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

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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.

“I didn’t have a design in mind so I worked it around the socket on my wall so that I wasn’t left with little cuts.”

Joanne first measured the wall and propped a length of wood against it before getting more pieces of wood and leaning them against the wall.

This meant she could figure the design out before she made any cuts into the wood.

She added: “I did the bottom first, then the sides, then the top so it looked like one giant square.

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“Then I glued my long middle sections to the wall and from there that’s where I worked out how big I wanted my squares.

“In the in-between sections I went for two smaller sections and one larger square just to be a bit different as in most panelling I have seen, all the squares are the same size.

“The only bit I didn’t enjoy was sanding each bit of wood to make it smooth, because I was time-consuming, not like going to the shop and buying MDF all smooth!

“I attached all the wood to the wall using the No Nails Glue, then used wood filler for the joints, then sanded them back.”

Mixing navy paint with white emulsion, Joanne found the paint in her shed, meaning she could save more money by using the paint she already had.

The DIY mum said it took two coats of paint to cover the wall.

She continued: “I figured out what to do just by looking at panelling, you can get the gift of what you need to do.

“My attitude was if it doesn’t work then I haven’t wasted any money, that’s why I didn’t mind giving such a big project a go.”

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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