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Mum turns the cupboard under the stairs into a spring-themed den for her daughter using Amazon & eBay bargains


A MUM transformed the cupboard under her stairs into an incredible den for her daughter using Amazon and eBay bargains. 

Rachel Moore, 31, wanted to create a space where her daughter, Freya, six, who has special needs, could go and relax. 

Rachel decided to turn the cupboard under the stairs into a den

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Rachel decided to turn the cupboard under the stairs into a denCredit: Rachel Moore

Rachel, from Alconbury, started by emptying the cupboard of junk, and pulled up the maroon carpet. 

She laid down a new floor, using some leftover vinyl flooring she had from when she updated her bathroom.

She gave the skirting boards a lick of paint, and rubbed down the walls before filling in any holes. 

Rachel chose a pretty colour for the den, opting for a shade called blush pink from Wickes which costs £16.

She made the den for her six-year-old daughter, Freya, as a surprise

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She made the den for her six-year-old daughter, Freya, as a surpriseCredit: Rachel Moore

After it was dry she added wall stickers from eBay in a gorgeous cherry blossom scene with birds, with a similar set costing just £15.50 on the site.

To make her decor come to life, she picked up fake cherry blossom branches from Amazon for just £7.99. 

Rachel cut the heads off the garlands and stuck them on the walls, and added some flowers on to a light shade she cut sections out of. 

The first thing Rachel did was strip off the carpet - which she confirmed she didn't lay

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The first thing Rachel did was strip off the carpet – which she confirmed she didn’t layCredit: Rachel Moore
She rubbed down the walls and filled in all the holes before painting

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She rubbed down the walls and filled in all the holes before paintingCredit: Rachel Moore

She confirmed she used a non-heat bulb to make sure it wasn’t a fire hazard. 

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Finally Rachel added some fairy lights, saying: “I had some cherry blossom garland left so I brought battery fairy lights on a wire and wrapped around the garland and stuck into place,” Tyla reported. 

Rachel shared her mini-makeover on Facebook, where it was shared to group DIY On A Budget

She bought incredible wall stickers from Amazon featuring birds

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She bought incredible wall stickers from Amazon featuring birdsCredit: Rachel Moore
She went for a cherry blossom theme which she made 3D

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She went for a cherry blossom theme which she made 3DCredit: Rachel Moore

She said: “Few little bits to do yet, but Freya’s room is coming together!

“(Under stairs cupboard not bedroom). We have been creating as a surprise!

“This is start to nearly finish! (The carpet we did not lay it was horrendous!)

If you're looking to copy Rachel's look, here are some similar designs online

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If you’re looking to copy Rachel’s look, here are some similar designs onlineCredit: Amazon
  • Cherry Blossom & Garden Birds Kids Wall Stickers, £15.50 – buy now
Rachel also bought a garland which she used to make the designs come to life

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Rachel also bought a garland which she used to make the designs come to lifeCredit: Amazon
  • Artificial Cherry Blossom Garland, Amazon, £7.99 – buy now
She gave the cupboard a coat of blush pink first which matches the theme

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She gave the cupboard a coat of blush pink first which matches the theme
  • Blush Pink – Silk Emulsion Paint, Wickes, £16 – buy now

“I have made most myself!” 

Her makeover has since gone viral, racking up more than 1,600 likes, as people praised Rachel’s impressive eye for interiors.

One person commented: “Adore this, absolutely fantastic job. Very talented lady!”

Thousands of people have liked Rachel's keen eye for interiors

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Thousands of people have liked Rachel’s keen eye for interiors

Another said: “Oh wow, so simple, but I’d never think of it- so creative. Gorgeous !!”

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While a third wrote: “How delightful. Looks beautiful.”

And this person added: “Looks beautiful, you did an amazing job.”

Meanwhile this mum transforms her drab porch with a lick of £10 paint & people love the ‘classy’ makeover.

And this mum claims scrubbing her wooden floor with olive oil is the secret to getting a glossy shine.

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