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Bungalow renovation: incredible DIY hacks and before vs after pictures

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Take a look inside this incredible bungalow renovation for all the DIY inspiration you could need. We have a feeling you’ll be trying these nifty hacks out by the weekend.

It was June 2019 when Michaela Shoebridge, 35, and her partner signed the deeds to their dream home in Kingston Upon Hull. The property in question is a modern, spacious bungalow built in the 80s, situated in a private cul-de-sac in a picturesque village.

The couple had a lot to work with. Although on one level, the bungalow has four bedrooms one of which has an en-suite, a living room, kitchen and utility room, a bathroom and a large conservatory which opens up onto the back lawn.

The couple immediately fell in love with the idyllic location and privacy, but what they didn’t bank on was the ceiling collapsing in both the hallway and bedroom just as they were about to exchange. “We always knew that this property would need a lot of TLC but as we love a challenge we didn’t see it as a problem,” Shoebridge says. 

“It was dated and neglected when we first saw it, but we had high hopes about what we could do. Then, just before we purchased the property there was a huge leak from the water tank located in the loft. As the property was empty at the time, it was around two weeks until the leak was discovered which resulted in the ceiling in one of the bedrooms and our hallway completely caving in.”

The previous owner was instructed to repair the damage in good time; however, the old water tank remained which Shoebridge says gave her “extreme anxiety”. Because of this, the new homeowners’ first job was to purchase a new boiler and fix up the old plumbing to avoid another disaster – although there were more glamorous changes she would have liked to start with!

Micheala Shoebridge
Bathroom: before and after.

Shoebridge regards her tight budget as being one of the most difficult parts of doing her renovation, although it is also something that pushed her to be creative. Conscious of keeping costs down, the pair first assessed what would take up the biggest chunk of their budget and decided to attribute this to installing a double-sided log burner situated in the main living space, replacing the old wooden rotten windows throughout the house and a ripping out and installing a new bathroom suite.

“Our dream kitchen is unfortunately postponed until our savings are topped up. We quickly realised houses are expensive! So, whilst we continue to save for the bigger jobs, we have been busy transforming our home with cost-effective DIY hacks and temporary upcycles,” Shoebridge enthusiastically explains. 

Michaela Shoebridge
Dining area: before and after.

Best DIY hack… faux terrazzo flooring 

“I’ve always loved the terrazzo floor look but it can be quite expensive. We managed to get the same effect and transform our hallway and kitchen tiles by simply painting them with our chosen base colour and then scattering paint chips over the wet paint. The total cost of less than £50.”

Michaela Shoebridge
Terrazzo flooring: before and after.

Favourite room… the living and dining areas

“My favourite part of the house is definitely the lounge and dining areas. The space had a lot of potential from the beginning as the living room has a fantastic view of the garden and it’s a perfect size being spacious and yet cosy.

“We elevated the space by knocking the chimney through from the living room to the dining area and it was one of the best decisions we have made. Now, both areas benefit from a double-sided log burner, which is keeping us warm on the wintry nights.”

Michaela Shoebridge
Living room: before and after.

Biggest challenge… staying within budget

“The hardest part was definitely managing our limited budget. We tried to compromise on many of our projects by finding more cost-effective ways to achieve the high-end look. Hence, why we decided to design and build our own radiator covers instead of replacing the radiator. 

“We also designed and built our own dining table and transforming our floors by painting the existing tiles and using stencils instead of buying expensive new ones.”

Micheala Shoebridge
Bedroom: before and after.

Michaela’s top 3 home accounts:

  • Daniela Tasca York

    Daniela Tasca York is an esteemed interior designer and co-founder of a soon-to-launch homeware brand, with a style which is all about rejoicing in neutrality. 

    Cream, beige, tan and black feature a lot in her posts with an interior design style which has been honed to a tee.

  • Oak Apple Decor

    Oak Apple Decor is the interior design blog of Marisa and Chris, who are doing up their barn conversion home. 

    Expect lots of DIY hacks, drool-worthy inspiration and plenty of pictures of their rustic, homely and on-trend style.

  • Our Home at Number 30

    Nature is at the heart of this beautiful home account which serves up some innovative plant-inspired accessories such as a pampas grass Christmas tree.

    With plenty of creams and greens, we feel calmer just looking at it.

Michaela’s top 3 small homeware brands:

  • Green Lili

    Green & Lilli
    Green & Lilli

    Green Lili delivers a happy mix of on-trend artwork and soft furnishings, like this dusty pink rug. 

    It’s a great place to shop for big canvas pieces to fill larger wall spaces. 

    Shop pink boho fringe rug at Green Lili, £99

  • Curated Grey

    Curated grey
    Curated grey

    The female form has provided ample inspiration for ceramics and vases over the last year with lots of brands giving their own take. 

    Shoebridge particularly likes Curated Grey’s cheeky bum vase, which has a wide neck for lots of flowers.

    Shop cheeky white bum vase at Curated Grey, £49.99

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Images: Michaela Shoebridge


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Megan Murray

Megan Murray is a senior digital writer for, who enjoys writing about homeware (particularly candles), travel, food trends, restaurants and all the wonderful things London has to offer.

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