People are using DIY panelling to give their homes a modern makeover on the cheap and the results speak for themselves

Estelle Sidler

FORGET forking out thousands when redesigning your home, DIY panelling is the latest home makeover trend that can be achieved for less to nothing.  Hundreds of homeowners are showing off their wooden panelled walls that they have put up themselves on a budget – and they look extremely stylish indeed.  […]

FORGET forking out thousands when redesigning your home, DIY panelling is the latest home makeover trend that can be achieved for less to nothing. 

Hundreds of homeowners are showing off their wooden panelled walls that they have put up themselves on a budget – and they look extremely stylish indeed. 

Bedroom blitz

A woman has shared her incredible bedroom transformation using MDF wood and paint
A woman has shared her incredible bedroom transformation using MDF wood and paint
The wall before was in desperate need of some TLC
The wall before was in desperate need of some TLC

Taking to Facebook, a savvy homeowner shared how she went into B&Q and cut up bits of MDF for £13 a sheet to make a creative backboard. 

After sticking the boards up on her walls using just tac nails, she then filled in the gap, and used a wood primer, before painting it green. 

The finished result was stunning and racked up thousands of likes online from impressed internet users. 

She wrote on the DIY on a Budget group: “So here is my DIY budget wall!! It cost around £30 to do.”

The couple bought MDF wood sheets for £13 each from B&Q
The couple bought MDF wood sheets for £13 each from B&Q
After attaching the wood to the wall, the boards were then painted green
After attaching the wood to the wall, the boards were then painted green

Fun feature

A woman revealed her stunning panelled feature wall transformation, which she created with bargains from Wilkos and B&Q.

Georgia Palmer, from Scunthorpe, admitted she’d never done anything like this before – but says YouTube videos gave her the confidence to try.

The work cost £80 in total and was done back in September, so it’s not a lockdown project.

Georgia taught herself the technique by watching YouTube videos
Georgia taught herself the technique by watching YouTube videos
Georgia created an amazing panelled feature wall for just £80
Georgia created an amazing panelled feature wall for just £80
She showed off the finished look on Facebook
She showed off the finished look on Facebook
Georgia also showed the work in progress, using bits from Wilkos, B&Q and Screwfix
Georgia also showed the work in progress, using bits from Wilkos, B&Q and Screwfix

Georgia used 12mm of MDF stripwood from B&Q, No More Nails adhesive from Screwfix, filler from Wilkos and B&Q’s Goose Down Dulux Matte paint – which costs £26 for a 5 litre tub.

She explained: “I measured the walls and did a little sketch to make sure the angles and spaces were even and symmetrical where I wanted the panels to go.

“The vertical strips are quite self explanatory but the angled strips I held a piece of mdf against the wall and at the angle I liked I pencilled a straight line.”

Kitchen cool

A family showed how they gave their kitchen dark panelling for £25 using B&Q MDF

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A family showed how they gave their kitchen dark panelling for £25 using B&Q MDFCredit: Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group/facebook

A woman has revealed how she managed to revamp her kitchen for just £25 using MDF from B&Q. 

She wrote on Facebook: “We got a sheet and asked them to cut it in store, he told us he could only do 5 cuts but as there was two of us he would allow us 5 each so managed to get the whole sheet cut into strips (roughly £15). 

“These were cut into 92mm width.”

They got the man from B&Q to cut the wood up for them, and attached the panels to the wall

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They got the man from B&Q to cut the wood up for them, and attached the panels to the wallCredit: Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group/facebook
The savvy homeowners primed the panels with two coats of white before painting the whole wall

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The savvy homeowners primed the panels with two coats of white before painting the whole wallCredit: Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group/facebook

She said they used ‘no more nails’ to attach the panels to the wall and the edges were then caulked and any nails or dents on the wall were filled with Polyfilla.

She added: “We primed the panels with two coats of white before painting the whole wall.

“The paint is Farrow and Ball Inchyra Blue which my friend gave us as she had half a tin left. 

“Very happy with the end result if anyone is contemplating doing panelling it was actually very easy and took around 4 days work to complete!”

Heavenly headboard

A woman has shown off timber panelling she added to her bedroom
A woman has shown off timber panelling she added to her bedroom
She was quoted £300 to get it done professionally so decided to do it herself
She was quoted £300 to get it done professionally so decided to do it herself

Rather than pay for a professional builder, DIY fan Calsey Banks decided to give it a go herself – and you’d never know the difference.

The 30-year-old PA from Birmingham was inspired by the gorgeous panelling after seeing it on social media.

Calsey, who shares her home transformations on Instagram, managed to create the look in her spare bedroom using MDF and paint for just £150.

The DIY fan completely transformed her spare room
The DIY fan completely transformed her spare room
She did it herself for half the amount she was quoted
She did it herself for half the amount she was quoted

Casey used MDF strips she picked up from B&Q and no-nail glue to attach them to the wall.

