Creative mother transforms £5 drinks cabinet into a fancy dress wardrobe for her daughters

Mother transforms a £5 drinks cabinet she found online into a sweet fancy dress wardrobe for her two daughters – and it cost just £20

  • Sophie Alderton, 40, from Norfolk, made a fancy dress station for her daughters
  • Thrifty mum bought the drinks cabinet for just £5 from Facebook Marketplace 
  • She revealed why upcycling old furniture is a fantastic way to save money

A savvy mother has transformed an outdated drinks cabinet into an impressive fancy dress station for her daughters – for just £20. 

Sophie Alderton, 40, from Norfolk, found a cheap drinks cabinet on Facebook Marketplace for just £5 and soon set to work creating an amazing wardrobe for her girls.

‘I started buying Disney dresses and fancy dress accessories probably in October for my two and four-year-old girls,’ she said, speaking to money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk. ‘I stocked up on them as it was their big Christmas present from me and their dad Dan.’ 

Before: Sophie Alderton, 40, from Norfolk, upcycled a drinks cabinet into an impressive fancy dress station for her daughters. Pictured, before the transformation 

The creative mother bought the drinks cabinet for just £5 on Facebook Marketplace before putting her ingenious plan in action

The creative mother bought the drinks cabinet for just £5 on Facebook Marketplace before putting her ingenious plan in action

‘I wanted a place to keep them all tidy, but that was fun as well as functional in our family room. I looked online to buy something, but even the basic poles on a stand seemed pricey and very plain.’ 

Sophie decided to fill the wardrobe with fancy dress costumes and surprise her girls at Christmas. Pictured, with one  daughter

Sophie decided to fill the wardrobe with fancy dress costumes and surprise her girls at Christmas. Pictured, with one  daughter

‘I have always loved doing furniture up in a shabby chic style for our holiday let and home, and with my hubby being a carpenter, I knew I could borrow his tools if needed. 

‘Being nearly eight months pregnant when doing it was a little challenging, but I really wanted it finished for Christmas.

She continued: ‘I searched on Facebook Marketplace for a suitable unit I could use and found one locally for £5. I then made a template for the top to make it a bit more fancy, and then sanded, primed and painted it using some leftover wood paint. 

‘We made a little door mirror and fitted a clothing rail, before adding some baskets.’ 

The thrifty homeowner told how she made a little door mirror and fitted a clothing rail, before adding some baskets to complete the transformation (pictured)

The thrifty homeowner told how she made a little door mirror and fitted a clothing rail, before adding some baskets to complete the transformation (pictured) 

Offering advice to others keen to follow in her creative footsteps, Sophie says that something this big needs to fit in with its surroundings (pictured)

Offering advice to others keen to follow in her creative footsteps, Sophie says that something this big needs to fit in with its surroundings (pictured)

The savvy mum told how her daughters have been dressing up in different outfits every day since opening the DIY Christmas gift (pictured)

The savvy mum told how her daughters have been dressing up in different outfits every day since opening the DIY Christmas gift (pictured)

Sophie’s daughters were absolutely delighted when they were presented with their new fancy dress station on Christmas day.

What the expert says 

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, commented: ‘If you’re keen to buy a new bit of furniture for your kids, take a leaf out of Sophie’s book and have a look on Facebook Marketplace for items you can snap up for a fiver and transform yourself. 

‘Not only will you save a load of money, but you’ll have something in your home that is totally unique and that no one else will have! Upcycling is a great way to save money and it’s also fab for the environment: better to reuse than to chuck out.’

‘As you can imagine, our little girls went crazy when we revealed it on Christmas afternoon,’ Sophie revealed.

‘They have been dressing up in different outfits every day since.’ 

‘I’m due a baby girl next week and I’m hoping they will continue to be amused with it for a long time.

‘That way, I can sit back and watch them play while trying to rest!’

Offering her advice to others, she said: ‘If you want to make a fancy dress station yourself, I would say that something this big needs to fit in with its surroundings.

‘I tried to make it look stylish and fit in rather than just a big pink chunk of kids toys and furniture.

‘The total cost was probably about £20 without all of the accessories and dresses!’  

Sophie revealed the total cost of the transformation was around £20 - without all of the accessories and dresses. Pictured, with husband Dan

Sophie revealed the total cost of the transformation was around £20 – without all of the accessories and dresses. Pictured, with husband Dan

Sophie wanted the fancy dress station finished for Christmas so she could surprise her daughters (pictured), so she set to work, despite being eight months pregnant

Sophie wanted the fancy dress station finished for Christmas so she could surprise her daughters (pictured), so she set to work, despite being eight months pregnant

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