A group of six eco-conscious young professionals on a budget have revealed how they completely transformed their home in a day, spending just £216 each on charity finds. 

Alex Watts, and Anna Mead, both 28, share their four bedroom home in Camberwell, south London, with four flat mates.

They were desperate to give their tired house a revamp, but wanted to avoid spending too much money on the rented property, and keen not to invest in throw away buys.

The couple have told how they turned their cluttered and simple abode into a millennial paradise brimming with character, simply by painting their old furniture and buying some statement pieces from their local charity shop.

Solicitor Anna, and junior doctor Alex live with Alex’s brother Fraser, 26, a digital manager at an art dealership and three other junior doctors,  Edward, 28, Edward, 29, and Emily, 28.

Alex Watts and Anna Mead, in their mid 20s, revamped their south London home. Pictured one of the four bedroom before (left) and after (right) the transformation
The pair, who share the house with four other junior doctors, have completely transformed their home using  stock only from charity shops in an effort to be sustainable. Pictured: One bedroom after
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Alex Watts and Anna Mead, in their mid 20s, revamped their south London home. Pictured one of the four bedroom before (left) and after (right) the transformation. They spent just £88 on this room. They bought two bedside cabinets at £10 each, two bedside lamps at £4 each, assorted frames at £2-5 each, and a storage chest for £35

Solicitor Anna, and junior doctor Alex (pictured together) live with Alex's brother Fraser, 26, a digital manager at an art dealership and three other junior doctors, Edward, 28, Edward, 29, and Emily, 28

Solicitor Anna, and junior doctor Alex (pictured together) live with Alex's brother Fraser, 26, a digital manager at an art dealership and three other junior doctors, Edward, 28, Edward, 29, and Emily, 28

Solicitor Anna, and junior doctor Alex (pictured together) live with Alex’s brother Fraser, 26, a digital manager at an art dealership and three other junior doctors, Edward, 28, Edward, 29, and Emily, 28

The home update, which cost less than £1300, included a new bed and mattress for £150, four chairs for £40, bedside tables for £15 each, sets of draws for £20 and wooden wardrobes from £120. 

The group also bought smaller accessories such as lights and pictures, spending between £5 and £10 an item. 

The young professionals also sought help from interior designer Lynne Lambourne, who upcycled some existing furniture with a simple lick of chalk paint, giving them a brand new look. 

Speaking about the transformation, Alex said: ‘We’re thrilled with the results of the makeover – which surpassed all expectations! 

‘We were also really surprised by how cheap and easy it was. As a big house share, a lot of our furniture were hand me downs from family so it’s fab to have an update and put our stamp on it. 

Anna added: ‘We hadn’t realised that with a lick of paint, you can transform items into stylish pieces and were really impressed with the quality of items that get donated. 

‘The BHF free collection service was also really handy and meant we could donate back the pieces of furniture we no longer needed.’ 

The group in their mid-twenties, who share a four-bed house, spent less than £300 each to completely make over the home and even did the renovation in less than 24 hours. Pictured: Living room before
The home update, which cost less than £1700, included a new bed and mattress for £150, four chairs for £40, bedside tables for £15 each, sets of draws for £20 and wooden wardrobes from £120. Pictured: The living room after
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The group in their mid-twenties, who share a four-bed house, spent less than £300 each to completely make over the home and even did the renovation in less than 24 hours. Pictured: The living room before (left) and after (right) 

The home went from cluttered and messy to a chic modern millennial paradise from a combination of upcycling their existing furniture and buying second-hand from the British Heart Foundation. Pictured one of the bedrooms before (left) and after (right)
One bedroom was transformed by adding a headboard, new artwork and painting the cupboard dark blue
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The home went from cluttered and messy to a chic modern millennial paradise from a combination of upcycling their existing furniture and buying second-hand from the British Heart Foundation. Pictured one of the bedrooms before (left) and after (right).  In this room, they bought two bedside cabinets  at £15 each,  a new bed for £199, two bedside lamps for £4 each, under bed drawer for £5, a wardrobe for £120, a chair for £10, a mirror for £25, and two wooden baskets £3 each. In total they spent £242 revamping the room

The group were able to make simple changes by painting their existing furniture. Pictured: Bedroom one before

The group were able to make simple changes by painting their existing furniture. Pictured: Bedroom one before

In one bedroom they painted dark oak to a light. Pictured after

In one bedroom they painted dark oak to a light. Pictured after

The group were able to make simple changes by painting their existing furniture. In one bedroom they painted dark oak to a light grey. Pictured left, before, right, after

How much did they spend in each room? 

