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NOW CLOSED Do you have an unloved room in your home? Sign up here to revamp it with B&Q and receive a £300 gift card

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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 03-May-13 11:25:14

As part of our partnership with B&Q, we're looking for 20 MNers who have an unloved room in their home that they'd like to revamp. Do you have a sad and tired spare room you'd like to make over? A living room in need of a spruce? Or a bedroom crying out for redecoration?

Here is what B&Q say about their unloved rooms initiative: "This summer, we're launching a new initiative to help Britain say goodbye to its unloved rooms. Most homes have one - a spare room that's more of a cupboard, a tired and broken bathroom from a different era, even an overgrown garden that's become a jungle. With our vast range of home decoration products and simple expert advice, we want more people to see that making a big difference doesn't need to be difficult or expensive. Whether it's picking the right look, choosing the right products, at the right price or simply finding out how to make it happen, we're making sure you'll find it all under one roof at B&Q."

If you're selected to take part you'll:

- Be sent a £300 B&Q gift card to spend as you wish on materials to re-decorate/revamp your unloved room
- Need to be available to complete your room revamp between 14 May and 3 June
- Write feedback on how your revamp is going during that time on a thread on MN
- Need to send in photos to MNHQ of before, during and after the revamp

10 of the 20 participants will also need to film their revamp process on their smartphone (via an app we'll need you to download). Those MNers will receive an additional £25 B&Q gift card as a thank you for doing filming.

B&Q would also like participants to attend a You Can Do It class in store if possible - this would be free of charge but they're only available in certain stores. This isn't essential to taking part but please indicate on the sign up form (link below) which store you could get to if you would like to attend.

If you'd like to take part, please sign up here.

Any queries, please post them here.

Thanks and good luck
MNHQ

Visit B&Q's pages for more inspiration

ouryve Thu 16-May-13 22:15:33

gazzalw, you just need to use a fairly thick paint, use masking tape to secure the stencil and roll or dab the paint over it.

We spent £210, tonight! A big proportion of that was on new shelves. There were Orange cushions on sale, to clash go with the red Poang chair and we couldn't resist the reduced £6 alphabetti spaghetti picture! DS1 also bought some new saws as we have a window surround to at least temporarily tidy up - there's been water coming in around the window (and we have the rotten door frames and crumbling plaster downstairs to show for it hmm). The seal in the glass has gone and one of the windows is cracked - plus it's warped. We can't change it until we chip the render off the outside of the house.

Do you reckon it might just be cheaper and easier to move?

gazzalw Fri 17-May-13 07:56:12

Thanks Ouryve...

FourLittleDudes Fri 17-May-13 08:26:52

I can't wait to get spending and make a start but the preparation part is so boring, I'm having to do it in drips and drabs as I have a toddler and 3 month old at home with me all day and have to fit in school runs for the older children. I have no idea how I am going to hang the tv on my own but I will cross that bridge when I come to it - my plan is to ask the workmen who are working next do to do it in exchange for me not complaining that they start at 7am every morning wink

I'm looking at:

Wall brackets - £70
Wall shelve things - £40
Wallpaper - £60
Curtains - £40
Trunking for wires £30
Paint - £40

I think that's about £300, I have £325 to spend so want to get some picture frames too.

I'm getting brushes from wilkinsons as they are cheaper, and I need to get some screws and wall plugs. Oh and I wanted a floor lamp and need wall lights.... May have to trim down my list and go for cheaper options to fit them in too. Somehow hmm

ouryve Fri 17-May-13 10:26:51

I'm now somewhat alarmed that we only have until May 31st to submit our finished room videos and photos shock If that's the case, then without that final weekend, it might have to be a TV revamp show limited camera angles jobby sad

Please, MNHQ, can we have that extended, so we can at least get the work done in the time that we were told we would have?

Wowserz129 Fri 17-May-13 10:35:20

To be honest I think B and Q are being a bit ambitious on wanting it completed in such a short space of time and all these videos/photos etc...

