We’ve become more familiar with our homes during lockdown.
Having spent months stuck inside, we know which areas are becoming a little shabby or the spaces which are no longer on-trend.
In response, thousands of Brits have chosen to revamp their homes using DIY.
Samantha Bradley, 35, from Bolton decided her stairs needed a new look – and she knew she could do the job herself on a budget.
The mum spotted some mirrored tiles on eBay and thought they’d be the perfect solution to her decorating needs.
She used them to give her staircase a glam update for just £140.
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Samantha told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk : “I've always had a creative mind, and I’m always coming up with quirky ways to upcycle or transform things from drab to fab.
"During the lockdown, I moved from a refuge back into the home I'd brought my three children up in.
“I wasn't able to work due to restrictions as I work in gyms. My mental health took a huge hit as I use my job and helping others as therapy."
The mum added: “So I ploughed myself into making the shell of a house I moved back to into a home.
“I was on a budget due to being unable to work, but I had my creative and resourceful brain to use.
“I wanted my stairs to be a statement and had seen so many transformations online. I stumbled across the mirrored tiles on eBay as I love the 'bling’ look."
Samantha added: “Instantly, I knew they'd work as a backdrop for my stairs, and tie in with the white and grey theme of the house.
“I bought the tiles off eBay, stuck these to some old laminate flooring and nailed them to the stairs.
“I then used leftover carpet from offcuts from my upstairs for the treads of the stairs.”
The entire project cost Samantha £140 – £105 of that was for the tiles.
The beading was £25 and the adhesive was around £10.
Samantha used some leftover carpet and laminate to keep costs down.
The mum is thrilled with her new stairs.
She said: “Now they are done, I'm absolutely in love with them.
“I cannot stop staring at them!"
The mum continued: "Even the neighbours have knocked on to have a look and have named my house 'Graceland’.
"It has 100% helped my mental health channelling my time and energy into little projects.”
Samantha added: “Beautiful things can be created on a budget if you choose materials wisely and do your research.”
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