A savvy gran gave her house a stylish makeover on a budget.
Karen Joy Grey, 54, has been working hard as a NHS senior school nurse support worker during the coronavirus pandemic.
She got tired of coming back to her Isle of Wight home and seeing bland-looking decor.
So the mum-of-three enlisted the help of her husband Darren, who helped her to transform her space.
They gave their bathroom a revamp that makes it look like something out of a five-star hotel.
And the couple also added a touch of style to their door by painting it a classy shade of blue.
Karen told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "I came up with the idea after seeing that people painted their UPVC front doors on a Facebook DIY site.
“We couldn't afford to replace the door so I did a bit of research, found a type of paint recommended by people, Frenchic, and then realised that as it was lockdown the shops were all closed!
"I Googled and luckily there is a local stockist – as I live on the Isle of Wight that isn't always the case – and she delivered.
"I knew from trying to buy from the company that there was a national shortage of the paint due to people spending time in lockdown upcycling and decorating, and was relieved to find that she had some of the types of paint and colour I wanted.
"It's Frenchic's Al Fresco range and the colour is a dark grey called Smudge, and with our surname it had to be a grey!”
Karen continued: "I watched YouTube instructions made by Craig Phillips of Big Brother fame and decided to order a tin.
“The lady who is the local stockist (Butterfly Blue interiors in Cowes) even delivered observing social distancing!
“I bought a tin of paint for £17.95, some sugar soap, a brush, some fine sandpaper and a bucket of soapy water.
“It was all I needed to change the door, it went so well that we decided to paint the garage, all from the same little tin.”
As the door transformation was such a success, the gran decided to do some work in her bathroom too.
She explained: "I was lying in the bath scrolling through the Facebook fan page and saw that people paint kitchen tiles.
“I thought ‘hmmm, I could paint the outdated and frankly grim bathroom tiles'. I still had a bit of the original tin of paint left too.
"So at the weekend, I washed down the tiles with sugar soap.
“My husband had taken the bath panel off and replaced it with tongue and groove from B&Q, and using a cheap foam roller from Home Bargains I set to work.
“The first coat was a bit scary, but I knew that from doing the UPVC front door so I only panicked a teeny bit!”
After a few more licks of paint, the stylish transformation was complete.
Karen said: "Later on that day I did a second coat before running out of paint, from the same original tin.
“I ordered a second tin and had to wait until it was available, so there was a week of looking at my rather patchy efforts and doubting myself.
"When the second tin arrived, I set to work. I applied four thin coats of the paint and it was done.
"I made my first trip to a shop during lockdown after looking online for something to put on the wall and found the mirror I thought would be perfect at The Range for £54.99.
“It was slightly damaged so we got a 10% discount, but I was able to use some unused eyeshadow to cover up the damage perfectly – makeup is not just for your face!”
The bathroom makeover cost less than £100 to do – and the finished results are seriously impressive.
Karen added: "My super budget-friendly makeover cost under £100!
“I spent £17.95 for the paint, I already had the sugar soap, but it is cheap, and the mini foam rollers from Home Bargains are a couple of pounds.
"The mirror cost us £49.50 and the tongue and groove was from B&Q and cost under £10. I painted the tongue and groove and painted my floating shelves too.
“The laminate flooring was left over from decorating the conservatory, the coat hook was from Home Bargains and was £5 and I even painted the bathrack which is from IKEA.
"All in my bleak to chic budget bathroom makeover cost under £100!”
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