Husband and spouse DIY duo Mark Kelly and Kelly Kelly are so keen about money-saving dwelling renovations that they’ve arrange a enterprise serving to folks snag one of the best bargains.
Mark and Kelly, from Tyldesley, attempt to save cash on every part they purchase – from bagging on-line offers and scouring Fb Market, eBay and Gumtree.
They’ve additionally taught themselves easy methods to do many DIY duties, like tiling and joinery, to chop down on labour prices.
The couple created their beautiful kitchen at their household dwelling within the fashion of 1 they’d seen at a widely known kitchen retailer which might have a daily retail worth for the models at £8,000, for simply £500 – after bagging a cut price on on-line market Gumtree.
Mark mentioned: “We’re obsessive about saving cash – my spouse will let you know I’m tighter than cramp truthfully.
“We discovered the kitchen models for simply £500 on Gumtree, and when it turned up it included all of the home equipment as effectively, we couldn’t imagine it. It was in a proper state as a result of it was ex-display, however we cleaned it up and you’ll by no means comprehend it wasn’t new once we’d completed.”
They discovered the gray tiles on the market on a neighborhood Fb group – getting 4 packing containers for £20 – half the value of the identical fashion at Wickes.
And Mark created the island unit after bartering down a neighborhood vendor for 2 lengths of stable oak from the £150 asking worth to £100.
Flooring was bought at full worth – however with a bulk-buy saving as they wanted tiles for different rooms of their home as effectively.
They estimate the full price of the completed kitchen together with their time was £1,200 – an enormous saving on what they reckon would have costed £13,000+ on full price worth.
Mark, 48, and Kelly, 44, are skilled entertainers who do magic and music exhibits at stay venues and vacation parks – however when lockdown began in March 2020 their whole work schedule halted in a single day.
So to maintain busy, they turned to their DIY abilities as an alternative. They quickly realised there was a enterprise of their ethos – of blending bargain-hunting with intelligent design – and launched Rooms Reloved, serving to different folks do up rooms on a decent price range.
They purpose to purchase every part they want in renovations for half-price or much less by evaluating costs on-line, bartering or bulk-buying for the most important reductions.
Mark says: “When lockdown occurred, every part simply stopped for us as skilled entertainers and presenters. We had to take a look at what else we are able to do and draw on the abilities we’ve got obtained.
“I’ve taught myself DIY abilities through the years by shadowing native builders right here and there and youtube movies, whereas Kelly watches each design and makeover present on TV and lives on-line searching for new concepts earlier than I begin the work so we each decide as a lot up as potential actually.”
The enterprise has been such a success, that they’ve now caught the attention of TV producers who suppose the combo of room makeovers on a decent price range might be a rankings winner.
They’re keen about serving to different owners discover ways to discover one of the best bargains, in addition to to move on their very own DIY and design abilities to maintain prices as little as potential on inside design jobs.
Mark and Kelly stay at dwelling in Tyldesley with their three youngsters, Leah, 15, Beth, 11, and Logan, 4.
Kelly says: “With lockdown, persons are fed up of being trapped in their very own 4 partitions and need a change. We are saying it may be carried out if you happen to do one room at a time.
“We assist our shoppers discover every part they want in the event that they haven’t obtained the time or the price range, it’s to assist them use social media and to seek out one of the best bargains, and train them easy methods to haggle in outlets.”
Mark provides: “We additionally have a look at the place they’ll attempt to promote their undesirable objects as effectively, to recoup a few of their price range.”
The duo, who’ve beforehand featured on TV present Coach Journey, imagine there’s legs in a brand new fashion of makeover TV present to mirror the instances we stay in to profit from restricted budgets.
Mark mentioned: “There have been plenty of TV makeover exhibits the place a manufacturing firm will are available in, purchase all the gorgeous furnishings and costly wallpapers, but it surely doesn’t train the home-owner the abilities to make any modifications sooner or later.
“We wish to give folks the arrogance to refresh their properties, we encourage them to attempt issues for themselves.”
Their prime suggestions embody at all times buying round, even if you happen to discover an merchandise you want in a single specific retailer, they are saying by trying on-line you may typically discover one thing related for a less expensive worth or second-hand on Fb Market or native Fb teams within the space you reside.
Right here’s a have a look at another makeovers Mark and Kelly have just lately accomplished in Swinton and Astley.
Mark and Kelly turned this drained pink toilet right into a glossy and fashionable white tiled bathe room.
Complete spend: £699.07
(Excessive road spend would have been): £1,175.75
Saving whole: £476.68
All Faucets (Bathtub & Bathe mixer faucets & Single wash basin faucet – EBAY £59.99 (B&Q £120 for all)
Sandringham Wash basin & Pedestal & Plug – Metropolis plumbing £79.08 (B&Q worth for all £102.87)
Rest room – (Sandringham 21) – Fb Market place £50 money (B&Q £130)
Tiles (White metro tiles) & Edging strip & Adhesive – Wickes £141.73 (B&Q/Topps £184)
Grout 2 luggage – Wickes £24.99
Bathe riser rail – Screwfix (Cooke & Lewis) £25 (B&Q £33)
Bathe curtain pole – Screwfix £10 – (B&Q £18)
Bathtub panel 6mm MDF – Wickes £9.29
Paint (Gray Stylish shadow) – B&Ms £15
White silicon Sealant – Screwfix £3.99 (B&Ms £6.99 B&Q £9.47)
Plumber – (Mybuilder.com) £250 (Different quotes between £500 – £650)
Blind, Mirror, bathe curtain (B&Ms & The Vary) £30
Bed room makeover
Mark and Kelly had been tasked with a vibrant refresh of this bed room, they usually say you shouldn’t be afraid to make use of pops of color to create a enjoyable new look within the dwelling.
Complete price spend: £387.44
(Excessive road spend would have been): £870.43
Saving whole: £482.99
Paint – B&M (Dulux luscious lime & Dulux stylish shadow and Leyland White Matt emulsion – £43.95 – Finish of inventory so decreased!)
Supa wall Filler x 3 packing containers – B&M £15 (£5 for big field)
Cover – EBAY £12.99 (Wayfair £18.99)
Ikea Hemnes 6 drawer unit – Gumtree £50 (Ikea £199)
Ikea Brimnes Triple wardrobe – Fb Market (NEW) £60 (Ikea £150)
Ikea Kallax 4 shelf bookcase – Ebay £10 (IKEA £45)
Cushions x 4 – Dunelm £30
Gentle shade – Dunelm £20
Wicker chair – Fb market £10 (JD Williams £39)
Bedside desk – Wayfair £45
Giant Wicker/Twig coronary heart – Harrison Cropper on-line £49 (Wayfair £179.99)
Ikea orchid & Pot – Fb market place £5 (Ikea £15)
Curtains – Fb Market NEW £15 (Dunelm £35)
Curtain pole – B&M £7 (decreased as screws had been lacking)
Vase & Flowers – Nation Basket Astley £11