DIY teen queen: The 15-year-old Briton who transformed her bedroom and became YouTube's home improvement heroine
By Nazia Parveen
Her peers would have treated the job with indifference or left it to their parents.
But Rose Canham is no ordinary teenager.
When her room started to fall into disrepair, the 15-year-old from Northamptonshire armed herself with an upholstery gun and paintbrush and decided to do it herself.
Crafty designs: Stylish Rose Canham has decorated a seat, a wall, a chest of drawers, a jewellery box and a picture frame
Brush with creativity: Rose says she was inspired by TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp
Hailed as Britain’s young home improvement heroine, the 15-year-old rolled up her sleeves and transformed her bedroom into a boudoir fit for a queen.
Rose first started experimenting with DIY when she was just a toddler creating collages from scraps of material collected from her DIY enthusiast godmother, Cheryl Stonehouse.
But as she approached her teens, the youngster who says she has been inspired by the original queen of craft, TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp, truly began to realise her talents.
Earlier this year the teenager gave a dusty old chest of drawers the makeover treatment stripping back the dull blue paint and using recycled photographs from Vogue magazines to cover it finishing with a lick of varnish.
But this was not the end of Rose’s DIY ventures and she soon found other pieces of furniture to renovate. She re-upholstered a leg rest from a car boot sale with a patchwork cover and used gold bars to give her fireplace an antique look.
Sparkling idea: A pretty jewellery box Rose customised in her spare time
But it was the paintwork on her bedroom wall that really got Rose noticed when she used masking tape to create perfect stripes of bold blue and teal.
Rose, who lives with her parents, Elaine and Steve, and brothers, Lee, 25, and William, 12, in the village of Crick, now gives other youngsters hints and tips about DIY on YouTube videos.
She said: ‘I have always loved making things but I really got into it when I saw Kirstie Allsopp make a decoupage thing where she pasted a map onto a table - it was great so I decided to do something similar with my drawers.
‘I think all children should get into crafts because it gives you a real sense of fulfilment when you create something unique.
No putting her feet up: Rose rarely takes a break from upholstering furniture or giving old items a new lease of life
'It gives me a lot of satisfaction when I make something that is totally different and it is all my own work.’
And now the youngster, who dreams of becoming a fashion designer, has been rewarded for her creative efforts after being crowned Young DIY Ambassador of the Year by home store, B&Q.
Rose won the competition after she sent in pictures of her bedroom along with an explanation about her designs.
Her mother, Elaine said: ‘I am really proud of her. She has always been very creative and is always taking stuff away and bringing it back with a completely different look.
Too dull: Rose stripped back a simple blue chest of drawers to give it an eclectic and vibrant new look
Vogue: The drawers after being painted white and artfully covered in recycled magazines and varnish
‘I’m not going to quite let her loose on the rest of the house yet but she has her eyes set on a side table in her room.’
George Clarke, architect and Channel 4 presenter who is a B&Q ambassador said: ‘Rose’s work was incredibly impressive for someone of her age, she showed real flair, talent and insight when it comes to interior design and obviously has an eye for what works well when it comes to what colours, materials and fabrics go together – she reminds me of a mini Kirstie Allsopp, my fellow ambassador at B&Q.
‘I look forward to spending some time with Rose in the next few months, I’m sure she’ll be able to teach me a thing or two!’
Walls of wonder: Rose's blue and green picture frame is just one of many items to which she has applied her magic touch
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