Mum uses DIY skills and eBay tiles to transform worn-out stairs from drab to fab

A mum revamped her tired-looking stairs on a budget.

Samantha Bradley, an exercise instructor from Bolton, snapped up some affordable tiles on eBay.

The mirrored materials cost £105 and added a touch of glamour to the staircase.

And the stairs are functional as well as fashionable because the 35-year-old used leftover carpet to make them comfy to walk on too.

The finished results look stunning – and they only cost £140 to achieve in total.

Samantha opened up about the DIY project in an interview with money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk.

She said: “I've always had a creative mind, and I’m always coming up with quirky ways to upcycle or transform things from drab to fab.

"During lockdown I moved from a refuge back into the home I'd brought my three children up in.

“I wasn't able to work due to restrictions as I work in gyms. My mental health took a huge hit as I use my job and helping others as therapy.

“So I ploughed myself into making the shell of a house I moved back to into a home.

“I was on a budget due to being unable to work so, but I had my creative and resourceful brain to use.”

Samantha continued: "I wanted my stairs to be a statement and had seen so many transformations online. I stumbled across the mirrored tiles on eBay as I love the 'bling’ look.

“Instantly, I knew they'd work as a backdrop for my stairs, and tie in with the white and grey theme of the house.

“I bought the tiles off eBay, stuck these to some old laminate flooring and nailed them to the stairs.

“I then used leftover carpet from offcuts from my upstairs for the treads of the stairs.

"The whole project cost me around £140, with £105 of that being the tiles. The tiles cost £105, the beading was £25, the adhesive was around £10 and I used leftover laminate and carpet I already had in the house."

Samantha is chuffed with the finished results – and we can see why.

She said: "Now they are done, I'm absolutely in love with them.

“I can’t stop staring at them!

"Even the neighbours have knocked on to have a look and have named my house 'Graceland’.

"It has 100% helped my mental health channelling my time and energy into little projects.

“Beautiful things can be created on a budget if you choose materials wisely and do your research.”

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