Mum converts garage into colourful playroom and you won't believe the change
- Nicole Roberts, 25, turned an uninspiring garage into an incredible playroom
- Nicole bought affordable supplies on ebay and IKEA and from local businesses
- Accessorising the room cost Nicole £450
If you’ve thought about using the coronavirus lockdown to carry out those DIY projects you’ve been dreaming of, take inspiration from this amazing colourful playroom.
Nicole Roberts, 25, a mum of two and hairdresser from Newport, Shropshire, saved up for years to be able to transform her garage into a toy room - and once that was complete, spent £450 turning it into an incredible kids’ paradise.
Nicole, who shares her home transformations on Instagram at @my_persimmon_home, told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: “This room was originally a garage but I knew before I moved in that I wasn't keeping it as a garage as new builds lack storage and I needed the extra room for the kids toys and other bits.
"I saved for the garage conversion over a couple of years before I moved in. The conversion cost around £5,000 to complete.
“We paid a builder to remove the garage door and brick up the front and add the window. The builder also insulated and boarded the room and added the internal door.
"My partner is an electrician so we saved on that as he did all the electrics. We also had a family friend plaster the walls. We used Dulux white paint for the walls and bought carpet from Carpetright. The whole conversion only took about a week.”
Once the garage conversion was complete, Nicole’s vision was unleashed on the room, which went from a plain space to a gorgeous colourful creation. She spent around £450 on the transformation.
"I knew from the beginning that this room needed to be bright and colourful and what better way to achieve that than with a rainbow theme,” Nicole explains.
"I started with the furniture in this room which is all from IKEA as they are fab for holding so many toys. In total the storage cost around £250 but it was worth every penny. I wanted to keep the storage a neutral colour as I know the rest of the room was going to be bright.
"I then started thinking about how I could make the walls less bare without having to paint them. I bought the rainbow sprinkle stickers from a small business called kiddysticks and they cost about £20. I loved the idea of the kids having their own little home corner with the washing machine and the kitchen and market stall.
"The kitchen is from ebay and cost around £60, the washing machine is from ASDA and cost £25 and the market stall is from Aldi and cost around £20. The little metal baskets are from TK Maxx and were £25 each.
"The rug is a massive focal point in this room and it was handmade by a small business called HeidiBaskets Crochet and it cost around £60. The table and chairs are also from IKEA and cost around £20.
“The educational train stickers are from owlandbrolly for £55, and I purchased the labels off Etsy for £12.
"I do have plans in the future to add some shelving to the walls to display their art work also."
Nicole and her kids are delighted with how the room has turned out, and she says it would be possible to recreate this look by buying supplies online during the lockdown.
"This is my favourite room in the house as it's so bright and cheerful,” she adds. "It's also very easy to keep tidy as everything is labelled. The kids' reaction to this becoming their room was amazing.
"They couldn't believe it was all theirs!
"I find with decorating my kids' rooms so easy with buying everything online. Recently with everything going on with self-isolation it's a brilliant way to pass the time and keep my mind occupied on something I love!”
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “Lockdown is a great opportunity to finally take on those home renovations you’ve been putting off.
“While of course now’s not the time to do a huge project that needs structural changes, accessorising a room can make all the difference.
“Like Nicole, buy products online from the likes of ebay and IKEA, and support local businesses - every order makes a huge difference to them in these unprecedented times!"
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