Nicole Roberts, 25, saved up for years to be able to turn her garage into a toy room for her two children.
Now she’s finally completed the DIY project, we think it’s definitely worth showing off.
Nicole, a hairdresser from Newport, Shropshire, saved up for a garage conversion for years before moving into her home, eventually spending around £5,000 for a builder to remove the garage door, brick up the front, add a window, insulate and board the room, and add a door.
Once that was all done she was able to turn the room into a dreamy play area, decked out in rainbow brights.
The transformation from a plain white room into the magical playroom cost just £450, with Nicole doing it all by herself.
Nicole, who shares her home transformations on Instagram at @my_persimmon_home, told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: ‘This room was originally a garage but I knew before I moved in that I wasn’t keeping it as a garage as new builds lack storage and I needed the extra room for the kids’ toys and other bits.
‘I saved for the garage conversion over a couple of years before I moved in. The conversion cost around £5,000 to complete.
‘My partner is an electrician so we saved on that as he did all the electrics. We also had a family friend plaster the walls. We used Dulux white paint for the walls and bought carpet from Carpetright. The whole conversion only took about a week.
‘I knew from the beginning that this room needed to be bright and colourful and what better way to achieve that than with a rainbow theme.
‘I started with the furniture in this room, which is all from IKEA as they are fab for holding so many toys. In total the storage cost around £250 but it was worth every penny. I wanted to keep the storage a neutral colour as I know the rest of the room was going to be bright.
‘I then started thinking about how I could make the walls less bare without having to paint them. I bought the rainbow sprinkle stickers from a small business called kiddysticks and they cost about £20.
‘I loved the idea of the kids having their own little home corner with the washing machine and the kitchen and market stall.
‘The kitchen is from ebay and cost around £60, the washing machine is from ASDA and cost £25 and the market stall is from Aldi and cost around £20. The little metal baskets are from TK Maxx and were £25 each.
‘The rug is a massive focal point in this room and it was handmade by a small business called HeidiBaskets Crochet and it cost around £60. The table and chairs are also from IKEA and cost around £20.
‘The educational train stickers are from owlandbrolly for £55, and I purchased the labels off Etsy for £12.
‘I do have plans in the future to add some shelving to the walls to display their art work also.’
Nicole and her kids are delighted with how the room has turned out, and she says it would be possible to recreate this look by buying supplies online during the lockdown.
‘This is my favourite room in the house as it’s so bright and cheerful,’ she says. ‘It’s also very easy to keep tidy as everything is labelled.
‘The kids’ reaction to this becoming their room was amazing. They couldn’t believe it was all theirs!
‘I find decorating my kids’ rooms so easy with buying everything online. Recently with everything going on with self-isolation it’s a brilliant way to pass the time and keep my mind occupied on something I love!’