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Panelling can make a large room feel cosy and warm as well as making a small space feel larger. It can be incorporated into both a modern and traditional home which is why it is so popular. Amy Evans, 31, a student nurse and mum-of-two from Doncaster, has shared her DIY panelling journey.
After wanting to recreate panelling but not wanting to spend a fortune, Amy turned to a YouTube tutorial to see if she could recreate it herself.
Picking up tools from B&Q, the mum-of-two managed to create gorgeous panelling along with her partner.
Amy told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: “I saw something similar on Pinterest and wanted to give it a go. I feel like I can put my mind to anything so I looked on YouTube and found a tutorial about how to cut the angles right with a mitre block.
“I bought the mitre block from B&Q for about £8 along with the wood which cost around £48 for each flight of stairs.
“I also went to B&M and bought No More Nails glue which was £5, paint for £16 and caulk for about £2.
“I planned out on paper first how many panels I would need to do and then worked out the length of the panels.
“I then drew on the wall in pencil the shape of the panel I wanted. After this I then worked out my angles with paper.
“I then cut the paper after I had worked out my angles and used this to mark my wood so I knew where to cut and at what angle. Then I applied the No More Nails glue and applied the wood to the wall, repeating this for every panel.
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“Once all the panels were on the wall, I used caulk to make sure there were no gaps between the wood and the walls.”
Amy then let it dry before applying primer to the wood and painting it.
She added: “After this, I applied the dodo rail to finish off and again primed the wood and painted it. It’s just a case of getting your head around working out the angles to cut but once you’ve got it it’s pretty easy to follow.”
Amy, who is a mum of two young boys, worked with her partner in the evenings to get the work done.
She explained that it took her about three nights for both the flights of stairs.
The student nurse added: “As we bought a new build it was a blank canvas and all the walls were white so it was night to see the change thanks to the panelling. It’s so cheap but very effective.
“The total cost for both flights of stairs was £126 including wood, tools and paint.
“My partner and I are also due to get married next year so anything to keep the costs down is a bonus.
“I love that we have done it ourselves instead of getting a builder in. It means the money can go to other uses such as the wedding.
“I feel proud that we’ve done it ourselves instead of having builders in and have the satisfaction that we did it ourselves.
“A builder would probably have charged at least £500, so I feel good that we didn’t have to spend that much and the money can be put to other uses.”
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, commented: “If you, like me, spend all your free time browsing Pinterest and Instagram and feeling some mega interiors envy, you’ve probably thought that many styles are expensive and cost a fortune.
“Amy has proven that using free YouTube tutorials, affordable tools and materials from B&Q and some hard work, you can make your house look just as Pinterest-worthy without spending a fortune.
“I love how smart this looks, and can’t believe it cost just £126 to pull off!”
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