Thrifty mother reveals how she transformed her dated staircase for less than £80 – with accessories from budget homeware stores and a lick of paint
- Sarah Lindsey, 37, from Perthshire, spent less than £80 decorating her stairs
- She bought lamps from Ikea, paint from B&Q and four rugs from The Range
- Heart physiologist claimed she saved about £1,000 by her savvy purchases
A thrifty mother-of-three has transformed her family’s staircase for less than £80 by shopping in regular homeware stores and doing the handiwork herself.
Sarah Lindsey, 37, from Perthshire in Scotland, used £4 white paint from a B&Q sale, four £14.99 rugs from The Range and four £2.50 lanterns from Ikea to give turn the household feature into a stairway to heaven.
The heart physiologist spent just £73.96 making the adjustments to the cottage she shares with children Niamh, 11, Skye, 6, and Toren, 15 months, and partner Conor.
Speaking to FEMAIL, Sarah explained: ‘Our idea to take on home renovation for ourselves started because we didn’t have huge amounts of money, so we couldn’t afford to pay other people to do the work.
‘When it came to the stairs, we initially thought to get a carpet company in but couldn’t find anything we liked. The prices were so expensive too!’
Sarah Lindsey, 37, from Perthshire in Scotland, transformed her staircase for less than £80. Pictured before and after the work
Sarah, pictured with youngest son Toren, 15 months, spent £10 on lanterns from Ikea, £4 on B&Q paint and £59.96 on four rugs from The Range to create the staircase (pictured after)
She added: ‘I like things that are a little bit different, and am impatient to get them done, so did it myself.’
Sarah looked at pictures on Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration, before designing her dream staircase.
The savvy mother told how it took no more than a day to build, but said the work had to be split over several days as she cared for the children.
‘It’s so important to do things yourself, and to have something homemade,’ she said. ‘All you need really is a staple gun and some rugs to get going. I must have saved about £1,000’.
Work on the staircase, pictured before Sarah got to work, is part of renovation work across their family cottage
The mother said she was thrilled with the result, including the Sheridan rugs, pictured, and said anyone could manage it in just a day and with a staple gun
The family is currently working to renovate their cottage, carrying out most of the work themselves.
How did Sarah re-design her staircase?
Mother-of-three Sarah Lindsey re-decorated the staircase through shopping at regular home-ware stores. She re-painted it before using a staple-gun to fix on the carpet, and then adding the lanterns for ambiance.
She purchased the following:
White paint for £4 in the B&Q sale
Four lamps for £2.50 each in Ikea
Four rugs for £14.99 each in The Range
Commenting on the mother’s amazing handiwork, one social media user wrote: ‘It looks fab, love the lights, I think I need some more for our stairs!’
While a second posted: ‘Sarah the stairs look absolutely amazing!’
And a third replied: ‘Love love love this!’
It comes after another DIY enthusiast mother claimed she transformed her home’s uninspiring staircase for just £50.
Bargain Hunter Helen Barnes told Facebook group Extreme Couponing and Bargains, that she achieved the staircase transformation by shopping on Ebay and in general homeware stores.
Sharing her excitement on social media, Helen wrote that she bought stair treads from EBay, shelving from B&M and wall paintings from Dunelm, alongside stair and laminate paint from B&Q.
Pictures shared by the shopper show how the staircase’s lifeless navy blue has been replaced with grey stair treads, and blue paint, while the walls were coated with a very pale grey.
Bargain hunter Helen Barnes took to social media to share a picture of her flight of stairs before (left) and after (right) the transformation