DIY fan turns drab space into glam dressing room with bargains from £2.99

People spent a lot of time in their homes during lockdown.

And one woman used that time to make her property even more fun to be in by creating a glamorous dressing room.

And what's better, is that she did it using her own DIY skills and bargains that cost as little as £2.99.

Kim Heslip, 42, from Leeds, told money-saving community "I wanted to create a dressing room that felt like a changing room in a glamorous clothing boutique.

"I wanted it to be fun and positive and put me in a good mood when I get ready in the morning or before a night out."

The nurse, dog walker and blogger, added: "I decided to decorate this room on a whim when the lockdown was announced after Christmas.

"I wanted a project to keep me going through lockdown and somewhere to escape to for a bit of headspace in between homeschooling and work.

"There wasn’t much of a budget and I largely reused and upcycled items we already had."

The space Kim decided to work on was functional, but plain.

Kim labelled the room before renovating it as "uninspiring", with it featuring a wooden dresser, matching mirrors and a wicker basket for storage.

She continued: "The dressing room already had fitted wardrobes and a dressing table which were good quality, just a little drab for my liking.

"I could see the potential to give them a revamp and bring some fun and style into the room so the design was really based around working with what we had and injecting my personality into the space."

Like any DIY project, the first step was planning.

"We already had plenty of storage in the room, but there was also an awkward wasted space over the steps between the dressing table and the wardrobe," Kim added.

"I decided to build some extra storage there to make use of it.

"I also wanted a seating area so I could have a friend join me for a chat and outfit advice whilst I’m getting ready.

"Plus I wanted somewhere to plan outfits, so I added the hooks on the wall to hang things up and see what works together."

While buying supplies, Kim did her best to cut down costs where possible.

All of her paint came from my local decorating store, with her using Johnstone's Matt Emulsion for the walls and Bradite One Can for the wardrobes.

She said both shades were colour-matched to the shade Middleton Pink by Farrow and Ball, and the total cost was £80.

The wallpaper used is called Bond Girls in black and white, which she from Wallpaper King for £45.

Meanwhile, the wallpaper was used to upcycle the dressing table drawers is called Trio in pink and came from for £20 in the sale.’

Supplies for the worktop were also sourced online, with Kim getting a second hand worktop for £20 off eBay and marble effect d-c fix for £12 on Amazon.

Room decor was next on the agenda. Kim says she's had the full length mirror for about 10 years – with it originally coming from John Lewis.

There is a plant hanger and jewellery hanger from Sass and Belle, and the oval mirror above the dressing table was a charity shop find.

The prints on the wall came from a number of small businesses: Dyl and the Gang, Modern Print Studio, Blossom and Bloom, Punkhaus, Staying in Studio, Iamfy, Signhive, and Worldly and Wild. They cost between £5 and £25 each, and several were won in giveaways.

Kim also got some bargain buys.

The wire “hello” on the wall came from Rosewire Designs for £5, and some of the wall shelves are from Home Bargains priced at £2.99 each.

"There is no natural light in the room so the plants are all faux and came from Home Bargains and B&M stores for £20 in total," said Kim.

The dressing table chair was originally from Ikea, which Kim has owned for about 15 years, and the black and white plant basket was an Aldi special buy for £14.

The zebra rug came from iRugs and cost £79 in the sale, while the bench was given to Kim by a friend so she upcycled it.

The matching wall hooks were £60 and made for her by her friend Zoe from Morton Shaw Interiors. They used to be in Kim's hallway and are made from an upcycled floorboard.’

Kim started her renovation by painting the walls, wardrobes, dressing table and woodwork. Then the handles on the wardrobes and drawers were removed and re-sprayed gold.

The original dressing table top was removed and used, along with some leftover MDF from a previous project, to create some new shelves over the steps between the dressing table and wardrobes.

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The new shelves and drawer fronts were decorated with the wallpaper from Made and the wall at the end of the room was decorated with the Bond Girls wallpaper.

The second hand kitchen worktop was cut to size and fitted, extending the dressing table all the way to the side of the wardrobes and over the new shelves. It was then wrapped with the marble effect d-c fix.

Talking about the renovation, Kim said: "I am fairly confident when it comes to DIY and there was nothing too taxing involved in this project.

"My rule of thumb with home renovations is if I can do it, then I do it. That way I save money to spend on the jobs I cannot do such as electrics, plastering and building work."

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