Mum Creates Stunning Gamer Bedroom For £585 Using £4 B&Q Bargains
- Danielle, 30, let her son choose the colours for his new room
- The space has been transformed with a gamer theme on a budget
- Bargains include £4 cushions and £10 paint from eBay and B&Q
Letting your child have creative control over a bedroom makeover could be a recipe for disaster, but one budget-savvy mum has managed to take her son’s decor ideas on board and bring them to life on the cheap.
Danielle Cook, 30 from Preesall, Lancashire, who works as a dressmaker and is a mum to an 8 year old girl and 6 year old boy, told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: ‘The idea for this room came from my son, especially the colour scheme. He wanted pale blue and green initially, but I didn’t think it would look as nice, so I persuaded him to go for the navy with lime green as we love a bit of colour.
‘We wanted something bold, and we had already found the wallpaper we wanted to use, so the other ideas were based on that design. We also looked on Google Images at navy, white and green bedrooms for further inspiration.
‘I got most of my replies from IKEA, B&Q and eBay. While I was in B&Q I picked up their green paint from their own range which was much cheaper than the other brands. What’s more, I think it’s one of the best paints I have used and it was only £10 a pot.
‘While I was there I picked up white paint for £20 and some supplies for the walls - Command strips for £4 and wallpaper paste for £4. Then we went to IKEA and I got two chest of drawers for £60 each, plus a bedside table for £40.
‘I already had the curtains from a previous room, which was handy as it saved me money. They’re the shade of green we wanted so we colour matched the walls with the curtains to make everything look as professional as possible.
‘To add a special touch to the room we got some plaques from a store called The Crafty Dragonfly and these were £52 in total. The room has a gaming theme to it and so these really helped it to come to life. We made sure the bold colours matched our colour scheme perfectly.
‘I got some fluffy cushions from The Range for £18, but I found the stripy cushions for £4 each on eBay. I then used my vinyl machine to add the lime green initials.
‘The most expensive purchase was the bed, which came from Bedz Bedzz & Bedrooms on Facebook and cost £300. However I’m confident this will last so it was an investment more than anything.
‘The bedsheets came from an online company at only £15 for a double, and I picked up the strip lights from light strips com for £23.
‘The whole process was quite convenient as we managed to be able to decorate before we moved in. Initially the room had three white walls and one blue one with some navy curtains. We got started by painting all the woodwork to give it a fresh new look.
‘The next step was to paint the walls - we did the white one first, then the lime green wall. After that we applied the wallpaper, which is navy blue with white stars.
‘All that was left to do at this point was dress the room with the furniture and accessories when we moved in. We put up the plaques using Command strips, and I think these work wonders for pictures.
‘We didn’t really have any challenges doing this room, although the wallpaper was a bit of a nightmare. It wasn’t the nicest paper to hang and if I were to do it again I would most likely pay for someone to put it up.
‘Overall we started with a blank canvas so it was a really enjoyable room to decorate. There are a couple of bits to finish, such as another bedside cabinet when IKEA has them back in stock. I am also thinking I need a little something on top of the chest of drawers.
‘I love how my little boy’s room has turned out and I just love to decorate in general. I have done many other rooms since this project as part of our moving in process.’
Tom Church, Co-Founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said: ‘Danielle has done a fantastic job transforming this plain space into a gamer’s paradise. Making use of bargain products from places like eBay and B&Q are a great way to keep costs down.
‘With items such as beds it can sometimes pay off in the long term to pay more upfront and avoid replacing it more often. This room will clearly last for several years to come.’
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