Be inspired to carry out a dreamy DIY bedroom makeover on a budget – just like this one

Stylish makeover transforms bedroom from dated to on-trend in no time

See how one interiors lover transform a bedroom from an old-fashioned space into a modern but cosy haven.

Gemma Lewis, a busy mum-of-four from Wales, recently bought her first home. She wanted to change the outdated look on a  budget, and turn it into a Pinterest-worthy home.

Using materials from budget brands including B&Q, eBay and Ikea she has transformed her bedroom into a gorgeous space – unrecognisable from the before.

More inspiration: From bland to Insta-worthy! See how one homeowner transformed her bedroom on a budget

Gemma's dated bedroom before

bedroom with bed and pink headboard

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Gemma Lewis)

'I wanted a really chilled out bedroom - somewhere I could relax and feel tranquil in,” Gemma told money saving community LatestDeals.

'I'm not a huge fan of bold colours in my own home - I love neutral colours, greens, greys, off whites, all quite natural.'


bedroom makeover inprogress

(Image credit: Future PLC/Gemma Lewis)

To find her dream materials, Gemma, who shares her renovation updates on Instagram @renovating_95, went on the hunt for natural-looking accessories, and managed to find pallets for free from a nearby building site.

Gemma's post about her progress on her Instagram feed.

The new pallet wall

bedroom makeover and hanging light

(Image credit: Future PLC/Gemma Lewis)

'The pallet wall cost nothing as the pallets were given to me from a building site. I painted them using Dulux polished pebble,' Gemma adds. 'White paint was used for the rest of the room. The pendant lights were from Next and the idea was taken from Pinterest - I just love all the ideas on there!'

Both the wardrobes and bed are from IKEA, which Gemma already owned – saving on costs. She found tropical leaf print cushions at B&Q and the bedding in Morrisons. All great retailers for bagging a bargain.

How much did it cost?

All in all Gemma's total spend was £703

Paint £60 
Lighting £120
Bedding £25 
Cushions £40
Carpet £300
Blinds £150

Prints £8

'I have enjoyed doing the renovations and have loved seeing seeing how far we've come in a short space of time.'

Gemma's stylish new bedroom after

bedroom with hanging lamp light and side table

(Image credit: Future PLC/Gemma Lewis)

'Gemma’s room is unrecognisable from its former outdated style,' Says Tom Church, Co-Founder of LatestDeals. 'Gemma managed to transform her room without spending a fortune. Seeking inspiration on Pinterest and finding pallets on a nearby building site are just a couple of wallet-friendly ideas for homeowners looking to get the look.'

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'If Gemma had hired a designer and decorator to do this work, and if she had paid full-price for everything including the wooden pallets, new wardrobes etc., she would have spent more than £2,000 on the renovations'

Going on to say, 'By doing it herself, she's saved a fortune. But, those savings also go towards the value of the house. I think she would sell the house for more because of the work she's put in.'


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.