Susie Levache of Kent, England, is a master of home improvement, but it wasn’t until the novel coronavirus pandemic began that she realized her daughter was just as talented!
During the lockdown in the U.K., Susie’s daughter, Bea, succumbed to quarantine-induced boredom. To stop the 12-year-old from complaining, Susie gave her a job to make her more appreciative of her free time — and it backfired in the best way!
“To ‘teach her a lesson’, I asked her to measure up a wall for me that I was going to panel,” Susie told Bored Panda. “I then showed her how to use the workbench and a handsaw and before I knew it, she had completed the paneling in my office alone.”
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As it turns out, Bea inherited her mom’s eye for style. And she proved herself a natural around tools! Susie had already been steadily renovating the house for 10 months at that point, so she figured they could fill their afternoons with various projects. Bea and her older brother, Ted, added gorgeous black paneling to the stairs…
…before Bea transformed the utility room into a haven of beauty and organization. She was worried about making mistakes at first, but after her mom reassured her that they had plenty of time to fix anything, she went to town!
“She now uses the handsaw, spirit level, electric drill, sander, and tile cutter confidently,” Susie said. “She even had a go at stenciling and her next project is to renovate her brother’s room using some carpentry skills.”
Over the next 10 days, Bea worked her magic on several rooms, including the terrace, as her mom supervised. Because they already had a stash of tools, paint, and old furniture to repurpose at home, they only spent between $100 and $150 on extra items!
Susie couldn’t be happier with the results, but she’s even more thrilled by her daughter’s transformation.
“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 said. “She just needed to believe she could do it!”
The apple definitely didn’t fall far from this tree! While Susie says the house still needs more work, we have no doubts it will look incredible once she and Bea are done with it.
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