Redecorating bedrooms can easily cost a small fortune, but one savvy mom has managed to perform not one, but four makeovers on a budget for herself and her kids.
Emily Watson, a 29-year-old housekeeper from Harrogate, North Yorkshire, who is the mother of Lewis, 11, Maisie, 9, and Hugo, 1, decided to embark on four projects – one bedroom renovation for herself, a new space for Lewis and a transformation of one room into two smaller ones for Maisie and Hugo.
Speaking to the money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk, Emily said: âI found my ideas collecting inspiration from the Family Budget Instagram pages.
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“They showed me where to buy cheap furniture and how to recycle old items with French paint. I was able to put my own stamp on my house using pieces that I had collected over time. .
âWe moved into a three bedroom house, so we cut the third bedroom at the back in half to give my one and nine year old kids their own space. Our youngest is accessing his room from ours, so that they both have privacy.
âFor my room, I wanted to model it taking inspiration from some Instagram houses. However, they weren’t in my budget if I had to buy everything as shown. Instead, I tried to recreate the look by shopping for supplies on Facebook Market, B&M, and Home Deals.
âAlong with my two older kids, I wanted to try and make their bedrooms grow bigger so the makeovers would last. I also used Instagram house ideas for these. As for my younger one, he always loved the jungle so I wanted to. give him a space where his imagination could run wild! “
âMost of our supplies and furniture have been purchased second-hand, in low budget stores or on sale when possible. We also had the help of a friend in the building to install half-timbered walls and install the electricity.
âWe were fortunate enough to purchase several items at low prices. For example, I bought wall decals on eBay for between Â£ 3-5 a sheet, and while I was there I bought a roll of wallpaper for just Â£ 10. Overall the sticker walls in each room were only Â£ 30 each to create, and I also got player pillows on this site for just Â£ 2 each.
âBy going to local building dealers we saved on wood and plasterboard, paying Â£ 60 in total. When we got the paint we got two bins at Â£ 20 each from Dulux and two bins from Valspar at Â£ 30 each.
âThe best deal was my oldest children’s two beds, as we actually got them for free from Facebook Marketplace! The third bed was only Â£ 50 on Marketplace. I’ve had a lot of people asking for it. where it came from – I was lucky with this find.
âMarketplace turned out to be a great place to shop for inexpensive items. I bought a large plush giraffe for Â£ 45 and a pink chandelier for Â£ 20. There was a cute hanging shelf with tassels that I bought. Got it for just Â£ 5 and the gray lamps in my room were only Â£ 25 for both. I also got my two mirrored bedside tables from Marketplace – Â£ 50 for both!
“Overall, I paid very little for the furniture in each of the bedrooms. I bought the Malmo bedside cabinet for Â£ 15 from B&M for Lewis’s bedroom, and my mirrors and furniture were all second-hand. For the set in my room, I only paid Â£ 150 – and that includes two bedside tables, a set of drawers and a dressing table.
âAll the little accessories are from Home Bargains, B&M or The Range. In those stores I didn’t spend more than Â£ 30 on any of the items. The most popular decorative piece among family and friends was my tripod lamp. Naomi, which costs just Â£ 20 at B&M.
âThe most expensive purchases were the jungle wallpaper, which cost Â£ 70 on eBay, and our bed – it was from a company called Bedz, Bedzz & Bedrooms and cost Â£ 500.
âWhen we started renovating the rooms, the work that took the most time was preparing the walls. We had only plastered one wall so it took a long time to sand everything down and spray the walls before applying the paint.
“The biggest challenge was moving into the house when it was just a bare shell because it was not in great condition so we had to redo everything while we were living in the house. It took five long months, but the process was made easier because I had planned it for over six months before we moved in.
âI had started shopping for low budget items before I even had a house to move into, so it helped us save money once we were in our new home. I knew we wouldn’t be. not able to afford us a professional, so we bought everything ourselves and got the job done successfully for cheap. “
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said: âRenovating a single bedroom is a tough task, so Emily’s achievement is truly impressive. Each of these rooms has been completely renovated and will undoubtedly be fantastic spaces. for the coming years.”
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