Thrifty woman transforms hallway with B&M and Facebook Marketplace bargains

You don’t need to take on a massive renovation project to give your home a refresh.

Focusing your DIY efforts on one small area can make a big impact.

Proof of that comes in this hallway transformation, which totally changes the look of the space.

Rachel Poolton, 51, from Cardiff, wanted to give the entrance to her home a makeover, as it’s the first thing people see as they arrive.

She owns a clinic called Inch Go Lipo, and often has clients coming round to the house, so it’s important for her home space to look great and make a brilliant first impression.

So she stripped the wallpaper on the side of the stairs, took up the carpet, and got to work.

Keen to stick to a tight budget, she got creative, picking up bargain supplies from B&M and Facebook Marketplace and upcycling whatever she bought.

The end result looks dramatically different, with a monochrome theme and pops of soft pink.

‘I spent £55 on the furniture and managed to upcycle it for a profit, selling it for £300,’ Rachel told

‘I got a lot of items from Facebook Marketplace, sales and spare items left from other projects.

‘I also collected picture frames from online selling pages and painted the frames.

‘They cost between £1 and £15 and I got several at a time for those prices.

‘For the floral piece, I commissioned the idea from a lady selling Mother’s Day floral arrangements.

‘The small dusky blush unit under the stairs was £5, and I painted a radiator cover I bought for £30 on Facebook Marketplace. I already had the shelf above it, so I upcycled it to match.

‘I bought the individual flowers in the two vases from The Range and Wilkinson, they cost between £1 and £2.50.

‘Then I bought the fake plants from B&M and Poundlands’ Interior range.’

Rachel did the bulk of the work herself to keep costs low, roping in her brother-in-law to help put up the blinds.

‘The most expensive items were the blinds,’ she said. ‘I got the dusky blush Roman blinds in sales at Dunelm at half price for £32 each, and the made to measure wooden effect 50mm white blinds were £115 each.

‘I had a professional tile the bottom floor with tiles I purchased from Wickes on sale for £20 a box of 10 instead of £28. I used eight boxes in total.

‘My brother in law put the blinds up for me and I mitred the laminate floor edging around the tiles.

‘I got a stair runner instead of a proper carpet on the stairs and I used panel pins to attach them, painting the rest of the step black.

‘The rug was £45 and the ballerina canvases were £12 each from B&M.

‘I used Frenchic paint in the shades Dusky Blush and Blackjack on the furniture, picture frames and front door at. £19.95 a tin.

‘Finally, I got the wallpaper from eBay for under £10 and applied it myself.’

Rachel is sharing her work to show that you don’t have to spend a load of cash to refresh her interiors – and the end result more than proves that.

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