A mom has revealed how she could give her daughter her dream bedroom — and saved money by doing the job herself.
Anna Oliver, 36, who lives in Liverpool with her daughters aged seven and three, explained that she turned to Instagram for inspiration after her eldest requested a garden-themed bedroom.
She said that by doing the decorating herself and picking up some cheap items from budget stores including B&M, eBay and ASDA, she helped her transform the previously drab space for just under £2,000, which she estimates is £2,000. 600 is cheaper than if she had asked for professional help.
The mum of two told LatestDeals.co.uk about the inspiration behind the DIY project, saying: ‘My daughter asked for a garden themed bedroom, so that’s when the ideas started swirling in my head.
Anna Oliver, 36, who lives in Liverpool, has transformed her daughter’s bedroom into a garden-themed space, pictured complete with bunk beds and a pink and green color scheme
Before the room was dark and damp and the floor and windows needed replacing, pictured. Anna also stripped and re-plastered the walls so that she had a fresh base
- Frenchic paint £15.95
- Wardrobe handles £7
- Rug £59.99
- Bed covers £10 each
- Frames € 5 each
- Ivy Garlands £12
- Window replacement £390
- Plasterers £340
- Floors £450
- Beds £500
- Chest of drawers £100
Instagram helped me confirm that I wanted a pink and green color scheme. Although my daughters are still young, I wanted the room to feel a little more mature, yet delicate and feminine.’
Anna started the overhaul by looking for inexpensive supplies and then started by giving the wardrobe a makeover.
She said: ‘I painted it with Frenchic paint in the shade Dusky Blush, which cost £15.95. I also replaced the handles with new ones from eBay for £7.’
Anna also found the perfect rug on the online marketplace for £59.99.
‘I have the ASDA bed covers for £10 each and the round pink pillow and basket are from B&M. While I was there I also got all the frames for under £5 each.
“The artwork is by Burnt Peach, Geri likes EMI and eBay,” she continued.
One of the main features in the room is the ivy garlands that are draped along the tops of the walls.
Anna said, “I’m being asked a lot about the flowers I bought on Amazon for £12 and taped them to the wall and ceiling with white tac.”
Anna estimates she saved £600 by doing the job herself, including painting the walls (pictured above, left) and the cabinets. Right, the bedroom with pink cabinets after it
Before the room could be decorated, it had to be gutted.
‘We replaced the old rotten window for £390 and had a plasterer come in to shave all the walls and ceiling for £340. We also had new laminate flooring fitted which cost £450 including installation.
‘I’ve invested in furniture that will last, so I paid £500 for the beds and mattresses and £100 for the chest of drawers. We painted the ceiling white and a wall a matching color from Mizzle by Farrow and Ball which cost £25 saving £20.
‘We have avoided professional costs wherever possible. For example, we stripped the walls of the wallpaper ourselves, and by not hiring a painter-decorator we probably saved ourselves about £600.’
Anna (pictured) said the transformation was delayed because they had a leak from the chimney, which had stains on the ceiling
Anna revealed that the overhaul was not easy, saying: “We had a leak from the chimney that stained the ceiling and had to dry in the winter before we could paint it.
“Inspecting the leak in the attic space damaged the ceiling and had to be repaired and re-plastered, so that also pushed things back.”
Happy with the end result, she added: ‘There’s nothing I’d change, which is actually a surprise as I’m a perfectionist!
“We had a plasterer who was brilliant, but the rest of the work we knew we could do ourselves and save money.”
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, admitted to being impressed with the results of Anna’s DIY project.
Tom said: ‘Anna did an amazing job saving money on this impressive bedroom transformation. She has undoubtedly saved hundreds of pounds by painting and decorating herself.
“By taking some extra time to work on jobs she could confidently do herself, Anna has managed to use the money she would have spent on professional expenses to buy durable, long-lasting furniture for her daughters. Well done!’