Woman saves £900 transforming unwelcoming hallway with Amazon bargains

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Mum Laura Ross has revealed how she saved more than £900 transforming her hallway with Amazon bargains.

The 45-year-old from Midlothian Scotland, said she want to transform her hallway as it was "dark and unwelcoming", with a plain curtain that let very little light.

It also featured wooden flooring which needed some work.

And luckily for her, she managed to do it with some bargains from Amazon.

Opening up to money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk, Laura said: "I wanted something different and fancied a black and white theme to give the space a fresh new update.

"While I browsed through the Facebook group DIY On A Budget I found some inspiration I liked and saved the ideas to create my own monochrome themed hallway.

"When it came to finding supplies, I didn’t have a particular design in mind and made it up as I went. I just bought things I liked and worked on fitting it all together."

Laura said that most of her decor came from Amazon. She started by getting a set of four prints for £12.99, then purchasing a light covering for £45 and three shelves for £15. The clock cost £24.99 from the online retailer, and she also picked up a £29.99 statue, £11.99 black star and £9.99 reed diffuser.

A radiator cover was purchased for £49.99, along with four tins of Frenchic paint in the shade Blackjack Alfresco for £16.99 each. Last but not least there was a blind for £12.99.

Laura then visited some other shops, both in person and online.

"The wallpaper came from I Love Wallpaper. It cost £16.99 and I used one roll," she said.

"I got four frames for my prints from The Range, and they were £4.49 each. At this store I also got the cat and dog prints, which were £6.99 each. As I went to leave I saw a flower garland which I thought would look nice around one of my mirrors so I got it for £12.99.

"I got the zebras for £25 from a lady on Facebook who has her own business, and the zebra head was £16.99 from Matalan. My next stop was ASDA, where I picked up the black mirrors for £8.99 each.

"At B&Q I purchased some plywood cut to measure for the bottom wall paneling, and it came to £25 in total. While I was there I got a deer plaque for £12.99.

"In Ikea I picked up a shoe cupboard for £49.99, and in Tesco I got two big tins of Johnston’s paint in a sale for £15 in total.

"My carpet cost £110 to fit and I am paying it off for £15 a week, the total cost will be £500 including the underlay but fortunately I am keeping my upfront costs low.

"I got my small table and accessories from B&M. The table was £12.99 and the tray and flowers were £16 in total."

All in all, the job only took a weekend to do.

Laura said her husband first painted the walls, and then she painted the rest. She also painted all the doors in black afterwards, plus the banister was painted in the same shade using tins from Frenchic.

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She continued: "I added in the panelling and wallpaper with the help of my husband, then it was time to sort out the decorations.

"I painted the mirrors with Frenchic paint, then hung up the clock and prints. After that I simply arranged my remaining purchases in a way I liked.

"I felt so happy when it was done as it really does look lovely and fresh. I do all my DIY work myself.

"My dad was a painter and decorator and taught me well. I must admit I learned from the best. I am sure he would be proud of me if he were still here."

The total upfront cost for Laura’s hallway makeover was £800.76, while the total cost once the carpet is paid off will be £1300.76.

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