Spent the morning peeling pink flower stickers off the wall blush

NiniLegsInTheAir Fri 17-May-13 10:50:46

I don't think I'll be finished in time sad.

I'm going to purchase the B&Q 'You Can do it' book - here. Looks like it'll be useful for this project and for future DIY as I'm a total novice! grin

I was looking for a radiator cabinet last night for the room as I've wanted one for ages, was quite surprised to see that B&Q don't actually sell them whereas Homebase sell lots of different ones. What's that about? confused

ouryve Fri 17-May-13 11:07:14

it's been changed! phew!

ouryve Fri 17-May-13 11:08:50

ours has radiator covers, nini - it's a massive store, though.

NiniLegsInTheAir Fri 17-May-13 11:15:47

Hmm - havn't actually checked my local store (which is big but not massive) but they definitely don't have them online. Must hunt smile

Wowserz129 Fri 17-May-13 11:16:12

Thank goodness!! Where did it say when we entered that we had to take videos/pictures with us/children in? I thought it was just the rooms we would take videos off and pictures.

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 17-May-13 11:21:52

Hi testers - ok - we can extend the deadline to Mon 3rd June at 9am - please make sure you have uploaded all of your footage by then.

Good luck everyone!

ouryve Fri 17-May-13 11:30:32

I'm far from glam, wowserz - wearing old glasses and in desperate need of a haircut, which I've postponed! I may have to take some shots to camera that look like I'm meant to be a mess!

HappyHippyChick Fri 17-May-13 12:23:57

I thought the deadline was the 3rd June? That's not an extension!

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 17-May-13 12:25:24

HappyHippy - it was 31 May but someone else asked for the weekend to finish off, so we've moved it to 3 June.

HappyHippyChick Fri 17-May-13 12:26:03

I was basing that on this

- Be sent a £300 B&Q gift card to spend as you wish on materials to re-decorate/revamp your unloved room
- Need to be available to complete your room revamp between 14 May and 3 June
- Write feedback on how your revamp is going during that time on a thread on MN
- Need to send in photos to MNHQ of before, during and after the revamp

From the op.

HappyHippyChick Fri 17-May-13 12:34:08

Oh and I should have put a grin at the end of my other post as it sounds like I'm really moaning but I'm not wink I'm just panicking! And I really did think the deadline was 3rd June, must have missed something somewhere!

ChippyMinton Fri 17-May-13 17:26:04

I enlisted a friend's help today and we did a major trolley dash around B&Q - three trolleys blush.

Couldn't decide between two schemes, so bought two of everything and I'm now getting everyone that steps into the house to vote grin

DH will get the casting vote or so i have led him to believe.

I'm really glad you got picked chippy, your always so nice and helpful, it's good to see you get something goodsmile

ChocolateMama Fri 17-May-13 21:48:24

Got my vouchers today and did a shop at a large B&Q a little way from us. Decided to drive the extra distance so that hopefully we would get a larger range of items to choose from. We are doing our DSs bedroom, and got some rather lovely bookshelf wallpaper - quite silvery when it catches the light, plus a lover plantation shutter style blind, paint, brushes and other materials. Came to around £220 and have the extra to spend on soft furnishings another time.

Bracketfungus Fri 17-May-13 23:50:55

Hi everyone, I can't believe this is actually happening!

Mind you, dp and I have already started to disagree about the shelving blush

Happy hippy chick.... I am sure it was always the 3rd of June too.... Strange.

Bracketfungus Fri 17-May-13 23:52:31

Oh yes I meant to ask... How are the 'you can do it' courses free? The wall fixings one I would like to go on seems to cost a tenner. It that right?

Bracketfungus Fri 17-May-13 23:56:09

Looking forward to sharing the experience with you all.. And hope we all get finished on time!

Babieseverywhere Sat 18-May-13 23:13:37

I'm off shopping for paint tomorrow, hope I get the right colours, type, amount smile

I've NC'd for this, hope that's ok with HQ.

Bracket the courses say the cost on the website, but you should have had a phonecall from B&Q to book you up for free.

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