Woman transforms her drab hallway using £1 bargains from B&M and Facebook Marketplace

A WOMAN has revealed how she transformed her drab and dingy hallway using bargains from B&M and Facebook marketplace.

Rachel Poolton, 51 from Cardiff, wanted to make a change once lockdown lifted and she reopened to clients.

“I needed an appealing look for clients’ first impressions of my business attached to my home,” she told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk.

Realising she’d need a budget for the project, Rachel, who owns a clinic called Inch Go Lipo, got creative and bought a chair, dressing table and chest of drawers. 

“I spent £55 on the furniture and managed to upcycle it for a profit, selling it for £300.”

Sourcing supplies was the next step. “I got a lot of items from Facebook Marketplace, sales and spare items left from other projects. I also collected picture frames from online selling pages and painted the frames. They cost between £1 and £15 and I got several at a time for those prices.


“For the floral piece, I commissioned the idea from a lady selling Mother’s Day floral arrangements.

“The small dusky blush unit under the stairs was £5, and I painted a radiator cover I bought for £30 on Facebook Marketplace. I already had the shelf above it, so I upcycled it to match.

“I bought the individual flowers in the two vases from The Range and Wilkinson, they cost between £1 and £2.50. Then I bought the fake plants from B&M and Poundlands’ Interior range.

“The most expensive items were the blinds. I got the dusky blush Roman blinds in sales at Dunelm at half price for £32 each, and the made to measure wooden effect 50mm white blinds were £115 each.

“I had a professional tile the bottom floor with tiles I purchased from Wickes on sale for £20 a box of 10 instead of £28. I used 8 boxes in total.

“My brother in law put the blinds up for me and I mitred the laminate floor edging around the tiles.


“I got a stair runner instead of a proper carpet on the stairs and I used panel pins to attach them, painting the rest of the step black.

“The rug was £45 and the ballerina canvases were £12 each from B&M.

“I used Frenchic paint in the shades Dusky Blush and Blackjack on the furniture, picture frames and front door at £19.95 a tin.

“Finally, I got the wallpaper from eBay for under £10 and applied it myself.’


Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said: “Rachel’s transformation is truly stunning and is sure to impress anyone who enters her home.

“Shopping smartly online and scouring seller pages is a great way to save money, and if you’ve got a talent such as upcycling furniture, why not use it to get some extra funds for your project?

“Finding hidden treasures from places such as Facebook Marketplace is ideal for those who see potential in a piece which can be given new life with a makeover.”

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