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A mum put her DIY skills to the test to create her seven-year-old daughter an adorable Harry Potter-themed bedroom.
Sophia Daly, 32, was determined to transform Alana's room into an incredible space based on the JK Rowling books.
The mum-of-two, who works for the NHS, managed to pull off the magical project for under £350.
She upcycled her daughter's existing furniture, painted the room and sourced second-hand bits from Facebook Marketplace and eBay.
Speaking to LatestDeals.co.uk, Sophia said: "I came up with the idea as my daughter was seven in January and asked me for her birthday if she could have a new Harry Potter bedroom.
"When I was a similar age, my Nana Elizabeth made my bedroom into Narnia. My room was in a dormer loft conversion and you had to walk through her fitted wardrobes to get to my room."
She added: "She decorated the room all Narnia-esque like I wanted and even put fur coats inside the fitted wardrobe so I had to walk through.
"It was magical as a child and now at 32 I still remember that room and what it felt like to have a magical room, plus all my friends were super jealous and loved it as well.
"I asked my daughter what kind of Harry Potter room she wanted, and she mentioned Gryffindor. So from there, I wanted to make it feel like Hogwarts and a Gryffindor dorm room."
Sophia also used Pinterest and Facebook groups for inspiration, as well as watching the movies for more ideas.
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She crafted a brick wall with a platform 9 3/4 sign and also a library wall.
The mum said: "The brick wall I found at Next and was £13 a roll – I only used two. The bookcase wallpaper was from Wilko – the books have all the colours of the houses on and it was a bargain at £10.
"I managed to do that wall with only one roll. My daughter's furniture was all white from Ikea.
"I knew I wanted dark furniture but couldn’t find what I wanted or anything that I could afford, so I bought Frenchic paint in Smudge and painted her furniture as even if it went wrong, it would be okay as I had nothing to lose."
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Sophia also revamped her daughter's blinds by glueing wallpaper to them with bookbinding glue.
As Alana has plenty of teddies, the NHS worker thought it would be a cool idea to keep them in Azkaban prison.
She detailed: "All the Harry Potter merch I bought from Facebook Marketplace, Etsy or eBay, with 80% of it being second-hand. The spoon was £10, the first Harry Potter book was £2, and the Azkaban toy prison was one of the biggest spends at £70.
"The broom was £5, the door plaque was £10, the wand remote was £15, and the chess board was £10 and it came with some of the Horcruxes."
Sophia is delighted with how her project had turned out and her daughter is even more chuffed with the magical room.
She said: "My tips would be shop small and local if you can. Many do online selling and it means so much to small businesses at the moment to have the custom and the praise for their hard work.
"I bought everything I could second-hand and did the entire room for just under £350. I found it calming to do during the lockdown. I knew we couldn’t get out much or that things were out of stock so I simply searched Facebook, eBay and Etsy for items.
"It took four months of looking and buying items, and two Saturdays and Sundays to fully complete. Everything was from Etsy, eBay or Facebook Marketplace, as because I bought a lot in full lockdown I couldn't go into shops so it was online."
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