We transformed our old council house with second hand bargains, our renovations meant it doubled in value

DECORATING your home can sometimes be more hassle than it's worth

But it doesn't have to be, a dash of colour can make all the difference.

After saving for five years, this couple started their ex council house renovation.

Laura and Graham Hall bought the home for £140,000 in 2015 and have scrimped and saved to be able to transform it into their dream home.

Their savvy DIY skills have paid off and now their home is worth an estimated £280,000.

Laura, 37, explained: "It needed completely renovating when we moved in as the walls were covered in old, textured wallpaper.

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"There was a lot of nicotine stains so we immediately ripped out the carpets and blinds to get the smell out and made it liveable."

After a fresh lick of paint the renovations were well on the way, the pair opted for yellow and blue in the living room and continued the vibrant theme throughout the house.

The mum-of-two shared: "The house I grew up in was full of interesting objects and artwork so that’s what I’m used to.

‘”I love colour but I like putting it together in a way that’s tasteful.

"Downstairs, we have a family room that is blue and yellow and a second living room which is known to the kids as 'mummy’s room', which has a Victorian parlour theme with dark walls and a green sofa."

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The couple managed to save a lot by getting most of the furniture secondhand.

"I don't like spending money if I don't have to and I like being sustainable so I tend to always source things before buying new," Laura confessed.

"I'm into vintage, mid-century styles and a lot of my furniture has come from eBay, charity shops, or Facebook marketplace.

"I found my dining table on eBay and my green sofa on Facebook marketplace so it's definitely worth having a look and you end up with a more interesting home with stories behind the furniture."

The couple's thriftiness paid off, their home has not only drastically increased in value, but it looks amazing too.

Taking risks by using bold wallpaper and bright paint in the bathroom made all the difference, and the yellow loo is the cherry on top.

"There’s lots of ways to inject colour into the house," Laura said.

"Even if you use colourful accessories, it’s a good way to work out what colours you like.

"It’s instinctive so you can do basic research on how colours affect your mood.

"Small spaces are a great space to go crazy with colours.

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"I have a pink sink I found in a tip and a yellow vintage toilet I found on Facebook marketplace.

"You can be quirky."

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