Mom turns 3 rooms in rented house into cozy home for $300: "I wanted to make it more mine on a tight budget"

Amy Christie

A mom of two knows her way around home renovation, and she managed to transform her plain accommodation into a comfortable home without spending too much.

Charli Jones moved to a new rented home in Bradfield, Berkshire, so that she could be closer to her mother. And she saw the new dwelling space as a great canvas for her DIY project. She set out and turned it into a welcoming and warm space.

What are the details?

Jones managed to give a whole new look to the living room, kitchen, and bathroom by spending only $300.

"I wanted to make it more mine on a tight budget. The home that I moved into was beautiful; it had so much potential, but it was very plain, and the kitchen had cream-and-white-checked council tiles everywhere. The living room had some magnolia woodchip wallpaper; despite being a lovely house, it just wasn't to my taste," she shared with The Epoch Times.

The woman first dealt with the kitchen and used PVC wall cladding to create a marble effect along with a backsplash. Each tile she used cost her about $6.80, and she wrapped the counter with an adhesive vinyl surface.

The next space she brought to life was the living room. Jones got rid of the woodchip wallpaper and replaced it herself, documenting her hard work on social media.

Instead, she chose a thick fresco wallpaper and added a dado rail around the room. Jones also painted the top half of the living room with inexpensive colors to match the luxurious hues.

The cost for the kitchen revamp came up to $106, and the DIY project for the living room cost $190.

"I think that the living room by far was the most challenging room, but definitely the most rewarding," the creative mom said.

After she transformed the kitchen and living room, Jones went on to change the bathroom.

"Having previous experience with using tile, I knew if it were done, it would have a good finish. So, I just prepared the tiles and painted them all with special paint for high moisture areas," she explained.

It didn't cost her anything to redo the bathroom look since she already had primer and paint leftovers from renovating her previous house.

Now, the mother has a house with a brand new look to live in with her kids, and she's enjoyed the work involved too.

"I remember thinking that this house was lovely, but I saw so much potential in this space and knew I had to work it out once again," she concluded about the project that not only resurfaced a house and changed it to suit a home feel but also allowed her to use her skills to reshape and bring about the space she's always dreamed of living in.


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