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Mother-of-three reveals how she transformed her tired old woman for $ 500 – and her budget secrets

Mother of three, 29, reveals how she transformed her ‘tired’ old laundry for under $ 500 – and the budget secrets she swears by

  • Mother of three Jessica Brouwer told how she renovated her laundry for $ 500
  • The 29-year-old from Perth said she saved money by doing things herself
  • She shopped at Bunnings and Kmart to get cheap things
  • Jessica said her top renovation tips are to look around and watch tutorials

A mother of three from Perth has revealed how she transformed her ‘tired’ old laundry with materials from Bunnings and Kmart, and spent just $ 500 on it.

Jessica Brouwer, 29, said she was fed up with her family’s outdated, overcrowded laundry room when she decided earlier this year to take matters into her own hands and renovate the space.

“To keep costs down, we bought as much as possible from Bunnings and did everything ourselves – including making a hole in the workbench for the sink,” Jessica told FEMAIL.

BEFORE: A mom of three from Perth revealed how she transformed her 'tired' old laundry with Bunnings and Kmart materials, and spent $ 500

NA: A mom of three from Perth revealed how she transformed her 'tired' old laundry with Bunnings and Kmart materials, and she spent just $ 500

NA: A mom of three from Perth revealed how she transformed her 'tired' old laundry with Bunnings and Kmart materials, and she spent just $ 500

BEFORE AND AFTER: A mother of three from Perth revealed how she transformed her ‘tired’ old laundry with materials from Bunnings and Kmart, and spent just $ 500

Jessica Brouwer, 29, said she was tired of her family's outdated, overcrowded laundry room when she decided to renovate the space earlier this year (pictured with her partner)

Jessica Brouwer, 29, said she was tired of her family's outdated, overcrowded laundry room when she decided to renovate the space earlier this year (pictured with her partner)

Jessica Brouwer, 29, said she was tired of her family’s outdated, overcrowded laundry room when she decided to renovate the space earlier this year (pictured with her partner)

What did Jessica spend the money on?

* Two base units – $ 99 each

* Benchtop – $ 99

* New sink – $ 115

* Two large tile packages – $ 25 per package

Kmart plant pot and laundry containers – $ 31

TOTAL = $ 493

The busy mom said she bought two base units for $ 99 each Bunnings, as well as a table top for $ 99, a new sink for $ 115, and two packs of large tiles ($ 25 per pack) from the discount store.

“We kept the layout the same so we didn’t have to move pipes or anything else,” she said.

“We just exchanged the old furniture and made a hole in the table for the sink ourselves.”

Elsewhere, Jessica said she added a clothes dryer, which she usually kept elsewhere, and hung a plant in a Kmart basket over the faucets to hide them.

She and her partner also removed all the old tiles by hand and then added the new ones to the wall.

“I also bought some Kmart washing powder containers,” which were also very cheap, “she said.

The entire project cost the Brouwer family just $ 493.

Jessica said she added a tumble dryer to her laundry and hung a plant in a Kmart basket over the top of the faucets to hide them (photo)

Jessica said she added a tumble dryer to her laundry and hung a plant in a Kmart basket over the top of the faucets to hide them (photo)

Jessica said she added a tumble dryer to her laundry and hung a plant in a Kmart basket over the top of the faucets to hide them (photo)

To do the budget renovation, Jessica said she and her partner did a lot by hand (pictured below before adding the tumble dryer)

To do the budget renovation, Jessica said she and her partner did a lot by hand (pictured below before adding the tumble dryer)

To do the budget renovation, Jessica said she and her partner did a lot by hand (pictured below before adding the tumble dryer)

Speaking of her tips for others looking to do a renovation on a budget, Jessica said the most important thing to do is look around.

“You can always get a bargain elsewhere if you’re willing to look,” she said.

“I also recommend that you check out a lot of DIY tutorials and think outside the box, because you can always save by doing things yourself.”

Jessica added, “This was our first renovation, so we had no other experience, but if you’re willing to teach and learn yourself, you’ll get better soon.”

She also said that you should join community groups on Facebook and elsewhere because you always find yourself “inspired.”

If you want to do a renovation on a budget, Jessica said you should look around and make Facebook MarketPlace your friend

If you want to do a renovation on a budget, Jessica said you should look around and make Facebook MarketPlace your friend

If you want to do a renovation on a budget, Jessica said you should look around and make Facebook MarketPlace your friend

The mom of three recently shared the results of her handiwork on Facebook, where hundreds were impressed with her efforts (Kmart containers shown)

The mom of three recently shared the results of her handiwork on Facebook, where hundreds were impressed with her efforts (Kmart containers shown)

The mom of three recently shared the results of her handiwork on Facebook, where hundreds were impressed with her efforts (Kmart containers shown)

When it comes to where to shop, Jessica said she regularly visits Bunnings and Kmart for discounted, trend-driven items, and also keeps a close eye on Facebook Marketplace.

“You can also buy great bargains from stores,” she said.

The mom of three recently shared the results of her handiwork on Facebook, where hundreds were impressed by her efforts.

“This is great and it looks so much bigger now that you’ve changed it,” said one woman.

“This is such a great transformation! Well done!’ another added.

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