Woman transforms cluttered bedroom into relaxing Scandi haven using £3 handle hack

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A woman has revealed how a simple £3 leather hack made a huge difference to her bedroom makeover. 

Julie Pentelow, 32, from Swindon was keen to transform her cluttered bedroom into a relaxing haven, but didn't have a huge budget to work with. 

Having taken inspiration from social media, she fell in love with a Scandinavian design, which she'd already adopted in her kitchen and bathroom makeovers.  

"I was inspired to transform our bedroom after seeing people in Facebook groups giving their spaces a new look. I wanted to achieve something similar so I decided to give it a go myself!" the teaching assistant told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk.

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"After browsing the internet for different ideas, I fell in love with the Scandinavian design. The minimalist style provides a lovely sense of escapism, so I wanted to make my bedroom feel like that."

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In a bid to keep costs down the mum-of-two sourced various supplies at discount, including the Dulux paints she used on the walls, Overtly Olive on the main wall and Almond White on the other walls, which she picked up for £26 each from B&Q, using three tubs in total. 

She also decided to get crafty for the project. 

"I really liked the look of leather pull handles on furniture, having seen them used a lot in Scandinavian style makeovers," she explains. 

"I made some myself by ordering a strip of brown leather from eBay for £3 and cutting the handles to size. I used gold notice board pins to make it look like the fastening of the handle and stuck them into the drawers with a bit of extra glue for stability."

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Also wanting to keep the spending on decorations to a minimum, Pentelowe picked up some artificial plants from B&M and IKEA to make the room feel more homely, spending no more than £20 on these overall. 

To continue the house plant-theme she also purchased a small artificial potted plant for the headboard and a taller artificial plant to go next to the bed.

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Fortunately, Pentelow's existing furniture was largely compatible with the new style she was going for, which meant she was able to repurpose a lot of it. 

She already had some white bed linen which complimented the relaxed vibe and kept her neutral bedside tables, simply adding some tealight lamps to add a warm glow to the room.

"I already had some of the cushions I used on the bed, but the others I got were only £5 each, bringing my total spend in Home Bargains to £15," she adds. 

"I made use of warm yellow tones to compliment the cooler white and grey shades nicely."

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As well as redecoration, the makeover was made all the more impressive with a serious declutter with Pentelow taking time to tidy away items from the chest of drawers and bedside tables into simple storage boxes, which immediately made the room feel bigger and more relaxing. 

Adding mirrors on the walls also helped to create a feeling of space. 

Now that the project is complete, Pentelow has received plenty of compliments from family and friends impressed by the impressive transformation.  

"We’ve saved hundreds by decorating ourselves and it now looks like we have got a whole new bedroom!" she adds. 

Commenting on Pentelow's bedroom makeover, Tom Church, co-founder of money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk, said: "Julie has done a great job at transforming her bedroom, proving that you don’t need to break the bank to make a big difference.

"Even if you don’t have the time to do any painting or look into home decor, simply clearing the clutter can make a room look much bigger and feel less chaotic," he continues. 

"Adding a mirror can also work wonders if you want to create a feeling of space. A good rule to follow is to pick a mirror which is roughly two thirds of the size of any furniture you plan on hanging it above. If you’re choosing one for your bedroom, it can also work well to go for one which is full-length so you can check your complete reflection before heading out."

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