We do love a room transformation, especially when it’s on a budget.
This latest one is a cracker, and blows Harry Potter’s cupboard under the stairs right out of the water.
Karen Adamson, a Home Care Manager, from Danderhall, Midlothian, decided she wanted to give her space under the stairs a spruce up, and got some inspiration from online DIY groups.
From there, the storage cupboard was transformed into an incredible playhouse for her three-year-old daughter Holly, complete with toy kitchen, a window (with window box), and a working doorbell.
She told Metro.co.uk: ‘I got the idea from a Facebook page called ‘DIY on a budget’. We already had a play kitchen which Holly loves to play with and, to be honest, I also wanted to declutter the living room!
‘I knew Holly would love the idea as she loves he playhouse in the garden but coming into the winter months there is less time to spend outside.’
37-year-old Karen then started looking for bits and bobs to make this cosy mini home for her little one. Shops like B&M and B&Q were invaluable to her for materials, with the whole thing coming in at less than £100.
‘The stairs already had a door so, along with my partner Kevan, we made it into a house door by cutting a hole out of it, lining it with MDF and painting it white,’ says the Scottish mum.
‘We then added some brass hardware from B&Q and Amazon.’
Then, for the window the pair ‘cut a hole in the wall, lined it and made the cross part with MDF and the frame from skirting boards, all from B&Q.’
Karen even wallpapered for the first time ever, using a brick effect paper from B&M.
Miraculously, the whole thing took less than a day, with Karen and Kevan starting at around 3pm on a Sunday afternoon, and finishing everything off when Holly went to bed.
Her reaction the next morning was priceless: ‘Holly absolutely loved the playhouse when she saw it and couldn’t believe it was for her.
She loves ringing the doorbell the most, much to the annoyance of our dog.’
It really does look like a tiny house, and it’s a much nicer way to use the space than simply storing your vacuum and winter coat.
Karen also has advice for other parents thinking about attempting DIY. She says, ‘just go for it- there are YouTube tutorials for pretty much and task and you learn as you go.’
Now you’ve got no excuse not to get the paintbrushes and power tools out.
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