Genius mum transforms new home with bargain Facebook buys after leaving husband


A mum-of-one who walked out of her marital home with just a bag of belongings for her and her daughter has revamped her entire new house with Facebook finds.

Anita Tench Lilley had been furloughed from her job as a cabin crew member with a popular airline and recently lost her mum to cancer when her relationship with her husband broke down.

She said she was at her lowest ebb but decided to leave and create a new life for herself and four-year-old Daisy.

And her success doing up her new home as a single parent on a very tight budget has wowed others on social media, with many asking for her advice and others cheering on her success.

Anita, 45, from Widnes, Cheshire, posted images as she gave each room a makeover with stunning before and after pictures showing the difference her clever finds and personal touches made.

She revamped her bedroom from a plain and empty room to a luxurious suite, with a £10 chandelier, £20 lamps and a gorgeous headboard for £30, all of which she found on Facebook Marketplace or eBay second-hand.

The now single mum also gave unicorn-mad daughter Daisy a pink palace, complete with a huge unicorn mural from Wilko and she upcycled two wardrobes left by the previous owner with some white and pink paints.

Anita even gave the bathroom and kitchen a go, using stick on tiles and cupboard paints to give them a whole new look.

Anita said: “I left my home with a bag full of clothes and my little girl and we shared a bunk bed at my dad’s house.

“I haven’t had a penny from my ex, I’ve had to do it all on my own, but I’ve got a sense of achievement and feel empowered.”

Anita was furloughed during the pandemic and decided to take up a job at Halfords in St Helen’s, where she says her manager Donna really inspired her to use tools.

She got her own toolbox and is ready to take on any DIY challenge that she faces.

One poster on Facebook said: “Well done you on your transformation not only on your kitchen but on your personal life to, onwards and upwards, keep your sparkle, good luck in the future, you will get there.

“I had to make the same decision years ago with four children we got there in the end.”

While another added: “All your room makeovers look great. Do you want to come and do mine next?”

Anita takes to the sky again this week as she returns to her job onboard with her first flight to Portugal for the holiday company, and says she does so with a real sense of achievement and is proud to have inspired others.

She added that although the inside of her house is now complete, her next project is tackling the garden.