A Christmas-mad mother left hating her ‘awful’ bare plasterboard walls covered the front room in seven rolls of festive wrapping paper.

Joanne Reynolds Winning, 43, was fed up with the drab walls of her home in Chelmsford, Essex, ruining the festive pictures of her 19-strong family around the tree every December 25.

While waiting for an extension to be completed so she could redecorate the front room, the savvy mother-of-two came up with a solution to transform the space by papering the walls with seven rolls of £1 Christmas wrap from B&M Bargains.

Joanne Reynolds Winning, 43, covered the plasterboard walls of her front room in Chelmsford, Essex, with Christmas wrapping paper while waiting for an extension to be completed

Joanne Reynolds Winning, 43, covered the plasterboard walls of her front room in Chelmsford, Essex, with Christmas wrapping paper while waiting for an extension to be completed 

Mrs Reynolds Winning used seven £1 rolls of wrapping paper from B&M Bargains to cover the entire front room. The entire endeavour took three days to complete

Mrs Reynolds Winning used seven £1 rolls of wrapping paper from B&M Bargains to cover the entire front room.

The entire endeavour took three days to complete 

And while the housewife admitted her teenage sons are embarrassed by her efforts, she loves the £7 makeover so much she plans to keep it up all January too.

Mrs Reynolds Winning said: ‘The plasterboard looked awful and was ruining my Christmas pictures – so I decided to wrap them myself.

‘I just love Christmas and plan to keep it up for as long as I can – probably until the end of January. 

‘My teenage sons all think it’s embarrassing, but all our young nieces and nephews absolutely love it – everyone who visits comments on how great it looks.

‘Hopefully next year the room will be transformed and I won’t have to resort to wrapping it, but I will miss it!’ 

Mrs Reynolds Winning first wrapped the living room two weeks ago and said the endeavour took her three days to complete, pinning the paper directly onto the plasterboard with drawing pins. 

The mother-of-two said the drab walls looked 'awful' and were 'ruining' the Christmas pictures of her 19-strong family every year. She plans to keep the makeover up throughout January

The mother-of-two said the drab walls looked ‘awful’ and were ‘ruining’ the Christmas pictures of her 19-strong family every year.

She plans to keep the makeover up throughout January

Fortunately, Mrs Reynolds Winning's four dogs and five cats have kept their claws away from the Christmas wrapping paper she used to cover the walls two weeks ago

Fortunately, Mrs Reynolds Winning’s four dogs and five cats have kept their claws away from the Christmas wrapping paper she used to cover the walls two weeks ago

Mrs Reynolds Winning said it was 'meant to be a bit of fun' and the wrapping paper is recyclable

She got the idea from Facebook, and went viral after posting her own transformation online

Mrs Reynolds Winning got the idea from Facebook, and went viral after posting her own transformation online.

She said it was ‘meant to be a bit of fun’ and the paper is recyclable

She got the idea from Facebook and when she posted her own transformation online the post quickly went viral.

And luckily, Mrs Reynolds Winning’s four dogs and five cats have kept their claws well away from the festive paper.

She said: ‘I didn’t expect it to go so viral, I had both positive reactions and a few negative.

‘Some people said it was a fire hazard or wasn’t recyclable but I’ve checked and you can recycle this paper – and it was only meant to be a bit of fun.’

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