Clever DIYer transforms home in 90 minutes and slashes decoration cost to just £13

Dee Yonker

Trying to give your home a makeover on a budget can be a challenge. However, if you’re spending more time indoors, then rolling up your sleeves and diving into a spot of DIY might be a fun and money-saving activity to try.

Daniel Huszar, 30, who lives in Durham and works in quality assurance, wanted to breathe new life into his lounge. He used a fancy B&M wallpaper which cost just £9.99 to create a panelling feature wall in his lounge.

Daniel told money-saving Facebook group DIY On A Budget UK: “I’d seen some wallpaper panelling ideas on Facebook by using wallpaper, and the layout of my lounge wasn’t really working. It felt quite cold, so I thought I would give the idea a try and do a feature piece.”

“I rearranged the lounge, moved the TV over and measured the gap between the frames. I then started putting up the paper and used two and a half widths for this.

“The wallpaper was from B&M, it’s called ‘Wooden Slats Wallpaper’ and it cost £9.99 for a roll which was more than enough for the feature. The wallpaper paste mix cost £2.99 so it was a total of less than £13 to create the feature.



The entire lounge has a lovely welcoming feel now
The entire lounge has a lovely welcoming feel now

“It took approximately an hour and a half to do, and I have never put wallpaper up myself before! I just held the roll at the top of the wall, dropped it to the bottom and just put a little cut where the skirting was.

“I cut this to size and then pasted the paper and put it on the wall. I just fiddled around with the paper till it was right and matched up with no gaps.

“A tip for novices would be to get a paper that doesn’t have a difficult match, as that would’ve been much harder. I was anxious at first, prior to doing this, as I had never wallpapered before.

“But, once I took the jump and did the first strip, I thought ‘I can actually do this! When it was finished, I tidied everything up and didn’t really look at it because I wanted to see how it looked when you walked into the room.

“So that’s what I did – I went out, shut the door, and walked back in. I really love the wall and am proud that I did it myself.

“It’s made the room feel so much warmer, with a feature and focus rather than just plain walls with some pictures on them. I love doing things on a budget as it feels like an achievement.

“It’s really warmed up the lounge and made it feel so, so homely. Being able to achieve this look for £13 is incredible and it just changes the whole lounge and feeling of the room!”

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk said: “Daniel’s fantastic transformation shows that you really don’t need to break the bank to make a difference to your home. Just a simple material from B&M has totally changed the look of Daniel’s lounge, and best of all, it only took him an hour and a half to do it!”


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