Thrifty mother transforms hallway for £23 by WALLPAPERING her floor

Thrifty mother who couldn’t afford a new carpet transforms her hallway for just £23 by WALLPAPERING her floor

  • Savvy Robyn Westrope-lane‎, from Huntingdon, shared her hack on Facebook
  • Explained how she coated wallpaper in boat varnish and a runner to stop ripping
  • Attracted dozens of positive comments for her money-saving short-term fix 

A thrifty mother who couldn’t afford a new carpet transformed her hallway by wallpapering the floor.

Robyn Westrope-lane, from Huntingdon, told how she was after a temporary solution while she saved up enough money to replace her beige flooring. 

To give the upstairs hall a quick-fix spruce, she used brightly-coloured timber effect wallpaper – and the makeover cost her just £23.

She shared her creative tip on the Facebook group DIY On a Budget UK, where it received dozens of positive comments.


Robyn Westrope-lane, from Huntingdon, told how she was after a temporary solution while she saved up enough money to replace her beige flooring (left) so she wallpapered her hallway (right after)

Sharing the post on Thursday, she wrote: ‘I did it! I wallpapered my floor and I’m stoked with the outcome. And only for £23!! 

‘It took me no time at all and seems quite sturdy. Few little accessories and rug to put down but here’s the before and after.’

Many members quizzed Robyn about her choice of wallpaper, which could potentially tear, however she explained that she’d coated the floor in several layers of boat varnish to protect it.

She added: ‘There is varnish to keep it from ripping and also a runner down the hall. 

Robyn couldn’t afford to replace the boring beige carpet in her hallway, so she decided to get creative

Many members quizzed Robyn about her choice of wallpaper, which could potentially tear, however she explained that she’d coated the floor in several layers of boat varnish to protect it

Robyn admitted her hack wouldn’t be suitable for a living room, but said it was a cheap and cheerful temporary measure

‘This is a temporary solution until I can afford to replace the flooring. I was interested to see if it works, yes it’s bright and yes I know it’s wallpaper but it was cheap and it’s better than what I had.’ 

Robyn admitted her hack wouldn’t be suitable for a living room, adding: ‘It’s such an awkward place with the stairs it would of cost at least £80 to floor it. It’s only used to my bedroom so thought why not, I’ll get on trend lol.’ 

While her idea attracted a few negative comments, the majority of people were impressed by her ingenuity.

While her idea attracted a few negative comments, on the Facebook group the majority of people were impressed by her ingenuity

One Facebook user wrote: ‘Not something I would have ever thought of, but really glad you took a chance and love it.’

Another commented: ‘I think this is bloody amazing one for not being a sheep and grey and two for thinking out side the box. Brilliant keep us updated on the wear and tear situation but this is amazing well done you.’ 

‘I’ve seen a few people doing this lately.. think it’s a brilliant idea for a small space,’ one added. ‘Don’t think people would be doing all over the house but with a few coats of varnish looks good.’

And one wrote: ‘Love it, great idea and looks fab,’ while another claimed they’d done the same thing using yacht varnish to seal it, and it ‘lasted for years’.

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