Woman’s incredible house makeover with thrifty hacks adds £30,000 to property value

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Rima Aktar said the Liverpool home was “very outdated” with blue walls and “damp” carpets throughout, but that they knew with a bit of TLC it could be the perfect base

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Woman gives outdated house incredible makeover with hacks

A woman has given her “outdated” home an incredible makeover using thrifty DIY hacks – and says she has added £30k to the property’s value in the process.

Rima Aktar bought her three-bedroom home for £125,000 in May last year alongside her husband.

The 29-year-old said the home was “very outdated” with blue walls and “damp” carpets throughout – but the Liverpool couple knew with a bit of TLC it could be the perfect base.

Equality and diversity lead Rima said: “My main goal was to add storage as my home didn’t have a lot of it.

“We made a DIY pantry area in the kitchen and added fitted wardrobes in our bedroom which perfectly fit into the alcoves.








The lounge pictured before the renovation
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“I also wanted to add panelling in almost every room, however we wanted to do this ourselves to save cost and be under budget.

“We learnt how to do it from Instagram tutorials and it’s honestly one of the most proudest achievements we have done with the house.”

The couple said that, while they didn’t want to do a major renovation or throw too much money at the property as they don’t consider it their “forever home”, they were determined to give it a fresh makeover that better suited their tastes.








Rima Aktar learnt a lot of DIY skills from Instagram tutorials
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They set about decorating in November 2020, painting the walls in neutral tones, ripping up the carpet to let the wooden floor breath, and adding panelling to the walls for a touch of glamour.

The couple also experimented with other DIY tasks including creating a makeshift pantry in a small corner of their kitchen, which they panelled, painted white and then screwed on some rustic-style shelves purchased from eBay.

Also in the kitchen, they made DIY shaker-style cabinets. They purchased MDF wood cut to their specifications that cost £70, and then fitted them.








The bathroom pictured before the renovation
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The bathroom after being renovated
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They also created a DIY Crittall-style shower screen for £10 by painting the frame black using a £3 tester pot, then using a 50mm vinyl tape she bought from eBay for £7 and cut to length, sticking it on the glass. For extra precision, she used a spirit level.

To furnish the home, they scoured Facebook Marketplace for second-hand furniture.

Rima estimates each room in the house took between 2-4 weeks to complete – with the couple usually working on them during the weekends.

They did all of the work themselves, aside from fitting their wardrobes, which they hired professionals to do.





Rima said: “The most difficult part was the painting – we have high ceilings and we found it to be draining at times, but it was worth it.

“We live in a fairly old house so wall cracks appeared which were difficult, but we have accepted that some of it adds to the character.”

In total, the couple have spent £3,000 on the renovations – including the cost of the fitted wardrobes.








They renovated the shower themselves
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The couple made a DIY pantry area in the kitchen
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Jam Press/@homewithrima_)



Now, the couple are focusing on transforming the two spare bedrooms and giving the hallway a mini makeover.

Rima added: “I have come to the conclusion that I will always have some decorating to do.

“But my husband has been my partner in DIY and I wouldn’t have been able to execute half of the ideas or plans without him – he truly is a gem.”

Rima claimed the house value has increased by £30,000 already and that she anticipates it being worth even more once fully finished.


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