The DIY wood paneling feature wall that transformed an old bungalow for just £120


A mum-of-two has shown how being brave with DIY can massively pay off.

Sarah Fawcett created a stylish wooden paneling feature wall for her family’s lounge, which has seen thousands of homeowners want to recreate the look.

The beauty business owner, who has her own salon at the bottom of their garden, says she was quoted £1,000 for the job, but she and her husband pulled it off for just £120 – including tools.

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Sarah shows off her beautiful home renovations to Instagram – cottageno6 – and uploaded before and after photos of the wall to Facebook, with the post racking up three-thousand likes.

“All in all it took me about a week from start to finish, including adding the tv unit and then hiding the tv and phone wires,” Sarah said.

“My husband is the handy one, he’s the cutter and used a circular saw, and I come up with the ideas.”

The 36-year-old saw the fashionable idea on a design business’ Instagram page, and was told it would cost around £1,000 for one wall of slat wood panelling.

The plain wall and white unit before the makeover

But with her business being closed during lockdown last year, she had the time to come up with her own cheaper version.

“I had so much time on my hands and it turned out even better than I thought,” she added.

The pair purchased three large sheets of MDF from their local Dove building material store where they live in Ferryhill, Durham.

The bold black paint for contrast

Sarah’s husband cut each panel to a thickness of two-inches, and used a panel of wood in between each as a measuring guide for the next slat.

She painted the wall in Crown’s trade silk vinyl emulsion in black, also purchased from an independent store, and then sanded the wood panels down before using No Nonsense clear adhesive.

Sarah said: “Everyone loves it, we’re so creative in our home as it means so much to me and my family.

The pair used three sheets of MDF

“This bungalow was left to me by my late grandma and grandad who owned the property for 60years. I was brought up here so to now live here means the world to us, so we try and make it as homely as possible.”

Sarah then purchased a sleek TV unit from Wayfair, and added a large floor vase from Next for decoration, with Pampas cut from her garden.

The on-trend completed look with accessories

Despite posting the renovation last year to DIY On A Budget Facebook group, she still gets comments from fans asking how she did it.

Group member Charlotte Prout said: “This looks amazing and something we’ve wanted to do for a while too!”

Robert Welch replied: “Looks fantastic.”

On the positive reaction Sarah has received, she said: “All the comments were amazing, everybody loves a bargain and to be able to do this in your home for a fraction of the cost is fab!

“Plus we all get to spend time together on DIY projects.

“I love to see positivity on social media and especially when it’s aimed at you and what you’ve achieved.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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