Mum transforms her plain new-build into multicoloured paradise – all through upcycling

A creative owner totally transformed her unremarkable new build into a multi-coloured home after going on an upcycling spree.

Adele Thomas, 50, used her skills over the course of four years to give her once ‘boring’ house a new lease of life.

The drab new build now has genuine character with people even mistaking it for a shop.

The detached home Llangollen, Wales, is totally unrecognisable after her marathon refurb.

Adele lives with husband, Rob, 54, and her children, Ruby, 17, and Roman, 13, is now a striking hub of eclectic touches and features.

The full time mum said: “The house was much more neutral before I started transforming it as that just wasn’t me at all.

“So I changed it up and became a bit braver. I think going on Instagram made me think like that – ‘if other people can do this then I can’ and experiment.

“I just thought, it’s just paint and you can paint over it can’t you?”

One of her very first projects saw Adele trying her hand at adapting something battered and worn, a simple monk bench that had been purchased at Dunelm which was touched up with vintro paint.

She said: “I painted it purple to go with my kitchen – that was one of my first projects and I’ve worked my way through all of the rooms, trying to do a bit in each of them and thinking what I can do next.”

She would even then try her hand at putting a brightly coloured orange feature wall in their bathroom.

Adele said: “I decided I would try to paint and be a bit daring, doing feature walls in a couple of rooms.

“I started in the bathroom, an orange one that was a bit of a shock for the family.

“When my son came home from school, he called up his dad and ‘said look at what mums done now.’”

However, the family have come to love and appreciate Adele’s hard work, with her daughter Ruby even helping her set up Instagram account @lifes_colourful_path to share her remarkable creations.

Rob even splits work on the exterior and garden with Adele, along with crafting custom furniture – including beautifully designed beds.

Part of what makes Adele’s home so special is the fact she’s been able to tailor it to her own tastes by upcycling items.

She said: “I would say it’s adapting things to your own style and taste – using chalk paint, spray paint or adding things, different materials or even stickers.

“This gets it to fit into the look of what you’re going for.”

Thanks to her continuing to look for new ideas she came across a Sussex based artist who used the unusual combination of orange and teal, Adele transformed her living based around this simple spark of inspiration.

She said: “I think colours that are pleasing to the eye are important to have.

“Particularly the lounge with teal and orange, as we have a lot of bad weather here, I wanted something warm and cosy.

“It just makes it more homely and not just a cream or magnolia box. Colours I feel drawn to are what I go for.

“My mum was also a colour consultant for many years as well, I learnt a lot from her but it’s usually more linked to what you wear.

“So, I tend to be drawn to colours that I’d typically wear, not the lounge so much but teal does suit everybody and mixes with most colours. It always helped with my look.”