Then she painted the timber with Regency cream paint by Craig and Rose Paint.

She said: “The strips cost me £5 each and the glue was £6 from B&Q, so all together in total, it cost me around £150 together including the paint and the shelf.”

The panelling only took her one day to do, plus an extra couple to finish the painting.

Pink playroom paradise

A crafty mum converted her kitchen diner into a fun play room for her kids
A crafty mum converted her kitchen diner into a fun play room for her kids

Sarah Grace, 26, from North Lincolnshire, spent four days giving her kitchen dining area an incredible makeover in order to fully utilise the space as a kids’ playroom.

Sarah went shopping and bought clearance wallpaper from B&Q for £9 a roll, Wilkinson’s paint for £12 a tin and strip wood with no nails glue from B&Q for £40.

Sarah gave the room a stylish makeover – including testing her DIY skills while creating the on-trend panelling effect.

The space had become a dumping ground and wasn't being utilised
The space had become a dumping ground and wasn’t being utilised
Sarah even did the pink wall panelling herself
Sarah even did the pink wall panelling herself

She said: “Once I started – the actual decorating took four days.

“I hung the wallpaper halfway down the wall. Once it was done I got the strip wood up to create the paneling effect, I used no nails and a few tacks to hold it up.

“Then I painted everywhere! It took three coats and felt like it took forever.

“The hardest part was definitely making the fake panelling. I ended up sitting with my foot against the wood at one side and hand on the other to try to get it to stick and not ping off.”

Decorative doors

A woman created her own stunning panelling on her doors cheap
A woman created her own stunning panelling on her doors cheap

A thrifty woman has left other DIY fans stunned after revealing her stunning new doors that cost her just £13 each.

The mum was looking at buying new doors to update her family home, but with a hefty price tag of £100 each she decided she could do a better job herself.

She decided to to re-create the shaker door style using a faux-panelling technique, which required nothing more than some scrap timber and paint.

The woman wanted to replace her boring doors
The woman wanted to replace her boring doors
They glued and nailed the timber on the door to create the faux-panelling
They glued and nailed the timber on the door to create the faux-panelling

She told Daily Star online that her and her husband cut the wood to size themselves in order to create the shaker panelled doors.

The woman also revealed that they attached the wood with grab adhesive and small nails before finishing them with a coat of primer and satin paint to match the rest of the door.

The mum even suggested using MDF rather than plywood for anyone wanting to do the same as MDF will make the project even cheaper.

Stylish stairs

This wood panelling instantly makes the stairs look stylish and modern
This wood panelling instantly makes the stairs look stylish and modern

DIY fans have been trying out wood panelling to spruce up their otherwise ordinary walls, but one crafty woman tried it on her stairs instead – and it looks amazing. 

The stunning design cost her just £30 using wood from B&Q and has now completely transformed her once drab staircase.

The crafty homeowner posted snaps of the makeover to Facebook where it was met with huge praise from fellow DIY fans.

The makeover only cost a bargain £30
The makeover only cost a bargain £30

Along with the new panelling that runs halfway up the wall, the woman also painted the top half of the beige wall a stunning lush grey.

She wrote: “Had a go at this Panelling malarkey… Wasn’t so bad.. I really can’t believe the difference it makes to a hallway… Thank you for the inspiration.”

She also added that the carpet on the stairs were random cut offs from her “local carpet guy” and said it was all done “completely on a budget”.

Wardrobe wonder

A woman has shared how she made her wardrobes looked stylish using thin strips of black wood
A woman has shared how she made her wardrobes looked stylish using thin strips of black wood

A woman has shared how she completely transformed her old wardrobes to have a chic black panelling for just £16. 

Instead of forking out thousands for new bedroom wardrobes, she simply used thin strips of wood and painted them black, before attaching them with double-sided tape. 

Taking to the Facebook group DIY on a Budget, she wrote: “I’ve hated my discoloured mirrored wardrobes for years. 

“So I painted all the frames and some thin strips of wood in frenchic blackjack paint. 

Before her DIY project, the wardrobes were plain and white
Before her DIY project, the wardrobes were plain and white

“I just cut and stuck the wood strips to the mirrors with double-sided tape. 

“I had the paint already but the wood cost me about £16 from b&q. It has completely transformed my room.”

Many people said they were desperate to copy her money-saving hack, and she revealed the paint she used was Frenchic Al Fresco in the Blackjack shade. 

We shared how a DIY fanatic showed how to get neat wall edges in seconds WITHOUT using masking tape.

In other DIY news, this mum revealed how she uses fabric softener to strip wallpaper.

And this is how one mum turned her tired home into a pink palace.

Mum creates incredible princess-themed bedroom complete with a castle wall

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