Mother-of-two reveals how she upcycled her house with only bright colour items


A drab new build has been transformed into a multi-coloured home thanks to its creative owner.

Adele Thomas, 50, used brave strikes of bright paint and her upcycling skills over the course of four years in a bid to transform her once ‘boring’ home in Llangollen, Denbighshire, Wales.

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

Adele’s family admitted they were shocked by her bold colour palette at first, but they now love their colourful home. 

Adele Thomas, 50, used brave strikes of bright paint and her upcycling skills over the course of four years in a bid to transform her once ‘boring’ home in Llangollen, Denbighshire, Wales. Pictured: The living room with bright yellow pillows and throws, pink walls, and bright lanterns, bunting and parasols hanging from the ceiling 

Adele Thomas, 50, used brave strikes of bright paint and her upcycling skills over the course of four years in a bid to transform her once 'boring' home in Llangollen, Denbighshire, Wales. Pictured: the house seen from the back garden

Adele Thomas, 50, used brave strikes of bright paint and her upcycling skills over the course of four years in a bid to transform her once ‘boring’ home in Llangollen, Denbighshire, Wales. Pictured: the house seen from the back garden

Four years ago, Adele's house had a much more neutral colour palette, she said, but the mother-of-two wanted to shake things up. The sitting room is adorned with countless colourful touches, including mini bird houses, lanterns, Russian dolls, and candle holders, while all the upholstery is patterned

Four years ago, Adele’s house had a much more neutral colour palette, she said, but the mother-of-two wanted to shake things up. The sitting room is adorned with countless colourful touches, including mini bird houses, lanterns, Russian dolls, and candle holders, while all the upholstery is patterned 

Adele said she started experimenting with DIY by painting a bench purple, and she soon got a taste for colourful items

Adele said she started experimenting with DIY by painting a bench purple, and she soon got a taste for colourful items 

Adele, a 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.

‘At the end of the day, 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.

The corner sofa in Adele's conservatory living-room, piled with floral cushions. Adele explained she saw other people excel at DIY and wanted to give it a whirl

The corner sofa in Adele’s conservatory living-room, piled with floral cushions. Adele explained she saw other people excel at DIY and wanted to give it a whirl 

Adele's love of colour and pattern extends into the kitchen, where even the worktop is covered with floral place mats to brighten it up, while the cooker is adorned with heart stickrs, and the backsplash behind the cooker is a painted coastal scene

Adele’s love of colour and pattern extends into the kitchen, where even the worktop is covered with floral place mats to brighten it up, while the cooker is adorned with heart stickrs, and the backsplash behind the cooker is a painted coastal scene  

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 mum’s done now’.’’

Sweet dreams! The bedroom is only slightly less vibrant than the rest of the house with dark walls and a black bed frame, but a mandala bedspread, a pink chandelier, floral cushions and a parasol descending from the ceiling certainly brighten things up

Sweet dreams! The bedroom is only slightly less vibrant than the rest of the house with dark walls and a black bed frame, but a mandala bedspread, a pink chandelier, floral cushions and a parasol descending from the ceiling certainly brighten things up  

However, the family have come to love and appreciate Adele’s hard work, with her daughter Ruby even helping her set up an 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.’

An upcycled peg decoration is one of Adele's many crafting projects. Her family were shocked by her bold colour palette at first, but have now learned to love it

An upcycled peg decoration is one of Adele’s many crafting projects. Her family were shocked by her bold colour palette at first, but have now learned to love it

Whether it is repainting an old drinks cart – which she received as a wedding present – dyeing some of her grandmother’s old dining cloths, applying faux Moroccan tile stickers to her fireplace or tracking down vintage and second-hand items that could fit with a careful touch of paint, Adele has created a remarkable range of stylish rooms.

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.

For Halloween, Adele decorated her mantal piece with pumpkin candles, red roses and blue pumpkins, set against a vibrant flower tapestry

For Halloween, Adele decorated her mantal piece with pumpkin candles, red roses and blue pumpkins, set against a vibrant flower tapestry 

It took four years for Adele to turn her house intp a hub of eclectic items from floor to ceilling. the living room is a riot of different shades, with crochet blackets and cushions, colourful baskets, candles, elephants and paper lanterns adding to the carnival feel

It took four years for Adele to turn her house intp a hub of eclectic items from floor to ceilling. the living room is a riot of different shades, with crochet blackets and cushions, colourful baskets, candles, elephants and paper lanterns adding to the carnival feel 

‘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.’

Her efforts have not gone unnoticed, with visitors to her home even mistaking it for a shop.

The mother-of-two's taste for colour now extends to her garden, where she's started to decorate with colourful beach-inspired decorations

The mother-of-two’s taste for colour now extends to her garden, where she’s started to decorate with colourful beach-inspired decorations 

On the patio, Adele brought some more colour with bright pink pillow, a blue elephant, a red polka dot table cloth and a floral parasol

On the patio, Adele brought some more colour with bright pink pillow, a blue elephant, a red polka dot table cloth and a floral parasol 

Adele said: ‘One person I sold a rug to on Facebook, when she came over she said she thought she was in the wrong place because it’s such a modern estate but in the pictures, it looks so old. Inside though she said it was like stepping into another world.

‘She came in and asked to have a look at the room it was in, as it looked so lovely but I ended up nearly giving her a house tour and she tried to buy more things – I said to her, “it’s actually not a shop, so many people do ask but I tell them it’s my home”.’

While making brave additions of colour, even to the exterior of the house – with black window frames, doors and garden fencing to extenuate the bright colours of accessories – the house is still a home, with Adele often missing her unique designs when on holiday.

She said: ‘I notice it when we go away on holiday to Spain – as I added a few things with colour in – but it has to be kept neutral because we rent it out occasionally.

‘When we get back, I just feel like I’ve missed our colourful home. It’s so lovely to come back to a home like this, you instantly feel welcome when you step inside.’

Adele, pictured, revealed a woman who came to her house to pick up a rug she was selling thought the home was a shop and kept trying to bag more items

Adele, pictured, revealed a woman who came to her house to pick up a rug she was selling thought the home was a shop and kept trying to bag more items 

The mother-of-two decorated her black stairs with colourful DIY bunting, plates and embroideries, as well as a hanging macramé decoration

The mother-of-two decorated her black stairs with colourful DIY bunting, plates and embroideries, as well as a hanging macramé decoration 

Adele's sofa in her conservatory, which is covered in bright pink ,blue, cross-stitch cushions and throws. Bunting and lamps are also hanging from the ceilling

Adele’s sofa in her conservatory, which is covered in bright pink ,blue, cross-stitch cushions and throws. Bunting and lamps are also hanging from the ceilling 

Adele's mantel piece decorated with colourful bunnies and eggs and bunting for Easter, while an array of straw hats hanging on the wall and colourful candles finish off the look

Adele’s mantel piece decorated with colourful bunnies and eggs and bunting for Easter, while an array of straw hats hanging on the wall and colourful candles finish off the look 

An armchair in Adele's conservatory. The mother-of-two said she misses her colourful home whenever she's away from it

An armchair in Adele’s conservatory. The mother-of-two said she misses her colourful home whenever she’s away from it 

The mother-of-two has amassed so much decorations in four years, she can change her decorations on a whim, and oftens does so when the weather turns

The mother-of-two has amassed so much decorations in four years, she can change her decorations on a whim, and oftens does so when the weather turns 

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