Mum transforms four bedrooms with a budget of just £1500

Mum transforms four bedrooms with a budget of just £1500


When mum-of-three Emily Watson moved into a new family home, she knew she had some work to do – but she needed to keep costs down.

She planned to redecorate two bedrooms and transform a third into two smaller ones for her youngest kids.

The 29-year-old, from Harrogate, North Yorkshire, decided to embark on all four projects at once, and thanks to some clever shopping, she spent just £1500 on everything.

Emily, who is mum to Lewis, 11, Maisie, nine, and Hugo, one, said: ‘I got my ideas by collecting inspiration off home budget Instagram pages. They showed me where to buy cheap furniture and how to upcycle old items with Frenchic paint. I was able to put my own stamp on my home using bits and bobs I had collected over time.

‘We moved into a three-bedroom house, so we halved the third bedroom in the back to give my one and nine-year-old children their own space. Our youngest accesses his bedroom from ours, so they both have privacy.’

The housekeeper chose a chic grey and white space for her room, a gamer-themed bedroom for Lewis, and the third bedroom was split with Maisie getting a floral polka dot color scheme and Hugo being treated to jungle decor.

’For my bedroom, I wanted to model it using some Instagram homes as inspiration. However, they weren’t in the budget for me if I was to buy everything as listed. Instead, I tried to recreate the look by purchasing supplies from Facebook Marketplace, B&M and Home Bargains,’ Emily told

‘With my two eldest children, I wanted to try and keep their bedrooms grown-up so the makeovers would last. I used ideas from Instagram homes for these as well. As for my youngest, he has always loved the jungle so I wanted to give him a space where his imagination could run wild!’

To keep costs low, Emily shopped around, ensuring she got the best price.

‘Most of our supplies and furniture have been purchased second hand, from budget shops or sales where possible. We also had help from a friend in the building trade to put up some stud walls and fit the electrics,’ she said.

‘We were lucky to pick up several items on the cheap. For example, I got wall stickers from eBay for between £3 and £5 a sheet, and while I was there I picked up a roll of wallpaper for just £10.

‘Overall the walls of stickers in each room were just £30 each to create, and I also got some gamer cushions from this site for just £2 each.

‘By going to the local builders merchants we saved on the timber and plasterboard, paying £60 in total. When we got the paint we got two tubs for £20 each from Dulux and two Valspar tubs for £30 each.’

The mum also spent her evenings searching through Facebook for secondhand finds.

‘The best bargain was both of my eldest childrens’ beds, as we actually got those for free off Facebook Marketplace! The third bed was just £50 off Marketplace. I’ve had a lot of people asking where it’s from – I got lucky with that find.

‘Marketplace turned out to be a great place for items on the cheap. I picked up a large stuffed giraffe for £45 and a pink chandelier for £20. There was a lovely hanging shelf with tassels that I got for just £5 and the grey lamps in my room cost just £25 for both. I also got my two mirrored bedside tables from Marketplace – £50 for both!

‘Overall I paid very little for the furniture in each of the rooms. I got the Malmo Bedside Cabinet for £15 from B&M for Lewis’ room, and my mirrors and furniture were all second hand. For the whole set in my bedroom I only paid £150 – and that includes two bedside tables, a set of drawers and a dressing table.

‘All of the smaller accessories are from either Home Bargains, B&M or The Range. In these stores I didn’t spend over £30 for any of the items. The most popular decorative piece among family and friends has been my Naomi Tripod Lamp, which cost just £20 from B&M. 

‘The most expensive purchases were the jungle wallpaper, which cost £70 from eBay, and our bed – it was from a company called Bedz, Bedzz & Bedrooms and cost £500.’

They started by preparing the walls, sanding them down and white misting the walls before getting the paint on, which Emily says was the job that took the longest.

She added: ‘The biggest challenge was moving into the house while it was a bare shell, as it wasn’t in very good condition, so we had to redo everything while we were living in the house. It took five long months, but the process was made easier because I’d been planning it for over six months before we moved in.

‘I had started buying budget items before we even had a house to move in, so this helped us to save money once we were in our new home. I knew we wouldn’t be able to afford a professional so we sourced everything ourselves and got the job done successfully on the cheap.’

What Emily bought

  • Jungle Curtains – £30, Next
  • Large Stuffed Giraffe –  £45, Facebook Marketplace
  • Jungle Bed Sheets – £12, Next
  • Pink Chandelier – £20, Facebook Marketplace
  • Hanging Shelf With Tassels – £5, Facebook Marketplace
  • Bee Beautiful Print – £4, B&M
  • M Shape Ornament – £4, a friend made it 
  • Vanity With Lights – B&M, £30
  • Grey Curtains – £45, Studio 
  • Grey Lamps – £25 for both, Facebook Marketplace
  • Mirrored Bedside Tables – £50 for both, Facebook Marketplace
  • Gamer Cushions – £2 each, eBay
  • Gamer Lights – £12 each, eBay 
  • Gamer Mirror – £15, B&M
  • Gamer Prints – £2 each, eBay 
  • Large Gamer Mirror – £80, The Range 
  • Gamer Wall Stickers – £30 for the full wall, eBay 
  • Polka Dot Wall Stickers – £30 for the full wall, eBay
  • Plasterboard And Timber – £60, local builders merchants
  • Paint – £40, two Dulux tubs
  • Paint – £60, two Valspar tubs
  • Third Bed – £50, Facebook Marketplace
  • Malmo Bedside Cabinet – £15, B&M
  • Furniture Set – £150, Facebook Marketplace (bedside tables, drawers, dressing table)
  • Naomi Tripod Lamp – £20, B&M
  • Adult Bed – £500, Bedz, Bedzz and Bedrooms
  • Jungle wallpaper – £70, Next
  • All other products were already owned

Total cost: £1466

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