Evie O’Keeffe, West Yorkshire

“I really enjoyed being able to do the painting. Traditional paints give me a headache and upset my asthma, but Earthborn paints are lovely.”


Before the transformation

After the transformation


Evie bought her first home in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, with a view to saving money and the environment with a green-as-can-be transformation. The 1869 mid-terrace had been unsympathetically modernised over the years and when Evie took hold of the deeds she also took on quite a project.  The house had been empty for some time and unloved even longer. The only sign of any care taken for the appearance of the house was a coat of paint hastily applied before the sale. The beautiful living room floorboards were hidden beneath a thin carpet and a thick varnish, and the condemned gas fire had to be removed for tonnes of debris and soot to be hauled out of the clogged chimney.

Wanting to be involved with the decorating, Evie chose to use low-VOC Claypaint on the walls. “I really enjoyed being able to do the painting. Traditional paints give me a headache and upset my asthma, but Earthborn paints are lovely.”

Before having the walls repainted in Straw – a warm yellow Claypaint – Evie had the floor sanded and a DEFRA-approved stove installed before finally waxing the floorboards. The curtains, chair, and coffee table were all donated by family and friends and the gorgeous cupboard in the corner is a lucky online find.

Not evenly slightly put off by the work needed to revitalise the living room, Evie is now making her way around the rest of the house with her Claypaint. “I love the soft, matt feel of the walls. My next project is to finish the kitchen. I’ll be sure to send photos when it’s done!”

Keep an eye on the Celtic Sustainables blog for pictures of the next stage of Evie’s renovation.

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