Teacher, 22, reveals how her bedroom has been transformed with DIY lighting for $78.50

Teacher, 22, transforms her bedroom into a cozy retreat for just $78 using stylish woven lampshades that can be controlled with a remote

  • A 22-year-old first-time homeowner has revealed how she transformed her bedroom
  • The teacher created wireless downlights for $78.50 using low-cost Kmart purchases
  • The recessed spotlights transformed the master bedroom from basic to luxurious in an instant


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A budget-conscious school teacher has revealed how she transformed her bedroom by adding two stylish DIY downlights next to her bed.

The transformation cost Emily Duncan, a 22-year-old first-time homeowner from Sydney, just $78.50 after the aspiring home flipper bought everything she needed from Kmart.

The most expensive part of the makeover was the pair of woven lampshades that cost $29 each, Emily told FEMAIL.

A budget-conscious school teacher has revealed how she transformed her bedroom from basic to luxurious by adding two stylish DIY downlights next to her bed, pictured after the transformation

A budget-conscious school teacher has revealed how she transformed her bedroom from basic to luxurious by adding two stylish DIY downlights next to her bed, pictured after the transformation

The 'before' shot of the bedroom lacks the sophistication that the lights bring to the room

The 'before' shot of the bedroom lacks the sophistication that the lights bring to the room

The ‘before’ shot of the bedroom lacks the sophistication that the lights bring to the room

The young woman said “no tools or electricians were needed” for the makeover.

“I used push lights with a remote instead of hardwired new ones, meaning if I change my mind, which we know I will soon, I haven’t wasted hundreds of dollars,” she revealed.

Emily posted a video on Instagram she shows exactly how she made the stylish downlights, which are operated with a remote control.

The video starts with the teacher measuring the space between her bed and each wall so she can hang the lights in the right place.

She then marks their position with a pencil before placing sticky hooks on the ceiling.

Then the young woman tied her jute twine to her lampshade and lit the remote-controlled light at the base.

She then hung up the lights which instantly transformed the room and inspired her followers with dozens of comments about how smart the lighting solution was.

The transformation cost Emily Duncan, a 22-year-old first-time homeowner from Sydney, just $78.50 after the aspiring home flipper bought everything she needed from Kmart

The transformation cost Emily Duncan, a 22-year-old first-time homeowner from Sydney, just $78.50 after the aspiring home flipper bought everything she needed from Kmart

The transformation cost Emily Duncan, a 22-year-old first-time homeowner from Sydney, just $78.50 after the aspiring home flipper bought everything she needed from Kmart

The young woman completed the project alone without the use of heavy tools or the need for an electrician

The young woman completed the project alone without the use of heavy tools or the need for an electrician

She said she was very happy with the result

She said she was very happy with the result

The young woman completed the project alone without the use of heavy tools or the need for an electrician

“So happy with the finished product and so proud to have done it all by myself,” Emily said, to which someone commented, “From apprentice to tradie.”

Emily also posted the video and photos showing the transformation on a Kmart Hacks Facebook page.

And even regular Kmart shoppers were impressed by the hack — especially with the use of the remote-controlled lights.

Others copied the idea, saying they were amazed at how easy it was to replicate.

The young woman spent $78.50 on the two lights and got everything she needed from Kmart

The young woman spent $78.50 on the two lights and got everything she needed from Kmart

The young woman spent $78.50 on the two lights and got everything she needed from Kmart

She tied a string to the lampshades and hung them on sticky hooks on the ceiling

She tied a string to the lampshades and hung them on sticky hooks on the ceiling

The camping lamps, also from Kmart, can be controlled remotely, making them perfect for the job

The camping lamps, also from Kmart, can be controlled remotely, making them perfect for the job

The camping lamps, also from Kmart, can be controlled remotely, making them perfect for the job

‘You’ve got a copycat in your hands, yep ME. Thank you. We bought it two years ago and I wanted lamps like these from the roof, but we don’t have them, now I can do it,” said a woman.

One woman decided she wanted to do something similar in her hallway, while others said the idea is perfect for renters.

Emily and her plumber partner Cam are currently renovating their home together.

They upload hacks, photos and lessons learned along the way to Instagram and hope to become “professional house flippers” one day.

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