Savvy woman totally transforms shabby hallway with £1 B&M and Facebook bargains

A hallway is probably not the most exciting part of a house to decorate.

However, one woman has made sure it turns heads when you come into her property by giving it a total transformation.

And what's better is that she didn't have to break the bank by doing it.

Rachel Poolton, from Cardiff, used £1 bargains from B&M an Facebook Marketplace to keep money down, whilst still making the hallway in her property look fabulous.

The 51-year-old said she wanted to create an impressive space to wow her clients.

And she certainly did that – transforming her hallway into a monochrome wonder, complete with pink floral accents.

Talking to money-saving community, Rachel said: "I needed an appealing look for clients' first impressions of my business attached to my home."

Realising she’d need a budget for the project, Rachel, who owns a clinic called Inch Go Lipo, got creative and purchased a chair, dressing table and chest of drawers.

She said: "I spent £55 on the furniture and managed to upcycle it for a profit, selling it for £300."

Sourcing supplies was her next step. She added: "I got a lot of items from Facebook Marketplace, sales and spare items left from other projects.

"I also collected picture frames from online selling pages and painted the frames. They cost between £1 and £15 and I got several at a time for those prices.

"For the floral piece, I commissioned the idea from a lady selling Mother’s Day floral arrangements."

Rachel continued: "The small dusky blush unit under the stairs was £5, and I painted a radiator cover I bought for £30 on Facebook Marketplace.

"I already had the shelf above it, so I upcycled it to match.

"I bought the individual flowers in the two vases from The Range and Wilkinson, they cost between £1 and £2.50.

"Then I bought the fake plants from B&M and Poundlands’ Interior range.

"The most expensive items were the blinds. I got the dusky blush Roman blinds in sales at Dunelm at half price for £32 each, and the made to measure wooden effect 50mm white blinds were £115 each."

Rachel said she had a professional tile the bottom floor, however they used tiles she'd purchased from Wickes on sale for £20 a box of 10 instead of £28. She said 8 boxes of these were used in total.

Meanwhile, her brother-in-law put up the blinds for her, and she mitred the laminate floor edging around the tiles herself.

The businesswoman also said she got a stair runner instead of a proper carpet on the stairs and used panel pins to attach them – painting the rest of the step black.

Her rug was £45 and the ballerina canvases were £12 each from B&M and she used Frenchic paint in the shades Dusky Blush and Blackjack on the furniture, picture frames and front door at £19.95 a tin.

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Rachel concluded: "Finally, I got the wallpaper from eBay for under £10 and applied it myself."

Tom Church, co-founder of, said: "Rachel’s transformation is truly stunning and is sure to impress anyone who enters her home.

"Shopping smartly online and scouring seller pages is a great way to save money, and if you’ve got a talent such as upcycling furniture, why not use it to get some extra funds for your project?

"Finding hidden treasures from places such as Facebook Marketplace is ideal for those who see potential in a piece which can be given new life with a makeover."

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