One stylish tenant! Single mother reveals dramatic £3,000 makeover of rented two-bed Housing Association home – including wood flooring, trendy dalmatian print walls and kitchen worktops she revamped for just £20
A single mother-of-two has revealed how she’s completely transformed the council-owned home she rents with her two young daughters – and says she’s only spent £3,000 on the gorgeous makeover.
Victoria Robinson, 34, from Hertfordshire, rents the two-bedroom home from her local Housing Association for under £600 per month, and shares it with children, 제시카, 일곱, and Amber, 네.
Although she doesn’t own the property, Victoria says she has a lot of flexibility when it comes to decorating, with tenants allowed to refresh the interiors provided they don’t change the structural layout.
We need a new look, 침묵! Victoria Robinson, 34, from Hertfordshire, was fed up with the way her two-bedroom home, which she rents from her local Housing Association, looked and decided to give it a dramatic makeover Pictured from left: daughters Jessica and Amber in the house before their mum got to work
Using Instagram interiors trends such as dalmatian print walls and pops of colour in furniture, Victoria has transformed the way the home looks…but says she painted everything white first so she had ‘a blank canvas’
Green light: Victoria’s local council says tenants can enhance the way the property looks provided they don’t change the layout or ‘knock down walls’
Victoria says she used Facebook Marketplace to pick up bargains such as a new sofa, bought for £400. 사진: The living room during the renovation
With a limited budget of £3,000, Victoria says she set about adding trendy interiors looks – including dalmatian print walls, circular mirrors and hanging house plants – to the home.
She explains how she’s managed to be creative, while still observing property rules.
‘I can decorate but I can’t knock down walls. I’m allowed to take out the old bathroom and kitchen if I need to, but the responsibility if something goes wrong will be down to me, which is fair.’
While Victoria says she needed some help with certain parts of the renovation, including ripping up the kitchen floor to replace with tiles, much of the rental makeover has been done with her own hands.
‘The most challenging part was the financial aspect of it,’ Victoria says. ‘I work part-time and I’m a single parent to two girls so I constantly searched Facebook marketplace for furniture.
‘I’ve picked up everything brand new from there at an amazing cost. I wouldn’t have been able to do so going into the shops.’
A little dreary: The front room as it looked before Victoria set to work; aside from the kitchen, she’s transformed most of the interior herself
Ikea furniture, white-washed walls and framed prints arranged neatly on the walls have brought the living room area up to date
With the help of a friend, Victoria stripped out the old floor in the living room and hallway and installed new wooden flooring from Wickes which cost around £300.
다음, she painted the walls white and began decorating the space, scouring furniture within her budget.
For her living room, Victoria found and bought a rug for £40, a mirror for £40, a coffee table for £80 and a sofa for £400.
In her children’s bedroom, she painted the wall with a funky Dalmatian print and found more furniture from Facebook Marketplace, including a bed for £70 and a play IKEA kitchen set costing £20.
Amber gets to work on a drawing at the trendy table in the family’s new-look living room which has been accessorised with house plants and candles
They’re happy! Victoria’s children Jessica, 왼쪽, and Amber in the living room after the renovation
Even the exterior looks better; 빅토리아, 오른쪽 사진, has added trellis and greenery around the property’s front door
Moving onto the kitchen, Victoria put medium-density fibreboards into her cupboards to create more storage shelves. She then painted all the cupboards and units white, before hiring a tradesman to strip the kitchen flooring and add new tiles, costing around £400.
Victoria applied white D-C-fix vinyl onto the worktops, costing £20 for two rolls, which helped to compliment the home’s white, minimalist look.
For her bedroom, Victoria painted the walls white and purchased an IKEA bed for £75, IKEA drawers for £60, a makeup table for £70, all sourced from Facebook Marketplace.
The carpet had to go: the living room area now has ash-style flooring after Victoria snapped up a new look in Wickes for £400
The family’s dining area is now a vision of white furniture and white walls, with rope and brightly coloured chairs adding depth
Dotty for spots! Victoria’s bedroom after the renovation: she used black paint on a white wall to create the trendy dalmatian print effect
Second hand furniture have helped the mum, who works part-time, make her home somewhere she looks forward to being in
진행: But Victoria says ‘I’m still nowhere near done but this house has come a long way since we moved in’
Arty prints – including one of a meerkat – and black-and-white portraits of her daughters have helped to add an air of chic
All my own work: 빅토리아, 사진, says she’ll keep tweaking the look of the flat until it’s perfect but hopes that ‘one day I’ll finally be happy’
그녀가 말했다: ‘I made sure I had a fresh canvas to work with so painted all the walls white.
‘I bought furniture from off Facebook Marketplace and started to bring everything together. I’m still nowhere near done but this house has come a long way since we moved in.’
The last room in the house to renovate is the bathroom, which Victoria hopes to start on soon.
Her entire home renovation cost around £3,000 including the costs of shelves, paint, 침구, sofa baskets, chairs and toys for the children – and she couldn’t be happier with the final results.
그녀는 덧붙였다: ‘I’m pleased with the way it’s changed but I’m always still looking to improve, I’m always changing things around until hopefully one day I’ll be finally happy.
‘My advice is to look for bargains. I don’t have much money but I did this on a strict budget so it is doable.’