I was sick of my kids’ sticky hand marks all over the walls so revamped my hallway on a budget with charity shop items

A MUM has transformed her hallway after becoming sick of her kids' sticky hand marks all over the walls.

Amber Theobalds, 33, has created a striking black space on a budget using B&M, Homebase, eBay and charity shop items.

The receptionist from Richmond upon Thames – who has two children aged 13 and 11 – opened up about the impressive makeover to money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk.

Amber, who got her brother to help out with the work, sourced bargains, including £1 and £2 photo frames from B&M and charity shops.

The mum-of-two, who shared her progress on her Instagram account @_amber.theo_, cleverly chose a dark colour for the walls, using Homebase paint to conceal any future marks left by her children.

She said: "First I went to Homebase to pick up the paint for the walls and stairs. I used their own brand, called Zebra Black matte paint, and it was £13 per 2.5 litre tub. I used two tins in total.

It had been the bane of my life with two children constantly leaving handprints up the walls

"For the stairs I used Ronseal Diamond Hard black floor paint, which was a little pricey but worth the money. It was £32 for a 2.5 litre tub and I only ended up needing one pot and one coat.

"I wanted to get some LED lights with black backing so they would blend in better, as most have white backing. I managed to find them on eBay for £15. Then I moved onto other decor. I got the vintage light shade from a charity shop for £5 and stripped it down to the wire. Then I sprayed it white and added a retro lightbulb I already had.

"The plants and stands are all from Poundland and cost between £1 and £5, I didn’t spend more than £20 overall. As for the rug, it was on sale for £8 at TK Maxx. At this point I was ready to focus on the main attraction, the frames covering the wall.

"I used the My Free Prints app to print off a number of pictures that I liked in different sizes, and collected frames from The Range, B&M and charity shops.


"I got about 10 frames from The Range which were either £2.49 or £4.59. Then I got a few multipacks of photo frames from B&M for £3 and the others were only £1 or £2 each.

"The charity shop frames were the same price so overall I would say I spent about £60 in total, including the Command strips to hang them up."

Amber continued: "It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but the pictures don't do it justice and everyone who has seen it in the flesh loves it!

"I had been looking at rooms painted completely black on Pinterest and instagram, and wanted to apply it somewhere in my own home as the style of decor I love is Maximalist.

"I wasn’t sure I had the bravery to do a whole room so decided on the hallway as it had been the bane of my life with two children constantly leaving handprints up the walls and having to re-paint it white over and over again.

"I was inspired by the photographer and interior designer, Pati Robins, who I came across on Instagram. I immediately fell in love with her home and the moody colours and opulent mixture of textures she used throughout."

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