A mother has revealed how her 12-year-old daughter transformed their home in just seven days, costing only £50.
Bea, daughter of Susie Levache, developed her DIY skills, including using a power drill and handsaw, by redecorating the family utility room, stairs and office – she also designed a feature wall.
Susie shared her talented daughter on Facebook saying she was a ‘natural’ and did a ‘blinding job’.
She added that her son, Ted, who is 15 also helped with the redecorating.
Writing about the home office transformation, Susie said: “I usually tackle all the DIY projects alone but my 12 year old daughter took an interest and actually I figured I had a lot of time on my hands to rectify anything she might damage.
“Turns out after telling her to just go for it – she’s a natural and did a blinding job-with direction she did this herself. She was VERY handy with a handsaw.
“We just used some thin MDF strips, paint and a roll of wallpaper to transform my office.”
She added: “I supervised and told her how to use the spirit level and how to measure and cut the MDF strips we had.
“She was really nervous to begin with as she was worried that she would mess up.
“The room was gloomy and hadn’t really been used properly for ages anyway so she had nothing to lose – then there was no stopping her!
“This gave her the confidence to just go for it and after the first two panels she then did the rest alone.”
Susie has been renovating the family’s ’70s house for the past 10 months, and has used the recent time at home to help the plans move along.
Susie kicked off their days in lockdown with homeschool, before switching it up to DIY projects in the afternoon.
She added that the only thing they bought in lockdown was the kitchen handles, as the family used everything they could that they already had, including paint in the loft.
She said: “Then we used up some old tester pots I had to stencil and hand paint an accent wall in a funky animal print design.
“She had the patience of a saint for hand painting that job!”
Speaking on the kitchen makeover, Susie explained: “The room was full of orange pine. I taught Bea how to use the drill and change the drill bits and how to use the little work bench.
“She filled the existing drawer holes, drilled new holes and put in different drawer pulls. They look fantastic!
“The whole room was then transformed with chalk paint (Frenchic) so all of it including the handles came to about £45 – we loved the end result.”
She shared the achievement on Facebook and the post has racked up over 9,000 likes.
The post read: “We had a grim ‘dumping ground’ utility room to part renovate – I showed her how to use a power drill at the weekend (very confident).
“My daughter customised the fronts of the drawers (looked easy but was tricky) then we used leftover paint to repaint the cupboards.
“We also made little initial blackboard effect plaques from leftover mdf, paint and glue – then aged them for the laundry baskets.
“As before, if my 12 year old and I can do this – ANYONE can do this.”
She continued: “The table now has pride of place on our terrace. During lockdown, we have taken all the blankets out, sat by the fire and drank hot chocolate in the cosy haven.
“It’s definitely a makeover we are proud of. It was probably around £20 if somebody wanted to have a go at upcycling.
“It’s comforting that all the blood, sweat and tears that went into the planning, faffing and upkeep of the terrace garden – that it is enjoyed by everyone.”
Susie also added that the DIY projects haven’t just transformed the house they have also helped Bea’s confidence.
She said: “I was always a creative child and my daughter thought she didn’t have any skills before lockdown, I hope this will give her confidence that it’s all there. She just needed to believe she could do it!
“Initially she was quite timid about using the power tools and things, but now she’s so proud of what she’s achieved.
“Pre-lockdown I would never have thought to include Bea in my work – this period has really shown me that children are far more capable than we may think.”
You can follow the families renovation on their Instagram here.
10-year-old writes Christmas list with Gucci shoes, Macbook, iPhone and £3k in cash
Not much then…
A ten-year-old’s Christmas list has gone viral after she asked for an iPhone 11, Chanel purse, Go Pro and plenty more.
A dad shared his kid’s handwritten Christmas list complete with nice little love hearts over on Twitter with the caption: “My 10-year-old daughter must be out of her mind with this Christmas list”
Among some of the priciest of gifts, she’s asked for a Go Pro, Mac Book Air, air pods, Gucci Sliders and $4,000 in cash.
She did ask for some pretty normal gifts too like laundry detergent, new bedding and an alarm clock.
