I saved £3,000 building my dream living room


IF YOU want to renovate your living room, but don’t want to pay thousands of dollars to professionals, fear not.

A mum showed how to transform a room in style, while cutting costs by doing the work herself.


Cheryl Hargate decided she wanted a new sofa, but ended up transforming her entire living roomCredit: Facebook
Can you believe how gorgeous it is?  !


Can you believe how gorgeous it is? !Credit: Facebook

Cheryl Hargate, 41, a mother of four and office manager from Sheffield, ended up giving her living room a huge overhaul after deciding she wanted a new sofa.

After enlisting her boyfriend and a friend to help her with the job, she did a complete makeover of her living room, transforming it from a tired room into a beautifully luxurious space.

Cheryl was able to save at least £3,000 by not using builders and spent £2,500 on the conversion.

Cheryl told the Facebook group to save money DIY on a budget UK“Honestly, I hadn’t expected to do such a big job.

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“My old sofa was 18 years old and I desperately needed a new one.

“I have four children and four dogs, so I wanted a large corner sofa.

“That meant my library had to go, so I needed a place to put ‘pretty things’.

“Suddenly it turned into a huge job. I kept finding things I hated, so I was like ‘if I’m doing something stupid, might as well do it right!’

Cherly explained the process of transforming her large living room.

She continued: “The process was to first clear the room, lower the ceiling and bring the main wall back to the brick, then remove the old radiators.

“I then had the electricity installed, the radiator pipes driven into the walls and the ceiling plastered.

“We then built the shelves and had the whole room skimmed so that the light fixtures could be drilled and attached to the wiring.

“The next step was to paint the baseboards and paint everything, then add the pretty things.

Cheryl gutted the room completely and brought back the main brick wall


Cheryl gutted the room completely and brought back the main brick wallCredit: Facebook
She then plastered the room and painted everything


She then plastered the room and painted everythingCredit: Facebook

“To be honest, the worst part was the mess and finding somewhere to go while it was done.

“I really struggle with dirt and germs etc, so I found the most difficult.

“All the things I had in my room before, so they didn’t cost me anything extra.

“I used loads of plasterboard and wood from Wickes, and we bought new radiators, new rugs and blinds and had the whole room plastered.

“I had all the other elements, so I reworked them, for example painting the TV cabinet.

Cheryl's new living room is stunning and we can't believe it wasn't professionally done


Cheryl’s new living room is stunning and we can’t believe it wasn’t professionally doneCredit: Facebook
Cheryl loves her new living room and is ready to transform other rooms in her house


Cheryl loves her new living room and is ready to transform other rooms in her houseCredit: Facebook

“I also added some insulation to the ceiling before I put the plasterboards in. Hopefully this will help with energy consumption.

“The two heaters are £340 each at Best Heating, the mirror £100 at William Wood Mirrors, the blinds £300 at English Blinds.

“The sofa was from Sofology, the paint was £90 from Farrow and Ball, the throws were from B&M for £60 and the rug was £300 from a local carpet fitter.

“Everything else I already had that I had picked up over the years.”

Cheryl is incredibly happy with the living room makeover and thanks her boyfriend and friend for helping her.

She added: “I’m very proud of my boyfriend: he’s a freelance mechanic and he did all the dismantling for me and then all the building work like building the shelves and Placoplâtre.

“A friend did the plastering and I did the painting.

“My boyfriend did it without complaining but made me promise never to lower a cap again!

“Excluding the sofa, the whole transformation cost around £2,500, with the radiators being the biggest expense.

“We saved at least £3,000 doing most things ourselves rather than hiring the professionals.”


If you want to transform your home, here are Cheryl’s tips.

She continued, “To save money, plan plan plan.

“I kept changing my mind about things and adding things at the last minute.

“Clear a place where your things will be stored while you do the work and, most importantly, shop.

“My main advice would be to plan everything carefully and measure 10 times.

“It’s nice to be sitting here now, I love it and it turned out even nicer than I thought.

“I didn’t expect the destruction and disorder to be as severe as I am.

“Every room in the house has been affected in some way, so I’m going to have to freshen them up now!”

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