A mum put her DIY skills to the ultimate test and saved a whopping £230 along the way.

Faith Sheppard, 31, from Bristol, embarked on the project after her daughter asked for a £250 Barbie Dream House for her birthday.

As she wanted to avoid spending a lot of money, the parent decided to work her magic after buying a second-hand pine cabinet.

She managed to transform it using everything from lollipop sticks to washing up sponges and nail varnish.

Speaking to LatestDeals.co.uk, Faith said: "I couldn't find what I wanted without it costing hundreds and everything was plastic.

"Looking at the images of the Barbie houses I decided that I thought I could make one that would be bigger and last longer."

Faith started by watching YouTube videos about miniature interior design to and learn more about building the doll house.

She added: "It was free and I knew it would be perfect! My husband made some shelves from wood we already had in the garage.

"I went to a hardware store and got some wallpaper samples to decorate the walls.

"I also went to a local carpet shop where they allowed me to choose whatever I wanted from the skip for my flooring."

Using paints and primers the family already had, Faith got to work and then topped the cabinet off with some retro handles.

To create the details inside, the mum used a hot glue gun for little pieces such as taps and repurposed nail varnish to paint them.

As well as lollipop sticks for structure, she recycled old sushi boxes and made it into a shower.

She revealed: "I was kindly given some Barbie House accessories and furniture that someone I know was getting rid of."

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Faith concluded: "I made the rest myself from anything we had lying around.

"I added images of my daughter and family to give it a personal touch.

"It took me about two or three weeks of spending every evening from about 6.30pm until 10pm doing it.

"In the end the total cost of the project was £20. I am so so happy with the way is has turned out."

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