DIY Mum Styles Stunning Bedroom For Under £500 Using Poundland & Lidl
- Tracey Perry, 53, created an incredibly stylish master bedroom on a budget
- She built her own panelled featured wall costing £78
- Tracey sourced accessories from budget brands such as Lidl and Poundland
If you spend hours on Instagram looking at stylish bedrooms but thinking they’re unaffordable to recreate in your own home, think again.
Tracey Perry, 53, a visual display assistant and mum of two from Derbyshire, sourced furniture from Facebook Marketplace, accessories from budget brands such as Lidl and Poundland and even built her own panelled featured wall to create the master bedroom of her dreams.
Tracey told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "We bought our house literally just before lockdown. We got the keys Friday 28th February and officially moved in Monday 2nd March.
"Lockdown happened for me on Monday 23rd March and started with getting sent home from work.
“I had lots of DIY and decorating in the new house to keep me occupied though!
"I became rather unwell during the lockdown, and put it down to all the DIY and painting.
"After three weeks of feeling really poorly and two lots of antibiotics I had to go to A&E.
"I tested positive with Covid-19 on 30th April. Recovery is a slow process I’m afraid.
"I’ve also since been made redundant from a job that I loved after 10 years.
"So far, this year hasn’t been great, but I’m always looking on the bright side!
"I’m always looking on Pinterest and Instagram for new home ideas and inspiration.
“I loved the batten back wall feature wall ideas. There are so many different styles to choose from.
"Having a visual display background I knew I could create this for the master bedroom.
"I used frog tape to mark out the wall to get a rough idea of spacing and the look I wanted.
"I then contacted my local wood yard for all the timber.
"I used 5x1 timber for the horizontal and drilled, screwed and used no nails glue to attach it to the wall.
“I used 2x1 timber for the vertical and just used no nails for this.
“Also, I knew I wanted a shelf to run along the top so I could add pictures, plants and artefacts.
"I had some shelves that I’d previously purchased from B&M, just cut to length to create a look that was the full length of the wall.
“I corked any gaps, then painted it all in Frenchic Alfresco Dazzle Me to give a classic brightness to the room.
“It cost £53 for the timber, £7 for the no nails glue and £17.95 for the paint, so under £78 in total to get this panelled look.
“I then added lots of accessories and furniture from a mix of high street brands and local selling sites, costing around £390.
“The faux rug was £6.99 from Lidl, the pot cactus from Poundland was £1, the cushion cover was from H&M for £19.99, the fake plants were from IKEA for £7, the throw was from IKEA for £25 and the pink vase was from Debenhams for £10 in the sale.
“I got the Kate Moss picture from TK Maxx for £19.99, the zebra trinket dish from Poundland for £1, the Audrey print from ebay for £2.40, the leopard rug from Wayfair for £119, the hanging plant from Matalan for £10 and the pampas from an ebay bundle for £20.
“I then sourced other items from Facebook Marketplace: the pine drawers cost £100, the pouffe cost £30 and the ladder cost £20."
Tracey is over the moon with the transformation of the room, and recommends keeping purchases local to cut down on costs.
“My tips for others would be to try to keep your business local, enabling smaller businesses to survive Covid-19,” she adds.
“They are always happy to help too and are far less costly too than the likes of B&Q and Wickes.
"Use frog tape to get a rough idea of spacing and the look you want to achieve.
“I felt a real sense of achievement and pride when it was finished.
“It also kept me occupied, taught me new skills and gave me a sense of purpose, which was good for my mental health too.
"A lot of the accessories are from a while ago!
"I’ve always been a savvy shopper, always on the lookout for a bargain.
"You definitely don’t have to purchase expensive accessories to style your home.
“Adding a mix of cheaper high street and secondhand bargain finds is a great idea.
"These can look just as expensive, if not more so, than higher-end brands.
"It’s not about how much it costs, it’s how you style it. Interior styling is each to the individual, everyone’s style is unique.
“Anything is possible!”
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “If you’re an avid fan of expensive home decor Instagram accounts, you might not immediately think of Poundland and Lidl as great places from which to source items for your home.
“However, as Tracey proves with this very stylish master bedroom, it’s not about where things are from, but about how you style it.
“By doing the panelling herself, shopping for second-hand furniture and sourcing wallet-friendly accessories, she’s created a stunning room - and all for under £500!"
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