We’ve all been there: You look around your home and can’t help but notice all the little or big things that need to be fixed, renovated, or refreshed. Maybe you’d like some new kitchen decor, or you still need to make those bathroom organization ideas a reality. Or perhaps you’d love to add value to your home with a DIY coffee station or home library.
Well, if you need a little extra motivation to take that first step, look no further than the best home improvement shows on TV. Those friendly show hosts and genius tips will inspire you to finally tackle that DIY project you’ve been daydreaming about but have been putting off for months.
Bargains from Facebook can do wonders
A disabled woman has shared how she transformed her entire home for under $18.4k – adding $86k to the value of her home while dealing with crippling symptoms of her chronic illness. Vic Au-Yeung, 42, from Herefordshire, West Midlands, spent the last five years renovating her $282k four-bed detached property.
Vic, who was born with Klippel-Feil syndrome, a rare bone disorder where two or more bones in the neck are fused together, uses a wheelchair but didn’t start showing severe symptoms until she was 35. As a result of KFS, she has also developed dystonia, a chronic condition in which muscles contract involuntarily, causing repetitive or twisting movements. Her health woes have meant Vic needed to make her home more accessible to her needs also.
With a keen passion for upcycling and DIY, Vic has shared how she decorated the home she shares with her husband and their 15-year-old daughter Jazmyn, even making her own furniture. She purchased her home with her husband, Shawn, 42, five years ago and has transformed it with bargain buys from the likes of eBay and Facebook Marketplace.
The mum-of-one has shared her transformations on her Instagram and let her followers in through the entire transformation journey. Two years into the project, Vic’s condition started to worsen, resulting in her leaving her job and having to also make the home more adaptable to her needs because she needs to use a wheelchair to move around.
The mother-of-one and her husband began renovating their home immediately after they bought it. In the kitchen, which took just £50 and four months to revamp, accessibility is key with an open-plan design. The rustic-chic interior has greenery draping from the ceiling onto the wooden-paneled breakfast bar. When the couple bought the house, the living room was painted lime green and white. They also got rid of the sofa, which was L-shaped and made of brown leather. They kept the bay windows but covered the heater. The living room costs were kept low with £30 on paint and some cheap eBay finds to decorate with.
The kitchen took just $61 and four months to revamp, accessibility is key with an open-plan design. The rustic-chic interior has greenery draping from the ceiling onto the wooden-paneled breakfast bar. The dining room, which cost just $25 to transform, is in the style of modern Scandi, with white chairs and a fluffy rug, which sit in between dark navy and gold storage units. In her bedroom, Vic spent around $370, while her daughter’s room transformation cost $250.