Bang on budget

Essentials (South Africa) - - HOME | REAL LIVING -

Al­though Jayne’s home has changed its look sev­eral times, she’s al­ways worked to a tight budget. She’s ac­cu­mu­lated lots of DIY tools and is happy to do her own dec­o­rat­ing, fur­ni­ture paint­ing and small wall­pa­per­ing jobs. She laid the lam­i­nate floor­ing in her bed­room her­self and has put flat-pack fur­ni­ture to­gether, too. She even made the wooden cof­fee ta­ble in the liv­ing area. ‘ What­ever the task, I’ll dig out in­for­ma­tion or a video on­line and then just have a go,’ she re­veals.

When­ever Jayne shifts away from a par­tic­u­lar de­sign, she’ll sell the items she no longer wants, so there’s money to re­place them with some­thing new. She bought a sec­ond-hand drinks trol­ley re­cently. ‘ It looks great in my liv­ing room, but it’s def­i­nitely a trend right now, so when I get fed up with it, I’ll put it up on­line for sale,’ she says.

idea to steal Make your fea­ture wall­pa­per the start­ing point for the rest of the decor – pick an ac­cent colour and add ac­ces­sories to match Jayne’s son Harry chose the brick­ef­fect wall­pa­per. It was bought as a four-part mu­ral and looks re­ally au­then­tic; the bed came from a neigh­bour, who was giv­ing it away.

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