All’s well that ends well

WIN­NING LET­TER

Home (South Africa) - - YOUR SPACE -

Nicky Webb of East Lon­don writes About 18 months ago, my hus­band and I be­gan the ex­cit­ing, but daunt­ing, task of ren­o­vat­ing our house. Home had given me a head full of ideas and my hus­band a first-class ticket to a fool’s par­adise.

You see, he was en­thu­si­as­ti­cally read­ing about DIYers who had trans­formed their homes on a minis­cule bud­get. His wish list for our new house started and ended with “stick to the bud­get”. My wish list started with “slip­per bath” (and con­tin­ued in that vein for a page or two).

The prob­lem with his en­thu­si­asm was that these ea­ger home ren­o­va­tors all seemed to have day jobs that in­volved dab­bling with elec­tric­ity and bridge build­ing. My hus­band comes from a long line of DIY ne’er do wells. Don’t get me wrong; my in-laws are won­der­ful peo­ple, but their DIY pedi­gree in­cludes cut­ting through live elec­tric cords with scis­sors (they lived to tell the tale but blew a hole in the scis­sors). My own DIY lin­eage is equally dis­mal. I re­call mis­er­able week­ends spent prop­ping up a lean­ing ed­i­fice of melamine (sup­posed to be an easy-to-as­sem­ble cup­board) while my fa­ther grum­bled over the in­struc­tions. None of this boded well for the bud­get.

I am, how­ever, de­lighted to say that de­spite the rot­ten ge­netic hand we’ve been dealt, we’ve man­aged to tile floors, clad walls and even make cup­boards. Home was our in­spi­ra­tion, the in­ter­net and a caulk­ing gun our trusty side­kicks. Thank you to ev­ery­one at Home for boost­ing our DIY self-es­teem and pro­tect­ing my hus­band’s wal­let.

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