A bit about me
I’m Maxine Brady and I live in a two-bed house in Brighton with my Maltese dog, Teddy.
My renovating experience…
Month by month I would tackle something in my bedroom, saving up for the renovations as I went. First off, my plumber moved the radiator to under the windows to free up wall space. A bulk of my budget went on repairing the rotten sash windows to stop draughts, and then blinds were put up.
To save money, my dad and I stripped off all the wallpaper and underneath we found the plaster was crumbling. I called tradesmen to plaster the walls and sort out the damp.
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A reclaimed fireplace was installed at the chimney breast. The fireplace was installed at the chimney breast – it was originally in my dining room and I ripped it out when renovating the downstairs, saving it to install in my bedroom.
I found the plaster ceiling rose in a skip years ago, and it had been stored in my parents’ garage for over 15 years, just waiting for the perfect place to be fitted. Once the plaster was dry, I painted everything grey, including the ceilings, woodwork and walls.
Maxine has dressed her bed in sumptuous style, with a mix of decorative cushions and a soft throw in baby pink
However, I quickly realised this was a big mistake – the room felt dark and gloomy – so I painted the ceiling white to brighten it. A bulk of my budget went on plastering, paint and new carpets, but I saved money elsewhere, furnishing the space with junk shop finds.
My chest of drawers was just £15 while my wardrobe was £100. To make the furniture blend in with the room, I upcycled them with a lick of paint.
I found the Chinese rug in my mum’s attic. It’s worn in patches, but I love it. The colours go perfectly with the style and colours in my home.
An Art Deco mirror was carefully restored by a glazier. ‘The small shelf is ideal for displaying my perfume bottles,’ says Maxine
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Maxine’s renovation cost a total £1,757
Look out for junk shop finds
‘My bedroom is unashamedly girly – I love all the pastel colours’ says Maxine
Almost all the furniture in Maxine’s bedroom was bought at junk shops, flea markets or in charity shops. By upcycling, she gave them a new lease of life, either by reupholstering or painting them.
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Reuse period features
‘My favourite part… I’m torn between my pretty fireplace and my shoe cupboard – it makes me feel like Carrie from Sex and the City’ says Maxine
The antique Art Deco fireplace was salvaged from Maxine’s dining room and was installed by her plasterer, creating a beautiful focal point in her bedroom. She then painted the metal hearth white to help it blend into the colour scheme of the room.
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