our future plans for the house include a loft extension which we expect to cost twenty-five to thirty thousand pounds.

And the beige bedroom (Picture: Drum World)
Negi kept some of the neutral colours, but updated the sleeping areas (Picture: Drum World)

‘Then it will just be smaller projects to optimise our space like fitted wardrobes and more storage.’

She added: ‘My advice to other people who want to decorate their homes is to start a Pinterest board for each room and don’t rush decor decisions.

‘If you can, try to live in the space for a while and get a sense for how each space is going to be used.

‘Get to know what the light is like and what direction it comes from when you’re making painting decisions.

‘Don’t rush to buy furniture and finally remember it’s okay to change your mind.’

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