Neutral (renter-friendly) Dining Room Makeover Under £50

This article is written by Leanne, Editor at Style Your Sanctuary

Hello there! Welcome to our budget articles where we transform spaces in the home on a budget – whatever that might be!

I decided to transform our dining room for under £50. It looked tired, the table wasn’t in the best condition, and I didn’t want to buy a new one. Therefore, I decided to use what we had and spruce up the space with a neutral colour scheme and pops of pastel.

The space before the makeover is simple and neutral and I didn’t want to make a huge change, just a little dash of colour and style to give the space interest.

As you can see below, the space is very minimal and neutral with no real character. I wanted to create a neutral but full-character corner using pastel colours to subtly bring colour to the space.

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Before photo

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The budget for the makeover

I wanted to keep the budget under £50 as it’s a small makeover and eventually, I will replace the dining table (or probably repaint it!).

With this small budget in mind, I decided to have a look at SHEIN to see what they had in stock for tablecloths. I came across a plain cream tablecloth with tassels and then also found a super cute table runner with a pastel leaf design.

I fell in love with the leaf runner and decided this was going to be the theme for the dining area. Which led me to choose some artwork to match, also from SHEIN.

I popped into The Range, and saw a leaf bowl, which matched the table runner perfectly, I also got the black frames for the artwork too!

To complete the look, I added H&M gold candle holders, which I already had.

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Renter-friendly makeover

The whole project is completely renter-friendly. Being a renter myself, it’s hard to add lots of colour into the space if you haven’t got the option to paint or wallpaper a wall, so adding artwork is sometimes the only option.

I used Wilko’s Command Poster Adhesive to attach the frames to the wall. I’ve used these in previous rentals and they’re super easy to attach and remove without leaving damage.

Get a similar look below!

damage free wall adhesive strips perfect for renters
dining table makeover under £50 - shein leaf artwork
dining table makeover under £50 shein beige tablecloth
dining table makeover under £50 table runner from shein
dining table makeover under £50 gold candle holder

Overall, I am really happy with this makeover and the total price cost me £44! It’s neutral whilst also having a bit of colour, and the floral theme really suits the space.

See below for the full transformation YouTube Short + my shopping list!

Here’s my full shopping list:

Poster Adhesive strips – £4 x3

Wilko photo frames – £6 x 3

Tablecloth – £2.14

Table runner – £3.25

Floral artwork – £3.75

Leaf bowl – £5

Total £44.14

🏠Marvellous wall mural transformation

We interview Cherry, from @cherry_at_home on her recent bedroom transformation using a wallpaper mural to completely overhaul a neutral bedroom into a tropical oasis!

Read the interview below, which covers what mural she used, her design style and advice and tips on doing this transformation yourself!

About Cherry

“I’m a 30-something solo buyer trying to create my own cosy home. I’ve taken someone else’s neural space and am slowing adding colour, pattern and lots of plants!”

What inspired your decision for the mural?

“I painted the guest room in a simple neutral (a mistake though I liked the colour!) when I first moved in, in 2020 suddenly I was spending all my time in the room as it also became my home office. I’ve wanted to redecorate for a while and had my eye on wallpapering the whole room. When Hovia got in touch, I was instantly drawn to the Redoute mural and the impact it would create in the room; it also contains my key colours – pink, mustard & teal.” 

Cherry’s interior style

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“I love lots of different styles and my taste changes based on the style, setting and age of a property. Typically it will involve colour & clashing patterns – I’m not a coordinated person!”

Watch the video transformation below!

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Before & after

“It was a cold room and very simple, now it looks warmer and cosier but also bigger.”

Where is the wallpaper from?

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Hovia – they have a wonderful selection of wallpapers and murals. I was really lucky that they were happy to work with me on a mural to run around the whole room rather than a feature wall.”

Hovia wallpaper mural floral leaf design in bedroom

What tools did you need to do the walls?

“A tape measure and (large) spirit level to find your straight drops (even a relatively new building doesn’t have straight walls!), a large brush to paste the walls, a wallpaper brush to smooth out any bubbles as you hang the paper.”

How long did it take?

“I’m lucky that my mum is a good decorator and helped me – it took her about 4 days but I’m sure someone more experienced could do it quicker.”

What advice can you offer someone looking to have a wall mural in their bedroom?

“The mural is scaled to fit your walls so remember it won’t look exactly like the sample you have. Be confident in your choice and don’t shy away from a bold design – trust your gut!”

What interior trends are you loving at the moment?

“Stripes – they never go out of fashion, maximalism, bold kitchens!”

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