Savvy mum-of-two surprises her daughters by transforming their bedroom

Savvy mum surprises her daughters by giving their bedroom a grown-up makeover in two weeks for just £350 – swapping bunk beds for a trendy champagne look with fairy lights and net curtains

  • Rachael Jones from Ipswich transformed her daughters’ bedroom in two weeks
  • Jessica, 13, and Libby, 10, were staying at their dad’s during surprise makeover  
  • Mum-of-two, 40, filmed the moment pair saw their new bedroom for first time 
  • Girls cooked Rachael and partner Ryan a three-course meal to say thank you

A mother-of-two who transformed her daughters’ bedroom in two weeks with just £350 has captured the grand reveal, which reduced them to tears of happiness.

Rachael Jones, 40, from Ipswich, Suffolk, recorded the emotional footage of her daughters, Jessica, 13, and Libby, 10, after revealing what she had been up to while the girls had stayed with their dad for two weeks. 

After moving into the house in August last year, the NHS administrator and her carpenter boyfriend, Ryan Cook, 43, decided to overhaul the room for the girls – which had previously featured bunk beds, blue walls with hand-painted clouds and sunshine.


Mother-of-two, Rachael Jones, 40, from Ipswich transformed her daughters’ bedroom in just two weeks spending £350. Pictured is the room before (left) and after (right) with the girls tucked in on the first night

Rachael captured the moment Jessica, 13, and Libby, 10, saw the room, which she redecorated while they were staying at their dad’s house

After spending two hours a day after work on redecorating, the proud mum unveiled the new room on Friday 26th June – but was ‘bowled over’ by her daughters’ incredible gratitude, with the pair even cooking a surprise three course meal to thank her and partner Ryan.

The new look was much more grown up than the previous pink bed sheets and cuddly toys, with champagne coloured walls, fluffy grey throws, pretty white curtains and plush layers of cushions. 

Rachael said: ‘Ryan wanted me to video their reaction because he was at work, so he couldn’t be there to see it himself.

‘I just wasn’t expecting them to react like that, they were so overwhelmed that I got really emotional and so did Ryan when he watched the video.


After spending two hours a day after work on redecorating, the proud mum unveiled the new room when the girls came home, and the girls were thrilled with the new look. Jessica is pictured right and Libby, left, crying tears of happiness

Jessica is pictured with her mum, Rachael, 40. Rachael said: ‘They were so overwhelmed that I got really emotional’ when seeing the transformation

‘We were bowled over. For them to appreciate the work we have put in and all the little things that we have done made it all worth it.

‘They even made a three course meal to say thank you because they were so grateful.’

Describing the close sisters as ‘best friends’, the thoughtful mum planned every inch of the transformation carefully before setting about the walls with a can of paint.


After moving into the house in August last year, the NHS administrator and her carpenter boyfriend, Ryan Cook, 43, decided to overhaul the room for the girls – which had previously featured bunk beds, blue walls with hand-painted clouds and sunshine (left). It is now much more grown up (right)

With Ryan’s carpentry skills the girls even have a bespoke made to measure sliding wardrobe with two separate sides for each of their clothes and belongings

The room now has blackout blinds, trendy net curtains and pretty fairy lights, as well as plush cushions and throws 

And with Ryan’s carpentry skills the girls even have a bespoke made-to-measure sliding wardrobe with two separate sides for each of their clothes and belongings.

The savvy interior design lover managed to transform the room with a budget of just £350, spending £26 on paint, £50 on materials for the bespoke wardrobe and £275 on soft furnishings, including storage baskets, lights, cushions and new bedsheets.

Rachael said: ‘They have always stuck together since they were babies.

‘Even when Libby was born and I put Jessica in a separate room, she would sneak into Libby’s room at night and take her from her cot.

Jessica, 13 and Libby, 10, are pictured on a picnic. Rachael said: ‘They have always stuck together since they were babies’


Rachael is pictured with her daughters who were overwhelmed by the new look (left). Right, Libby is pictured with her hands on her face in excitement

Libby is pictured with her mother. Rachael says her daughters were so grateful they made her a three-course meal

Younger sister Libby was overwhlemed with the bedroom and cried tears of happiness (pictured here)

‘I would wake up panicking thinking “Where is the baby?”, and then I would go in and find her in Jessica’s bed.

‘Even when they grew up and had bunk beds they would sleep on the bottom bunk together. They are best friends.

‘They had no idea what they were walking into – we had talked about the room and how they wanted the beds arranged, but that was it.


Jessica is pictured trying the built in wardrobe (left) while her sister Libby holds her face in excitement after seeing the room (right) 

After spending two hours a day after work on redecorating, the proud mum unveiled the new room on Friday 26th June – but was ‘bowled over’ by her daughters’ incredible gratitude with the pair even cooking a surprise three course meal to thank her and partner Ryan. The family are pictured enjoying the meal


The girls made tomato soup to start, chicken and spinach with mash potato and sauce as a main  (left) and handmade churros with chocolate dipped strawberries for dessert (right)

‘I chose all the decor, I took loads of ideas from Pinterest and other things like Instagram and I planned it all out before I started buying things.

‘We put three colours up on the wall before the one I settled on. I wanted it to be perfect for them.

‘But they were so determined to show us how thankful they were they surprised us with a three course meal.

‘They didn’t tell us what they were doing, they just told me to get the ingredients they needed and they made it all themselves.

‘They made tomato soup to start, chicken and spinach with mash potato and sauce as a main, and handmade churros with chocolate dipped strawberries for dessert!’ 


Rachael explained that she chose all the decor for the room, and took ideas from Pinterest and Instagram. Her daughters are pictured reacting to the new room

Rachael put a table between the girls’ beds for extra storage in a stylish way. Jessica is seen trying it out

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