Like many other women out there, I am quite partial to a good shopping trip, but nothing gives me greater pleasure than a good bargain. Those who know me personally will know that already, so it will come as no surprise to them that Kirstie Allsopp’s new Channel 4 programme Fill Your House For Free (Tuesdays 8pm) is right up my street.
The idea is that you can achieve a stylish, trendy and personal interior for absolutely zero pennies by scouring local furniture clearances, online marketplaces, antique fairs, skips and salvage yards. While it might take a little bit more effort and elbow grease to find and update something to suit your space, the results can be very rewarding – as the homeowners who enlisted Kirstie’s help found out and something which I aim to find out for myself.
Bitten by the freebie bug, I have already been looking on Freegle, Gumtree and Freecycle for ideas and pieces of furniture to include in the new house. I am trying to keep an open mind and thinking of ways to re-paint and re-upholster items to give them a new lease of life. The thing at the top of my wishlist is a mid-century style sideboard for either the living room or bedroom – I would love a nice teak one, but at a few hundred quid on the high street, finding a cheaper one has become my mission.
Watching Fill Your House For Free last night, I soaked up even more ideas and the Mr has even become inspired to make a coffee table out of ‘something’. One thing’s for sure, the cheaper we can furnish the new house, the better!
Is there anything more satisfying than getting something great and paying absolutely nothing for it? I think not. Forget the high street, I’m off to the car boot!