Woman's dank, damp-ridden council flat bedroom is unrecognisable after her granddaughter transformed it into her 'own little haven' - all for just £230

  • Tracey Davis, from Worcester, refurbished her grandmother's room for just £230
  • She used a mix of old and new in order to turn damp room into her 'little haven' 
  • Spent £123 on new furniture, including bed units, lights, bed linen and ottoman 
  • Facebook was extremely impressed with her efforts and congratulated her 

A woman transformed her grandmother's damp and cluttered room into a 'little haven' for just £230. 

Tracey Davies, 47, from Worcester, revealed how she made over the dank council flat bedroom using nothing more than savvy buys, a bit of upcycling - and plenty of elbow grease. 

For just a couple of hundred pounds Tracey was able to scrub it down, tidy up, and replace everything from the flooring and wallpaper to the furniture. 

Sharing the finished result with the We Love Mrs Hinch Facebook group, Tracey was met with praise from fellow members who were extremely impressed with the refurbishment and congratulated her on a job well done. 

Before: The bedroom belonging to Tracey's grandmother Frances. Tracey, of Worcester, told how her grandmother had lived in the three-bedroom council flat since 1929

Before: The bedroom belonging to Tracey's grandmother Frances. Tracey, of Worcester, told how her grandmother had lived in the three-bedroom council flat since 1929

After: For just a couple of hundred pounds Tracey was able to scrub it down, tidy up, and replace everything from the flooring and wallpaper to the furniture. The bedroom, pictured now, is almost unrecognisable and boasts attractive wallpaper and chic wall mirrors

After: For just a couple of hundred pounds Tracey was able to scrub it down, tidy up, and replace everything from the flooring and wallpaper to the furniture. The bedroom, pictured now, is almost unrecognisable and boasts attractive wallpaper and chic wall mirrors

Family home: Speaking to FEMAIL, Tracey (pictured) told how her grandmother Frances had lived in the flat since 1929. Tracey and her husband moved in with Frances 23 years ago

Family home: Speaking to FEMAIL, Tracey (pictured) told how her grandmother Frances had lived in the flat since 1929. Tracey and her husband moved in with Frances 23 years ago 

Praise: Sharing the finished result with the We Love Mrs Hinch Facebook group, Tracey was met with praise from fellow members who were extremely impressed

Praise: Sharing the finished result with the We Love Mrs Hinch Facebook group, Tracey was met with praise from fellow members who were extremely impressed 

Speaking to FEMAIL, Tracey told how her grandmother Frances had lived in the flat since 1929. Tracey and her husband moved in with Frances 23 years ago. 

'When we moved in we had the second bedroom and Nan the master,' Tracey said. 'We then had our daughter and she had the box room.'

However six months ago Frances fell ill and was taken into hospital. She has since been moved into a nursing home. 

Makeover on a budget

Blinds from Blind2Go: 36.45

Duvet from Matalan: £30 

Wallpaper from I Want Wallpaper: £67.94

Two Bedside units from Ikea: £56  

Light shade from Poundstretcher: £5

Ottoman from Amazon: £25

Mirror tiles from Ikea £7 for pack of 4 

 Total: £227.97

At the same time Tracey's daughter - now an adult - moved in with her boyfriend, meaning Tracey and her husband found themselves with far more space. 

'We went from being in a cramped room, with barely any storage to having all three bedrooms,' she said. 

Writing on the Facebook group, Tracey told how she originally felt 'guilty' about taking over her grandmother's old room but eventually decided it was time for a makeover. 

The post, which has received 1,900 likes and almost 260 comments, read: 'After two weeks of b****y hard work, I’ve done it!! Nan is 95 and kept EVERYTHING.

'The furniture in her room hadn’t been moved for over 20 years so the damp and cobwebs were vile but now it’s my little haven.'

Serious elbow grease! A photo taken at the start of the work shows how Tracey stripped back the room to its bare bones before beginning the makeover

Serious elbow grease! A photo taken at the start of the work shows how Tracey stripped back the room to its bare bones before beginning the makeover

Work underway: The room went from cluttered and dirty (pictured) to modern and stylish thanks to Tracey and her husband's efforts

Work underway: The room went from cluttered and dirty (pictured) to modern and stylish thanks to Tracey and her husband's efforts 

Cluttered: Tracey told how her grandmother's bedroom was cramped and full of stuff collected over a lifetime. Pictured, the room during the clearout

Cluttered: Tracey told how her grandmother's bedroom was cramped and full of stuff collected over a lifetime. Pictured, the room during the clearout 

In total, Tracey spent £223.39 on the refurbishment, salvaging her grandmother's old wardrobe with a coat of paint. 

She spent £123 on new furniture and £67.94 on wallpaper. She bought blinds from Blids2Go for £36.45. 

Members of the group were really impressed with Tracey's effort and added her grandmother would be able to appreciate it. 

'Well one what a fantastic job u have done,' one wrote.

'Well done, it looks beautiful and I’m sure your NaN would agree,' another said. 

Chic: Tracey spent £123 on furniture and £68 on wallpaper in order to turn the room into her 'little haven'

Chic: Tracey spent £123 on furniture and £68 on wallpaper in order to turn the room into her 'little haven' 

Soft colours: Tracey redid the walls and the floors of the room to her taste. She admitted she had struggled with the idea of taking over her grandmother's room

Soft colours: Tracey redid the walls and the floors of the room to her taste. She admitted she had struggled with the idea of taking over her grandmother's room 

Upcycling: The wardrobe on the left used to belong to Tracey's grandmother. She painted over it with black paint in order to update it

Upcycling: The wardrobe on the left used to belong to Tracey's grandmother. She painted over it with black paint in order to update it 

'Well done! You’ve worked so hard on that house. What a difference! - hope your nan is ok,' wrote one. 

'What a beautiful transformation and I bet your nan is happy that her home will continue to be home for her family,' another said. 

'Wow it doesn't even look like the same house, well done,' one added. 

Sadly, when Tracey went to her grandmother to show her the new room, the woman didn't realise it was her former dwelling.  

'I’ve shown her the pictures, she loves the room but has no recollection that it’s her old room,' Tracey said

Kind: Facebook pointed out that Tracey's grandmother would appreciate that her family was still staying in the house and complimented Tracey on her refurbishing efforts

Kind: Facebook pointed out that Tracey's grandmother would appreciate that her family was still staying in the house and complimented Tracey on her refurbishing efforts 

Woman turns her grandmother's former room into her 'little haven' and it cost less than £230

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