Everybody wants to jazz up their dining rooms, but the costs of hiring someone can be seriously off-putting. So when mum of one Jenna Jessup, 34, saw an IKEA mirror hack on Facebook she pounced at the chance to save a fortune.
Arming herself with 32 IKEA frames, half of which cost £1.75 with the other half costing £1, she got to work creating her mammoth mirror, according toLatestDeals .
Jenna told money-saving Facebook group DIY On A Budget UK: "I came across the IKEA mirror hack idea on Facebook, as well as seeing that celebrity Stacey Solomon had done this very hack too.
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"My friend also suggested that my kitchen diner would be a great place to put it to make the room look bigger. Firstly, after deciding on the right colour frames for my kitchen diner, I headed to IKEA to purchase the FISKBO frames.
“I bought 16 21x30cm FISKBO frames at £1.75 each and 16 of the LONSAS mirrors at £1 each. I’d advise people to buy an extra mirror or two just in case you break one whilst you are assembling. I also purchased an extra four frames to put my photos in, however these frames do not come with photo mounts, so I bought some A4 cards for £1 and made my own to cut costs."
The other materials required are a spirit level, which is an absolute must have, a measuring tape, a pencil and command strips.
“Another tip - do not use the cheaper version of command strips as I find they either do not stick, or they damage the paint work.”
But it wasn't all easy, and doing it herself meant Jenna had to have hawk-eye precision.
"Firstly, I measured my wall to ensure the mirrors would be central,” she said.
“I then slotted all the mirrors into the frames once they were all unwrapped and stuck the command strips onto the back of the frames. I stuck them directly to the wall - and that's it! Easy! Now, I am absolutely not DIY-minded whatsoever, so the shelves were a whole new ball game for me. I'd never used a drill before and my darling husband can just about hang some pictures, but that's pushing it.”
"So off I went to Argos to buy a drill so that I could put my shelves up. After measuring and marking out where I wanted the shelves, I watched a YouTube video on how to drill a hole in the wall = who knew different colour wall plugs meant something?!
"Nervously, I started to drill - all whilst on FaceTime to my friend Jodie who might as well be an interior designer. She was guiding me over video call while I did it. It took me all afternoon to drill four holes in the wall and put these shelves up but I wanted to make sure I did it properly.
"Another top tip - make sure the drill you buy actually comes with drill bits! I accessorised my shelves with IKEA plants and glass domes.”
When Jenna started breaking down the prices, it becomes apparent that she’s saved a colossal amount of cash.
She said: "My second-hand dining table was £50 from Facebook Marketplace and I got the chair covers and table runner from Amazon.
"I spent £28 on IKEA frames and £7 on four more for my pictures. The IKEA mirrors cost £17, the IKEA flowers were £26, the command strips were £10.80 and the IKEA glass domes were £9 each.
“The table cost £50, the table runner was £13.99, the chair covers were £21.99, the table centrepiece was £12 from Dunelm, the single shelf from B&M was £10 and the double shelf from B&M was £15.
“The dog bowls from Pets at Home were £12, the card for the photo mounts were £1, and the artificial ivy around the mirror from Amazon were £19.99. In total, the whole dining area cost £220.77 which is a bargain!”
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