A SAVVY mum has revealed how she saved £1,000 on her bedroom makeover using a £20 product.
Lynda Chadwick, 55, took inspiration from a Facebook DIY group and has shared the handy hack that she used to get her dream furniture for just a fraction of the price.
Lynda recalled that she decided to take on the project after a three-year period of illness due to a tumour in her parathyroid gland.
However, the long time she spent unable to work due to her condition meant that she was on a strict budget.
That's where her clever tip came in to help her save big.
Lynda explained: "I am part of the Facebook group DIY Homes On A Budget and I kept an eye on makeovers others were doing that I liked. I also love watching home makeovers on the TV so that also inspired me.
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"I really wanted black solid wood furniture, but when I looked online I realised how expensive it was. It was £1,000 just for a large wardrobe.
"I began to think about how to get the effect I wanted on a budget, and came up with the solution – painting my wooden furniture, as it was solid pine."
Despite warnings from some friends that black furniture would "ruin the room", the determined home decorator ploughed on and snapped up a tin of black matte durable paint from B&Q.
She added: "It’s amazing – I only used one tin for all of the furniture, and it only cost £20.
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"I had a solid chest of drawers that I painted as well as the wardrobe, and I also bought some tall, thin wardrobes from Facebook Marketplace for £15 to paint."
Lynda then finished off the furniture with half a £12 tin of wax to give it a sleek finish.
She also set about redesigning her clock with a similar DIY attitude.
After painting over the existing face, she stuck on some wooden numbers she had bought for £14 and buffed up the metal casing with £1 ink pads.
On top of the wardrobe, she placed some banana boxes from the local supermarket covered in a throw matching the one on her bed, rounding out the room nicely without breaking the bank.
Lynda was thrilled with the way the transformation went, saying: "As I surveyed the room with the black furniture, the boxes on top of the wardrobe and the brightened-up clock I decided to leave the walls white as it all looked lovely together.
"Now the room is complete and feels so much better. It cost me hardly anything – I just recycled what I had, and bought second-hand bargains on Facebook.
"I’m glad I stuck to my idea of black paint for the furniture as I have managed to pull it off."
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