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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

Visit B&Q's pages for more inspiration

janx Thu 09-May-13 15:20:07

I was hoping they would pick on Friday to give us the chance to get to B&Q on Saturdaygrin

Spirael Thu 09-May-13 15:26:38

I was hoping to know before this weekend too, in case I needed to get outside and start frantically digging up the wasteland in preparation for transformation to garden!

Oh well, will just have to force myself to stay inside eat biscuits and MN. grin

AnneEyhtMeyer Thu 09-May-13 15:31:43

I've been doing some browsing on their website just in case and also on Homebase's website in case I'm not chosen.

ritagcabrita Thu 09-May-13 22:02:50

I have a pre-teen strong- headed girl that is very (very) keen in re-decorating her room! But as I had a baby 2 months ago, the budget is tight!

ilikeyoursleeves Fri 10-May-13 00:36:06

Just applied too and I am most excited! Though after completing the form I realised a potential room is the garden too, I'd absolutely love to transform a particular corner of our garden that's sorely neglected, it's as if it doesn't exist just now cos its a funny sticking out bit of the garden that's so easy to forget. Would we definitely have to do up the room we said on the form if we are picked? Though the room I wrote about is in desperate need too...!

I will just be so happy to get picked for any room to be done up smile pick me please!!!!

Bimbledorf Fri 10-May-13 09:36:33

I've just applied for my shameful hallway. Even if the rest of the house is decorated nicely, the hallway gives such a bad first impression that for those that just come to the door or step a foot inside they must think our whole house is a nightmare - how can anyone live like that?! We laminated the floor years ago and have done nothing to it since - including skirting! far too many spiders come to visit

MNHQ my baby bashed the keyboard sending it off before I proof read it - so apologies if it reads a bit weirdly! smile

Bimbledorf Fri 10-May-13 09:38:17


Sunnywithshowers Fri 10-May-13 12:13:17

MNHQ how do I un-apply? There's no way I can meet the deadline...

asuwere Fri 10-May-13 13:38:38

If people aren't being picked till Monday, it'll be at least another few days for the gift card to arrive in post... Makes it even less time to get the job done... What happens if the room isn't complete by the deadline? It is quite tight.

florencebabyjo Fri 10-May-13 16:03:01

All done and waiting. When are they going to choose? My whole house could do with an overhaul with all my Dc's milling about, but it would be lovely to make the lounge a haven of calm and tranquility. Is that asking a bit much of B and Q? x

JakeBullet Fri 10-May-13 16:18:12

I've applied for my garden. It will get done eventually anyhow but does mean I could enjoy it being done a bit quicker. grin

seatfor5 Fri 10-May-13 20:55:46

Have also applied for the garden would be lovely to get the whole family involved smile

littleboo21 Fri 10-May-13 22:18:51

I'd love to transform my bedroom

Chocchip88 Sat 11-May-13 08:08:53

Have the winners been picked yet? Not much time left!

gazzalw Sat 11-May-13 08:15:10

Usually they officially close the thread before they pick the winners so it's not happened yet...TheOtherHelen said Monday, didn't she?

JakeBullet Sat 11-May-13 10:54:52

One thing this thread HAS done is made me think about how I want my garden to look and what I want to achieve. I nw have a plan which I didn't have before this so even if I am not picked I have got something from this. Was in B&Q yesterday and starting to price stuff up so I know what the cost will be over time if I am not chosen....and it's doable thankfully. grin

Chocchip88 Sat 11-May-13 12:41:52

Monday? The toilet I want has a 2 week delivery time. Bah!
I am already convinced I've won smile

LackaDAISYcal Sat 11-May-13 12:48:35

If you get picked Chocchip, I'm sure they could speed that delivery time up for you grin

whiteandyellowiris Sat 11-May-13 19:19:33

not long to find out now!!

ilikeyoursleeves Sat 11-May-13 21:59:17

I've just spent the night on the B&Q website looking at new paint and curtains!!!

Positively optimistic me grin

Can't wait to find out if I've been picked <fingers, toes and eyes crossed>

Good luck everyone!

gazzalw Sun 12-May-13 13:35:52

We have just blitzed DS's room - if ever there was one in need of an upgrade it's his....

Bigspring Sun 12-May-13 20:38:38

My daughters room! She's 9 months now and it's still looking like a dumping ground of our stuff and hers!

Bigspring Sun 12-May-13 20:39:21

Or my utility is very grim looking!

InMySpareTime Mon 13-May-13 07:10:18

Today's the daygrin pick me pick me!

MTBMummy Mon 13-May-13 08:41:26

Done - this would be a perfect gift to move DD into her own big girl room, in preparation for new sibling arriving later this year

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