A MOTHER has revealed how she “took her life back with both hands” and revamped her downstairs bathroom after separating from her husband.
Nicola Bullock, 44, from Bracknell, turned her “drab and dreary” bathroom into a quirky Alice in Wonderland themed room with a twist following her marriage breakdown.
The mother and customer services employee shared her DIY transformation project on Facebook and claimed her “ex husband refused to do any decorating.”
Posting amazing before-and-after photos, Nicola added: “He left and this is my first ever room revamp.”
The post instantly raked up nearly 9,000 likes and over a thousand comments from strangers praising Nicola’s bravery as well as her impressive DIY skills.
Nicola said her former marital situation at home prevented her from decorating the house so the day she separated from her husband, she started her “DIY mission”.
The mother said not only has she “washed that man out of her hair”, she has “decorated him out of her house”.
She said: “The day I separated from my husband was the day I took back my life with both hands and started my DIY mission on my house.
“I just wanted to show others even if you have never done anything like that before be brave and have a go, as I was made to believe that I would never be able to do anything well.
“The past several months have taught me that sometimes we have no control over what happens to us but we can control how we react and that is where our power and strength lies.’
Nicola started by stripping off all the wallpaper and repapering it with a funky Alice in Wonderland styled pattern.
She fitted new flooring, took off the radiator and repainted it, boxed in exposed pipes, put a new toilet seat on, replaced the flush and repainted an old mirror.
The mother said: “The downstairs toilet was the room I started on. It was my first time doing anything like this, so I have basically not washed that man out of my hair, I’m decorating him out of our house.
“The decor in that room was the previous owners’ and I found it drab and dreary.
“It did seem like I had a big challenge ahead of me but I take part in 100km ultra challenge events for fun, so the decorating seemed like a much easier and less painful challenge.’
However Nicola admitted she does have a newfound respect for professional decorators after attempting the hot and sweaty work during the UK’s recent heatwave.
Onc she stripped the wallpaper off, she put up the lining