House to Home: A lounge to be proud of

Home improvement blogger Becky Pink is doing up a 1970s house on a budget, without scrimping on style. Her first ‘House to Home’ column for Celebrate:MK – sponsored by The Door Studio – focuses on her lounge.

According to a poll from the Spring Fair homeware show, only 44% of Brits are happy with their homes.

Tackling the lounge is the top task for 81% of us, and it’s the first room we worked on as we spend so much time here.

This is how it looked when we bought the house…

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The first thing we did was take a chainsaw to those fake beams.

Then came the dreaded wallpaper stripping and ceiling skimming, as it was full of holes.

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Next we took up the carpet, which may have been there since the Seventies. We painted the walls and the fire surround, and added new flooring, radiators, doors, lights and curtains.

We brought the furniture from our old house and are saving for a new grey sofa to replace the rather sad brown one (pictured below right).

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I plan to get our smaller Ercol sofa and chair reupholstered in grey.

I’d also love to get the wood stripped back to the pale oak that is lurking beneath the dark varnish, but I’m yet to find someone who can do this.

I’m glad we took pictures before we started, as it’s so satisfying looking back at how it looked back then.

Our next project is the kitchen, which I have been dying to do since we moved in!

Will 2017 be the year you tackle those home renovations?

Decorating can be an expensive and messy business, but it makes a huge difference to how happy we are in our homes.

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Becky Pink is a freelance copywriter and journalist who blogs about her family, life and home at pinkscharming.com. You can also follow her on Instagram and Twitter: @pinkscharming

This article was first published in the March issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine, which is exclusively the only local magazine available for pick-up in the Milton Keynes branch of Waitrose. You can also pick up a copy from David Lloyd Club in Newlands or from University Campus Milton Keynes. It is delivered to 10,000 homes and businesses each month. Read the full March digital edition by clicking here.

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