We caught up with Fiona from Fiona Debell to ask her about her DIY experience!

Where are you from? 
Originally from Harrogate in the UK but I have been living in Toronto, Canada for almost 4 years

When did you start DIYing?
Too many years ago to mention…I have always been a DIY’er – even as a child.

What is your DIY motto?
It’s only paint!

Is DIYing your full time job?
Yes it has been for about 8 years!

How do you find inspiration for what to DIY?
Galleries, shops, online, magazines, chatting with my followers and members and keeping my ear to the ground for new and interesting trends. I also like to keep my ‘How To’ demonstrations super simple so anyone can feel like an artist without any background in art!

What’s a project that stands out in your head and why?
I LOVE the Birch Tree Art workshops that I teach. Every person who tries it is so happy with the results and I have yet to meet anyone who cannot achieve an amazing finish – even my 9 year old can do it!

What is your biggest DIY fail?
There have been a few…I once tried a multi layered distressed Chalk Paint finish in my own kitchen. I knew if it went wrong we were replacing the cabinet doors anyway, so I was just playing, but let me say it was foul. I called it the ‘Marmite Kitchen’. It lasted 3 days before I painted over it – I couldn’t even stand it for a month whilst waiting for the new doors!

What do you like to do when you aren’t DIYing?
If I don’t DIY very regularly I get super grumpy! My kids keep me on my toes the rest of the time!

Tell us something that might surprise us about you?
I wanted to go to art school. Instead I have a law degree. Should have stuck to what I loved in the first place!

If you are giving advice to a new DIYer what would it be?
Dive in, enjoy and have fun – you never know what you can achieve until you try!
P.S. Know when to call in the professionals!

What are your top 3 #rideordie DIY supplies (supplies you just can’t live without)?
1.  The best quality paint brushes you can afford. I love Cling-on’s.
2.  Purpose made brush soap to condition your brushes.
3.  Good quality heavy duty painters drop cloths that can be washed.


Fiona from Fiona Debell is such an inspiration to the Hometalk community! Be sure to check out her Hometalk projects here.

For more, visit her blog here!