Mum transforms “boring” rented home into pink palace with just £2,500 over 4 years

A thrifty mum has spent just £2,500 transforming every inch of her neutral rented home into a pink palace with colour bursting from every room.

Creative Rachael Havenhand moved in six years ago ago and says she tried to be “normal” for the first few years, but quickly go bored of the beige walls.

The mum-of-two from Todwick in Sheffield says daughters Gabriella, nine, and Florence, six, love their lively home.

The 29-year-old, who takes a lot of her inspiration from 80s and 90s music and culture, now commissions art pieces for others inspired by her eccentric style.

She has built up a social media presence through her wacky home and now boasts 45,000 Instagram followers, Yorkshire Live reports.

As regularly works with brands promoting their interior and homeware products through her channel.

And while Rachael has had disagreements with her landlord in the past given her bold interior choices, she now says they are supportive of her choices as long as she whitewashes the entire houses when she leaves.

Rachael said: “When I first moved into the house it was very neutral, it was still a lovely house but it was just not my taste, it didn’t excite me and I wanted to make it feel like home.

“I started by up-cycling some furniture in neon colours, then I painted the walls pink and I’ve continued to add to it ever since. It’s never finished, I’ve always got new ideas and things I want to do.

“I’m constantly changing things – I’m a creative person I just cannot sit still, I wake up in the middle of the night with new ideas. I literally get depressed if I’m not creating.

“Once I get going with a project I can’t stop, I painted the lino on the kitchen floor turquoise and then hand painted geometric brushstrokes in neon pink one by one.

“It took me the best part of a week and I was up all night, until six in the morning some nights.

“I just absolutely love colour – it’s the best thing ever, colour dictates everything, it makes me happy.”

The thrifty mum has transformed the entire home for £2,500.

She gets most of her furniture free from Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree and eBay, while family and friends also have given her a lot of furniture to upcycle.

She added: “I know it’s not to everyone’s taste but me and my girls love it and that’s all that matters.

“I think a lot of people are scared of colour, It wasn’t to my ex’s taste at all, he lives in a beige flat now we’ve split, with black furniture but I am painting a rainbow mural on the wall in the girls’ bedroom at his home.

“I get the odd comment like ‘oh I couldn’t live here it would give me a headache’ but I just find it funny. The majority of people can appreciate what I have created.”

Rachael added: “There will be some satisfaction in painting it all white when it’s time to move on but it will be sad to do, it will break my heart to see all my hard work go but to know the next place is a blank canvas to start again will really motivate me to get it done.

“The murals on the walls will be the hardest part as they might take some sanding to get them off and I will need to put down a new lino floor in the kitchen.

“I hope that when I do move it will be to my own property where the sky is the limit. If it was my own home I’d be building rainbows and all sorts.”

And her home is not the only way where Rachael expresses her personality, as she always has brightly coloured hair and clothing too.

She said: “I’ve always got coloured hair, I’ve had pink, purple, every colour going, at the minute it’s blue.

“I dress quite colourful too. I find a lot of my stuff in TK Maxx I always like the things that nobody else chooses, they’re probably too weird for normal people.

“I’ll go in B&M or The Range for cleaning products and come out with a cushion. If I see neon colours I just can’t resist, I’d say my favourite colour is either lilac or neon pink.”

Rachael, who is also a qualified personal trainer and beautician, is determined she will one day make it as an interior designer and artist.

She dreams of being able to own her own home where there are no limits and she can do whatever she wants to it.

She said: “I did a commission for a woman and she said I can’t believe I’ve got a Rachael Havenhand piece of art, it gave me shivers.

“It blows my mind that I get orders from all over the world, that somebody from America has chosen to have a piece of my art that I created on their wall – there’s no feeling like it.

“That’s the dream, I would love to become recognised world wide for my interior design and art.

“I have plans to start a blog and a YouTube channel, everything has been put on hold at the minute with coronavirus and home schooling but I’ve got big plans for the future.”