TV preview: Kirstie’s Fill Your House For Free

Kirsty is never short of an idea to update your home on the cheap in her new series.
Kirsty is never short of an idea to update your home on the cheap in her new series.
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Well, it’s been about 10 minutes since Kirstie Allsopp was last on TV, so surprise, surprise, she’s back again.

Not that we don’t like her - as far as property, crafts and interior design experts go, she’s one of our favourites because her advice is, well, safe as houses, but frankly we’re a tad worried about her. After all, she can’t get much time to sleep between televisual projects; and when she isn’t filming, she must be dreaming up another series to launch on the unsuspecting masses.

However, the same masses have cried out for another series of this fantastic programme, which, at a time when money’s too tight to mention, gives viewers ideas and tips on how to transform their spaces from shabby to chic with repurposed furnishings that don’t cost a penny.

Kirstie explains: “I’ve never had a response to a show like I did for the first series of Fill Your House for Free. I was totally overwhelmed by enthusiasm everyone out there has for upcycling and all things free, I’m still being sent photographs of people’s free finds and creations.”

So it’s hardly a surprise Kirstie has been snapped up for another run of the show (sorry, Phil, that new series of Location will have to be put on the backburner for a short while longer).

For the uninitiated, the endlessly talented presenter helps homeowners in desperate need of updating their pads, but demonstrates that you don’t need to spend a fortune to do it. From bathrooms to back gardens and kitchens to that annoying space under the stairs that’s usually used as a dumping ground, viewers are let in on the best tips on how to fill the house for free, and make it stylish while you’re we’re at it.

The Fill Your House for Free store is once again opening in Glasgow, where Kirstie will be sourcing the nation’s highest-quality cast-offs.

She’s joined by her team of experts including salvage specialist Charis Williams, inventor and furniture hacker Max McMurdo and artist and up-cycler Lee Baker.

Creative director Sarah Walmsley says: “The first series really captured the craze for the free movement sweeping the country. We’re delighted to be making a second series - it’s especially dear to our hearts because it is so definitely rooted in Glasgow.”

In the first instalment, Kirstie and her team come to the aid of Hannah and Andy from Bedfordshire. For them, cash is in very short supply but they have hopes of creating a functioning family room, a sewing studio for Hannah and a man cave for Andy which would mean he can work from home.

First-time buyers Arfa and Salim also visit the store, and tell Kirstie about their sitting room, which is furnished with just a rug and four cushions. However, the team have their work cut out, because Arfa can’t stand the thought of second-hand stuff in her house.

We’re guessing she’ll have changed her mind on that one when Kirstie is done with her...

KIRSTIE’S FILL YOUR HOUSE FOR FREE, Channel 4, Tuesday 8pm

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