Woman Transforms 'Dingy' Bedroom Into Stunning Walk-In Wardrobe
We've always dreamed of having our very own dressing room - but the attached price tag is what's stopped us from making that fantasy a reality.
So we were amazed when we saw this stunning walk-in wardrobe belonging to mum-of-one Monika Bacanskaite, which cost her under £300.
Monika, 22, a makeup artist from Bridgwater, Somerset, transformed a dingy and unloved spare bedroom into a slick modern dressing room on a strict budget.
With a tile-effect mirror, beauty station and masses of shelf, rail and drawer space, it has everything you could want from a plush beauty room.
Monika told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk that she'd "always dreamt about having my own dressing and beauty room".
She said: "Luckily, when we moved into our new family home there were two spare rooms, so of course one of them was definitely meant to be my dressing room!"
The original room was painted in a dark navy and red colours, and it took three coats of white paint to cover it up.
"It took a couple of days," said Monika. "Being a first-time mummy I didn't really have the time to do it, so my partner gave me a hand which was brilliant."
Once the painting works was done, it was time to figure out the storage space - but with lockdown measures in place, Monika was unable to go to the shops in person.
"I had already purchased a few furniture pieces from Argos and The Range before the lockdown," explained Monika.
"Since lockdown happened, I couldn't visit any more shops to have a closer look and get an idea of what it would look like in my dressing room.
Rather than fork out on an integrated wardrobe unit, Monika ordered wardrobe rails, hangers, and shelves from Amazon to match the pieces she already owned.
Her plan was to connect them together into one bigger unit.
"I had already two Argos bookcases that were the perfect size for displaying my makeup, so I was thinking about how to connect them together to make it into one walk-in wardrobe piece," she said.
"I didn't want to spend hundreds of pounds on IKEA walk-in wardrobes, so I thought I would build my own one."
Monika used a wardrobe rail from Amazon to connect her two bookcases, creating the perfect place to hang my jackets and stabilising the unit as whole.
"I had to drill the rail into the sides of the bookcases. I added an Argos cube storage unit in the middle of these two bookcases. I store my shoes here, and it fits just perfectly!" she said.
The crafty mum added some stick-on LED vanity lights from Amazon to create a bright and stylish display unit - but she wasn't finished yet.
To jazz up her dressing table, Monika added "some small shelves to surround my mirror", plus a large one on the top.
"We had an old bathroom cabinet that I actually took apart to make these little shelves around my mirror. I painted them and it made great shelves so nothing was going to waste!" she said.
The large shelf, meanwhile, was made from an TV unit, while the stools for the dressing table and mirrors came from The Range. A rug from Wayfair completes the look.
All in all, Monika spent a maximum of £250 to £300 on the rug, dressing table, mirrors and storage units - which is a bit of a bargain, if you ask us.
Monika is delighted with how her stunning dressing room has turned out, and says the project kept her busy during the lockdown.
"I didn't really expect it to look this good. To be fair, since staying all day at home with a baby while my partner is at work and with no one visiting us I did get bored.
"I needed at least a small break where I could just use my imagination and create, so decorating this room kept me entertained and I did really enjoy all the process, and it was so satisfying!"
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