• Sat. Apr 17th, 2021

Mum’s living room completely transformed on DIY budget of £200

A single mum’s living room has been totally transformed on a DIY budget of just £200.

Qualified painter and decorator Suzy Baines, from Runcorn, went out of her way to make a house feel like a home for her friend while not breaking the purse strings.

Suzy said her friend Lisa, also from Runcorn, was moving into a new rented property with her son, Jack, and she offered to decorate the living room ahead of their arrival.

By shopping in B&M, Tesco and Facebook Marketplace, Suzy was able to transform the living space on a budget, and said: “A beautiful home does not have to cost a small fortune.”

Speaking to the ECHO, Suzy said: “Moving home is meant to be one of the most stressful events in a person’s life and I really wanted Lisa to have one room decorated and finished so that at the end of each day she could just relax in there with a glass of wine and close the door to the unpacking and forget about it for a while.”

Before the makeover, Lisa’s new living room looked like a standard living space in a rented property.

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Suzy, 40, said the whole property had been decorated in magnolia after the previous tenants moved out and there was paint on the light switches.

She said: “The room was very bland before and quite uninviting, but now it has a warm and cosy feel to it.”



a screen shot of a living room: A before and after of Suzy Baines' DIY budget makeover for friend, Lisa


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A before and after of Suzy Baines’ DIY budget makeover for friend, Lisa

Explaining why she wanted to help Lisa out, Suzy added: “I’m a qualified painter and decorator so I offered to decorate the living room before Lisa moved in.

“She said she wasn’t sure how she wanted to decorate it and by her own admission, wasn’t very good when it came to home decor, whereas I love interior design and putting a room together from scratch.

“I asked if she wanted me to decide on the decor and she said yes.

“The only living room furniture she was taking with her was her black leather sofa, black leather armchair, and a fire place with fire. She set a budget at £200 for me to buy the paint, wallpaper, accessories, and anything else I thought the room needed.”

Starting from scratch, Suzy said she first wanted to decide on the colours in the living room and created a mood board with all her ideas.

She said: “I decided on grey for the walls as I thought it would work well with her black sofa and armchair, and it’s also quite popular at the moment.

“I then decided on a grey wallpaper with a metallic rose geometric design for the chimney breast so that I could add a few pink accessories as I knew she was a fan of pink.

“Keeping with the geometric theme I searched for some accessories and found a grey geometric design vase and white geometric design rabbit ornament on the Tesco homeware page online for a great price and they also had a pink lamp with a rose gold base that went great with the wallpaper..”



a living room with a desk and chair: Lisa's living room after


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Lisa’s living room after

Suzy said she shopped on Facebook Marketplace for further furniture and managed to find a TV unit, coffee table and sideboard for a bargain price.

She said the TV unit was £30 from a local charity, the coffee table was £10 and the sideboard with the glass doors was only £10.

She said: “All three items of furniture bought in the local area for just £50.

“The accessories for the room were all bought at bargain prices from either charity shops, Ebay, Facebook Marketplace, B&M, Wayfarer, and I even got a beautiful pink velvet cushion from the Debenhams sale for just £4.”

Decorating, Suzy said, was also fairly straight forward and not too difficult to do.

She said: “Lisa wasn’t moving into the new house for a few weeks so I was able to go round in my spare time to do the work and so I did little bits a couple of times a week as and when I bought things.



a close up of a woman smiling and posing for the camera: Suzy Baines (right) and her friend, Lisa, from Runcorn


© Suzy Baines
Suzy Baines (right) and her friend, Lisa, from Runcorn

“I never encountered any major problems as the whole house had been redecorated in magnolia a month or so before, after the last tenant had moved out.

“The only issue I had, a pet hate of mine, was the paint that had been left on the light switches and sockets. The socket for the landline phone had about five layers of paint on it so I had to spend a bit of time removing that.

“I was quite happy with the way it was looking and that I had managed to get second hand furniture of good quality and condition and accessories that tied together nicely.”

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Lisa and her son Jack were “beaming from ear to ear” when they saw the finished result, Suzy said.

Suzy has also shared with us the list of items she bought for the DIY makeover and included how much she paid to stay within the £200 budget.

Suzy’s list is copied below:

£8.98 2 x grey & white geo cushion covers Ebay

£6.00 origami rabbit ornament Tesco

£8.00 geo grey vase Tesco

£10 pink table lamp Tesco

£1.99 Pink geo frame B&M

£4.00 Succulent plant on black stand B&M

£3.00 Large candle B&M

£2.00 Pink candle B&M

£3.00 black tassel candle B&M

£2.99 black and grey throw Charity Shop

£0.99 wood and white photo frame Charity Shop

£5.49 black coasters Amazon

£25.00 Grey Dulux emulsion Wilkos

£20.00 2 × rolls wallpaper Amazon

£10.00 Next coffee table Facebook Marketplace

£30.00 TV Unit Charity Shop

£4.00 Pink cushion Debenhams

£27.00 Curtains Wayfarer

£15.00 Curtain rail B&M

£8.00 Clock Facebook Marketplace

£10.00 Glass unit Facebook Marketplace