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DIY Mum Turns Empty Cardboard Box Into Bling Console Table For Under £20

  • Carol Barlow, 58, wanted a new console table for her hallway
  • Instead of buying one, she decided to try to make one from an old cardboard box
  • The old mop box proved to be the perfect base for a new bling console table

Before you take that Amazon box to the recycling bin, have another look at it and what it could be.

Carol Barlow, 58, a mum of one from Liverpool, was keen for a new console table for her hallway to hide an electric socket.

Rather than forking out for a pricey table online, Carol decided to transform an old Morphy Richards cardboard box.

Using confetti from Home Bargains, free wallpaper samples from B&M and ebay mosaic tiles, Carol turned the nondescript cardboard box into a glittery, bling console table that now steals the show in her hallway. 


Carol told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "I just wanted to hide the electric socket on the wall as I have lights there and I wanted to hide all the plugs and transformers. 

"I used to have a vase of flowers there to try and disguise it but it just stuck out a mile. 

"When I recently purchased my new mop I thought to myself that I could carve a hole out at the back and make a cupboard kind of thing, so I did and it worked just the way I wanted it to. 

“It doesn't go all the way flush to the wall, but I can live with seeing a little bit of the plug sticking out. This is how I did it. 


"I made it out of my floor steamer mop box. First, I carved a hole at the back to just fit over them, then I painted it with three coats.

“I then cut out two leaves from free sample wallpaper from B&M, and blinged it with mosaic tiles from ebay which cost £7.49.

“I then took a mirror off my wall, painted that and blinged it also. 

“The dots on the side are glitter and silver confetti from Home Bargains. I already had the tin of paint and the mirror. 


"I put a brick inside for stability, plus my heavy drill now has a home to stay in. It took me a week to do with TLC  and patience!

"It cost under £20 for the bling, which I love. I've gone mad on it.”

Carol is over the moon with the new addition to her hallway, especially considering the bargain price and innovative materials she used. 


"I am delighted with the results and overwhelmed with the amount of people who like it - and no bad comments!

"I love doing anything like this and making things. I'm just delighted with the end result really.

“My partner comes home from work and says ‘what are you doing now?!’ I do all the decorating and gardening - I just can’t sit still!


“Everyone knows me to be doing something all the time.

“It kept me busy in lockdown too!” 

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “This amazing console table transformation just shows that with the right creative eye, you really can turn trash into treasure!


“Most of us would throw the packaging of a mop right into the recycling bin without a second thought, but Carol’s creative eye just shows you should always take a second look before you head to the bin.

“Using budget supplies from B&M, Home Bargains and ebay, she’s created a stunning table for her hallway without spending a fortune.”

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