‘Cosy and classy’: DIY mum-of-three creates stunning bedroom panelling for under £6 – tips

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‘Cosy and classy’: DIY mum-of-three creates stunning bedroom panelling for under £6 – tips

Panelling can be done in all sorts of styles, making it versatile for homeowners. It can be hard to do, which is why many may get a professional to

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Panelling can be done in all sorts of styles, making it versatile for homeowners. It can be hard to do, which is why many may get a professional to do the work, which can cost a lot of money. Sharing her journey with money-saving community, LatestDeals.co.uk, one savvy mum shared how she managed to create panelling in her bedroom for just £6.

Joanne Mccabe, 45, a mum-of-three from Swansea, said: “I came up with the idea because as a single parent, money can be tight and I have always loved the look of panelling but never had the money to afford to buy the wood.

“Then last year a neighbour across the road gave me some wood he was going to take to the top and asked if I wanted it.

“It was sat in my garden for months and then I thought ‘why not give it a go? If it doesn’t work, I’ve not wasted any money’.

“All I had was a sander, wood filler and a hand saw, and the paint was a mixture of paint from my shed, so literally all I had to buy were two tubes of No Nails Glue totalling £5.98.

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After panelling her walls, Joanne tackled the flooring by hand-sanding it and using two tins of white chalk paint and a tub of wax, costing her £28.

The DIY fan explained: “I’m really proud of myself for taking on such a big project and achieving the look I was going for.

“I love going into my bedroom now, it feels cosy and classy and the best bit is it cost less than £6.

“Something like this would typically have cost hundreds, which is way out of my budget.

“I say if anyone is thinking of giving it a go, just go for it.”

Joanne said she completed the task with “no joinery skills” and urges others who want to have a try, to take on the challenge.

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, commented: “Joanne’s panelling looks like it cost hundreds – certainly not a mere £6.

“While not all of us have such generous neighbours, that’s not to say you can’t find free materials if you want to transform your home.

“Download FreeCycle and Olio to find locals giving away free things they don’t need, from musical instruments to furniture, and you should also regularly browse Facebook Marketplace too.

“From pallets to paint, there’s a world of freebies waiting to help you turn your home into a Pinterest-worthy space on a shoestring budget.”



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