A woman has transformed her bathroom into a designer haven for less than £70 by using marker pens to mimic the pricey wallpaper she had originally wanted to buy
Re-decorating a room in your house can be a pricey project at times, especially if you want to splash the cash on designer furnishings.
But one woman has revealed she managed to transform her whole bathroom for less than $100 (£70) by cutting out the designer items and instead creating her own style with some handy DIY techniques.
Ashley French, 33, from Florida, US, moved into a new home in March this year and was tasked with renovating the whole property on a tight budget.
She said: “Right after we moved in, I was feeling a little overwhelmed with the amount of remodelling this house needed inside and out.
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“We were having to put a new roof on this house, along with replacing the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system and fencing in the whole back yard.
“Our renovation budget was going to all the big-ticket items, and it didn’t leave me a lot of money to spend on the renovations needed inside.
“I really wanted to start remodelling the inside of the house but knew I couldn’t spend a lot of money. I decided the bathroom would be an easy and affordable place to start.”
The woman turned to Pinterest for inspiration, where she saw a chevron patterned wallpaper she loved – but it would cost her $100 just to cover one small section of her bathroom.
So instead, she purchased some marker pens and decided to draw the pattern onto her freshly painted white walls.
She explained: “I loved the wallpaper but when I looked into purchasing it for the bathroom, it was going to be about $100 for just the wallpaper.
“I really didn’t want to spend that on just the wallpaper when I knew I also needed to purchase a shower curtain, rug, and wall shelves – so I decided I would try to recreate the look using permanent marker.
“I knew it would only cost me $10-20 in permanent markers and that would allow me to purchase other items for the bathroom.”
Ashley first sketched the markings on the wall using a spirit level and a pencil before filling it in with the markers.
In total, Ashley used two packs of markers on the wall costing $20 (£14) and she then bought a new shower curtain, bathroom rug and wood shelves for the bathroom – all without breaking the $100 she would have spent on the small section of wallpaper.
She picked up the shower curtain and the bathroom rug from Target for $25 (£18) and $20 (£14) respectively, and the wooden shelves cost her $30 (£22) from Amazon.
Ashley finished her decorations with some baskets and decorative pieces she already owned and is in love with the finished look.
She said: “Before this project, this bathroom was outdated and boring. With the permanent marker faux wallpaper and just a few new items, the bathroom looks totally fresh and unique now.
“I absolutely love the look now. I think the permanent marker wall really looks like wallpaper.
“Because this outdated bathroom has mint green floor tile, I feel that keeping the wall, shower curtain, and rug in black and white makes the space look a bit more modern and trendy which I love.
“I am also very proud that I was able to achieve this look for only $100.”