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Thrifty mum transforms junk cupboard into stunning mini-cinema for her kids with lounging seats and twinkly fairy lights


A THRIFTY mum has transformed the junk cupboard under the stairs into a stunning mini-cinema rooms for her kids – complete with comfy cushions and fairy lights.

And while it might seem like it cost her a fortune, she did all on the cheap using bargain buys from Dunelm, Wickes and Wilko.

The cupboard was used for junk and was pretty grotty

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The cupboard was used for junk and was pretty grottyCredit: Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group/Facebook
But now it's a stunning space for her kids to hang out

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But now it’s a stunning space for her kids to hang out Credit: Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group/Facebook

Gemma Butler shared snaps of the new room in the Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK Facebook group which showed just how chuffed the little ones are as they watched cartoons in their new cool space.

Detailing the project, she wrote: “Under the stairs junk cupboard.. Now a little cinema for the little ones. Really good for my boy with autism who likes his personal space after a day at school.”

To tackle the project, Gemma picked up Plywood from Wickes for £6.50 and used four packs of micro fairy lights from Dunelm for £3.50each.

She also explained that she had some silver feature wall paint which she used to give it a fresh new look, which was originally £10 from Wilko.

Gemma Butler hang a TV on the wall with cushions on the floor for the kids to sit

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Gemma Butler hang a TV on the wall with cushions on the floor for the kids to sitCredit: Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group/Facebook
She used plywood from Wickes and paint she already had to tackle the job

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She used plywood from Wickes and paint she already had to tackle the jobCredit: Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group/Facebook

Gemma continued: “Literally cut plywood to size, painted it silver, drilled 200 holes, popped the lights through and screwed it to the ceiling.

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“Drilled the whole through bottom of stairs to put an extension cable through. TV up on the wall and done, just need to get some bean bags.”

Gemma revealed that the kids love their new chill out space and it’s not hard to see why.

Other members of the group were also blown away by the transformation with the post racking up a whopping 10k ‘likes’ and 1.6k comments.

She also decorated the ceiling with stunning mini fairy lights from Dunelm

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She also decorated the ceiling with stunning mini fairy lights from DunelmCredit: Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group/Facebook

“Wow that looks amazing what a brilliant idea wish I had an under the stairs cupboard,” one fan wrote.

And another joked: “So cute… just dont know where I would put my Hoover ironing and my crap.”

Meanwhile, a third shared: “This looks like a magical place to decompress after a busy day at school. Love it.”

Many others tagged friends and family to share the space with them, and suggested doing it for their own little ones.

We also shared how a mum turns cupboard in tiny one-bed flat into a bedroom for her kids – and it’s so good they never want to leave

And in other home transformation news, we shared the best makeovers you can do for under £30.

Plus a DIY fanatic completely transformed a three-bed house in three weeks and did it on the cheap thanks to Dunelm and Ikea bargains.

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