I transformed my council house on a benefits budget – I used Dunelm blinds & £1 B&M goodies… people say it looks amazing | The Sun

MAKING your home look posh on a tight budget isn't always easy.

But one woman has managed to do just that, and she couldn't be happier with her new, glam council house.

Rachel Poulton revealed how she took her dull council pad from drab to fab, without breaking the bank.

Since she had the paint from other DIY projects, the homeowner didn't have to spend a single penny there.

Before the transformation, the outside of her house look pretty generic, with white window frames and a faded wooden door.

But Rachel made it look so much more posh just by painting the window frames black and her front door pink.


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But the DIY fan didn't stop there, she spruced up her hallway too.

"I got the prints within the gallery frames on the wall free online," she explained.

Rachel then nabbed more pictures and frames from Facebook Marketplace, then upcycled them to match her colour scheme.

To go with the new, luxurious look, she also got her hands on some black and white tiles for her hallway, which were on sale at Wickes.

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The savvy shopper then grabbed blinds from Dunelm for just £32, which completed the look of her new hallway.

And to really give her stairs a new lease of life, Rachel even found a bargain runner for just £45.

As for the top of the stairs, she explained: "I've got extra runner and I'm cutting and fixing it with panel pins. It's not finished though."

And for anyone else wanting to do something similar with their staircase, the DIY whizz shared her top tips.

She said: "To place the runner straight, I measured the whole stair width. Mine measured 82cm total. So 41cm was exactly half way. I then marked my stair at that centre point.

"From the half way mark, I measured 30cm outwards and marked it again. Then just make sure your runner edge is always lined up with your mark.

"Repeat all the way up. Tack your edge gently first with one panel pin and double, triple check the mark and runner edge are exact, then drive the pin home."

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