Anthony Lewtas Reveals How to Make Beautiful Statement Wall for Just £40
- After a summer of successful DIY, Anthony Lewtas transformed his living room wall
- The whole project cost just £40
- Anthony shares tips to copy the look
Most of us have a wall or two in our house that we think could do with a renovation - and one man has given us a masterclass in totally transforming a wall on a serious budget.
Anthony Lewtas, 30, from Liverpool, says he was fed up with his living room wall and wanted to change its look without spending a fortune.
“I came up with the idea of a TV unit as I was sick of my living room wall looking plain,” Anthony tells LatestDeals.co.uk. "I love the rustic cottage feel and thought about doing a unit around my TV to make a statement wall.”
Anthony, who works in a coffee shop, thought he should make the unit himself after successfully creating a gorgeous garden bench and amazing garden decking over the summer.
“As I was getting a buzz out of my little creations my stepdad treated me to my first electric tools: a cordless screw driver and a table top saw,” Anthony explains. “All my friends and family were telling me to make other things!”
When it came to making the unit, Anthony decided to build it all himself rather than going to IKEA.
“I'd seen a few ideas in Ikea but they were so expensive so I thought I would have a go at making my own exactly how I want it. With my vision in mind, I measured my wall and wrote all the size cuts I needed on a plan.
“I managed to get all my cuts out of one sheet of MDF from my local B&Q store. I got stuck in and built this unit. I loved making it!
“Once I made my frames, I removed them and got some recycled timber to create the rustic look behind my TV.
“I then put it all together, used a grey wooden floor for behind the shelves that I had spare, painted it with the help of my partner Ross as I hate painting, added some wooden logs and stick on LED lights and it was complete.”
The outcome was a stunning wall unit, complete with shelves, sparkly lights and accessories on shelves, that looks like it costs hundreds of pounds, not a mere £40.
“I was absolutely buzzing with the outcome - it’s not a bad job for around £40 and a bit of hard graft!” Anthony adds. “I have more ideas in mind I want to create round my house now - I’m looking forward to making some Christmas bits too!”
To get the look, Anthony has the following advice: “MDF is not the easiest wood to work with, so when putting two parts together, drill a hole through both pieces with a tiny drill a bit smaller than the thickness of the screw. If you don't pre drill the holes your MDF will split.
“The wood behind the shelving is wooden floor. It was easy to cut with a jig saw but make sure you cut it upside down so it doesn't chip the front.
“The middle part going across looks really expensive, but all it is is MDF covered with Fablon - it was just £4 from my local store!
“You’ll need a cordless screw driver, a jig saw, a table saw, spirit level and a hammer.”
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, says: “Anthony is living proof that you don’t need to spend a fortune transforming your home. If you’re not a pro at DIY, start smaller by building a bench or decking like Anthony, and when you’re feeling more confident, try your luck at building a unit just like this with simple materials such as MDF, wooden logs and paint. The result is a really expensive looking living room on an unbelievable budget!"