Woman saves £900 transforming hallway with £12.99 Amazon bargains

The new hallway looks amazing. (Picture: Laura Ross)

Your hallway is the first thing people see when they come into your home, but all too often it gets forgotten about in terms of interior design.

But Laura Ross from Penicuik, Midlothian, decided to make a statement at the entrance of her house – and she saved a fortune by seeking out some savvy deals.

The 45-year-old mum says that her hallways was dark and unwelcoming. There was very little light in the space and the wooden flooring was tired. The space needed some serious TLC.

‘I wanted something different and fancied a black and white theme to give the space a fresh new update,’ Laura tells

‘While I browsed through the Facebook group DIY On A Budget I found some inspiration I liked and saved the ideas to create my own monochrome themed hallway.

‘When it came to finding supplies, I didn’t have a particular design in mind and made it up as I went. I just bought things I liked and worked on fitting it all together.’

The hallways was really dark to start with. (Picture: Laura Ross)
Laura enlisted her husband to help her do the paneling. (Picture: Laura Ross)

Most of Laura’s decor came from Amazon, and she managed to find some great savings.

She started by getting a set of four prints for £12.99, then purchasing a light covering for £45 and three shelves for £15.

The clock cost £24.99 from the online retailer, and she also picked up a £29.99 statue, £11.99 black star and £9.99 reed diffuser.

The carpet had to come up. (Picture: Laura Ross)
The banister is a lovely original feature. (Picture: Laura Ross)

Laura also bought a radiator cover for £49.99, along with four tins of Frenchic paint in the shade Blackjack Alfresco for £16.99 each. Finally, there was a blind for £12.99.

Laura then visited some other shops, both in person and online for those all-important finishing touches.

‘The wallpaper came from I Love Wallpaper. It cost £16.99 and I used one roll,’ she adds. 

‘I got four frames for my prints from The Range, and they were £4.49 each. At this store I also got the cat and dog prints, which were £6.99 each. As I went to leave I saw a flower garland which I thought would look nice around one of my mirrors so I got it for £12.99.

‘I got the zebras for £25 from a lady on Facebook who has her own business, and the zebra head was £16.99 from Matalan. My next stop was ASDA, where I picked up the black mirrors for £8.99 each.

Laura trawled Amazon and other online shops to find great interiors deals. (Picture: Laura Ross)
‘My dad was a painter and decorator and taught me well.’ (Picture: Laura Ross)

‘At B&Q I purchased some plywood cut to measure for the bottom wall paneling, and it came to £25 in total. While I was there I got a deer plaque for £12.99.’

Laura also picked up a shoe cupboard for £49.99 from Ikea, and two big tins of Johnston’s paint from Tesco which cost for £15 in total.

‘My carpet cost £110 to fit and I am paying it off for £15 a week, the total cost will be £500 including the underlay but fortunately I am keeping my upfront costs low,’ she explains.

‘I got my small table and accessories from B&M. The table was £12.99 and the tray and flowers were £16 in total.

‘All in all, the job only took a weekend to do. First my husband painted the walls, and then I painted the rest. I painted all the doors in black afterwards, plus the banister was painted in the same shade using my tins from Frenchic.’

Laura enlisted the help of her husband to add the paneling and wallpaper. Then it was time to focus on the decorations.

‘I painted the mirrors with Frenchic paint, then hung up the clock and prints,’ says Laura.

‘After that I simply arranged my remaining purchases in a way I liked. I felt so happy when it was done as it really does look lovely and fresh.’

And Laura felt an additional sense of pride in getting the work done because of her dad.

‘I do all my DIY work myself. My dad was a painter and decorator and taught me well. I must admit I learned from the best. I am sure he would be proud of me if he were still here.’

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