Creative Mum Transforms Son’s Bedroom With Amazing £6.50 Feature Wall
- Nichola Hughes, 35, decided to surprise her kids during lockdown
- She spent £6.50 on washi-tape and wallpaper paste
- She now has a fantastic feature wall for her son’s bedroom
If your kids are begging for an update for their bedroom but you’re keen to keep costs down, take a leaf out of this savvy mum’s book.
Nichola Hughes, 35, a single mum of two and a full time nurse from County Durham, decided to transform her son’s room on a budget.
Nichola was after a quirky print so sought advice on Facebook and Pinterest, and then managed to bring her amazing geometric feature wall to life for just £6.50.
Nicola told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "I’m a full time nurse, and during lockdown my children were staying with their father due to my job.
"I wanted to create something nice for them, as I missed them so much whilst they were away.
"I am originally from Manchester but relocated to County Durham as lockdown ended.
"I needed to decorate - I’ve taught myself decorating over the years, as I’ve never really had the funds to pay people to do it.
"I’ve taught myself to do some basics like wallpaper, paint, and basic household maintenance.
"I decorated my daughter's bedroom first, then when it came to my son's I was stuck.
“We couldn’t decide on wallpaper and he just kept saying he wanted it black, which I didn’t really want to do.
“So I looked up ‘quirky’ wallpaper ideas and teenage room ideas on Pinterest and saw some images of rooms which had been decorated using the hexagon shape.
"I decided to play around with the idea and I got some wallpaper samples from the DIY shops and worked out how to draw a hexagon the size I needed.
"Mine was 20cm to create a size that was nice on the wall. I blue-tacked a few together and I was unsure at first if it would work, so I posted on my local DIY Facebook page asking for advice.
"The response literally blew me away. Everyone was so supportive and positive, and told me to keep going and finish the wall.
"It took me a week because I was doing a few hours after work each night.
"It is really simple to do. You can easily create your own hexagon using a piece of cardboard and Google.
“That is how I made mine, then I literally just drew around it.
"I drew approximately 200 hexagons for my son's wall. For some of them I used washi-tape from Amazon which cost £2.50.
“Those were the hexagons which are white with a black outline. They look like spaces in the wall.
"Then I used the remainder of the washi-tape to put the black outline border around the wall to make it stand out.
"Prior to starting the project, the wall was magnolia so I painted it white first with paint I had left over from my daughters room and living room.
“All in all the wallpaper paste cost me £4 and the washi-tape was £2.50.
"In total it cost me £6.50, as I already had pasting brushes and I used an old piece of wood I had to paste on top of.
"I used scissors to cut mine, but you could use a Stanley knife to achieve a much straighter line. It’s not perfect but it was created with love for my son.
"I’m just waiting for payday to order his bedroom furniture.”
Nichola enjoyed the project and found it to be a great distraction during lockdown.
"It was nice because it kept me busy whilst it was just me and the dog during lockdown,” she adds.
“It gave me focus other than thinking about work all the time. I really enjoyed it. My daughter wants me to change her room now!”
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “Lockdown has been a stressful time for many families and getting involved in a hands-on DIY project isn’t just a great distraction, but also means we’re finally taking on those home improvement tasks many of us have put off for years!
“Nichola’s son’s bedroom looks fun, stylish and cool, and it’s amazing to think she achieved the look for only £6.50 - it just shows that you really can transform your home even if you want to stick to a tight budget."
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