A SINGLE mum-of-five has spent three years overhauling her run down home on a budget – all while working and doing a degree.
Proud of her efforts, Amanda Jane Warnes shared the end result online admitting “it’s been a hard slog”, but says she’s extremely happy with her new home and can proudly say “it’s mine”.
Sharing in the Ladies Budget D.I.Y Facebook group, the thrifty mum, who is also a paramedic student, wrote: “3 years ago I got my house. I am a single parent with 5 children, working and doing a degree.
“I done most of this myself. It’s been a hard slog but can sit back and proudly say this is mine. Not to everyone’s taste but it’s a happy home and that’s what matters.”
Her living area, kitchen and three bedrooms have all been given an incredible makeover with Amanda using bargains from Ikea, Amazon, eBay and Groupon to get the job done.
In many of the rooms the floorboards needed replacing and the walls were in need of a fresh lick of paint – but now the entire home has a fresh and modern feel.
The kids’ rooms are even decorated with popular movie-themed decor – making it the perfect place to play and sleep.
The thrifty mum told Fabulous that she spent a total of £5k on the entire home – including the garden – and was even gifted some furniture to keep the cost down.
Speaking to Fabulous, Amanda admitted that she’s thrilled to finally have a garden for her young kids to play in – which her dad helped her with.
She said: “The best part has been having the garden done as I have a almost three year old and 18 month old and they have made the most of the sunny weather in lockdown.”
And of her hard work, she added: “The living room took the longest time as I had to buy furniture month by month. The biggest challenge was fitting it around everything else going on.”
As a student and full-time mum, Amanda says that the new living room is now her favourite place saying: “It has a relaxed comfy feel but then I also have a working area with my desk.”
Needless to say, other group members were seriously impressed with her handiwork as the post has now racked up over 4k Facebook likes and comments.
“Amazing you should feel very proud of this,” one person gushed.
While another said : “Fantastic, you have done an amazing job and created a beautiful family home.”
We also shared how another mum saved £1.8k this year doing up her house on the cheap – picking up items from a skip and the TIP.
Plus a family totally revamp their worn out garden during lockdown complete with seating areas, a fireplace and a playground.
We also revealed how a woman turned her “tiny” garden into a stunning space on a budget.