DIY-loving Mum hailed as an ‘inspiration’ after transforming bathroom for just £79

A thrifty mum with an impressive talent for DIY has transformed her bathroom into a fresh, beautiful, and completely unrecognisable zone of tranquility – all for just £79

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Homeowner reveals her £79 budget bathroom makeover

A DIY -loving mum has shared how she managed to transform her plain old bathroom into something much more special – all for just £79 ($98).

Amanda Vernaci, from Michigan, US, wanted to freshen up her bathroom with a brand new look, all while sticking to a thrifty budget.

The 29-year-old content creator used MDF boards from Home Depot, as well as multiple primed pine wood boards from her local lumber, keeping costs as low as possible.

Fortunately, the mum-of-one also had some handy tools already at her disposal, including a mitre saw, nail gun, trim puller, jigsaw, and measuring tape.







Amanda stuck to a thrifty budget
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Amanda tried to keep costs as low as possible
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Amanda, who lives with her husband TJ and their one-year-old son AJ, said: “I was [luckily] able to get some of the boards at a discount because they were damaged.

“I started by mapping out the height I wanted my vertical shiplap to be and for this, I went with a half wall. I decided to make mine four ft high, so that I could get two boards out of one, which saved me costs.

“Using a utility knife to score along the edge of the baseboard, I broke the seam between the caulk and trim. Then, I used a painter’s tool and hammer to get behind the trim which made some space for the trim puller.”

When using this tool, Amanda was able to pull the original trim away from the wall with ease, without causing any damage, meaning she will be able to recycle it.







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Amanda’s followers have been very impressed with the results
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Amanda said: “If you are careful, you’ll be able to reuse these baseboards. Next, I cut [one of the] boards the full width of the wall and nailed in the studs using a brad nailer.

“I installed the horizontal board first to make sure everything was level and then attached one of the [bigger] boards to the wall and placed the [smaller] on its side on top to create a ledge.

“I used MDF nickel gap shiplap boards and cut them in half to save money. Once the boards were cut, I lined them on the wall right up to the horizontal board.”

She then used shiplap boards with a “tongue and groove” system that helps lock the boards together, securing these to the wall with a nail gun.

She then used wood filler on boards and baseboards to fill in nail holes, before caulking around the baseboards, both edges of the horizontal board, corners, and edges, using baby wipes to ensure a smoother finish.

The project was complete in just two days, with Amanda sharing the brilliant results with her one million TikTok followers.

One person described the finished room as “Inspirational! Beautiful!”, while another said, “It’s beautiful I think I’ll make my bathroom the same as yours, very good idea.”

Amanda said: “Overall, this project totally elevated the space without having to do a major renovation. I was able to keep the same mirror and vanity, while still making the room feel like a new space.

“People often think they need to change everything about a space to update it, but this isn’t true.”

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