A SINGLE mum has revealed her clever hack for transforming a wooden staircase – after being quoted £250 to get it carpeted.
Charlotte Elizabeth was given the keys to her new home with less than a week’s notice, and couldn’t afford to get a carpet professionally fitted.
A single mum has been praised for her genius solution to carpeted stairs – which saved her £200[/caption]
So she had the genius idea to cover her steps with non-slip machine washable rugs, which cost £39 from Amazon, and a lick of white paint underneath – spending less than £50 on the lot.
Posting on Facebook yesterday, Charlotte said: “After waiting so long to finally get the keys to our new home, i had less than a weeks notice.
“I got quoted £250+ for my stairs alone to be carpeted – being a single mother doing it on my own was impossible to find that, on top of everything else.
“So please be kind, all on a budget. Less than £50 to do this for anyone else struggling.
Pictured before, the staircase was in need of some TLC when the family moved in with just a week’s notice[/caption]
“It’s not perfect but I’m pretty chuffed with it. It’s clean, tidy & let’s face it who actually hoovers their stair carpet everyday!!!!!
“The carpet mats are from Amazon, £39 & Machine washable & Paint from Homebase.
“Every other day, I sweep the stairs and shake the mats. Simple but affective. & Saved myself £200 – Happy days!”
Speaking to Fabulous, she added: “The response I’ve had is so overwhelming it truly is.
“Being a single working parent money can be tight. But managed to achieve my stairs all under £50”.
The post soon racked up 5,700 likes and hundreds of comments, with many gushing: “Well done that’s true DIY on a Budget”.
Charlotte was thrilled with the finished job and assured the ‘Karens’ it is safe[/caption]
One commenter said: “Looks beautiful, I love the colour of the paint and the stairs look lovely. Well done you”.
While others wrote: “Looks fab…enjoy your new forever home..” and “Lovely! Clean fresh and modern”.
Another Facebook user said: “Ver clever idea. Looks much more expensive”.
While one wrote: “That’s a million times better than carpet! It actually looks nice, unlike carpet! Great job”.
A few ‘Karens’ found fault with the idea, suggesting the mats could be dangerous for kids, and Charlotte was quick to set them right.
She said: “Overwhelmed with all the support love and positive comments. Can’t thank you all enough.
“As there are far too many ‘karens’ in this world now a days, that will always find a fault in someone’s hard work or achievements.
“The stair mats are not ‘stuck’ down because they are rubber backing. So easy cleaning, and safe.
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“Someone’s comment was unnecessary saying, how careless I am as a parent to not have them stuck down for safety reasons. What a strange world we live in.
“But thank you everyone else for the positivity and love. I will link the mats. As my post says, ‘be kind’ turning off comments now.”
Earlier today, we revealed how one woman used a radiator cover to hide her folding guest bed and it’s a genius solution if you don’t have a spare room.