If you’re noticing all the flaws in your house now that you’re spending more time there than ever before, and you’d like to review it, make sure you don’t have to spend a fortune to make it look Pinterest-worthy.
Koleighna Wilbur, 43, a mother of four and grandmother of two from Quebec, Canada, transformed her bathroom for under £ 60 – and it looks gorgeous.
Koleighna told the money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: “The inspiration for the bathroom came from a simple photo I saw on Pinterest of a bathroom with Dalmatian wallpaper and I fell in love right away!
“I wanted my bathroom, which was a dull, dark, depressing space from the 1970s / 80s, to feel how that one simple picture made me happy.
“Since I was quarantined and unemployed, I decided to do it myself. I’ve always been very helpful and my dad taught me a lot before he died.
“I ordered all my materials online. The tiles and contact paper were from Amazon, and the paint and other materials were from our local hardware store. The entire makeover cost me about $ 100 (£ 59).
“Before the trial, I stripped the old bathroom down as best I could, removing what looked like 40 years of caulking on top of caulking.
‘I then cleaned everything very well and started. I did the tiles first.
“I didn’t use the ‘right’ tile paint because my hardware store was not enough, so I improvised by using a cabinet paint and a diamond-finish top coat to protect it from scratches. It worked great.
“Then I painted the whole bathroom with a good quality bright white paint (I didn’t skimp here) and applied two coats, followed by hand painting the Dalmatian stains on the focal wall.
“For this step, I had my two younger children add a few places of their own as a fun way to include them in the process.
“Before painting, I repaired all the holes to make sure it looked very sleek and professional once the paint was applied.
“I finished the look with the contact (faux marble) paper on the counter and again I chose a very good quality paper, taking into account that I have teenagers and wanted something more durable.
“The floor tiles were peel and stick and were very easy to apply. I completed the whole look with caulking around all edges and seams to make it look so beautiful.
“Honestly, caulking was la pièce de résistance for me – it was so satisfying to see how it all came together!
“I added some Christmas lights to a wall that stay on all the time and act as a night light at night, which is very soothing for my kids.”
Koleighna is delighted with how the process went and couldn’t be happier with her lockdown project.
“Home refurbishment has saved my mental health during this difficult and difficult time,” she added.
“I started to get a little depressed because I miss my granddaughter, so I said ‘either lie down and sulk or you’re productive!’
“It has made me so happy – I now like to go to the washroom, it is peaceful and bright and clean and it just makes me so happy.
“Honestly, I believe anyone can do this! It took me three days to work alone with very little money and a bit of know-how, but YouTube and Google even got someone with less know-how to do it!”
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, says, “We’re all dealing with lockdown in our own way, whether we’re going through the entire Netflix catalog, baking lots of banana bread – if you can find flour – or participate in fantastic do-it-yourself projects.
If you want to redecorate your bathroom but don’t know where to start, create Koleighna and check Pinterest for inspiration.
“Once you find a look you like, watch tutorials on YouTube and search for cheap materials online – simple materials like self-adhesive tile stickers are affordable and very easy to use.”