A mum-of-three transformed her run down stairs for less than £100 by doing all the work herself.
Laura Jayne, a social media administrator, managed to turn her bare stairs into a pretty feature staircase.
The 27-year-old was given the go ahead to start the project by her landlord.
She explained: “My house is huge, and the rent is cheap – I’m allowed to make any improvements I want at my own expense.”
So how did she pull off such stunning results?
In an interview with Daily Star Online, Laura revealed that she snapped up some eBay bargains.
The mum painted her bare floorboards with white paint before using some affordable carpet treads to create a beautifully modern staircase.
She explained: “I couldn’t afford to carpet the stairs, as I have four flights and three landings.
“My landlady can’t be relied on for anything, and the house is in a terrible state of repair.
“So everything has been done by me on a budget.
“I used a brilliant white emulsion paint as an undercoat, which I found in my shed.
“Then one litre of ‘Chalk White’ floor and stair paint, which I found on eBay – it was £24.99 for 2.5 litres.
“Altogether, I have given them 4 coats of paint and still have paint left over.”
The paint wasn’t the only thing the DIY fan picked up on eBay.
She added: “Then the stair risers are wallpapered – I found the paper on eBay also, it was £7.95 a roll and I’ve used one roll. I already had paste, left over from another project…
“The most expensive but was the carpet treads.
“They are also from eBay, and cost around £25 for 15 treads – which is enough to do a standard set of stairs, but as I have 24 stairs I needed two packs.”
The dramatic transformation took Laura about a week of hard graft to complete.
The DIY fan found the painting fairly easy “as the paint dries pretty fast”.
However Laura found the wallpaper more difficult.
She said: “The hardest bit is papering the risers.
“You need a lot of patience, as the pattern has to be matched and the paper cut to fit.
“A standard roll of paper only covers two thirds of the width of the stairs.”
We think the hard work was worth it, as the talented DIY-lover managed to complete her gorgeous transformation for around £80.
That’s especially good considering how many stairs are in her house.
Laura posted home renovation snaps to the DIY On A Budget UK Facebook group.
Many were impressed with her handiwork and took the time to leave comments of support.
One person commented: “Omg I love this, it looks amazing!”
A second added: “That’s so nice, well done, looks expensive.”
And a third wrote: “Fab–u–lous!!! Well done, looks great.”
It seems there’s nothing some hard work, creativity and drive can’t achieve!