A woman transformed a drab guest room into a boutique style walk-in closet on a budget and explained how she did it.
Kim Heslip, 42, of Leeds, who is a nurse, dog walker and blogger, told the community was saving money LatestDeals.co.uk: “I wanted to create a walk-in closet that looks like a locker room in a glamorous clothing store.
“I wanted it to be fun and positive and to put me in a good mood when I get ready in the morning or before a party.
“I decided to decorate this room on a whim when the lockdown was announced after Christmas.
“I wanted a project that would get me through confinement and a place to escape for some free space between home school and work. There wasn’t much budget and I had extensively reused and recycled the items we already had. “
The space Kim decided to work on was functional, but simple. With a wooden dresser, matching mirrors, and a wicker basket for storage, the overall effect – combined with faded blue walls – didn’t inspire her enough.
“The walk-in closet already had fitted wardrobes and a good quality dressing table, just a bit drab for my taste.
“I could see the potential to give them a makeover and bring some fun and style to the room, so the design was really based on working with what we had and injecting my personality into the space. “
As with any DIY project, the first step was planning.
“We already had a lot of storage in the bedroom, but there was also an awkward space above the steps between the dressing table and the wardrobe. I decided to build additional storage there to take advantage of it.
“I also wanted a seating area so that a friend could join me to chat and give me some outfit advice while I get ready. Plus, I wanted a place to plan outfits, so I added hooks on the wall to hang things up and see what works together. “
When purchasing supplies, Kim did her best to keep costs down where possible.
“All of my paint was from my local home decor store. I got Johnstone’s Matt Emulsion for the walls and Bradite One Can for the cabinetry. Both shades matched Farrow and Ball’s Middleton Pink shade, and the total cost was £ 80.
“The wallpaper on the wall is called Bond Girls in black and white, and I got it from Wallpaper King for £ 45. The wallpaper used to recycle the dressing table drawers is called Trio in pink and is from Made.com for £ 20 on sale. “
Supplies for the countertop were also purchased online, with Kim getting a second-hand countertop for £ 20 off eBay and a marble effect patch for £ 12 on Amazon.
Room decor was next on the agenda.
“We’ve had the full-length mirror for about 10 years – it’s originally from John Lewis. There’s a plant hanger and jewelry hanger from Sass and Belle, and the oval mirror above the dressing table was a charity store find.
“The prints on the wall are from a number of small businesses: Dyl and the Gang, Modern Print Studio, Blossom and Bloom, Punkhaus, Staying in Studio, Iamfy, Signhive and Worldly and Wild. They cost between £ 5 and £ 25. £ each, and several were won as gifts. “
Kim also got some good deals.
“The ‘hello’ yarn on the wall is from Rosewire Designs for £ 5, and some of the wall shelves are from Home Bargains for £ 2.99 each.
“There is no natural light in the room so the plants are all fake and are sourced from Home Bargains and B&M stores for £ 20 in total.
“The dressing table chair was originally from Ikea – we’ve owned it for about 15 years – and the black and white plant basket was a special purchase from Aldi for £ 14.
“The zebra rug came from iRugs and cost £ 79 to sell, while the bench was given to me by a friend so I recycled it.
“The zebra wall hooks were £ 60 and made for me by my friend Zoe from Morton Shaw Interiors. They were in my hallway and are made from recycled hardwood floors.”
Once all of the supplies were ready, it was time to get started.
“I started by painting the walls, cabinets, dressing table and woodwork. Then the handles of the cabinets and drawers were removed and repainted with gold.
“The top of the original dressing table was removed and used, along with MDF remnants from a previous project, to create new shelves on the steps between the dressing table and the cabinets.
“The new shelves and drawer fronts were decorated with Made’s wallpaper and the back wall of the room was decorated with Bond Girls wallpaper.
“The used kitchen countertop was cut to size and installed, extending the dressing table to the side of the cabinets and onto the new shelves. It was then wrapped with the marble effect dc fix.
“I added a little yellow paint to an old Ikea dining chair and salvaged the seat cushion with black and white ‘cow print’ upholstery fabric, which was left over from another project, to create the dressing table chair.
“An old cream bench that my friend gave me was cleaned and painted yellow. It was my first time trying to paint upholstered furniture, but with a little internet research and my friend’s advice. Zoe, I found it easy to do.
“I cleaned the bench well, then sprayed each section with water before adding the paint in thin layers. It was then left to dry completely and received a good sanding between coats.
“I added wallpaper to the Home Bargains wall shelves to give them a bit of a wow effect before hanging them on the walls. I use them to display my extensive collection of vintage perfumes and perfume bottles.
“The wall hooks have been moved here from our hallway and hung on the wall.
“Then it was about having fun with prints, faux plants, wall hangings and cushions to dress up the space. The prints are all fun, using positive typography to create a feel-good atmosphere when I prepare myself.
“It was a pretty straightforward makeover, although I had originally planned to paint the cabinets and baseboards in an off-black shade. There was some mixing with the paint and I ended up getting all-black paint. It was someone else’s command that had a similar name to mine!
“The decoration center realized their mistake and offered to replace my paint.
“At this point, after painting some cabinets and baseboards black and realizing that it just wasn’t working, I decided to go for the same pink shade as the walls instead. As you can imagine, it took quite a few coats to get them pale pink after being painted black.
“I’m pretty confident when it comes to DIY and there was nothing too demanding about this project.
“My rule of thumb with home renovations is that if I can do it, then I do it. That way I save money to spend on jobs I can’t do, like electricity. , plastering and construction work. “
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said: “Kim’s transformation is mind-blowing – she clearly has a knack for interior design.
“She’s proven that anyone can create a celebrity wardrobe with smart shopping and creativity.”