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Inspiring projects from the winners of our Wickes competition

Meet the winners of our competition sponsored by Wickes, the UK’s leading home improvement retailer. We think their projects will inspire you too.
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We asked you what home improvement project you wanted to tackle and what you needed from home improvement retailer Wickes to make it happen? The top prize was £300 to spend at Wickes with 4 runners each receiving £25 worth of gift vouchers each.

First prize – £300 in gift vouchers to spend at Wickes

More than one entrant turned to verse but the Make it and Mend and Wickes judging panel were particular impressed with Gail Grant, who won our first prize of £300 in Wickes vouchers. It’s a challenging project and we look forward to seeing what the Santa Fe bath and new loo look like once installed.

We’ve the bathroom from hell, it’s quite true
A sulphurous yellow, disgusting in hue.
With its leaks and its fissures, it’s on its last legs
The bath so misshapen it won’t drain the dregs.

The previous owners, regretting their taste
Packed up their bags and removed in some haste.
We’re left contemplating this most gruesome sight,
First thing in the morning and last thing at night.

How we’d love to just chuck it all into a skip,
And get down to planning our Wickes shopping trip.
From the website…it’s calling!, the Santa Fe bath,
Once that’s in the bag we’ll be on the right path
A sink and a cistern and toilet pan too
Is it odd to pine for a new working loo?

Runners up – receiving £25 each to spend at Wickes

Sachi Slate plans to put her £25 towards a treehouse project: “I would use the £300 to buy the materials to make a tree house/fort for my sons.  If I had any money left over I would use it to buy bright coloured paints to brighten up our new flat and make it ours.”

Rachel Jess plans to put her prize towards giving her back garden – pictured on the left – a complete makeover: “We moved this year and to be honest this is the one area that we kind of left!  Come spring and any dry day in winter for that matter this area is going to get a severe makeover!”

Karl Svensson has been using a plastic bottle to improvise a shower since his bathroom project was halted when he couldn’t find something he liked to replace the 1970s suite he ripped out. His prize will go towards an electric shower and some mosaic floor tiles.

Our final runner up is Micaela Burr who was badly let down by a builder on her bathroom refit. “When I had got a second opinion I found out about the poor quality materials he had used and short cuts.” We’re sorry Micaela but hopefully your £25 runner up prize will cheer you up.

Inspiration from Wickes
Wickes has a range of products – from bi-fold doors to wood flooring – to get your project off the ground.

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There are 3 comments

  1. Posted by DIYLady on November 5, 2012 at 4:13pm

    OMG I absolutely loved creating this blog post and I really hope that I win, need the money for my bathroom Username: DIYLady Name: Micaela Levachyov URL: http://www.stylishlondonliving.co.uk/cowboy-builders-strike-again/

  2. Posted by Anne Caborn on November 5, 2012 at 4:27pm

    Make sure you send us the blog url in your competition entry

  3. Posted by evieta on November 7, 2012 at 8:22pm

    I would love to winsome DIY Tools to build a Sumptuous bedroom, l am in need of sliding mirrored wardrobe door`s in an alcove, shelves, storage and l have always`s wanted a deep oak wooden floor and ambient lighting to surprise my husband who needs a nice tonic has he as not been well.

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