Liverpool news Young mum turns rundown garage into trendy pub during lockdown MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The renovation project cost £1K to complete
Breaking News ! A young mum has successfully transformed her rundown, spider-filled garage into a cosy pub while the lockdown continues. Emily Barratt managed to create an amazing home tavern on a £1,000 budget - in just two months. The mum-of-two is no stranger to renovation projects, having given up her pottery painting shop in order to renovate an old school and church building into a forever home for herself, her husband and their two children aged seven and six. Turning the property's rundown garage into a cosy pub is one of the first projects the self-confessed serial DIYer from Manchester has turned her hand to. Receive newsletters with the latest news, sport and what's on updates from the Liverpool ECHO by signing up here Emily, 36, told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "We had no use for the garage. It had no ceiling and a barn style door that didn’t lock. Plus, it was full of spiders. "At our previous home, we had a garden shed bar and loved having parties there. We definitely wanted another bar area to host in and, as the garage was directly accessible through the hallway to the main house, it seemed like the perfect place for it." Emily set aside a £1,000 budget for renovating the garage and managed to come in bang on target. "I sold lots of items I already had in there to fund it, such as my pottery kiln, as well as a huge amount of reclaimed parquet flooring that came with the house from when it was a school and church," she added. "We had already replaced the windows throughout the house so that was one thing we didn’t have to factor in." Enter your postcode below to claim a free scratchcard But as with many DIY projects, the estimated timescale for the renovation was quickly surpassed. She said: "I thought the project would take a week, but in the end it took around two months. "The room needed plastering and we decided to add two radiators so we could use it all year round." She called upon tradespeople to tackle both of these jobs taking a £600 chunk out of her budget. The floors also needed work. Emily said: "I hired a concrete floor grinder to smooth the floor – the dust it created was horrific – and then sealed it with concrete floor sealer. The garage space before the renovation was complete. (Image: Latestdeals.co.uk/Emily Barratt) "I then painted on the dance floor using garage floor paint and a stencil to spray-paint on the bee design.
. For the feature wall behind the bar area, Emily used a two-step artisan paint from Craig and Rose to give it a rust effect. Emily also set about building a sleeper-topped exposed brick bar. She said: "I built the bar using bricks from our garden. We had hundreds of them going spare from our renovation work so I had already earmarked them for this very purpose." Mixing the mortar to build it with was hard work but Emily took a handy shortcut. She said: "I used ready-mixed mortar from B&Q, using a big bucket and a drill to mix it with, which made my life a lot easier." A drum kit sets the stage for future karaoke parties and gig nights.
The bar area complete with exposed brick.
(Image: Latestdeals.co.uk/Emily Barratt)
"The drum kit is my husband’s," Emily said. "It has been in the loft for 10 years, so he’s very happy to have it out again and have a play." Of the finished space, Emily said: "I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out. "I still have a couple of things to finish and add to it, such as a bar beer pump that a friend gave me last year. I’ll be able to do this once the shops are open again after lockdown. "Our friends haven’t been able to see it in person yet, but are desperate to come and have a drink as soon as we’re allowed. We spent Christmas Day mainly in the bar, singing and dancing, so we’ve already made good use of it." Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk commented: "If you like a trip to the pub, this home bar is the stuff that lockdown dreams are made of. "Emily clearly maximised her £1k pot to create a cosy setting that's aced with character. "Making the most of the furniture and accessories you already have by upcycling them can go a long way to helping you stay on budget."
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