Here’s some inspiration for anyone who’s broke but still likes good interior design: Jamie, a mother-of-two from Wales, has constructed this rather snazzy outdoor seating arrangement, and you won’t believe how much it cost.
£22. No, there’s not a zero missing there. No, we’re not lying to you. Given that you can buy similar garden furniture sets for upwards of £100, it’s an undeniably impressive achievement.
So how did Jamie manage this? First of all, she got the disused wooden pallets for a mere £8. After she’d assembled these, she coated them in black paint from Wilko, which only cost £14.
Finally, for the finishing touch, she decorated the couch with a selection of £2 charity shop cushions.
Jamie posted the finished arrangement on a Facebook group, ‘Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group,writing ‘Made from pallets cost me £22 to make and the cushions are from a charity shop £2 each they cost more then the bench and table’. The post quickly garnered 11,000 likes and almost 2,000 comments.
Many of the group’s members expressed admiration, or envy, for Jamie’s skill. One astonished user wrote: ‘wish I was good at DIY – stunning, I’m very jealous’, while another exclaimed, breathlessly, ‘amazing you must be very good at wood work’.
Many others expressed their intention to make a similar furniture set of their own. ‘I need a step by step video to see how these are done!’ one member demanded, while another enquired: ‘how long did it take to make?? i really wana do this but its finding time’ [sic].
Congratulations to Jamie for both her thriftiness and design flair.