Woman, 34, reveals how she transformed her £650,000 semi-detached five-bed home for £5,000


Pink palace! Mother, 34, reveals how she renovated her £650,000 five-bed home for under £5,000 with paint, second-hand finds and upcycling the furniture she already had

  • Mother-of-one Sophia Ferrari-Wills, 34, from Cambridge, started her colourful renovation during lockdown 
  • Having never delved into the world of interior design before, Sophia took on a whole new project
  • Each area of her home cost under £300 to paint, while all the furniture used had been bought previously 

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A mother-of-one has revealed how she transformed her £650,000 semi-detached five-bed home into a pink masterpiece for under £5,000 – thanks to upcycling her furniture and adding a fresh coat of paint throughout the house.

Sophia Ferrari-Wills, 34, from Cambridge, started her colourful renovation during lockdown, devoting large amounts of time to creating her very own style within her property.

Having never delved into the world of interior design before, Sophia, who now has 193,000 followers on Instagram, where she shares her renovation, took on a whole new project, finding happiness in her new creative venture.

Each area of her home cost under £300 to paint and decorate, while all the furniture used had been bought previously, upcycled or was the product of promotion. 

Despite the contents of her bedroom adding up to £2,806 in value, Sophia only paid £295 for paint, panelling, tools, metal workings and a framed print to decorate.  This renovation work was all whilst Sophie’s daughter, Clementine, aged 18 months, napped.

A mother-of-one has revealed how she transformed her £650,000 semi-detached five-bed home into a pink masterpiece for under £5,000. Pictured before the renovation

Her kitchen pictured after the renovation

A mother-of-one has revealed how she transformed her £650,000 semi-detached five-bed home into a pink masterpiece for under £5,000 (pictured before, left, and after, right)

Her stairs before the renovation, pictured

Sophia Ferrari-Wills, 34, from Cambridge, started her colourful renovation (pictured) during lockdown, devoting large amounts of time to creating her very own style within her property

Sophia Ferrari-Wills, 34, from Cambridge, started her colourful renovation (pictured right) during lockdown, devoting large amounts of time to creating her very own style within her property. Pictured left, her stairs before the renovation

Having never delved into the world of interior design before, Sophia, who now has 193,000 followers on Instagram, where she shares her renovation, took on a whole new project, finding happiness in her new creative venture. Pictured, her bathroom before the makeover

Sophia's bathroom after the makeover

Having never delved into the world of interior design before, Sophia, who now has 193,000 followers on Instagram, where she shares her renovation, took on a whole new project, finding happiness in her new creative venture. Pictured, Sophia’s bathroom before and after the makeover

Sophia, pictured

Each area of her home cost under £300 to paint and decorate (pictured), while all the furniture used had been bought previously

Each area of her home cost under £300 to paint and decorate (pictured right), while all the furniture used had been bought previously. Pictured left, Sophia

‘I created a floral mural at the top of our landing that was painted during the summer of lockdown and was my me time,’ Sophia said. 

‘The warmth and inviting nature of the colour pink means it works with any room – a north facing room gets a hint of warmth, an office receives a lick of calm, a kitchen is lifted by the presence of pink! It works with any colour too; the easiest colour to work with.

‘My style is probably a mix of contemporary, mid-century modern and bohemian. The scallop edge curves and pops of bold colour amongst the pastels links back to the retro 60’s and 70’s and the freedom to mesh various styles together is the bohemian element.

‘We have soldiered through most hurdles, but I would say transforming the kitchen by hand at seven months pregnant was no mean feat.’

Despite the contents of her bedroom adding up to £2,806 in value, Sophia only paid £295 for paint, panelling, tools, metal workings and a framed print to decorate. Pictured, the living room before the renovation

The living room after the renovation, pictured

Despite the contents of her bedroom adding up to £2,806 in value, Sophia only paid £295 for paint, panelling, tools, metal workings and a framed print to decorate. Pictured, the living room, before and after, the renovation

Sophia modernized her kitchen (pictured before the renovation) with fresh and bright colours - such as blue and pink, adding a fresh coat of paint to her cupboards

The kitchen pictured after the makeover

Sophia modernized her kitchen (pictured before the renovation, left, and after, right) with fresh and bright colours – such as blue and pink, adding a fresh coat of paint to her cupboards

This renovation work was all whilst Sophie's daughter, Clementine, aged 18 months, napped. Pictured, Clementine's bedroom following the makeover

This renovation work was all whilst Sophie’s daughter, Clementine, aged 18 months, napped. Pictured, Clementine’s bedroom following the makeover

Sophia’s video documenting her house transformation went viral recently with 23.6million views on Instagram and seven million on TikTok.

In the tongue-in-cheek video viewers see how Sophia shows off her pink kitchen and newly painted fridge and microwave, with her husband making an appearance, also matching the décor in all pink.

‘I painted our fridge pink in a comical reel whereby my husband had “said no” to painting it but I continued to do so anyway,’ said Sophia. 

Vibrant! The mother-of-one made sure every room in her house now stands out thanks to the bright colours she used to decorate

The living room after the transformation, pictured

Vibrant! The mother-of-one made sure every room in her house now stands out thanks to the bright colours she used to decorate (pictured)

The mother-of-one shares her decorating tips with her 193,000 followers on Instagram after starting the renovation in lockdown. Pictured, her living room before the makeover

The mother-of-one shares her decorating tips with her 193,000 followers on Instagram after starting the renovation in lockdown. Pictured, her living room before the makeover

Out with the old, in the with the new! Sophia ditched the neutral colours that were found throughout her house in favour of bright colours such as pinks and greens and yellows

The kitchen after the makeover, pictured

Out with the old, in the with the new! Sophia ditched the neutral colours (left) that were found throughout her house in favour of bright colours such as pinks and greens and yellows (right)

Bedroom Breakdown (£2,860): 

  • Paint- £120
  • Panelling- £60
  • DIY tools- £30
  • Loaf bed- £1,200
  • Mirror- £65
  • Metal working- £25
  • Framed print- £60
  • Rocker cuddle chair- £800
  • Bedside tables- upcycled at no cost
  • Mirror- promotional product
  • Triple wardrobe- £500

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‘I added to the idea by painting the microwave to match and subsequently included the cooker hood and oven too, thus creating a mini-series of “My Husband Said No.”‘ 

Sophia decorated the house over the course of two years, starting in March 2020. 

Each room typically took one to three days to paint, depending on the size and amount of coats needed. 

‘I have experienced a vast amount of positive feedback where followers are often keen to receive pointers on how to imitate my home decor, hear how I created the designs, wish to collect advice on how to decorate their own homes or simply to praise me on the unique style of our home,’ she said.

‘The home is our very own haven since we decorated it over the past couple of years, from pastel pink painted white goods, to a pink painted log burner, colour-blocked rooms, ice cream themed office and pastel-coloured shutters.’

From her success on social media, Sophia has since created a pink paint, named after her mini-series ‘My Husband Said No’. 

This will be released soon.

‘I’d like to include that my husband didn’t quite put up that much of a fight. He too loves a bit of pink and bought our pink sofa whilst I was asleep,’ said Sophia.

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