I transformed a £15 marketplace buy into a stunning playhouse for my son and saved over £100

FORKING out on top of the range toys for our kids can prove quite costly.

But one savvy mum-of-one, who is a pastry chef from Catterick Garrison, has came up with a genius way of giving her son the playhouse of his dreams on a budget.


Katie Makinson bought an old playhouse for £15 on Facebook Marketplace and set about transforming it using Frenchic paint and decorations from the Pound Shop.

"I was recommended by my psychologist to start doing something I could fully throw myself into to help with my anxiety and I chose upcycling," she said, speaking to money-saving Facebook group DIY On A Budget UK.

"I did up the spare room and the units in the lounge as a surprise for my husband before he came back from deployment as well as a toddler bed for my son.

"Then I saw the playhouse on Facebook Marketplace for £15 and decided that would be my next project."

She went in to say how it was faded and weather-worn, but added that didn't stop her from getting creative.

"I looked at some inspiration online and got my paint out," she continued.

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"I used various shades of Frenchic Alfresco paint, and decorations from Yorkshire Trading, Amazon and the Pound Shop. 

"While I was doing it, it felt never-ending and it really tested my patience.

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“It was quite funny to my husband and son to see me trying to squeeze into the house to paint inside!"

Katie says that because she already had the paint, it’s hard to estimate the cost – but adds it was less than £100. 

"I saved over £100 because to buy new they’re £200 to £300 and that’s for a basic house, whereas he has the only one like it and every time I look at it I feel proud," she enthuses.

"I’m glad I’ve saved money as the cost of living is going up a lot and I’m not well enough to work at the moment so money is tight.

"Now it's done I am over the moon and it has made me feel really proud of myself, and I’m looking for my next project."

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Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “Playhouses can cost hundreds or even thousands of pounds to buy new, so hats off to Katie for saving this one from landfill and transforming it herself for under £100!

“Not only has she saved herself money, but she’s ensured her son has a totally one-of-a-kind, unique playhouse made with love.”


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