Shade, who has more than 100,000 followers on Instagram and 29,000 subscribers on YouTube, has been sharing her home transformations with fans for years. The DIY expert bought her own stunning home almost three years ago in Newcastle. Since then, she has made a plethora of changes to her home, giving it her own unique touch.
Shade has shared insight into her incredible home transformations, as well as her favourite DIY tips and brands, with Express.co.uk – so you can try them out for yourself.
Downstairs toilets are the perfect place to let loose when it comes to interior decor.
Bright colours, bold statements and snazzy pictures can look incredible in a limited space.
Shade said her downstairs loo is one of her favourite transformations.
“The before and afters are just so contrasting,” she said.
“I had a bevelled mirror, white walls, white shelves – it was really plain and boring.
“I decided I wanted something that was so different.”
Shade said she ended up doing black panelling from the middle of the walls to the floor across the whole room.
She also installed dark, glittery tree-themed wallpaper above the panelling.
“When you open the door, if you don’t know that’s what my bathroom looks like, it’s very impactful,” she said.
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The DIY expert said it only took her a weekend to complete the majority of the project.
Shade said downstairs bathrooms are rooms where you shouldn’t feel like you have to worry about playing around with texture, colour or patterns.
“It’s a room you can have a bit of fun with, I think,” she added.
Dining room table
Shade’s dining room table used to be a slightly dated pine table in need of some TLC.
While many people would simply chuck theirs away in favour of a new, more stylish one, Shade decided to upcycle hers.
Following the recent trend in monochrome colours, Shade decided to paint her table matte black.
Paired with cream upholstered dining chairs, cream carpets and a white dining set, the table looks slick and stylish.
Shade dressed the table using neutral colours to ensure her table is the focal point of the room.
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A peak inside Shade’s bedroom reveals a stylish, sleek look with a similar theme to the dining room.
Shade has used taupe panelling to give the room an extra dimension while adding a touch of colour.
Like her dining table, Shade upcycled her secondhand chest of drawers.
She revealed on Instagram that she bought the drawers secondhand for £40.
She then painted them and sprayed the handles gold.
A white and grey quilt, black cushions and white bedding gives the room an expensive-looking finish.
Shade’s favourite DIY tips
“My favourite DIY tip is to get things second hand and upcycle them,” she said.
“I love anything that’s new and shiny, however, I absolutely love checking Facebook marketplace several times a day for gems that I think I can turn from trash to treasure.”
When charity shops and secondhand shops are open, Shade often visits them throughout the week to see what’s new.
Shade said she likes being able to modernise secondhand furniture and embellish it with her own creative flair.
She added: “Even stuff in my house that I’ve had for a little while, I will upcycle.”
In a recent project, Shade upcycled a chest of old IKEA drawers so they looked modern and new.
Shade’s favourite aspect of upcycling is how sustainable it can be.
She said: “I think if you have a look at what’s in your house and see if you can make it a current trend by painting it or adding moulding to it or restructuring it in some sort of way.
“That’s more sustainable than buying all the time and throwing it in the trash – we never really know what it’s doing to the environment.”
Shade’s tips for bathrooms and kitchens
“The ideal would be to strip it all out and repaint it, add gorgeous new tiles and new cabinets and make it really trendy and modern. But that’s not always possible, especially if you’re renting,” she said.
For a kitchen, Shade said if you can, you should try painting your cabinets.
“If they’re not your style, if they’re quite old and if they’re wooden it would be quite easy to paint them.
“That gives the room an immediate ‘wow factor’.”
Shade urged homeowners and renters not to do a “bodge job” but to do their research before embarking on a project.
“It’s really key that people know what they’re doing and what techniques they’re using and even practice on something smaller before taking on a big task,” she added.
Shade also recommended changing out handles and taps or even painting them.
She said black and gold are quite “on-trend” colours and could give an old cabinet a new lease of life.
The DIY expert also recommended switching up the floor in a bathroom.
She said you can use self-adhesive floor tiles if you’re not confident in tiling floors yourself.
She recommended sticky back plastic floor tiles which not only have pretty patterns but are also easy to install and easy to remove if you fancy changing them further down the line.
You can also use them on walls instead of tiles or as a splash back in the kitchen.
Shop like Shade
If you love Shade’s interior decor look, fear not, as she has also shared some of her favourite brands with us.
Her favourite tool brand is WORX which she said the brand “has a tool for everything”.
She said the products are battery operated with the batteries being interchangeable between all the tools.
For interior decor, Home Sense is Shade’s “absolute favourite”.
Her other favourites include H&M Home and small business Gwendolynloves Interiors.
Shade’s favourite paint brands include Frenchicpaint, Dulux, Lick and Graham & Brown.
She said they’re all brands she would recommend as they have good colour selections and only require a few coats.
The home makeover sensation said she buys most of her furniture from Ikea.
She added: “But when I get something, I don’t always think, ‘Oh, this is just how it’s going to be in my house’.
“I look at it and I think what could it potentially be if I changed the handles etc.
“That’s something I would recommend to people. Ikea actually have a lot of potential when it comes to being able to customise pieces and make them more bespoke and fitting to your home.”