Thrifty mum turns drab hallway into trendy monochrome space with Amazon bargains – and saves herself £900 in the process

HAVING a stylish home doesn't have to come at a hefty price as this thrifty mum has shown.

Laura Ross, 45 from Penicuik, Midlothian wanted to spruce up her drab hallway, and managed to do it all herself on a budget – saving herself a whopping £900 in the process.

The full-time mum said her hallway was "dark and unwelcoming" and it had a "plain curtain" which let "very little light in."

This space needed some work, that's a fact,but Laura didn't want to blow her budget.

"I wanted something different and fancied a black and white theme to give the space a fresh new update. While I browsed through the Facebook group DIY On A Budget I found some inspiration I liked and saved the ideas to create my own monochrome themed hallway," she told money-saving community

Now the stylish space features a trendy monochrome colour palette with modern wall panelling, which Laura did herself,and chic artwork hanging from the walls.

Laura and her husband did all the painting themselves and Laura tackled the wall panelling using plywood she picked up from B&Q.

This cost her just £25 to do. A stark contrast from the hundreds it would cost if a professional was to do it.

In fact, Tom Church, Co-Founder of, reckons the average cost for a day of painting is £700, according to Painter co uk.

And Check A Trade says the average cost for installing wall panelling is £212.50, with a typical hourly rate for a carpenter being £22.50.

He said: "In total, a day of professional painting combined with a three hour job installing panelling could easily cost £980, so Laura has been able to pocket these funds by going DIY!"

This aside, the whole space was done on a tiny budget as Laura shopped bargains from Amazon and The Range, as well as B&M and Tesco.

The full-time mum hit up Amazon first but admitted she didn't have a full vision for the space.

She started with some black and white ornaments and decorative pieces including a set of prints for £12.99, as well as a reed diffuser, some shelving and a modern black clock.

The most expensive item purchased was the radiator cover, setting Laura back £49.99 – but the end result is stunning.

"The wallpaper came from I Love Wallpaper. It cost £16.99 and I used one roll," she explained.

"I got four frames for my prints from The Range, and they were £4.49 each. At this store I also got the cat and dog prints, which were £6.99 each.

"As I went to leave I saw a flower garland which I thought would look nice around one of my mirrors so I got it for £12.99."

"I got my small table and accessories from B&M. The table was £12.99 and the tray and flowers were £16 in total."

The stunning black mirrors which Laura hung on the wall were an absolute steal from ASDA at just £8.99 each, and they actually look pretty expensive.

The mum also included a shoe cupboard in the space which she picked up from Ikea, and she even replaced the old, tacky carpet.

This cost her £110 to fit but luckily she is able to pay off the total amount over a period of time, so she didn't have much to pay upfront.

"All in all the job only took a weekend to do," said Laura.

"First my husband painted the walls, and then I painted the rest. I painted all the doors in black afterwards, plus the banister was painted in the same shade using my tins from Frenchic.

"I added in the panelling and wallpaper with the help of my husband, then it was time to sort out the decorations.

"I painted the mirrors with Frenchic paint, then hung up the clock and prints. After that I simply arranged my remaining purchases in a way I liked.

"I felt so happy when it was done as it really does look lovely and fresh.

"I do all my DIY work myself. My dad was a painter and decorator and taught me well. I must admit I learned from the best. I am sure he would be proud of me if he were still here."

Tom Church, Co-Founder of, said: "Laura’s hallway looks much brighter and very stylish after her hard work completing this transformation.

"She has also saved a lot of money by doing the work herself or having her husband pitch in.

"Perhaps the biggest saving has come from painting the walls without outside help.

"If you’re going to install your own wall panelling, make sure you know what you’re doing as this job can be complex to complete.

"The finished product should be strong enough to hold up radiators, shelves or similar, depending on your project.

"That said, wall panels are a great choice for any home as they can cover up unsightly areas – and they’re also easy to clean!’

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