Bedroom 1 – 2 x Bedside cabinets £15 each, Bed £199, 2 Bedside lamps £4 each, Under bed drawer £5.​ Wardrobe £120, Chair £10, Mirror £25, 2 x Wooden Baskets £3 each.

Total: £242 

Bedroom 2 – Chair £10, Bureau £40.

Total cost: £50

Bedroom 3 – 1x Wardrobe £150, 1x Wardrobe £140, Double Chest of drawers £150, 2x Bedside cabinets £20 each, Bed £150, 2 x Bedside lamps £4 each, Chest Box £65, Be Brave Picture £8.

Total: £711

Bedroom 4: 2 x Bedside cabinets £10 each, 2x Bedside Lamps £4 each, Assorted frames £2-5 each, Storage chest £35​.

Total: £88

Living Room: Big picture £50, Coffee Table £20, TV Cabinet £75.

Total: £145

Kitchen: 4 x Chairs £10 each, Wooden Frame & Hooks £8, Side Table £15.

Total: £63

The young professionals also sought help from interior designer Lynne Lambourne, who upcycled some existing furniture with a simple lick of chalk paint, giving them a brand new look

The young professionals also sought help from interior designer Lynne Lambourne, who upcycled some existing furniture with a simple lick of chalk paint, giving them a brand new look

The young professionals also sought help from interior designer Lynne Lambourne, who upcycled some existing furniture with a simple lick of chalk paint, giving them a brand new look

The young professionals upcycled existing furniture with a simple lick of chalk paint, giving them a brand new look including painting old furniture to trendy chalk

The young professionals upcycled existing furniture with a simple lick of chalk paint, giving them a brand new look including painting old furniture to trendy chalk

The young professionals upcycled existing furniture with a simple lick of chalk paint, giving them a brand new look including painting old furniture to trendy chalk 

Speaking about the transformation, homeowner Alex said: 'We're thrilled with the results of the makeover - which surpassed all expectations!'. Pictured, the master bedroom after the transformation

Speaking about the transformation, homeowner Alex said: 'We're thrilled with the results of the makeover - which surpassed all expectations!'. Pictured, the master bedroom after the transformation

'We were also really surprised by how cheap and easy it was. As a big house share, a lot of our furniture were hand me downs from family so it's fab to have an update and put our stamp on it' Alex added. Pictured, the master bedroom after the transformation

'We were also really surprised by how cheap and easy it was. As a big house share, a lot of our furniture were hand me downs from family so it's fab to have an update and put our stamp on it' Alex added. Pictured, the master bedroom after the transformation

Speaking about the transformation, homeowner Alex said: ‘We’re thrilled with the results of the makeover – which surpassed all expectations! ‘We were also really surprised by how cheap and easy it was. As a big house share, a lot of our furniture were hand me downs from family so it’s fab to have an update and put our stamp on it.  Pictured, the master bedroom after the transformation

In one bedroom, the group swapped out old, dated chest of drawers and bedside tables
The second bedroom was given a sleek modern look after its transformation
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In one bedroom, the group swapped out old, dated chest of drawers and bedside tables for a sleek modern look.  They only spent £50 on this room, £10 on a chair and buying a bureau  for £40

The group also bought artwork and frames from the British Heart Foundation shop, giving the home a trendy modern feel

The group also bought artwork and frames from the British Heart Foundation shop, giving the home a trendy modern feel

The group also bought artwork and frames from the British Heart Foundation shop, giving the home a trendy modern feel 

The doctors decorated the living room with plants , hanging baskets and throw pillows. They bought the  picture £50, the coffee table £20 and a new TV Cabinet for £75, revamping the main room for just £145

The doctors decorated the living room with plants , hanging baskets and throw pillows. They bought the  picture £50, the coffee table £20 and a new TV Cabinet for £75, revamping the main room for just £145

The doctors decorated the living room with plants , hanging baskets and throw pillows. They bought the  picture £50, the coffee table £20 and a new TV Cabinet for £75, revamping the main room for just £145

In one bedroom, the group painted an oak bed frame and a peeling white chest of drawers dark blue, giving the room a classier and more sophisticated feel.

