Mum turns plain room in her house into stunning home library for under £6k

A mum put her DIY skills to the test to transform her room into a home library.

Mikaela Bossley, 39, has always dreamt of having a reading room in her home since growing up as a big reader.

So when she moved into her home half a year ago, the mum-of-two knew it was time to make her dreams come true.

She set to work on transforming a plain room into a stunning library and all it cost her was just £6,000.

The mum said: "I wanted a house with a library ever since I was a little girl because I always loved reading.

"I moved into this house about six months ago after some pretty big life changes, and wanted to make it feel like home.

"And I thought this would be a good project to try out."

Mikaela added: "I've not done anything like this before, so it was very much a case of making it up as I went along.

"I bought chairs online which were inexpensive but still super comfy and I painted the wall myself – with 'help' from my kitten.

"I enlisted the help of a lovely local carpenter to make the bookshelves.

"He let me pay in instalments to make it easier to afford, and kept the costs down as much as he could."

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Some of the shelves were hers, while others were housewarming gifts from friends or items passed down from her gran.

She continued: "The book organisation is done by the very scientific method of spine height and what will fit on each shelf!"

Mikaela hopes that the room won't just be a haven for her, but a way to encourage her sons, Alex, 13, and James, 11, to get reading.

The mum said: "As well as my own love of books, the other reason I wanted to make a library here was for my two sons."

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She concluded: "I want them to love reading as much as I do – and luckily they seem to.

"I have to say, the response on Twitter has been pretty overwhelming and totally unexpected.

"It's wonderful to have realised a childhood dream of having my own little library and reading space.

"Now that this room is finished it's really lovely to see my boys finding the same joy in it that I do."

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