She also asked for some clothes, make-up, perfume, new shoes, earrings, jewellery and dolls.
Her very optimistic list went viral last year racking up 127k, likes.
The comments for her hopeful wish list are hilarious, one person wrote ‘I’m really curious about the glue, food coloring, and laundry detergent listed together…’
Another added: “Lmfaoooooooooo she got expensive taste. You got it tho! Spend something lol”
The dad replied to one comment that asked ‘is there anything else’, he said: “Shorty got big dreams!!! She gone have to work real hard to get the lifestyle she wants.”
Another pointed out the cute spelling mistakes like ‘asenchal oil’ because this kid is gonna need a nice relaxing bath after opening all these.
Another commented: “She gone need that alarm clock to wake her up from this dream.”
Dream big kid!
Man who tweeted ‘I am not ok’ receives thousands of responses from around the world
This is wonderful to see.
Edmund O’Leary shared a simple message on Twitter over the weekend, reaching out for people to say hello, little did he know how far his message would go.
Edmund caught international attention after tweeting about his mental health during the pandemic.
After living alone throughout the entire pandemic, Edmund found himself feeling rock bottom so he took to Twitter to reach out to people, he wrote: “I am not ok. Feeling rock bottom. Please take a few seconds to say hello if you see this tweet. Thank you.”
He has been flooded with support from people all across the world, and his Tweet has racked up over 100,000 replies.
Edmund appeared on This Morning earlier today to discuss the aftermath of his tweet which he revealed has been ‘phenomenal’.
Ruth asked Edmun what led him to the tweet, he said: “On Friday I was feeling very depressed, I was feeling more and more depressed as the hours were passing, feeling very isolated, and I just felt there wasn’t much more I could take, and I just reflected on a friend of mine on Twitter, a Twitter friend that has mental health problems.
“Sometimes he tweets before he goes to bed ‘says hi if theres anyone out there who can say goodnight’, I always acknowledge his tweet”.
“I was just thinking if it works for him it may work for me.”
Edmund said he’s had so many private messages too. He added: “I’ve had many men send me private messages as well as normal tweets to say that they could not do what I did.
“They just don’t have the courage to do so, and they said you’re a courageous man for doing so. They were applauding me.
Edmund then offered some heartfelt advice to people, in particular men, who are struggling with mental health problems: “Try to reach out for help, don’t feel alone, we are in for a pretty awful winter by all accounts, so reach out for help, reach out to loved ones, seek medical help if necessary.”
If you are feeling lonely in the pandemic or need help with your mental health, head to Every Mind Matters for more support or information.
Video of grandma dropping baby to save falling prosecco glass sparks fierce debate
Did she do the right thing?
A video of a grandmother who grabbed a prosecco glass and let a baby fall has sparked a huge debate online on whether she did the right thing.
Originally the video was shared to be humourous, with the caption: “And Grandmother of the year award goes to…”
The woman, who can be seen in the video holding a baby up against a table, grabs the glass off the child and in doing so removed her arm which was supporting the child up.
The little one inevitably falls on the floor.
The internet is in a pretty fierce debate if she did the right thing.
Some people are claiming that she did the right thing by grabbing the glass, which could have potentially shattered on the floor and caused a serious injury.
One person wrote: “To be fair, if the glass broke that could have seriously hurt the baby.”
Another added: “If the glass fell with the baby, it would have broken and the baby would have been hurt. She did the right thing.”
However, some people are saying the grandmother was ‘irresponsible’. One person replied to the tweet with a picture of a woman smiling as she throws a baby in the air.
A second said: “She. Was. Holding. Up. The. Baby. If the glass was already gone, she should have kept holding the baby. Neither would have been an issue if she had some control over the toddler grabbing a glass of alcohol. She did literally all the worst things. Yes everyone survived.”
A third wrote: “Why she let the baby get that close to the glass in the first place? like the baby had ahold of it and everything.”
Another tried to defuse the situation, pointing out that no one was harmed and that’s the priority: “That could have gone very badly. One of those things that happen in the blink of an eye. We all should just be happy with the outcome and leave it at that.”