In another, they added a sleek headboard to the divan, making the home more cultured and sleek. 

To avoid any waste, in many rooms they painted oak or white furniture chalk or dark blue.

They also filled the home with plants  making the home a hit with the millennial housemates. 

In one bedroom, the group painted an oak bed frame and a peeling white chest of drawers dark blue, giving the room a classier and more sophisticated feel (pictured before)
In one bedroom, the group painted an oak bed frame and a peeling white chest of drawers dark blue, giving the room a classier and more sophisticated feel (pictured after)
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In one bedroom, the group painted an oak bed frame and a peeling white chest of drawers dark blue, giving the room a classier and more sophisticated feel

By adding a lick of paint to the furniture, the room was completely transformed from dull and drab to sophisticated. Pictured before
By adding a lick of paint to the furniture, the room was completely transformed from dull and drab to sophisticated. Pictured after
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By adding a lick of paint to the furniture, the room was completely transformed from dull and drab to sophisticated. They spent £711 in this room, including a wardrobe for £150 another wardrobe for £140, a double chest of drawers for £150, two bedside cabinets £20 each, a new bed  for £150, two bedside lamps at £4 each, and a chest box £65. To top it off they purchased the Be Brave picture for £8

In the kitchen, they switched out old chairs and hid away gadgets thanks to new storage. Pictured before
In the kitchen, they switched out old chairs and hid away gadgets thanks to new storage. Pictured after
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In the kitchen, they switched out old chairs and hid away gadgets thanks to new storage.  They bough four new chairs at £10 each, a wooden frame and  hooks for £8, and a side table for £15. Spending a total of £63 for the whole room

Interior Designer Lynne Lambourne said: ‘Giving this home an entire charity shop makeover was a fantastic challenge. 

‘The shops are like treasure troves where you can find really individual pieces that will give a home its own personal style. 

‘Plus adding a lick of paint will instantly makes them unique! 

‘Giving furniture a new lease of life is so important – not only in saving good quality items from landfill but also helping fund much needed research.’

The transformation was undertaken by the charity as part of its Reuse Revolution campaign. 

BHF are aiming to raise awareness of the possibilities of shopping second hand when it comes to the home, following the growing backlash against fast fashion.

Interior Designer Lynne Lambourne said: 'Giving this home an entire charity shop makeover was a fantastic challenge. The shops are like treasure troves where you can find really individual pieces that will give a home its own personal style'. Pictured: Bedroom 4 before

Interior Designer Lynne Lambourne said: 'Giving this home an entire charity shop makeover was a fantastic challenge. The shops are like treasure troves where you can find really individual pieces that will give a home its own personal style'. Pictured: Bedroom 4 before

Interior Designer Lynne Lambourne said: ‘Giving this home an entire charity shop makeover was a fantastic challenge. The shops are like treasure troves where you can find really individual pieces that will give a home its own personal style’. Pictured: Bedroom 4 before

'Giving furniture a new lease of life is so important - not only in saving good quality items from landfill but also helping fund much needed research' Lynne added. Pictured: Bedroom 4 after

'Giving furniture a new lease of life is so important - not only in saving good quality items from landfill but also helping fund much needed research' Lynne added. Pictured: Bedroom 4 after

‘Giving furniture a new lease of life is so important – not only in saving good quality items from landfill but also helping fund much needed research’ Lynne added. Pictured: Bedroom 4 after 

Last year, their home stores helped reuse and recycle over 42,000 tonnes of furniture and electrical products and rescued 180,000 sofas from landfill. 

This helped prevent 53,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions being released into the atmosphere.  

Allison Swaine-Hughes, Retail Director at the British Heart Foundation, said: ‘These photos show the amazing potential of shopping pre-loved for the home. 

‘You can find items that are both great value and good quality, as well as unique pieces that you wouldn’t get anywhere else.

‘Shopping with the BHF will help prevent items going to landfill, as well as support our vital research in to beating heart and circulatory disease’.

The transformation was undertaken by the charity as part of its Reuse Revolution campaign. Pictured:  a new storage space created in their kitchen

The transformation was undertaken by the charity as part of its Reuse Revolution campaign. Pictured:  a new storage space created in their kitchen

The transformation was undertaken by the charity as part of its Reuse Revolution campaign. Pictured:  a new storage space created in their kitchen

Source : Mail Online

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