19 July 2013

Home Improvement Hero

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Our spare bedroom
Decorating Thomas's bedroom room has been on the agenda for so long. He's 4 years old now and still sleeps in and horribly decorated room which was painted before we moved in. We have been planning on moving him rooms into the spare room which is a bit bigger and so when I heard about the competition from Money Supermarket called the Home Improvement Hero I had to get involved. Can we possibly sort out a bedroom for £50? Yes, is the answer and I'll show you how.

It doesn't have to be about extravagance and spending a fortune of things that have no bearing in a bedroom. Make it suitable for your child and also think about using things that can easily be changed as you child grows. Use colours that aren't babyish and stick to accessories rather than permanent fixtures so they can be changed easily as the years pass.

We bought 2 different coloured paints from Wilkinsons. I always buy paint for there because it is fantastic quality and they have a massive selection of colours and at 2 for £20, it's a steal compared to some brands. We chose quite a dark blue for the main wall and then a light green for the rest. I wanted the main wall to stand out but didn't want the whole room looking dark.

Then came the accessories to fit in with everything Thomas liked. I tried to do this from a different angle than normal. I wanted them to be personal to Thomas and so he could associate his bedroom to himself and so bought loads of craft items to make our own accessories.

Wilkinsons do a vast range of craft items suitable for children. We bought 2 canvas pictures which have the drawing on and just need painting to finish. We chose a car and a dog as Thomas loves both. We also chose a couple of other trinkets which are also in the range of craft items. All at only a few pounds each and most include the paint with them.

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We then bought some plain canvases, about A3 size, and I designed these, one each for the boys as when Charlie gets older he will be sharing the room too.

I found a template of cartoon characters from the internet and started to draw the base on. Fireman Sam for Thomas and Baby Loony Toons for Charlie, each one getting personalised with their names. I think they look great and when the time comes that the boys out grow them, I can simply take them down and put something more suitable up.

I then went on the lookout for bedding. We needed curtains too but only had £20 in our budget left so there was no chance. Well that's where I was wrong and where my love of haggling came in.

We popped down to our local market and found the perfect Fireman Sam bedding and curtains set. £27.99 though which we couldn't afford. I pleaded and begged with the man and haggled my way down and my charm must have worked because we came in bang on budget. £20, for a duvet set and curtains, bargain! Always make sure you check your local markets for deals and don't forget to haggle.

I can't believe what we have achieved with £50. The bedroom has a whole new lease of life and Thomas loves it.

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The finished bedroom

- I was sent a £50 to take part in this challenge and all thoughts and experiences are my own honest opinions

14 comments:

  1. Looks fab, cant wait to start mine.

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  2. Looks great! Must sort my kids room out.

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  3. That room looks fab, it's definitely a boys room with Fireman Sam everywhere :D

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  4. Well done you!! It looks fantastic! x

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  5. It looks brilliant, well done, it's amazing you could do that for £50!

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  6. A great improvement - can you come and do mine? :)

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  7. It's a really good tip about haggling u wouldn't have thought to try it

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  8. Brilliant transformation!

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  9. wow, what a great looking room!
    Any chance you would like to repeat the process at my place? ;-)

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  10. Looks fab I'd have joined in this challenge but living in a rented property we not allowed to decorate. :(

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  11. That looks amazing - I love Wilkos when we moved in here we got so much from them as its always good quality but well priced :) x

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  12. looks great and well done on your haggling skills!

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  13. Looks great and I admire you for haggling! I'm too shy!

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