Mum transforms bedroom using bargains from eBay, Asda, and B&M

A mum of two from Liverpool has transformed her children’s bedroom using savvy DIY hacks and bargain products from the likes of B&M and Asda.

Anna Oliver, 36, wanted to create a garden-themed bedroom for her young daughters, without a hefty price tag.

When her daughter requested the theme, Anna got to work with transforming the space.

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She told “My daughter asked for a garden themed bedroom so that started the ideas swirling in my brain!

“Instagram helped to confirm in my mind that I wanted a pink and green colour scheme. Although my daughters are only young, I wanted the room to feel a bit more grown up but still delicate and feminine.”

Anna kickstarted the project by purchasing some supplies from bargain retailers, such as B&M and eBay.

She chose to give the wardrobe a makeover first, opting to paint it using a £15.95 Frenchic paint in the shade Dusky Blush. Anna then purchased some new handles for the wardrobe on eBay for £7 to complete the makeover.

While browsing eBay, she also purchased a rug for the new room, priced at £59.99.

Anna Oliver, from Liverpool, transformed her daughters' bedroom
Anna Oliver, from Liverpool, transformed her daughters’ bedroom

Next on her list was decor, she said: “I got the bed covers from ASDA for £10 each, and the circular pink cushion and basket are from B&M. While I was there, I also got all the frames for under £5 each. The artwork is from Burnt Peach, Geri loves EMI and eBay.”

To really complete the garden theme, Anna added ivy garlands across the top of the walls.

She said: “I’m asked a lot about those. I bought a pack of faux ivy garlands on Amazon for £12 and stuck them to the wall and ceiling using white tac.”

Anna purchased accessories from Amazon, Asda, and eBay
Anna purchased accessories from Amazon, Asda, and eBay

While sourcing furnishings and accessories was quite simple, the room did need stripping back before it could be decorated.

Explaining the process, Anna told “We replaced the old rotten window for £390 and got a plasterer in to skim all the walls and the ceiling for £340. We also had a new laminate floor fitted, which cost £450 including the fit.

“I invested in furniture that would last, so I paid £500 for the beds and mattresses, and £100 for the chest of drawers. We painted the ceiling white and one wall in a colour match of Mizzle by Farrow and Ball which was £25, saving £20.

“We avoided professional expenses where possible. For example, we stripped the walls of wallpaper ourselves, and by not getting a painter decorator in we probably saved ourselves around £600.”

The bedroom before the makeover
The bedroom before the makeover

Anna overcame the obstacles in her way, and the bedroom was transformed for her daughters.

Anna said: “There’s nothing I would change, which is actually a surprise as I’m a perfectionist! We had a plasterer in who was brilliant but the rest of the work we knew we could do ourselves and save money in the process.”

Tom Church, co-founder of, said: “Anna has done a great job saving money on this impressive bedroom transformation. By doing the painting and decorating herself, she has undoubtedly saved hundreds of pounds.

“By taking some extra time to work on jobs she felt confident to do herself, Anna has managed to use the money she would have spent on professional costs to purchase some durable, long-lasting furniture for her daughters. Nice one!”

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