MANY of us could only dream of having our very own walk-in-wardrobe – but the hefty price tag that often comes with it is enough to make our eyes water.
Not for Monika Bacanskaite, though, who managed to turn a "dingy" spare room into an enviable closet space on the cheap using bargains from The Range and Amazon plus some recycled items she already had.
The mum-of-one, 22, a makeup artist from Bridgwater, Somerset, told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk that she'd "always dreamt about having my own dressing and beauty room".
Now, she has that and more as hernew space is complete with a tiled mirror, beauty station and masses of shelf, rail and drawer space for her clothes and shoes- all done for under £300, which is super cheap compared to some wardrobe fit-outs.
Speaking of her inspiration, she said: "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 bold navy and red hues, and it took three coats of white paint to cover it up, she revealed.
"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."
But the paint job was just the beginning as Monika had to figure out what she'd use for storage space – but with lockdown measures still in place, she was unable to dash to the shops.
"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."
But rather than fork out on an integrated wardrobe unit – which can be pretty expensive -Monika simply ordered wardrobe rails, hangers, and shelves from Amazon to fit into the furniture she already owned.
"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 the wardrobe rail from Amazon to connect her two bookcases, creating the perfect place to hang her jackets and other clothing items.
Explaining her method, she said: "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!"
To spruce it up a little more, the crafty mum added some stick-on LED vanity lights from Amazon to create a bright and stylish display unit.
And for 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, however, was taken from a TV unit, while the stools for the dressing table and mirrors were picked up cheap from The Range.
By the time it was done, Monika said she spent a between £250 to £300, having purchased the rug, dressing table, mirrors and storage units – and is super chuffed with the results.
"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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