A woman from Wigan has utterly transformed the look of her dining room, using money saved from cutting back on alcohol and cigarettes to do it.
Lisa Finch, 50, pulled off the transformation after deciding her orange dining room was in need of an update to match the rest of the house.
"We live in a small three bedroom terraced house with the dining room at the front. I knew I wanted it lighter and brighter but also knew I didn’t have a massive budget either," the mum of three from Wigan told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk .
"We couldn’t afford new furniture, but I recently quit smoking and drinking in December and wanted the incentive to stay quit so started to save the money that I didn’t use for cigarettes and booze."
So she decided to upcycle what she had, rather than buy new.
"I came up with the idea after looking through Google for clean, industrial inspirations. I wanted an airy bright feel," Lisa said.
"The lounge in contrast is all earthy greens and browns so I wanted this room to be completely different."
To get the effect, her first step was cleaning.
"I started to research how to upcycle what we had. Everything was cleaned with sugar soap and then sanded."
When everything was clean and sanded, the next step was getting the materials in to change the look.
"I used The Frenchic Lazy paint range, using Spitfire on the dining table, chairs, built in cupboard, radiator and skirting boards, and Hot as Mustard on the bookshelf and radiator cover," Lisa said.
"The curtains were old curtains we had upstairs in the spare room and I dyed them with Dylon smoky grey fabric dye.
"I also bought four grey chair covers from ebay for £9.99 and the lounging chair from ebay for £40. The wallpaper was from Very. It took around 4 coats of paint to get to the stage we wanted.
“The wallpaper cost £80 for eight rolls, the paint cost £39.90 for two tins, the fake plants cost between 50p and £5 from ebay, the canvas prints cost £20 each and the cushions and throw were £35 from Very.”
All in, the renovation cost just £200.
"It took around two weeks but I took my time with the painting because I wanted a good finish and wanted it to last too,” she said.
"My husband did the wallpapering over four days. I’m still saving from not smoking and drinking and the lounge is next on the list!
"I was blown away by the finished result – I never expected it to look so nice, I only ever saw what I wanted it to look like in my head. It’s definitely my favourite room at the moment and I’m very proud of it.
"I suffer from severe arthritis in my hands and other joints so it was a massive achievement for me to do this.
"My tips are to look for bargains and try where possible to upcycle anything you already have. Take your time and plan every single detail.”
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