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DIY guru turns playroom into boho chic 'mum cave' with £2 B&M bargains

A savvy DIYer managed to transform her children's old playroom into the ultimate boho 'mum cave' on a budget of just £2.

Carly Sulaj, 35, created her very own special space where she can escape 'mum life' using bargains from B&M and Primark.

The mum whipped into action and repurposed the room after her children, aged nine and seven, stopped using it.

"I came up with the idea of a room for myself to go chill out in and escape mum life from time to time and enjoy a drink with friends," she told LatestDeals.co.uk.

"I saw a lot online about man caves so I thought why not do a mum room somewhere for me to chill and design my sea glass pictures in peace?"

Carly, from Kent, funded the project on an impressive £2 budget and said the first step was a general clear-out.

Carly Sulaj (LatestDeals.co.uk)
The DIY mum turned the playroom into a relaxing and creative space (LatestDeals.co.uk)

"I boxed up or got rid of toys that the kids had outgrown, then I needed to decide on a theme. I went for a boho theme which I find to be a soft touch and calming," she said.

When designing the new room, Carly decided to use rattan decorations and plants to brighten up her shelves along with inspirational prints and plenty of cushions.

She even displayed some old pickle jars which she filled up with glass, which she said "look funky on the shelf".

The walls were to remain the clean white they had been for the playroom, but accents of brown, yellow and green were mixed in along with soft lighting.

Carly's old playroom (LatestDeals.co.uk)
Now it is decorated with £2 boho trinkets (LatestDeals.co.uk)

She used an old cubed shelving unit as the main feature, which Carly decorated with an assortment of ornaments.

One box holds candles while the other has a framed photo with a small plant, while another contains a storage box matching the base monochrome theme.

"We already had the storage cube so I gave it new life by wiping it down and adding some new boxes to it," she said.

"They were only £5 each from Home Bargains, so this was a much cheaper option compared with buying a new furniture unit.

Carly decorated with different sized plants (LatestDeals.co.uk)
She also found candles for a bargain price (LatestDeals.co.uk)

"The candles and ornaments came from B&M and Primark, and they were no more than £2 or £3 each."

Carly didn’t need to pick up many to make the shelves look warm and inviting, with seven candles, five plants and some storage boxes.

"I also stuck up some colour-changing LED lights and placed them around the tops of the walls," she added.

"They give the room a cosy feel. You can get lights like these for around £10 on Amazon."

Carly said she wanted to make the room a relaxing space where she could design her sea glass pictures, cards and canvasses while feeling creative and inspired.

The original playroom (LatestDeals.co.uk)
The first step was to clear the space (LatestDeals.co.uk)

"I picked up a jute rug from Home Bargains for less than a tenner, and while I was there I got a mirror which I love," she said.

"You wouldn’t know it was a mirror until you open it which I think is cool."

The original room was built as a playroom by Carly's dad with an added shower and toilet room.

"Having two young kids, we thought the best idea would be to create a playroom where they could enjoy every toy they owned without the rest of the house getting messy," she said.

"However, as they got a bit older, they became less interested in it."

The DIYer also added stylish storage boxes (LatestDeals.co.uk)
She also used LEDs as mood lighting (LatestDeals.co.uk)

The location of the room also makes it the ideal place for a mum cave, opening out onto the garden in the summer.

"It’s perfect for having friends and family over as the rest of the house doesn’t need to be used," she said.

"Adding the toilet and shower has made a massive difference when it comes to having guests over.

"I’m a clean freak so sticking to one area is always good in my eyes."

In her hunt for 'mum cave' bargains, Carly also visited a local folk market where she picked up a bedspread to hang on the wall.

The most expensive item was a sofa bed which cost £295, but Carly said the rest of the makeover was cheap enough that she could afford it.

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