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Couple buy run down 1930s house and renovate it on a budget with eBay bargains


The couple bought the home in March (Picture: Instagram/@letsmakethishouseahome)

For people who want to get on the property ladder, buying an Insta-ready showhome is rarely an option.

If you’re a stickler for your interiors, though, you can always opt to buy an older house and make it your own – just like this Nottingham couple did.

Helen and Ben, who have been sharing their renovations journey online, bought a 1930s fixer-upper in March, and have turned it around since then.

Sharing videos of their formerly-dated abode on their Let’s Make This House a Home TikTok and Instagram, you can see just how much work has gone into the property.

The kitchen, for example, had to be fully ripped out and started again, as well as digging into the garden to make an extension.

Old-fashioned tiles and bathroom fittings (such as the blue sink and bath) were taken down, the outside of the house was re-rendered, and walls were removed or repainted to create an open and modern space.

Many of the walls were panelled or ceilings were artexed, which the couple took down, opting for a less retro look.

The colour scheme throughout is now mostly neutral and pastel, with pops of gold and matte black.

The kitchen is unrecognisable from its former state (Picture: Instagram/@letsmakethishouseahome)

Many of the items the couple have bought for their ‘new’ abode have been from eBay, as well as sale bargains from the likes of Zara Home and La Redoute.

The couple’s kitchen was made by Howdens, and further products were purchased from Sklum, House of Dotcom, and Made.

Helen and Ben also saved money by doing digging, clearing up, sanding and varnishing floors, and removing paint and repainting themselves.

The pair’s videos have been a huge smash on TikTok, with one in particular having been viewed over two million times.

‘The whole house has been done so beautifully and tastefully. Timeless,’ one commenter said.

Another wrote: ‘Finally a house that isn ‘t all grey and boring and the same as everyone else’s. Love your interior.’

Although the couple haven’t been able to have people over due to coronavirus restrictions, they’ve been focusing on getting it looking perfect (with plenty of interiors content on their socials) in the meantime.

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