I used wrapping paper for curtains to keep warm & found shelves in skips but people think my home looks like a magazine

A WOMAN who used Christmas wrapping paper as curtains to keep warm has painstakingly renovated her house – and people think it looks like something out of a magazine. 

Hayley Shaw, from Stoke-on-Trent, bought the 1930s style pad at the end of last year, and set about transforming it on a budget. 

But it was no easy job, as Hayley, who works in a photobooth, was faced with dated decor and an interior in need of some serious renovation. 

She told Fabulous Digital: “The house needed lots of work doing to it and nobody was interested.

“All the wallpaper was nicotine stained and the windows were single glazed.” 

Hayley spent long nights gutting the place, and was forced to use Christmas wrapping paper – which she found in the house – as curtains to keep warm. 

She said: "I was coming at 9pm for about 6 hours steaming wallpaper, hence the wrapping paper at the windows.

“I’d found it in an old cupboard upstairs so I decided to use that. 

“The Christmas paper kept me warm. The old windows were freezing!”

Hayley worked tirelessly doing most of the work herself, only getting professionals in to fit the windows. 

The DIY fan said: “I work late hours with my photobooth and at all different times of the week, so I’d come where I could and work, I’d just plug myself in and listen to podcasts.

“I started doing renovations in November but I literally had zero budget! 

“I’d say the lounge took 2 months, inc windows, removing the brick fireplace, flooring, painting, etc we filled 2 skips up in total. 

“A professional fitted the windows but the other jobs either I, or friends and family helped do them.”


Hayley hunted around for bargains – even digging through skips for treasure. 

She said: “The flooring was a bargain as I got it on sale at B&Q and the mantle (which is now on painted pink) is from free cycle.

“The sofa was M&S originally but I got it from a local warehouse and the big mirror was from Poundstretcher and was £50.


“The picture above my sofa is from Homesence about 5 years ago. 

“With the bathroom I got a friend of the family to help, we took everything out then he re-tiled had re-fitted the bathroom, I still plan to wallpaper the ceiling in there. 

“The kitchen was the same, the shelves were found in an old skip, then he tiled the wall for me and fitted the skip shelves.


“I don’t really buy anything full price.”

Hayley confirmed she was able to ditch the wrapping paper in the end, as she got some brand new windows to keep the heat in. 

In total Hayley reckons the lounge took two months to finish and cost under £3,000, and she soon set her sights on transforming the rest of the house, turning the kitchen and bathroom into modern masterpieces. 

Due to coronavirus Hayey was only able to move in in June, but added: “I’m happy with the outcome but there’s still lots more to do.

“I’m always doing something to do, no room is never done.”

Hayley shared her transformation to Facebook group DIY On A Budget UK, where it's gone down a storm racking up hundreds of likes.

People have claimed her house looks like something out of a magazine, with one person saying: "Gorgeous. Looks like a home magazine!"

Someone else wrote: "Wow it's amazing love it. Looks like it's in a magazine stunning."

While a third added: "That looks amazing!! Absolutely love it. Well done."

Plus this woman finds a secret underground bar hidden behind a bookcase in her kitchen filled with glam mirrors and stuffed animals.

While this mum mum shares her savvy hack to avoid wrapping ANY presents this year for her kids – and it will save you hours of stress.

In other news this mum who couldn’t afford a summerhouse renovates a caravan for the garden instead using Amazon & eBay bargains.

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