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I renovated my council house myself using bargains from Primark and B&M

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The living room wasn’t exactly homely (Picture: Celene Francis / SWNS)

A woman who moved into a run-down council house gave it a whole new lease of life by spending £3,000 of her own money. 

Celene Francis, 25, started renting her council house in April 2020. When she moved in, the mum said the house was in a ‘dire condition’ with plaster all over the floor, yellow ceilings and wallpaper peeling off the wall.

But the student midwife and mental health support worker was able to save her cash by using bargains from Primark, B&M Bargain and Ikea.

And she did all the renovations herself.

Celene and Indie love their home (Picture: Celene Francis / SWNS)

‘When we moved in the house was in a terrible state,’ Celene, from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, said.

‘It was just full of wallpaper – the doors were purple, and the flooring was terrible.

‘The person who previously lived here was a smoker, so all the ceilings and woodwork was yellow and the garden was overgrown – it was a mess really.’

The home’s transformation is still ongoing, as Celene, who lives with her daughter, Indie, three says she’s been renovating the house ‘bit by bit.

‘Once we moved in, I just had to gut everything,’ she said.

The hallway was a state (Picture: Celene Francis / SWNS)
The hallway after renovation (Picture: Celene Francis / SWNS)

‘We got everything out, that’s why I went for all-white walls as it was easy and clean. 

‘I started doing up the main rooms, the bedrooms and the living room. I’ve put new flooring in, changed the kitchen completely by painting the cupboards and adding a new worktop.’

‘I didn’t have loads of money to throw at it. That’s why I have been doing it gradually since I moved in, and I still have some bits left now.

‘But I’ve saved loads of money – I absolutely love B&M Bargains and Primark’s home section. I think I spent around £150 completely changing my kitchen.’

The living room left little to be desired (Picture: Celene Francis / SWNS)
Now it’s simple and chic (Picture: Celene Francis / SWNS)

Celene also has some handy tips for wanting to transform their abode – or simply refresh their interiors.

‘You need to have a plan of how you want the house to look before you start.

‘Have an idea about how you want your home to feel, you don’t want all the rooms to be different colours.

The entrance hall is totally transformed (Picture: Celene Francis / SWNS)
The garden is now perfectly maintained (Picture: Celene Francis / SWNS)

‘You want them to flow so every room ties in, keep colours the same throughout.

‘I think people should also think outside the box, get panelling or a slat wall, something unique to your home.’



All the changes Celene made to her house

  • Removed all wallpaper
  • Plastered walls and ceilings
  • Painted every room white to keep the house in one theme
  • Removed and replaced all the doors
  • Painted all the radiators black
  • Added panelled walls throughout the house
  • Refurbished the bathroom
  • Renovated the garden and added slack fences

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