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Woman creates stunning Alice in Wonderland-inspired lounge for just £140

  • Lisa Murdock, 40, transformed her lounge into an Alice in Wonderland space
  • She upcycled furniture from local selling sites and from skips
  • Lisa says a home transformation is the perfect project for the lockdown

If you can recite all the Alice in Wonderland films word for word, then you’ll fall head over heels for this beautiful lounge inspired by the book and movies.

Lisa Murdock, 40, a mum of five from Northern Ireland, has always adored the magical story, so decided to pay tribute to Alice in her own home. She started off with an Alice-inspired kitchen, then decided to transform her lounge, too.

Lisa told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "I adore Alice in Wonderland so much and after doing the kitchen the lounge looked so boring.

"I had picked up an old fireplace and surround from a local buy and sell site months ago, but never got round to using it, so out came the paint.


"I love bright colours so I went with the same colour as Alice's dress with a black and white decoupage on the shelf part.

"I also picked up some Alice in Wonderland clay ornaments for £4 on ebay that I was able to attach to the fireplace and blend in with a sample of copper paint.

"I also placed some Alice in Wonderland tiles in the fireplace inserts, which I had decoupaged onto plain white tiles and sealed with a varnish. These were all ordered online due to not being able to go out and I don't throw anything out so I have plenty of bits and pieces lying about!

“The coffee table was £10 from a local buy and sell site and the lady was kind enough to leave it in the garden so no contact was made in these uncertain times.


"I used what decoupage paper I had in the house on the drawers and went for a brown and teal matte paint sealed with varnish. They were all sample pots.

"I've done the door also in Alice as it was so plain and I hate plain! All the wallpaper was purchased on ebay, and I have three different papers as they work so well together.

"I'm a real hoarder so I've had most off the stuff for a while and I just funked it up a bit. A friend painted the pictures for me as he knew how much I loved Alice and I couldn't see anything I liked online!"

Lisa says that the renovation was the perfect lockdown task and helped to keep her mind off worrying about the pandemic.


“It's kept me sane with all the uncertainty of things that is going on at the minute, and the kids have also enjoyed helping,” she adds. "I was really chuffed at how it turned out and I cant wait to get started on the bathroom.

“The whole project cost £140 including the wallpaper. The wallpaper cost £80, the table was £15, the decoupage paper was £6 from Zazzle, and the two sets of old pine drawers that I painted cost me nothing as I found them in a skip and I hate seeing stuff thrown out!”

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “If you’ve always wished for a little more magic in your life, you’ll love Lisa’s creative home.


“I love how she has made use of discarded items and given them a new lease of life with careful upcycling. As Lisa says, getting involved in a DIY or home renovation project can be a great way to spend your time during the pandemic and will keep your mind off the worrying aspects of the lockdown!

“If you don’t know where to start, inspire yourself on Pinterest or Instagram first - there are so many step-by-step DIY ideas, even for people who have never changed a lightbulb!"

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Comments+20 points

I wish I could get a mad hatter picture


Some people just can, and they do. This is wonderful.

I adored what she did in the kitchen, and take my hat off to her once again.

Imagine living with all that imagination rolling round your head.

You are never ever going to be bored.

Fantastic!! 😁


It would be interesting to see what this does to the value of her house 😄

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