Thursday, May 30, 2013

Room for Improvement

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I was recently asked if I'd like to take part in a competition MoneySupermarket are running called 'Room for Improvement' where you're challenged to improve a room in your houseon a £50 budget. Being a student, pretty much everything I do is on a budget so I thought this was a really good idea for a challenge. My Mum moved house recently so I picked my bedroom at home to do up. So, I've added some 'before' photos and some 'after' photos as well as some details below:

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My Mum had these old candle holders sitting down in the garage so we painted them up with the same paint we used on the wardrobe (see below) and then I added some candles which me and Rob found in Dunelm. Dunelm had a mahoosive sale on so I also picked up some little ornaments which you can see better in the photos below:

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Pointy candles - £1.50 each (Dunelm)
Candle holders - Free (Thanks, garage)
Tealights - £1.99 for pack (Dunelm)
Silver Figures - £3.99 for 3 (Dunelm)
Stone heart candle - £3.99 (Dunelm)
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Duvet set - £15 (Matalan)
Furry cushion - 2 for £8 (Matalan)

Next up, my duvet. I found this tie dye one in Matalan in what I think may have been the kids section. Who wants to be a grown up anyway.

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Furry cushion - 2 for £8 (Matalan)
Vase - £7.49 (Dunelm)
Twigs with fairy lights - £5.59 (Dunelm)

The vase was one of my favourite things I bought, Rob found it lurking on a low down sale shelf in Dunelm so we snatched it right up. I then took about 20 minutes (if only I was exaggerating) deciding whether to buy fake - but very real-looking, promise - orchids or these twigs.

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Box - 99p (Charity shop)

My floral crowns have never had a home so I'm glad to say that they finally do. Inside the box isn't as nice... I threw all my jewellery and odd bits and bobs in there. I think an old sim card actually made its way in there too. So, the moral of the story is, don't open Pandora's box.

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Paint - Sample pots (Annie Sloane)
Handles - A tiny shop in the middle of nowhere. I'm not sure of the price as my little Mamito bought them as a surprise for me.

Ah, the Pièce de résistance. My wardrobe's been needing a makeover for a while so me and my Mum saw this as an excuse to finally do it. I'm so happy with how it turned out, especially with the sveet little handles my Mum found.

And there we have it, a room transformed for a total cost of £50.04!

Amy x